Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

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1000 Gravenstein Hwy North           707.823.2484

  • Sunday School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Camp
  • MADD Camp

Introducing. . . Our Safe Church Policy

The Church Council in October directed Pastor Rachel to put together a team of people to create a Safe Church Policy for our church. The team worked diligently to develop a Safe Church Policy that defines abuse prevention and response policies, as well as creates an atmosphere of truth-telling and education around being a Safe Church. Serving on the team: Pete Emerson, Pat Furber, Linda Inman, Laurie Kellner, and Pastor Rachel. The Safe Church Policy was adopted by the Church Council on April 5, 2017 and is available below.

Safe Church Policy (PDF)



Children’s Ministries

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“One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: "Let the children alone, don't prevent them from coming to me. God's kingdom is made up of people like these." After laying hands on them, he left. Matthew 19:13-15 The Message

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Program Year at Community Church of Sebastopol!

We have some exciting new programs and a new format for Sunday mornings, and it all begins on Launch Sunday, September 10th. The biggest shift is that we will now have an educational hour with programming for all ages 9:00-10:15am every Sunday morning. The whole church will join in worship at 10:30am, with the option for children to continue to Children’s Worship in the Chapel after the Children’s Sermon.

OWL: We just completed our fall program Our Whole Lives/Sexuality & Our Faith (OWL) program for 4/5th graders. Look for information on the next OWL program or contact Pastor Rachel with any questions.

Godly Play: Our Godly Play program is offered at 9:00am on Sunday mornings in Rooms 5 & 6. It is open to people in Preschool-5th Grade. Our Storytellers memorize a story and present it with the children, using wooden pieces. Our Door Helpers offer support as a ministry of presence, assisting children with art and “the feast.” Often the Storytellers and Door Helpers find their involvement nourishes their spirits too! If you’re interested in joining our Godly Play ministry, please contact Pastor Rachel

January 2018 Godly Play Schedule:

    9 am, January 7 - Epiphany - Storyteller: Paula Berndt / Door Helper: Sheina Slack Curtis
    9 am, January 14 - Holy Baptism - Storyteller: Paula Berndt / Door Helper: Ann Butterfield
    9 am, January 21 - Parable of the Good Shepherd - Storyteller: Ann Butterfield / Door Helper: OPEN
    9 am, January 28 - Parable of the Good Samaritan - Storyteller: OPEN / Door Helper: Michael Ott

Bible Class for Grades 4 & 5 Pastor Rachel will be offering a workshop for 4/5th graders on The Bible during the 9:00am Faith Formation Hour, starting in January. This 6-week class will help prepare the students to receive their Bibles. The church will be gifting Bibles to students who attend a minimum of 3 classes, and the Bible ceremony will be in worship on February 18th. We will "call each child by name" and present them with their own Bible.

The class will cover...

  • January 7 - Books of Law
  • January 14 - Books of History
  • January 21 - Poetry and Songs
  • January 28 - Prophets
  • February 4 - Gospels
  • February 11 - Acts + Epistles
  • February 18 – Bible Presentation to students completing the class

We will begin each class with a song to help memorize the books of the Bible. We'll look at maps, timelines, and what the Bible looks like in its original languages. A major aim of the class will be to look at the Bible with a whole-to-parts approach, looking for ways to see how God's story unfolds. Please RSVP to Pastor Rachel to let her know your child will participate in The Bible class!

Breakfast Club: A new hangout for parents who have children in programs and want to join in conversation with other parents. Meet up in the Fellowship Hall, where there will be coffee & snacks, and a suggested topic for conversation.

What is Happening with Children & Worship?

Children are part of the congregation and are always welcome to stay and participate in worship with their families. We welcome children of all ages in the sanctuary every Sunday, and strive to create worship services that are accessible for people of all ages.

For children and parents who wish for an alternative, we invite children to begin worship in the sanctuary with their families, then continue worshiping in Children’s Worship. After the Children’s Sermon, the Acolytes will lead them to the Chapel to continue worship with scripture, music, and offering, prayer, and Communion with Pastor Rachel. At the end of Children’s Worship, the group will rejoin their families in the sanctuary.

For children and parents who wish for an alternative, we invite children to begin worship in the sanctuary with their families, then continue to Children’s Worship. After the Children’s Sermon, they will walk together to the Chapel to continue worship with scripture, music, an offering, prayer, and Communion with Pastor Rachel. At the end of Children’s Worship, the group will rejoin their families in the sanctuary.

