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.


Family Lent Devotions

We're offering a couple different options for devotions that families can do at home together during Lent. Generous Giving is a weekly Lent devotion from Illustrated Children's Ministry that centers on how we share generously with our friends and neighbors. Families can pick up a paper copy of the devotion in the church office or a PDF by contacting Ryan. We also have a set of four devotions focused on the events of Holy Week. You can also check out our Guide to Lent 2020 for other ideas on how your family can incorporate faith practices at home during Lent. 

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 

Weekly Update


VBS

Vacation Bible School: Knights of the North Castle
June 22-26, 2020

1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; Friday evening dinner (Time: TBD)

First Pres Libertyville

Accept the challenge to “armor up” and join us for an adventure as a knight of North Castle that you won’t soon forget! VBS is for children ages 4 (by Sept. 1, 2020) - children entering 5th grade. A separate program will be offered for those in middle school.

Registration opens in April. For more information, contact Carol Boyce 

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. 

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. 

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