- The Breakfast Club
- The Seekers
- Seven Generations
Mayflower stands proudly in the tradition of non-fundamentalist Christian education for children, youth, and adults. We operate on the principle that kids are instinctively spiritual and that they should grow naturally into an awareness of their own religious tradition without fear or exclusive. We believe, just like with adults, that that the most important thing we can teach our kids is how to live lives based on values like love, compassion and generosity…in other words, to become “followers of Jesus”.
There are plenty of things for kids to do at Mayflower! While the adults go to their own Sunday school classes from 10-10:50am, kids can attend “Mad Skilz," a program that focuses on music, art, and drama as creative outlets in CE Classroom 5.
Mayflower Kids Sunday School occurs during the second service, beginning at 11 am. This is a more structured study time with curriculum, but also includes spiritual and physical activities like yoga! Kids (Pre-K through 5th grade) should go to the worship service with their parents initially and after announcements they will be released back to education wing for rotation-based Sunday school. Childcare for infants and young children is provided from 9-Noon on Sundays. Those who are not yet potty-trained gather in CE Room 2 (next to the nursery), and children ages 3-5 but not yet in kindergarten (Pre-K) gather in the Classroom 4. Kids in kindergarten through 5th grade meet in Classroom 5 as a large group and are later divided into smaller rotation groups for the rest of Sunday school.
Our children’s program is primarily operated by volunteers. Parental involvement is essential and encouraged. Parents are always welcome to attend class with their children and we would love for you to be part of the rotation of teachers or as a substitute.
We also offer Vacation Bible School, a Children’s Christmas drama, a carnival in the spring, and other special events!
The Breakfast Club
A gathering of primarily early 20s to late 40s folks to form lasting friendships and discuss topics like the dynamics of committed relationships, social justice issues, global interconnectedness, parenting, living with purpose and biblical perspectives on all facets of life. The group meets upstairs in Rev. Moore's Office.
The “original” Sunday School class at Mayflower, Freethinkers is internally led and explores wide-ranging topics from Bible study to book discussion to politics. The class also sponsors mid-week events for the church and community. Church Parlor by the main entrance
The purpose of this class is to help one another in our individual search for spiritual companionship, hope, direction in life and strength for the journey. The class is led internally and discusses a wide range of topics with the exception of politics. The “Seekers Room” in the Northeast corner of Milligan Hall
Using the guiding principle embodied in the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy, “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations”, this class focuses on simpler living. Through study, shared experiences and discussion of books, films and activities, this class explores the interconnected issues of environment and ecology, social justice and human rights, community development and sustainable agriculture and personal and spiritual growth. Youth Room, first room on the right in the Christian Ed Wing.
The Wednesday Evening Brownbag Book Study (WEBBS) meets every Wednesday evening between 6:00pm and 7:00pm in the Mayflower library. The group was started en 2006 by the late Rolan Decker who wanted an adult education class at a time when choir members could participate. Since most of the adult classes are on Sunday morning between 10am and 11am when the choir members rehearse, there was no adult class available for the choir. So Rolan started WEBBS with the idea people could bring a brownbag dinner to the study and then stay for the Wednesday evening choir rehearsal at 7pm. However, it turns out that more non-choir members usually attend than choir members and only a few bring their brownbag dinner -- but you are welcome to, if you wish.
WEBBS generally selects a book by vote and then everyone reads the book together and discusses the book at the Wednesday evening meeting. Usually a leader is appointed for each book, but sometimes the leadership is passed around. The current book reading can be found by clicking the link below. WEBBS always has lively discussions and we are a very fluid group with people coming and going as they please. Everyone is invited even if you have never attended WEBBS before. And, of course, you do not have to be a Mayflower member, Christian, or anything else in order to be welcome.