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"Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me and do not stop them,
because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”  (Matthew 19:14)

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Welcome to First Presbyterian Church. Our congregation is active and growing, with many opportunities for families to worship, serve, pray, and play together. Please join us!

At First Presbyterian, we partner with families to guide and nurture children and youth, providing plenty of ways to encourage kids to know and follow Jesus Christ and be faithful members of his church.

 

 

Nursery Care (Babies & Toddlers)

Children of all ages are always welcome in worship services. Childcare is also available in our cheery Nursery, Room 101 where children are supervised by our professional caregivers. We provide parents and guardians with silent pagers by which you can be contacted during the worship service if your child needs your attention.

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Sunday School

Sunday school classes are from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. each Sunday, unless specified otherwise, during the school year (September through May). 

  • Little Lambs
    • Children ages 18 months to three years meet once a month (Feb 4, March 4, and April 6 in 2018) in the Nursery.
    • Little Lambs is a play-centered program that introduces the youngest children to Bible stories that tell them about God's love.
    • Parents attend with their children for a short lesson, which usually involves a story and a craft.
  • Children's Sunday School
    • Children 4 years old through 5th grade meet upstairs.
    • From 9:45 to 10:05, children meet in Room 209 (referred to as the "Rally Room") for a brief overview of the story they'll be learning about prior to heading off to their respective (Pre-K and K, 1st-2nd grades, and 3rd-5th grades) Sunday School classes.
    • We're use Whirl! Lectionary curriculum and materials to guide our explorations of Bible stories. The children read from age-appropriate Bibles and interact with the stories through games, discussions, crafts, and prayer. This curriculum follows the lectionary, which is also preached on during worship.
  • Middle School Youth Group
    • Youth in grades 6th-8th
    • 9:45-10:45 a.m. – Room 201
    • Middle schoolers are on a three year rotational model in which they spend a year each on Church History, Old Testament, and New Testament. This year they are learning about the Old Testament! Questions? Contact Sarah Dianne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Childrens ChoirMusic Ministry

  • Children's Choir
    • Children age 3 and older
    • 9:00-9:45 a.m. – Room 208
    • Come celebrate God's love through singing, playing instruments, and experimenting with other forms of musical play.
    • Those children who wish to participate can sing for worship services several times a year and in our annual Christmas musical. Children's Choir meets each Sunday morning during the school year. Contact Janis McCollim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Worship Opportunities for Kids

  • Worship Bags
    • During the 11 a.m. worship service, preschool children who are not yet reading can pick up a Worship Bag filled with crayons, stickers, and drawing paper to engage them in the days lessons. Young readers can pick up a Pew Packet filled with Bible puzzles and scripture word games and an interactive children's bulletin.
  • Time with Children
    • During the 11 a.m. service, children are invited to come forward for a special lesson during Time With Children with Ms. Sarah Dianne
  • Bridges to Worship
    • After Time with Children, those children ages preschool through 1st grade, may join Ms. Sarah Dianne for Bridges to Worship, a program that using StoryPath from Union Presbyterian Seminary to connect the day's scripture reading with picture books that the children are often already familiar with! We then do a craft, play a game, or enjoy other books before returning to worship in time for the final hymn. During Lent, we'll be using coloring posters from Illustrated Children's Ministry to explore the weekly psalm!

Church-Wide Events

Many church-wide events include a special focus for children. Children regularly provide leadership for special services at Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and summer worship, as well as serviving as liturgists throughout the year. Children are always welcome and encouraged to attend outreach, mission, and fellowship events as well. Questions about how to get your child involved? Contact Sarah Dianne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We us Kind Hands, Kind Words, Kind Hearts

 

 

 

Child Protection Policy

The members of First Presbyterian Church are committed to the safety, welfare, and protection of all children and youth participating in the activities of the church. Our Child Protection Policy outlines our efforts to adhere to the best practices for protecting our children, church, and volunteers. Copies can be obtained from the church office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Children's and Youth Ministry

Take a few moments to check out a PHOTO SLIDESHOW of the Summer 2014 Youth and Middle School Mission Trip. Five middle and high school girls were ready for a mission adventure. The experience depended their faith, broadened their perspective as compared to their own lives, opened their hearts and the girls were inspired by volunteers that were committed to making a difference.

At First Church, we partner with families to guide and nurture children and youth, providing plenty of ways to encourage kids to know and follow Jesus Christ and be faithful members of his church. Learn how we approach spiritual development of children and youth at Children's Ministry and Youth Ministry.