Children’s Ministry at First Church strives to embolden children’s spiritual development and self-knowledge as beloved children of God and active participants in God’s story by encouraging questions, ideas, education and experience as a means of engaging faith and nurturing bonds of discipleship.
Sunday School takes place before Worship from 9:15-10:15 a.m. from mid-September through May, with an emphasis on learning and responding to stories in the Bible through reading, conversation, and play. Sunday School classes are offered for children ages Pre-K & Kindergarten, 1st-3rd grade, and 4th-6th grade. Classroom locations are posted throughout the building.
After the Time with Young Disciples in worship, children ages three through 4th grade are invited to Children’s Chapel up on the third floor. Children’s Chapel helps children ages 3 through 4th grade to experience the wonder of worship within a lively, child friendly setting. Chapel focuses on a variety of expressions of worship and understandings of the liturgical year using many forms of music, art, and hands on activities. Chapel occurs during our 10:30 am worship service following our Time with Young Disciples and is approximately 40 minutes in length. This creative and energetic worship education experience for children models growth in their journey toward discipleship so that they can learn ‘rituals’ of Christian worship.
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Children’s Ministry Registration
We ask that all children participating in our programs have an updated registration completed by a parent or guardian. With informantion on hand about program interest, allergies and other health issues, and social or learning concerns, we can more effectively serve all children.
Connect56 is designed to help students start to connect to the church community as older elementary students and Middle School students who are preparing to find their own place at First Church. Connect56 meets during our 10:30 am worship service following our Time with Young Disciples and is approximately 40 minutes in length.
Each week features a unique means of connecting, including serving in leadership with younger children, learning about our church history and faith ancestors, observing worship and more.
Our nursery for children under three is open on Sunday mornings during school year beginning at 9:00 a.m. Parents may sign in their babies and toddlers for the morning, or they can visit the nursery for a play break, diaper change, or feeding. Some parents prefer to keep children with them in worship.