First Church Windsor

Sunday Worship 10:00 AM – Worship Service / Nursery and Sunday School for children.

107 Palisado Avenue , Windsor , CT 06095
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Celebrating young leaders

posted on July 14


(below is an exerpt from a news article written by Debby Kirk, CT UCC Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. For the complete article go to http://www.ctucc.org/news/20160629_tawg.html)

“For several years, the CT UCC has held an annual retreat for our program called "TAWFG" (Talking About Working For God) for youth because we believe it is important for youth who are interested in ministry have a space to connect with one another,” said The Rev. Da Vita McCallister, Associate Conference Minister for Leadership and Vitality. “The TAWFG apprenticeship program is a new initiative that reflects our CTUCC commitment to identify, affirm, network, and equip leaders.” Five gifted young people were matched with local pastors as a way to help them explore their call to ministry, including our own Lauren Dube. In addition to the job shadow component, the youth received Racial Justice training, attended the Youth Revival, had a tour at Hartford Seminary, and met with the Rev. Michelle Hughes, Associate Conference Minister for Transitions, to hear about the various pathways to ministry. The program culminated with a celebration on June 21 as youth shared their reflections. They spoke with honesty, humor, and wisdom about their time working with host pastors. Youth also created and performed an original song entitled “Still Speaking” that includes this refrain: And I’m called to love all God’s people. Yes, I’m called, but to what I can’t say But I know that God is still speaking And I… I am still listening Lauren Dube of First Church in Windsor had a rich experience at First Church of Christ, Congregational in downtown Hartford. “I served coffee on Main Street before worship, joined in inter-faith conversation with Muslim neighbors, and even met the Mayor of Hartford,” she said. Youth programs like TAWFG are made possible by congregational support of Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM). Contact Debby Kirk for information about the TAWFG Fall Retreat on October 28-30. First Church Early Learning Center is honored and excited to announce that we have received 13 more School Readiness slots as of July 1. School Readiness is a subsidy provided by the State of Connecticut to assist parents with the cost of early childhood education based on income and family size. As the only school in the town of Windsor with this grant, we now have a total of 30 School Readiness slots for children to be able to have the opportunity to start their educational foundation at First Church Early Learning Center. There are still a few spaces open to families who may qualify for this grant. If you or someone you know may benefit from the School Readiness program, please call (860) 687-2070 Ext. 218 to talk to Chanel Walker at Oliver Ellsworth Elementary School. With summer in full swing, the children have really enjoyed creating recycled art, bowling, and blasting off to space! August at First Church Early Learning Center is sure to be a lot of fun as the children have visits from Horizon Wings Raptor Rehab Center and Riverside Reptiles and then take a trip to Forest Park later in the month. As we prepare for our 60th anniversary and the 2016-2017 school year, our classrooms are surely filling up fast! Please contact us at (860) 688- 4597 if you or anyone you know would like to join the First Church Early Learning Center family!

First Church Windsor

(860) 688-7229