During worship each week there is a special story or activity for children before they go to Sunday School. Nursery is available for babies and toddlers.Sunday School is provided from age 3 and up. A favorite of our children is a supervised play time after our shared meal while their parents visit or help with meal clean up. Faith joins several other Mennonite churches to provide summer bible school.
Our middle school age children and high school age students each have their own Sunday School class, however, they are together for midweek activities. Sunday School serves as the place for biblical teaching while one Wednesday night a month is devoted to a service project in the community and one to nurture relationships within the youth group. In the fall of the year there is an annual planning retreat when parents and youth together brainstorm for the coming year. Favorite activities include volunteering at the MCC Depot, raking leaves for neighbors, and preparing and serving fund raiser meals for The Window. Back yard marshmallow roasts and attending sporting or musical events in which our youth are involved are some of the activities focused on nurturing relationships.
Each youth entering 4th grade is offered a mentor. This adult and youth build on this relationship through 8th grade.
We encourage all Faith participants to be part of a small group. The mission of our groups is to grow in faith and to build healthy and strong relationships.
Group opportunities include:
Wednesday night groups (usually 1-2 times per month) for bible study, prayer and sharing.
Men’s group meets one Saturday morning a month for support, sharing and exploring issues of male spirituality.
Women’s group meets periodically to cultivate joy, deepen relationships, or just to have fun.
Theological conversation: A book discussion group meets at The Electric Brew, every other Thursday morning.
Neighborhood group: At Gaining Grounds Coffee Shop on the main floor of the Shoots building downtown Goshen, a group of friends and neighbors meet every Thursday morning for mutual care and support.
Annual Fall Retreat
A much anticipated weekend retreat is planned each year, where we play, laugh, eat, worship, and enjoy each other in a beautiful natural setting.