“Let the little children come to me for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew 19:14

Let the Little Children Know Jesus

Our vision is to be a warm and welcoming place where children begin to know the depth of Jesus’  love for them and to be assured He wants to have a relationship with each of them.

At 1st Pres, something special is always going on for children!  Whether it’s Vacation Bible School, the 5th Grade Missions Week, the Easter Garden Party, the Angel Breakfast or another event, we want to offer our kids many different ways to experience Christ’s love. The fun in Children’s Ministry never ends as we help your child grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus.

Our children’s ministry is organized by age group so that we can meet the unique needs of each stage of their spiritual development.

 

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Sunday School (Pre-K & Elementary)

Sundays| 10 am| Building A (Sanctuary)

Nursery, contact Melinda Miller for more info
Preschool (Birth-Prek), contact Melinda Miller for more info
Elementary (K-5th Grade), contact Sharon Spencer for more info

Preschoolers will take home a coloring sheet and sticker about the Bible lesson. We encourage you to continue this discussion at home to reinforce God’s word and how it applies to their lives.

Elementary kids use the Faith Alive curriculum called Dwell.  Dwell is an ongoing journey in God’s story. Each week we take time to imagine, wonder, and marvel at who God is.

Imagine – Children in grades K-1 are great pretenders, and they get to experience God’s story as they imagine the sights, sounds, and people in it.  They’re also invited to retell and respond to that story through play, art activities, games and more. Each week children receive a Show and Share paper to use at church and/or at home with their families.

Wonder – Grade 2-3 are a curious bunch – they’ve got lots of questions about why and how things happen.  This level is designed to give kids space to pause, to wonder, and to reflect on God’s story.  Like children at the Imagine level, this group gets a Show and Share paper each week – only it’s a little bigger, just like they are!  The Show and Share papers at this level may be used at church, and they often feature a special activity kids can use “On the Way Home”, along with a version of that week’s story.

Marvel – Children in grades 4-5 are eager to explore the world around them.  They love to gather information and dig into a subject; they have a growing sense of time and space, of cause and effect.  They’re beginning to understand the sequence of stories in the Bible – and to see how all these stories fit together into God’s one big story. Because we want to encourage these kids to get to know the Bible and to spend time reading God’s stories at home, they’ll get a Storymark each week to tuck into their Bibles.  It’s filled with fun facts about the story and cool challenges to do at home.

 


Children’s Church (Kindergarten – 2nd Graders)

Begins October 9

Sundays| 8:45 and 11 am service| A 314 for 8:45 am and C111 for 11 am
No Children’s Church on the the First Sunday each month for Communion

Kindergarten – 2nd Graders may attend the beginning of the 8:45 and 11:00 service with their families and then be excused for Children’s Church. Parents should pick up their children from these locations when the service concludes.


Fifth Grade Ambassadors

Meetings on February 5, March 5, April 30|  9:00 am | Room #A-314

What:  An exciting opportunity for your preteen to be a “5th Grade Ambassador”!  God provides people of all ages with spiritual gifts to enrich their lives and equip them for growth in faith and service to God and others.  Our preteens are no exception, they are leaders, servers, teachers, encouragers, givers and they are compassionate.

Why:   The goal of the 5th Grade Ambassador program is to help preteens understand that serving God is something that each of us can do, and that God has given us special abilities to do just that.

How:

  • Skills – For each preteen to develop leadership and service skills, begin exploring ministry opportunities and developing his or her God given gifts and talents.
  • Spiritual Development – For each preteen to develop a stronger relationship with Christ, their families, the authorities in their lives, and their friends.
  • Purpose – For each preteen to become an active part of the Body of Christ at 1st Pres and to understand the importance of his or her active participation in the Church.

Preteen Commitment:  

  • Attend training meetings on February 5, March 5 and April 30, 2017.
  • Serve in assigned areas on dates that will be coordinated with their family.
  • Set an example during services by participating in worship, inviting and welcoming others, contributing to discussion during Sunday School, showing respect for others, and having positive attitudes.

For questions, please contact Sharon Spencer (336-723-1621 x236).


Wednesday Night Live – Begins September 7

Preschool-Elementary
Wednesdays| 6:30-7:30| Fellowship Hall and Building A classrooms

Wednesday Night Live includes dinner and programming for our adults and children. Kid Connection (elementary) and Mustard Seed Club (preschool) offer a fun and exciting atmosphere for our kids to fellowship, learn, and expend some energy! Click here to signup.

We also provide nursery care beginning at 6 pm.


Children’s Ensembles

For more information on Children’s Choirs and Chimers, please visit our Music and Worship Arts page.


Upcoming Events

Vacation Bible School | June 26-29

Registration is now open for 2017 VBS, Maker Fun Factory: Created by God Built for a Purpose. Where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God.  June 26-29 from 9 am – 12 pm. Cost is $5 per child for children ages 4 (by August 31, 2017) through 4th grade.

Registration is now closed. Please contact Sharon Spencer, 336-723-1621 x 236 or Melinda Miller, 336-723-1621 x 233 with questions.


5th Grade Missions Week | June 26-29

 

Registration is now open for 2017 5th Grade Mission Week (for students just completing 5th Grade), June 26-29 from 9 am – 12:30 pm.

Fifth Grade Mission Week is a four day program that goes beyond the Vacation Bible School experience to fill the gap between VBS and Middle School Ministries. It is important for children to know and love God and then to show God’s love to others.  We can introduce children to biblical concepts of service but in our “what’s in it for me?” society, we need to help them put service into practice.  That’s what our Fifth Grade Mission Week is designed to do. Students begin each morning with a lesson and then go out into the community to serve others.

Registration is now closed. Please contact Sharon Spencer, 336-723-1621 x 236 with questions.


Children’s Ministry Missions

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Share your colors

Crayon Collection Boxes are located on the First Floor (preschool hall) and Third Floor of Building A.  We will be collecting crayons all year long!

The Crayon Initiative organizes crayon collections that take unwanted crayons, re-manufactures them, and provides them to hospitals that are caring for our kids. Hospital arts’ programs provide in-hospital entertainment and learning programs. During a hospital stay, it’s important for children to continue normal childhood development and skills building and to keep life as close to “normal” as possible for them. Art helps hospitalized children by alleviating anxiety, providing psychological support, and offering creative outlets for self-expression. Childrens’ arts programs also enhance problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and promote creativity and imagination. Children can escape into a world of fantasy penned by their own imagination just by using crayons.

The wax from crayons is not biodegradable and will never break down, leaving a waxy sludge in our landfills for centuries to come. The Crayon Initiative supports environmental efforts by diverting crayons from the landfills. Annually, over 500,000 pounds of broken crayons are discarded in landfills throughout the country. By collecting unwanted crayons from restaurants, schools, as well as other locations, and recycling them into new ones, The Crayon Initiative is doing our part to prevent crayons from depositing in the landfill.