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.

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 complete Sunday School calendar for Fall 2019 

Weekly Update

Bible 101

Join us from 11:15am-12pm on Sunday, October 27 for a brief workshop for the whole family (siblings and grandparents too) designed to teach Bible basics and equip families with some helpful tips for reading the Bible together. Sign up 

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. 

πdia (PiaDia)
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(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.


Our next gathering is around the corner and now is the time to sign up for our events through the end of the year.


October 13 | 4-5:30pm @ church | Does God talk? | We'll explore how we experience God in the world around us and some new and creative ways that we can communicate with God.


November 10 | 4-5:30pm @ church | Build Your Own Service Project |With some guidance and support, kids will be invited to dream up their own idea for a service project to help their neighbors or raise money for a community organization.


December 8 | 4-5:30pm @ church | White Elephant Christmas Extravaganza | This πdia Christmas party will feature a white elephant gift exchange, holiday treats, and the mysterious case of the missing baby Jesus.


Please sign up now if you child plans to attend any or all of these gatherings. And don't hesitate to reach out to Ryan with any questions.


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.

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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