Let the Children Know Jesus
OUR MISSION is for all people, including children, is to say “yes” to Jesus with their whole lives. To that end, we strive to be a warm and welcoming place where children begin to learn, experience and share the depth of Jesus’ love. In particular, we have developed and work toward specific goals for each age-group. These goals are organized around the 6 core values we hold as an entire church. To view these goals for preschool and elementary, click here.
SCRIPTURE: We also strive to make sure that children learn not only the stories of the Bible, but how they connect with the overarching story of the Bible: a story of God’s love and redemption through Jesus Christ. To learn more about our preschool curriculum and our elementary curriculum, see below.
Learn more about Discipleship at First Pres here: Discipleship Booklet
Vacation Bible School
June 24-27 | 9am-12pm
For children ages 4 (must be 4 by August 31,2019) -4th Grade
A great adventure, where kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.
Cost | $5/child
Registration | Opens May 1
Volunteer to help with VBS
Want to join the stampede? Mark your calendars for VBS, June 24-27 from 9a.m.-12p.m. Volunteer training and decorating will be held on Sunday, June 23 from 5-7 p.m.
Got questions? Contact our fabulous VBS Directors, Ginna Van Zandt and Becky Koch, to find out more about where you can plug in. There are lots of opportunities, and we’d love to tell you about them!
Ginna Van Zandt (Elementary Director)
Becky Koch (Preschool Director)
We appreciate your prayerful consideration of being a VBS volunteer this year. We cannot do it without you!
5th Grade Mission Week
June 24-27 | 9am-12:30pm
For 5th Grade Students
Fifth Grade Mission Week is a four day program for students just completing 5th Grade. Students begin each morning with a lesson before going out into the community to serve others.
Cost | $10/child
Registration | Opens May 1
Infant & Toddlers
We want you to know your child is safe and comfortable so you can peacefully focus your attention on worship and replenish your soul for the important job of parenting. We’ve organized child care by age and stage, and each child is attentively cared for and loved in a clean, engaging and safe environment.
Nursery, please contact Melinda Miller for more information.
New & Expectant Parents Ministry
Having a baby? First Presbyterian rejoices with you! Whether it’s your 1st or 5th, we are here to offer friendship, support, prayer, and help as you go through this exciting time in your life. If you’re expecting an addition to the family, please click here and let us know.
Visiting for the 1st Time?
Welcome! We are excited for your arrival and encourage you to come to the Children’s Ministry window to check-in your child/children. Our Children’s Ministry Office is centrally located in Building A at the corner of the first floor hall off the Marshall Street entrance in room A-101. At this window, we will explain our check-in procedure, answer any questions and personally take your child to his or her room. A greeter, information center host, or nursery host can also direct you.
Preschoolers will be using the curriculum Show Me Jesus to teach them about God’s true story, from creation to the early church. They will have a take-home sheet so that the family can discuss what they learned with them. The children will also practice learning a verse of scripture each month.
Elementary students (K-5th Grade) 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 by incorporating activities that teach to the different learning styles of children. All students will receive a Show and Share paper to take home so families can continue the conversations at home.
Wednesday Night Live
Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30 | Fellowship Hall and Building A classrooms
- Spring Semester | January 9-April 21
No Programming March 6, Ash Wednesday (there will be dinner before Ash Wednesday service)
No WNL April 17, Spring Break
Wednesday Night Live includes dinner and programming for our adults and children. Mustard Seed Club (preschool) and Kid Connection (elementary) offer an environment for kids to have fun with friends and grow in their faith. Elementary kids will begin to learn and practice spiritual habits that will help to ground their faith more firmly and draw their focus and love back to God where it rightfully belongs and help them to love others well. Click here to signup.
Nursery care is provided beginning at 6:00 pm.
Children’s Church (Kindergarten – 2nd Graders)
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 will learn about the meaning of worship and what it means to worship God, not only in church but in their daily lives. Students 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.
Sacraments Class (3rd – 5th Grade)
We are often asked “When can my child take communion?” This question usually comes up as your child begins to participate in the worship service. To equip parents in making this decision we offer classes for 3rd – 5th graders and their parents. Click communion letter for more information.
Fifth Grade Ambassadors
An exciting opportunity for 5th graders 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. 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.
For questions, please contact Amber Bryant (336-723-1621 x236).
Vacation Bible School | See you next year!
5th Grade Mission Week | See you next year!
Children’s Ministry Missions
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 children.
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.