On Sunday mornings from September through May, we offer Nursery care, and an exciting, hands-on church school for those in grades K-5. Middle Schoolers meet twice a month for fun and service. High Schoolers meet throughout the year for local service, and to plan their annual mission trip. Our beautiful, fenced children’s park on the corner of Court and Vernon streets is a magnet for neighborhood children and families. All our programs adhere to safe spaces policies, including background checks for volunteers. Children and Youth programs are open to all!
Sunday mornings from 9:00-11:00 a.m. (10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in summer) in our first floor “East Room.” Available for children aged 6 months – Kindergarten. Our trained, paid, and background-checked nursery staff provide a safe and creative environment for play and care. Stop by and visit our space anytime!
Sunday mornings from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. in our first floor Church School Room. Available for children in Kindergarten – Grade 5 (September – June). Our background-checked adult volunteers create wonderful, hands-on learning activities for our special one-room church school. Children begin in worship at 10:00 a.m., then leave for class after a Children’s Message. Our approach is inclusive and multi-cultural, conveying that God’s love is known through our hearts and deeds.
Elsie Priest Park
Located on the corner or Court and Vernon Streets, our beautiful Children’s Park is the only fenced community play space in downtown Keene. Completely renovated in 2019, Elsie Priest Park is home to two play areas, shaded benches, beautiful gardens, a Little Free library, and whimsical features like hand-painted stepping-stones and child-friendly sculptures. During the summer months, we offer free family activities on Saturday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. This spring, we are creating two pollinator gardens on the site, perfect for community environmental education. We’re open to all from dawn to dusk. Come check us out! Parking is free in the Church Lot (Vernon Street) and Downtown (Sundays).
Family “Fun in the Park” Summer Program
July-August. Saturday mornings from 10:00-11:00 a.m. from July – August in our Children’s Park on the corner of Court and Vernon Streets. Join us as volunteers lead children of any age and their adults in crafts, games, musical, and other activities.
Little Free Library
Did you know UCC Keene has not one, but two Little Free Libraries, one in our park and one nearby on Court Street? Generous donations of books fill these kiosks for readers young and old to take home for keeps!
Blessing of the Animals
Each spring, we welcome the Keene community for a Blessing of the Animals. Bring your furry friend or a photo and join us in our fenced outdoor park as we bless and honor these important members of our families!