CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Kids are curious. Our faith formation ministries for children encourage them to experiment and ask questions as they create and build their relationships with God and with one another. But faith formation doesn’t just happen at church. We aim to encourage and equip families to nudge their faith closer to the center of their daily lives at home and in the community.

Consider participating in three different opportunities for children, parents, and families this fall:

Is your family looking for ways to get into the spirit of Christmas? This year we’ll be sending Advent wreath kits and crèche set kits home for your family. Your kit will come with short daily devotions for your family as you light your candles.  Find out more and sign up here


As Christmas draws near and the pandemic drags on, many of us are beginning to feel the disappointment that we won’t be able to enjoy some of our favorite Christmas traditions. But one thing we can still do is decorate for the season. We can put up Christmas trees and lights, nativities, and other decorations that bring a spark of hope to our community. And First Pres wants to turn your outdoor Christmas decorations into a project we’re calling “Hope Persists.”

Read more about "Hope Persists"


Raising Anti-Racist Kids: This 3-part online series for parents will explore big questions about how to raise our kids with anti-racist values. Participants will receive resources to engage on their own (e.g. a podcast, a short article, or a YouTube video) and then we will have a live Zoom meeting that includes some teaching, some facilitated discussion, and some time to practice strategies for talking to our kids about race.  Saturdays at 7:30pm beginning January 16. Learn more and sign up here.


Since our kids won’t be gathering at church for Sunday School classes this fall, we’re bringing opportunities to engage faith to you at home. Beginning September 13, we’ll be providing a short, simple, interactive lesson each week that will help you engage your kids in meaningful conversations and activities that connect to our faith. Look for more details soon about our first theme for the fall.

Calling all Kindergartners - 2nd graders (or anyone who likes a good story). Mrs. Boyce will be reading bedtime stories on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

This is designed to be a calm 20 - 30 minutes at the end of the day for friends to connect with each other and learn a bit about how God works in our everyday lives through everyday stories.

Parents do not have to be present - so take a break and let Mrs. Boyce enjoy reading to your kids. Sign up for the Children and Family Newsletter to receive the Zoom links.

 

Join us Thursdays at 9 a.m. for Tunes & Tales. This program is appropriate for young children between the ages of 3 and 5. Older children are welcome as well. Sign up for the Children & Family Newsletter to receive the Zoom links.

Students in 3rd -6th grade are invited to join Mrs. Boyce for After School Zoom Club beginning Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. Sign up for the Children & Family newsletter to get the weekly Zoom links.


Ministry Information Forms

To register your child for Sunday School, download the Child Information Form, complete all fields by filling in the boxes, save a copy of the file to your computer, and then attach the form here. 


When we are able to safely return to our church building, these are the regular programs we will resume.

Sunday Mornings

We want our kids to experience a blend of worship, faith formation, and play. On a typical Sunday, our 2-5 year olds start the morning in their classrooms, while our 1st graders and up begin in worship with their families and then head to their classes after the children’s message. About once a month, our children (first grade and older) stay for the entire worship service. On those Sundays, we have “worship bags” for kids that help them stay engaged with what’s happening during worship.  Here's our Sunday School calendar for 2020 

πdia (PiDia)

(formerly known as MAD Tweens)

πdia [pie-dee-uh] is a ministry for our 4th and 5th graders. Once a month, our 4th and 5th graders gather to have fun, serve our neighbors, and grow in our faith. We meet from 4-5:30pm on the second Sunday of each month during the schoolyear. Some events are on the church campus and others are off-site.

 

Finally, a reminder that kids cannot participate in church events without an up-to-date Child Information Form. If you have not completed one for 2019-20, please  see the Ministry Information Forms section below.

Family Ministry

We offer “whole family” faith formation opportunities throughout the year. These are events and experiences that the whole family can participate in together, including: sharing meals and conversations with other young families, serving in the community together, introducing family faith practices, and other interactive projects.

Children's Choirs

Music is one of the first ways that we can begin to form our faith and participate in worship. First Pres has three choirs for our children from Kindergarten through 5th grade. They practice on Thursday afternoons during the schoolyear and perform in worship services throughout the year. Learn more about our children’s choirs. 

Parents

Throughout the year we provide opportunities for parents to build meaningful relationships, grow in faith, and pray together. One parents group that meets monthly is Mom’s Time Out—a community of mothers of infants through school-age children. On the 2nd Friday of the month (9:30-11:00 AM) come and enjoy some adult conversation about faith and parenting while your children play in our free child care. (In addition to face-to-face gatherings, MTO hosts a Closed Facebook page. We invite you to join the page to connect with other First Pres moms.)

Infants and Toddlers

We strive to create spaces for our infants and toddlers where they feel safe and loved. Our care rooms are full of age-appropriate toys and games, and our caregivers are ready to welcome you each Sunday morning and provide care for your child while you worship. We also provide childcare at many other church events during the week. For more information, read about our policies and guidelines for our infant and toddler rooms. 

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