Children

Children are welcome at First Pres!

Faith formation is essential to life at First Pres. Children in preschool through fifth grade are encouraged to attend Sunday School, where they will get to know Jesus, grow in faith, and learn about sharing the love of God through words and actions. Serving others is an important component of our Sunday School program, and children have many opportunities to put their faith into action, serving others through mission projects and activities. Dedicated volunteer teachers work hard to teach the love of Jesus each week. Thanks to these special teachers and other adult leaders, our children feel a sense of belonging, love, friendship, joy, and purpose. In other words, they feel God.

Ensuring the safety of every child is a priority at First Pres. All volunteers are required to participate in our Safe Sanctuary program, which includes a background check, volunteer application, and training session. Re-training is required every three years for active volunteers.

It is our prayer that your family will feel at home at First Pres! Through worship, faith formation, special events, and service opportunities, we seek to connect with you and your family in meaningful and faithful ways. Contact Katy Allen for more information.

Vacation Bible School

In-person VBS has been cancelled, but GREAT NEWS! We will be providing an at-home experience instead. See below for more details.

Our Children’s Ministries team will be creating an at-home VBS experience for preschoolers – 4th graders in place of in-person VBS this summer. Details about this new program will be provided in late June. You may register, free of charge, for our at-home program by clicking the link below.

Refunds will be provided for those who have previously registered. Alternatively, you may donate your registration fee back to First Pres to be used for future programming. Please contact Katy Allen at with any questions.

Preschool VBS Registration

K-4th VBS Registration

MissionFactory

In-person MissionFactory has been cancelled, but GREAT NEWS! We will be providing a virtual MissionFactory experience instead. See below for more details.

Our Children’s Ministries team will be creating a virtual MissionFactory experience for incoming 5th and 6th graders in place of in-person MissionFactory this summer. Details about this new program will be provided in late June. You may register for our virtual program by clicking below. Please note that a registration fee of $25 will still be charged in order to provide supplies for the virtual program. If you have previously registered for MissionFactory but prefer not to participate in the virtual program, please contact Katy Allen at for a refund. Alternatively, you may donate your registration fee back to First Pres to be used for future programming.

MissionFactory Registration

If you have questions about Vacation Bible School or MissionFactory, please contact Katy Allen, Director of Children’s Ministries, at .


Nursery Care

Nursery care is available for children from infants through age 2 during all worship services on Sunday morning. Professional staff and dedicated volunteers provide a loving, nurturing environment so that parents may attend the worship service of their choice. Age-appropriate toys, books, and activities are always available so that children can have a positive experience while in our care. Child care is provided in the Red Room (Room 209/211) on the main level of the Christian Education Wing.

Preschool Sunday School 

Three- and four-year-old preschoolers are in for a treat when they participate in Preschool Sunday School. We are currently using the PC(USA)-designed curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude, which is specially designed to introduce Bible stories in fun and engaging ways to preschoolers. Preschool Sunday School meets from 10:30-11:30am during the program year (September - May) in the Green Room (main level, Christian Education Wing, Room #206). Parents may drop their children off beginning at 10:20am.

K-5th Grade Sunday School

Our innovative Sunday School curriculum for children in kindergarten through fifth grade challenges our children to explore how Bible stories relate, in new and relevant ways, to their everyday lives. Sunday School meets from 10:30-11:30 am during the program year (September - May). We begin in the Chapel for an all-ages gathering, then split up into grade groups (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th) in classrooms for the remainder of our time together.


Special Children's Activities and Family Events

We celebrate many special events together with our First Pres families, including an annual Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt, a Chili Cook-Off, and more.

Another wonderful family activity is Family Night, featuring dinner and activities for all ages, including Kids Connect for children in grades K-5.

Learn about Family Night.

 


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