Children and Youth Team

Our Mission and Vision

Ashland UCC Downstairs Church

We nurture and educate our children to love God,
love the planet, and love each other,
while building friendships and having fun.
By exploring the life and the teachings of Jesus, we model and affirm:
creativity, curiosity, courage, and coolness.
We are called to our ministry on behalf of our children, youth, families, future generations, our hometown, and the world. (Snacks help!)

Our Programs

Programs for Children and Youth are offered during both 9 and 10:30 services

Our Sunday services begin with music followed by a welcome and announcements. During our first congregational song, children are invited forward to light candles, then invited to downstairs church. Parents/Caregivers are welcome to accompany them until they feel comfortable or keep them with them in the service.

Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers (ages 3 and 4): Chiu-mei Shih (Sabrina) and a youth assistant will care for your children during the service.

Kindergarten through Third Grade: Kaylan Wilson is our regular teacher for this age group.

Fourth and Fifth Grade: Chris Sohl is our regular teacher for this age group.

Middle School: Middle Schoolers are welcome to stay in the service or attend class downstairs. They are also invited to participate in the weekly Ashland Youth Collective gatherings on Sunday afternoons/evenings* and the 27 week OWL** sexuality curriculum offered every other year.

High School: Some High Schoolers stay in the service and some assist as helpers in our children’s program. They are invited out to coffee the first Sunday of each month at noon with Rev. Paula Sohl, Associate Minister. They can also participate in the weekly Ashland Youth Collective gatherings on Sunday afternoons/evenings throughout the school year.* The High School OWL program is offered during alternate years.

*The Ashland Youth Collective is a progressive, ecumenical community youth group for middle school and high school youth in, and around, Ashland, Oregon. Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ, First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Trinity Episcopal have come together to form a community youth group. We believe we can do more and be more together, so we have embarked on a journey forming a brand new youth group, the Ashland Youth Collective.