About Faith Formation

Mayflower’s vision for life-long faith formation focuses on five key areas:

  • Engaging the whole community in worship
  • Strengthening relationships and ministry across generations
  • Providing at-home resources
  • Fostering connections for children, youth, and families with Mayflower’s justice work
  • Nurturing strong leaders within the congregation

PreK – 8th Grade

Children PreK through 8th grade come together each week to participate in community with their peers and adult facilitators. Each group uses a variety of age appropriate resources to help children experience the love of God in community, make deep connections with peers and trusted adults, learn the stories of our faith tradition, and develop a language to name their growing faith. In addition to weekly education opportunities, children and families may participate in a variety of family and intergenerational learning events and service projects, and children help plan and lead worship several times each year.

Pre-K: Spark: Activate Faith

K/1st: Godly Play & A Joyful Path

2nd/3rd: Godly PlayA Joyful Path

4th/5th: Jesus and His Kingdom of Equals & A Joyful Path

6th/7th: Younger middle school youth come together each week to reconnect, learn the stories of our faith tradition, and wrestle with the big questions of life. Our 6th/7th grade group uses UCC Faith Practices to help guide their exploration through the year and engage in a number of special events and activities, including:

  • Fall urban immersion weekend retreat or UCC conference youth event
  • Winter lock-in
  • Spring rural immersion weekend retreat or UCC conference youth event
  • Coordinating the Mayflower March food drive

Our Whole Lives (OWL): Eighth grade youth spend the year studying a unique curriculum on human sexuality. In addition, an age-appropriate OWL curriculum is offered on a rotation every other year for Kindergarten/1st grade and 4th/5th grade during the education hour.

Family Faith Formation

Throughout the year parents and other adult members of Mayflower are invited to participate with children and youth in special learning events. These activities provide a space for children and adults to learn from one another and develop connections that will enrich the lives and faith of each person participating

Service Opportunities

Mayflower supports children as they learn to become partners in God’s work in the world. Following are some of the opportunities in which children and families may participate during the year:

  • Weekly offering is collected and used to support a direct service or justice-focused project.
  • The Aliveness Project’s “Holiday Baskets” program – Younger children will help decorate the boxes used to deliver packages to clients of the Aliveness Project. Middle school and high school youth participate in shopping and wrapping gifts for this program.
  • Families and other Mayflower folk have the opportunity to support La Creche Early Childhood Center through our annual giving tree each December.
  • The 6th/7th grade class coordinates Mayflower’s annual food drive for Minnesota Food Share month each march.

Welcome to Eli’jah Carroll

Mayflower welcomes Eli’jah Carroll as our new Director of Faith Formation. Eli’jah is a recent graduate from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, where he earned his master’s degree in divinity. While at seminary, he worked in various capacities as a youth minister, Bible day camp director, and youth retreat facilitator.

He brings with him a deep passion for helping children, youth, and families grow their faith through ritual, embodied learning experiences, and community-making.

Originally from Wisconsin, Eli’jah is excited to be back in the Midwest, and elated to be part of the Mayflower family.