Whether you are a believer, a seeker, a person of faith, or one who has no faith at all, you are welcome here.
First Congregational Church of San Jose, where children are welcome!

Children are a priority at First Congregational Church of San Jose. We honor the children among us as a valuable part of our faith community, and design our educational programs to tap into their natural creativity and spirituality. Our Christian Education commitment is to create opportunities for our children’s faith development and understanding of God as Love, and Love as God.


On the first Sunday of each month, children attend the entire worship service with their families to experience the full gamut of the church, including participating in Communion and prayer rituals. On the remaining Sundays, children leave worship following the children’s moment, and head out to their Sunday programs until 11:15 a.m. (All children must be collected by a parents or guardian at that time.)

We have two church school classes in addition to nursery care for children under 4 years old. Our Pre-K–2nd grade class is geared to those kids who are more attuned to learning through story-telling and activities, while our 3rd–5th grade class is for the older kids who are more accustomed to a school environment. We are currently working through An Illustrated Earth: Joining God at Work in the World for our Sunday morning curriculum. Each classroom is staffed by two adults who have current satisfactory background checks per our church’s Safe Church Policy.

If you would like to know more about our children’s program or be a part of our teaching team, please contact Rev. Shernell, our Minister for Congregational Life.

In addition to our Children’s program, we have a beautiful and cozy nursery, staffed by paid attendants. The nursery opens 10 minutes prior to the start of worship, and parents are provided access to our pager system in order to stay in touch during the service.


All children 5th grade and younger are invited to join us for Kids’ Night Out, an opportunity for community and fellowship through an evening of games, crafts, stories, and food. Dinner is provided.

We hold these events roughly once per month (usually the first Friday) from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Cost is $7 in advance per child ($10 at the door). Contact the church office to get on the mailing list for these events.