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:

Sunday Morning Intergen Faith Formation begins on Sept. 12
We’re trying something new this fall. Starting on Sunday, Sept.12, we’ll gather at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for an intergenerational faith formation experience called Follow Me. We’ll begin with people of all generations together for an opening activity lasting about 15-20 minutes. Then, we’ll split into five age groups: Pre-Kindergarten; Lower Elementary; Upper Elementary; Tweens/Middle School; and Adults and Youth.


Each Sunday will have its own theme and all of the content will be connected to it—so that no matter what age you are, we’re all learning about the same thing. 


Watch this video created by Rev. Ryan Wallace for an explanation of our new format and the reasons behind it.


If you want to learn more about our new curriculum, you can read about it on the PC(USA) website or watch a short introductory video.

 

During worship at 10 a.m., Preschoolers are invited to participate in a play-based class in Room 105 while children in Kindergarten and up are encouraged to begin in worship. After the scripture readings, Kindergartners-4th graders are invited to join one of the pastors for Kids Church in the Chapel most Sundays. Parents will pick up their children there after worship. 

 

Ministry Information Forms

To register your child for First Pres programs, download the Child/Youth 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. 

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. Contact Pastor Ryan to receive the Zoom link.

 

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

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. 

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 a.m.) 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.)

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 typically practice on Thursday afternoons during the schoolyear and perform in worship services throughout the year. For health and safety reasons, we have made the decision to delay the start of our children’s choirs to November 2021. Learn more about our children’s choirs.