Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

Come and Find the Quiet Center

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

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Curriculum

What is OWL?

Our Whole Lives/Sexuality & Our Faith (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality program created by our denomination, the UCC, alongside the Unitarians. Our religious heritages compel us to create safe settings where people can come to understand and respond to their experiences as sexual beings. OWL is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, young adult, and adult. The program provides an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to learn about sexuality in the affirming and supportive setting of our church. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, it provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also supports participants in clarifying values, integrating sexual and spiritual understandings, building interpersonal skills, and understanding the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality. Read more...

There will be an official Orientation for Parents and Students in the Fall, before the program begins, and you are welcome to check out the program material with Pastor Rachel at any time. We are delighted to announce our OWL co-leaders Andy DelMonte and Kendall Tripathi-Clark who will be leading OWL with our 8-9th graders in the fall. Please contact Pastor Rachel with any questions.



Summer Godly Play

We continue our Godly Play program during the 10:30 am worship service, throughout the summer. After the Children's Sermon, children age Preschool-5th Grade are welcome to walk over to Room 5 for Godly Play. Parents and Grandparents, at the conclusion of worship, please sign-out your child from Room 5 – we will be releasing children to the adult they are connected to once they are signed out. If you’re interested in joining our Godly Play ministry, please contact Pastor Rachel

In Godly Play, Storytellers memorize a story and present it with the children, using wooden pieces. Door Helpers offer support as a ministry of presence, assisting children with art and “the feast.” We are looking for more Storytellers and Door Helpers who are available to help lead the program. If you’re interested in joining our Godly Play ministry, please contact Pastor Rachel.

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 4 may go the Nursery in Room 4. 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 and a changing station is available in the restroom at the back of the sanctuary.

Middle School Pilgrim Fellowship

Middle School Youth "Breakfast Club" Grades 6-8

Welcome to Youth Group!

Welcome to Youth Group! Right now our Middle School Youth Group is on summer break. We will begin meeting again starting September 9 - but maybe we will see you at Summer Camp or even our Apple Pies Event!

When the fall comes around, all youth in grades 6-8 are invited to join us in the Youth Lounge for the Breakfast Club weekly youth group activities. Doors open on Sunday mornings at 9 am where meet until 10:30 am, then we all sit together during worship.

Check back with us for the fall program update - or give us a call: 707.823.2484.



Did you know you can sign up for Summer Camp?? Registration is open and to find out the camp schedule vist https://ncncucc.org/yomcreg/. Those Early Bird discounts don’t last forever!

And here is a good tip: plan to mail in your registration and avoid up to $27 in processing fees with the on-line registration.





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!

Welcome to Youth Group! Right now our High School Youth Group is on summer break. We will begin meeting again starting September 9 - but maybe we will see you at Summer Camp or even our Apple Pies Event!

When the fall comes around, all youth in grades 9-12 are invited to join us in the Youth Lounge for our weekly youth group activities. Doors open on Sunday afternoons at 6-8 pm.

Check back with us for the fall program update - or give us a call: 707.823.2484.

Did you know you can sign up for Summer Camp?? Registration is open and to find out the camp schedule vist https://ncncucc.org/yomcreg/.Those Early Bird discounts don’t last forever!

And here is a good tip: plan to mail in your registration and avoid up to $27 in processing fees with the on-line registration.




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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2018 Camp Cazadero

Camp Dates for Summer 2018 (Grade level is as of Fall 2018) Check Outdoor Ministries page for more information.

  • You & Me Camp (ENTERING GRADES 1-3) July 6-8

    A great experience for first-time campers! Go to camp with a parent, grandparent, favorite aunt/uncle or other adult! Each adult may bring up to 3 children, entering grades K through 3. Each child may bring up to 2 adults. Check out registration and special pricing at the outdoors ministry page.

  • Junior Camp (ENTERING GRADES 4-6) July 15-21
  • Jr. High Camp (ENTERING GRADES 7-9) July 22-28
  • Sr. High Camp (GRADES 10-12) July 8-14
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And at Camp Tamarack

  • Junior Camp (ENTERING GRADES 4-6) July 15-21
  • Jr. High Camp (ENTERING GRADES 7-9) July 22-28
  • Sr. High Camp (ENTERING GRADES 10-12) July 29-Aug 4

Registration forms, medical forms, payments and more information can be found at the outdoor ministries page.

The Community Church of Sebastopol offers our Apple Pie Scholarships to youth to help cover registration costs – sign up to work our Apple Pies event on August 9-12, 2018 and earn $$$ towards camp fees. Contact the church office to get your Apple Pie Scholarship voucher.

And don't forget about Family Camp! The Community Church of Sebastopol holds our annual Family Camp (since 1972) at Camp Caz over Labor Day weekend - August 31- September 2, 2018.

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MADD Camp

MADD Camp is our vacation Bible camp - Music, Arts, Dance & Drama - for ages 4 to 10 includes a week of fun!

We always have a great MADD Camp event - and we are already making plans for the summer of 2019. We'll see you there next year!