Children and Teens


Children Church School

No JAM choir, snack suppers, and Fresh Air (teens) on Wednesday nights. JAM will meet the first Sunday of the month during Sunday School.)

Fresh Air

“JAM” choir, with choir director Ellen Peterson, will begin on Sunday, October 1st at 9:45am during Sunday School. It will meet the first Sunday of every month. Children will learn about musical elements and lots of new songs. Any children and youth, grades K-6, are invited to participate.
Questions? Contact Pastor Elizabeth at:

Nursery Care

Kids Club

Kids Club met on May 20. We discussed the importance of Memorial Day, including Flanders Fields and why poppies are associated with the holiday. The children were then put to task to make as many poppies as they could. The poppies covered the Memorial Day display that was placed on the chancel to honor all the men and women in the military who died so that we may have the freedom that we cherish. A special shout out goes to Nina Smith for her assistance.


John’s River Valley Camp (JRVC) is an outdoor ministry site near Blowing Rock, owned and operated by the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ.
This year’s summer camp curriculum is titled “Branching Out: Connecting Through Christ.” Summer camping experiences at various levels for different ages take place during June and July.
JRVC is accredited by the American Camp Association. It has two camp environments: the main site, with cabins and a dining hall; and the outpost site, where campers share in preparation of meals, learn outdoor living skills appropriate for their age level, lodge in Aframe cabins, and engage in adventure activities.
Johns River Valley Camp seeks to provide, in an outdoor setting, opportunities for persons to experience the presence of God, to discover personal wholeness, and to participate amidst Christian community.

John’s River Valley Camp 2018 Traditional Summer Camp Schedule
(2018 Registration HAS BEGUN)

June 24-30 Middle High Outpost/Caving (Grades 7-9)

Co-Directors: Elizabeth Schiemann and Lucy Bennett Campers live in A-Frame units away from the main site enough to truly enjoy an experience in the woods. This week features a canoe trip, hike to waterfall and rock wall climbing. The high point of the week is a memorable caving experience. Cost is $450.

July 1-7

Round Table Rendezvous Directed by Phil Hardy, Jason Stump and Staff Three age groups (see below) share the grounds and meals. This camping experience lends itself to building “big/little sister/brother” relationships. Age specific activities apply as indicated.
Junior Age (Grades 4-6)

Camping on the main site these campers will enjoy aquatics, hikes, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, games, campfires and more. Cost is $430.
Middle High (Grades 7-9)

Camping on the main site these campers will participate in three bike trips highlighted by a trip on the downhill section of the Virginia Creeper Trail in Damascus, VA. If possible they are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets although those will be provided on the Virginia Creeper Trail. They also will enjoy aquatics, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, games, campfires and more. Cost is $450.
Senior High (Grades 9-12)

These campers will stay on the main site. They will explore their own gifts, build community among a diverse group of young people and discover new ways to recognize God in creation. Their experiences will include aquatics, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, games, campfires and more. The week will also include the biking trip on the Virginia Creeper Trail in Damascus. Cost is $450.

July 15-21 Junior Age Classic (Grades 4-6)

Co- Directors: Rev. Randy Orwig, Rev. Sharon Wheeler and Rev. Elizabeth Horton While camping on the main site these campers enjoy all the traditional camping activities. They will learn and grow through aquatics, hikes, archery, crafts, rock climbing, games, vespers, campfires and more. Cost is $430.

July 15-21 Beginners (Grade 3)

Director: Stephanie Hardy These first time campers will stay on the main site and be introduced to the experiences of JRVC. Their days will be filled with aquatics, games, crafts, hikes, stories, vespers and campfires. This is a great way to get the next generation of campers started. Cost is $240.

July 22-28 Senior High Outpost/Adventure (Grades 9-12)

Director: Kevin Russell These campers are challenged toward growth and community building. Their high adventure activities will include white water rafting on the Nolochucky River and off-site rock climbing in Pisgah National Forest. Cost is $500.

Follow the links below for more information:
Johns River Valley Camp 2018 Summer Camp
Facebook 2018 Summer Camp

For more information, visit Johns River Valley Camp

Families First

A new group for children, youth and their parents, called Families First, has been formed at FRUCC. The group will meet at least once a month to discuss family faith formation. They will also have family events scheduled to help the youth form bonds with their friends and the other parents as they eat and play together. Some of the fall activities being discussed are:

  • a taco bar luncheon,
  • a trip to a corn maze,
  • a hot dog/ pumpkin painting event,
  • attending the chili cook-off and Advent workshop, and
    family service projects for October, November, and December.

All church youth and their parents are invited to attend the events. Friends are welcome. We hope to help the youth grow in faith and relationship to God and to our church family.