“Let the little children come to me for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Sunday School and Childcare
CHILDCARE DURING WORSHIP
Opening at 10:40am, will start on May 23
We will begin offering childcare for children ages 2 years and under during the worship service. We are working on expanding this to include ages 3 and 4 by early summer. Children of all ages are always welcome in worship, wiggles and all.
Registration for childcare is required in order to ensure adequate volunteers and appropriate physical distancing (as much as is possible with children). Registration will open the Monday before the coming Sunday. You may find this on the website and First Pres App. When you register, you will receive more information about what to bring with your child and the check-in process.
CHILDCARE DURING SUNDAY SCHOOL & CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL
Opening at 9:30am, will start on June 6
Children’s Sunday school, 9:45am-10:35 ( birth through 5th grade)
We will begin offering in-person Sunday school options for children in addition to online options. Sunday school classes will open at 9:30am. Registration will be required. Registration will open the Monday before the coming Sunday. You may find this on the website and First Pres App.
ARRIVAL & PICKUP
When you arrive with your child(ren), please enter through the Gallery Doors and check in at the Information Desk. If there are multiple families waiting, please line up down the marked section of the “timeline” hallway. For each child registered, 2 labels will be printed. One goes with the child, and the other goes with the parent. The parent must have a matching label to check their child out when Sunday school/worship ends. Childcare workers will then escort your child to his or her classroom from the Information Desk. From there, you will proceed to worship, either entering the Sanctuary through the timeline hallway to the Narthex, or exiting through the Gallery Doors to make your way to the front doors of the Worship Center.
To pick up your child, you will return to the Information Desk with your child’s security tag. If there is a line, you may line up on the marked side of the “timeline” hallway.
Save the date | June 21-24
All Aboard for VBS!
This summer we’ll be steaming our way through the mountains on the Rocky Railway--Where Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through! This year, plans are to offer VBS in both virtual and in-person formats June 21-24 from 9am-12pm. VBS is open to children from age 4 through those who have just completed 5th grade. Since our 5th graders had to miss VBS last year, we are excited to offer them the opportunity to attend in 2021!
For our in-person event, masks will be required for all children and adults. The number of children attending will be limited to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Our virtual attendees will have video access to each day’s lessons and will receive a kit containing VBS materials so that they can participate in all the VBS activities from their very own home! The virtual lessons can be accessed throughout the summer, so those out of town during our in-person week can join in the fun at a later time.
Please keep in mind that our in-person plan could be impacted by CDC guidance, number trends, and volunteer availability. A decision will be made Monday, May 24 about whether or not we’ll proceed with in-person plans. The virtual option will be available regardless of any change to the in-person plan.
Please keep in mind that children will need to be registered regardless of whether they participate in-person or virtually. Registration opens May 24, so mark your calendars to secure your spots!
In order to host VBS in-person, we will need LOTS of help, with more volunteer roles that will need to be filled than ever! Childcare will be provided for volunteers, but again—availability will be limited. If you would like to sign up, please use the link to access the sign up form. https://forms.gle/gxiiJ2QujzXNtHiNA
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.
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
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
FALL SEMESTER |While WS/FCS are closed, we will not be offering childcare or regular on-campus programs for preschool or Elementary students.
SPRING SEMESTER | TBD
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.
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).
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.