Core Programming

At CCSM we’re committed to nurturing the spiritual development of children and youth by equipping them with the tools they need to discover faith-filled answers… for themselves.

Our multidimensional programming, facilitated by our expert teachers, seeks to meet each child wherever they are on their faith journey.

At CCSM, we strive to impart that:

  • An open-minded, progressive approach to scripture and tradition – without indoctrination — can inspire a love of God and growth in the Christian faith.

  • Jesus’s life models compassion, justice, faith and love for us all and serves to guide, inspire and enrich our children’s lives.

  • Social justice is an integral part of the Christian faith – we’re all the hands, feet, and face of God.
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Meet the Children & Youth Team

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Rev. Dr. Sheryl Johnson, Associate Minister

Sheryl Johnson (she/her) was born on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations, Treaty 1 territory, in what is colonially known as Winnipeg, Canada. She grew up and was ordained in the United Church of Canada and holds a BA from the University of Toronto and an M.Div and Master's of Pastoral Studies (MPS) from Emmanuel College, Toronto.

Sheryl served as an intern with People's Action Forum (Zambia) and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and served in ministry with several Canadian congregations. She and her spouse, Kelly Colwell, moved to the Bay Area in 2016 to pursue PhDs at Graduate Theological Union; Sheryl earned hers in 2020. 

Sheryl received dual ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ and began serving at CCSM in 2019 where she is privileged and delighted to support the children, youth, and family ministries, social and environmental justice work, walk alongside congregation members on their spiritual journeys, and serve wherever is else is needed.
Elaine Kauffman

Elaine Kauffman

Elaine has over 20 years experience running museum education programs and most recently served as program director in an afterschool program in San Francisco. 

She enjoys sparking children’s imagination, creativity, curiosity and empathy by helping them explore and engage in the world around them.  Her role at CCSM is to provide hands-on activities to complement the lessons being taught.

Shannon McEntee

Shannon McEntee (they/them)

Godly Play teacher for K-2, though all ages are welcome in my class.

I like to put a critical thinking spin on Bible stories, and relate them back to my students' experiences. I'm also currently working towards completing a degree in music therapy.

Libby Barnard

Elijah (Eli) Barnard (he/him) 

Teacher for the mid-high class, leading discussion and activities that help students navigate topics that affect them and the world around them. Eli holds a Masters in Teaching.

He lives in Oakland with his partner, Meaghan, and when he is not lesson planning, he works in non-profit communications and fundraising.

Preschool Care

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On Sunday mornings free childcare is available for children 4 years and under from 10:15-11:45.

Kinder - 5th Grade Progamming

Middle and High School

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News

The UCC churches in our area will be hosting a mid-winter camp for youth in grades 7-12 on the weekend of Feb 24-26, 2023 in Cambria. The camp is right on the ocean and is supposed to be beautiful! Please let Sheryl know as soon as you can if you think you might be interested. 

The national UCC is hosting a climate justice art contest for all ages! Please click here to learn more or to enter the contest.

Sundays at CCSM
Explore the Intersection of Faith & Science

Weekly youth group exploring the intersection of faith and science - especially geared toward our middle schoolers, but high schoolers are welcome.

 

Sunday morning service opportunities

High schoolers have the option of volunteering in a variety of ways, such as with kids in the nursery, with our children's program, as an usher, graphics technician during the service, singing in the choir, etc.

60 Minutes

Each month high schoolers and a couple of adults from the congregation come together for a guided conversation around questions the students choose. Stay after for lunch and social time with Sheryl.

Community Service Projects

Periodically, CCSM youth engage in broader community service projects such as:

  • The Martin Luther King Jr Multi-faith Day of Service 
  • Working with San Mateo County Parks on clean-ups, removing invasive species
  • Assembling Christmas care packages for the San Francisco Night Ministry
  • Making bagged lunches for Open Cathedral in San Francisco 
  • Making toys for animals in animal shelters
  • Caroling in seniors' homes at Christmas 
  • Attending social justice-related protests and rallies
Confirmation

The confirmation program is offered every other year and is open to high schoolers who are interested in exploring their faith in community. While confirmation involves exploring topics like the liberative readings of the Bible, movements for faith and justice historically and today, and the many faces and understandings of Jesus, the program is less about "confirming" one's faith and more about "affirming" one's desire to be in relationship with a faith community and exploring one's own spiritual path as it evolves over a lifetime. Confirmation programming often involves retreats, mentoring, service projects, visits to different faith communities, spiritual practices, and more. 

Scholarships

CCSM is privileged to support the post-secondary education of those in our community! We offer scholarships to undergraduate as well as graduate school students. Check back for details in February.

 

Parents