January 2017 Children's Worship

    January 7 - Multi-Generational worship in Sanctuary

    January 14 - Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18;
    Minister: Pastor Rachel; Musician: OPEN; Door Helper: Lesie Wood; Shepherd: Pete or Becca Emerson

    January 21 - Psalm 62:5-12;
    Minister: Pastor Rachel; Musician: OPEN; Door Helper: OPEN; Shepherd: OPEN

    January 28 - Psalm 111;
    Minister: Pastor Rachel; Musician: OPEN; Door Helper: OPEN; Shepherd: OPEN

Communion Sundays

On Communion Sundays our children will begin worship in the Sanctuary with their families and then at the middle hymn, children ages 3 and up will be invited to join Rachel in Faith Chapel for a Chapel Circle. The children will then return to worship in the Sanctuary during the Doxology to partake in Communion with their families. Children under age 3 may go the Nursery in Room 4 with Fran Rasmus. As always, children may stay with their families for the entire worship service in the Sanctuary if they wish. Activity bags are available from the ushers.

Middle School Pilgrim Fellowship

Middle School Youth "Breakfast Club" Grades 6-8

Welcome to Youth Group!

Students in grades 6 – 8 invited to the “Breakfast Club” in the Youth Lounge. Afterwards, come to community worship with your family or sit with other youth and Ross Galleto, our Director of Youth Ministries, in the Sanctuary.



January 2018 Schedule

    January 7 - Youth Lounge - God's Kingdom
  • Middle School Breakfast Club
  • 9 - 10:15 am

    January 13-15 Middle School Mid-Winter Retreat

    Youth in grades 6 to 8 are invited to attend Mid Winter Retreat with director Ross Galleto here at the Community Church! Join youth from all over Northern California and Nevada and take this weekend to connect with summer camp friends and make new friends. Haven't been to camp before? This is a great opportunity to get a taste of the fun! You'll leave anxious to sign up for summer camp. The retreat is here at our church – but you still need to sign up.

    The event starts at 1 pm on Saturday – be sure you eat lunch before arriving. Pickup time is 11 am on Monday.


    January 14
  • Any Middle Schoolers not attending Mid-Winter Camp,
    are welcome to join us at 9am
    to participate in a song for worship
  • worship at 10:30 am

    January 21 - Movies in the Morning
  • 9 - 10:15 am
  • Time to relax in the Youth Lounge with a favorite movie. Bing a friend!
  • worship at 10:30 am

    January 28 - The Church
  • 9 - 10:15 am
  • worship at 10:30 am




About the Middle School Youth Group

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The focus of our Middle School youth group is to deepen one’s understanding of the Christian faith, build group community, discover one’s unique gifts and explore service opportunities to others. Our youth leaders incorporate fellowship, Bible study, physical activities, community building and service to others in an age appropriate settings to guide our youth along their spiritual path.

We spend the fall sessions working on getting to know each other and self-discovery. We incorporate community service projects throughout the year, culminating in our end of the year Mini-Mission trip which is often on Memorial Day weekend. The youth and their leaders travel to the "big city" (San Francisco or Sacramento) to work together on a variety of service projects.

All of our youth are invited to actively participate in wider denominational (United Church of Christ) events including National Youth Event, local Camp Cazadero and Camp Tamarack, Fall Fest, Mid-Winter Retreat, and the NCNC-UCC youth leadership program at the Annual Gathering in April.

High School Youth Pilgrim Fellowship

High School - Grades 9-12


Welcome to Youth Group!

January 2018 Schedule



    January 7 - You Can Be THE Change
  • High School Youth Group
  • Youth Lounge
  • 6-8 pm

    January 14
  • No High School Youth Group today

    January 21
  • Youth Lounge
  • Movie Night
  • 6-8 pm

    January 28 - Marked With a Purpose
  • Youth Lounge
  • 6-8 pm

    Coming in February:
    High School Youth FEB Camp
  • February 17-19


About the Sr. High Youth Group

Sr. High youth group emphasizes community building, faith exploration, recreation, teen issues and community service. Youth leaders strive to create a safe place to explore teen issues using a solid biblical foundation. Youth often explore spiritual practices that they can take home and use in their daily prayer life and share with others.

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The youth group at The Community Church focuses on deep community building and a strong foundation of service to the wider community throughout the entire year. During our spring break, the youth group travels to locations throughout the United States to work on social justice projects and volunteer with local agencies. Our mission trip celebrates God’s call to help others and also weave the group into a tight community.

All of our youth are encouraged to actively participate in wider denominational (United Church of Christ) events including National Youth Event, local Camp Cazadero and Camp Tamarack, Fall Youth Event, Feb Camp, as well as Counselor-In-Training camps and the NCNC-UCC youth leadership program at the Annual Gathering in April.


The Sr High PF is back from their "Tour of California" mission trip. Visit Sr High Mission Trips for a few pictures.

Summer Camps at Camp Cazadero and Camp Tamarack


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We had a great time at all the summer camps this year - can't wait for next summer to hurry up and get here so we can sign up for camp again.

Hope to see you at camp next summer!

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MADD Camp

We always have a great MADD Camp event - and we are already making plans for the summer of 2018.