We call our Sunday School a "one room school" because our students reflect a wide range of ages and share the same learning space and experience. Sunday School is in session the second and fourth Sundays of each month, and each session begins in the Sanctuary during our Time with the Children – a regular and always anticipated part of our worship service.  The children are invited to  sit with Pastor Mary Jo as she introduces the topic of that Sunday's Message in "kid-speak" and encourages the children to react to it.  There's nothing like the honesty of children  – their frank contributions and general cuteness are sure to bring tears or laughter, and sometimes both!  

After the Time with the Children, the young ones gather with our Sunday School leaders to continue learning about that Sunday's message through storytelling, Bible searches, prayer and wonderful, artistic activities with different materials and projects for different age groups.   And just like the dynamics of a "one-room school,"  the older children lend their talents and more advanced reading skills to help the "littles." 


The Sunday School children also manage their own children's ministry – Pennies from Heaven. The children collect members' spare change during the Offering on Sunday School Sundays to fund a project of their choice. They chose the Taylor County Humane Society as the latest benefactor of their efforts. 



Bible Study Group

Our Bible Study Group meets every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in our Fellowship Hall. Topics vary throughout the year and sessions are held for different lengths of time, depending on the topic content.  Some topics focus on gaining a better understanding of the Scriptures and others focus on themes and issues relevant to our service and aligned with our beliefs. New sessions and themes are announced and everyone is invited to sign up in the church Fellowship Hall. 

The current session, which began on April 26,  is a four-week session titled Becoming Welcoming Communities: Immigration in Light of Biblical Faith. Pastor Mary Jo leads the session with a Study Guide proved by the Wisconsin Council of Churches. A new session will be announced soon.

Book Club  

Over the summer, we will be forming a book club that will meet monthly throughout the Fall and Winter months, when everyone has more time to relax by the fire with a good read and warm drink.  Look for the invitation to join us in August when we will ask people who are interested to share a list of books they might suggest for the group, provide the best days and times to meet for 90 minutes each month and if they would like to meet at the church or rotate meetings at the homes of group members. 

Stay tuned – and in the meantime,  jot down some books that you've been planning to read.


The outdoor ministry of the Wisconsin Conference of the UCC 

Youth Camps

The UCCI  Summer Camp experience is priceless for kids of every age. It's a time to unplug from those gadgets, assert a little independence, and breathe in the beauty of nature.  Moon Beach and Pilgrim Center have the perfect atmosphere for the littlest first-timer to the experineced teen.

Scholarships may be available. Email us. 

Family Camps

With programs running year-round, UCCI family camps and retreats are held at the picturesque Moon Beach and Pilgrim Center properties. Both feature a combination of woodland and waterfrom stretches with plenty of room to reflect and restore and endless options for fun and family memories. Scholarships may be available. Email us. 

Adult Camps and Retreats

If you're looking for a weekend to enjoy with friends or a solo getaway, try one of UCCI's many adult camp and retreat offers, like Sixties Plus!, Golf Weekend, Quilting Retreats, Baby Boomer Camp, and Writing Workshops. Sign up for a week-long camp or a two-day retreat. Scholarships may be available. Email us.

Camp AweSum

Camp AweSum is designed for young people on the autism spectrum and their families. UCC offers a Youth Camp and a Family Camp – both are weeklong adventures where you can try new things and meet new people. But most importantly, it's an experience where you can be yourself.   Scholarships may be available. Email us.



PILGRIM CENTER                   RIPON, WI