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.

Food, Faith and Fellowship

Kids and families, please sign up to join us on Sunday, August 4 from 4-5:30 p.m.at Independence Grove for Food, Faith and Fellowship. FFF is for the whole family (kids, parents, and even grandparents). We’ll get together for a meal, ponder a Bible story together, and take part in a hands-on activity for the whole family.  Sign up now!

Parent Parties

These adult-only gatherings have two simple but important goals. First (and most importantly), they're meant to be opportunities to get to know some other parents at First Pres-for us to be intentional about building our Christian community. And second, these gatherings will be a chance for our new leadership team to share a little bit about our emerging vision for ministry with children and families at First Pres and get some feedback from you. Sign up for one of these gatherings now!

August 8 | 6:30-8pm | Tacos El Norte (Libertyville)

August 11 | 11:15am-12:30pm | Fellowship Hall at First Pres (*childcare provided)

August 17 | 7-8:30pm | Jennie and Mike Bucciero's home (Libertyville) Kids Summer Reading

Children's Summer Reading

Challenge-Kids, it's not too late to join in on our Summer Bible Challenge. Pick up a copy of the booklet in the church office, or download it here. Parents, read the stories with your kids each week and place stickers in the booklet for each story. Then, join us on Sunday, July 21 at 9:15am in Fellowship Hall for prizes!

Weekly Update

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. 

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. 

MAD Tweens

MAD Tweens is a ministry for our 4th and 5th graders at First Pres. We gather the second Friday of each month during the schoolyear from 6-8pm gather for a time of fun, faith, and service."

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. 

Books of the Bible Video