At Wilson we consider families as vital to who we are. We have families of all shapes, and sizes, and they are all precious to us and deserve our support. We believe faith formation begins at home and we work to design programs to support and grow your family life. Our goal at Wilson is that your family can find a community of support and growth as you seek to raise kids with God’s heart of Joy and Compassion and find the encouragement you need on your own faith journey.
Our Sunday morning Christian Education program is designed to give kids that little bit of extra attention in their own journey of faith. Kids start out in the service with our whole church family where they are welcomed and included in the service. After hearing the Bible story of the day, they get to go to age appropriate small groups led by trained teachers who can help them with some of the practical application and projects that bolster their learning. That way the family has plenty to discuss on the ride home!
Our teen program is held monthly in partnership with St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church here in town. Second Sunday is driven by our youth with adult guidance and open to all generations. The goal is for teens to develop their own faith voice while creating opportunities to interact and dialog with their family and others of the congregation. We often prepare and share a meal together, go on service “field trips”, and generally find joy in being together and discovering God.
Our confirmation program is unique as it is designed to deepen the roots of young teens in our church life through education and practice. As teens enter their 7th grade year, they graduate from our children’s programming and begin two years of learning how the church works through service and short term classes that inspire theological consideration. At the end of their 8th grade year, they are confirmed and have the opportunity to choose their ministry rotations within our congregation. Our goal is to recognize our confirmands as full members of our congregation and join with them in service.
We are committed to getting our young congregants into the field to see what God can do when we offer our time and talents. Our trips are usually a week or less, but give children, teens, and young adults the opportunity to experience mission and consider what role it will have in their future. Past trips have included hurricane Katrina and Sandy relief, urban ministry in Camden, and visiting a school in Haiti.