KIDS AND FAMILIES
Due to covid restrictions, kid & family programming is occurring digitally. Families receive an email every Sunday morning with Sunday School lessons and links to live Zoom sessions. Kids are also connecting with one another through digital Kid's Choir and occasional one-time activities. To receive more information or join the family mailing list, email Director of Christian Education Sara Pantazes at email@example.com.
Sunday mornings at First Pres
We think attending church is an important part of developing faith in kids, which is why we have classes and activities every Sunday morning for children of all ages. Our primary goal is that the children who call First Pres home begin to know God, both in their hearts and minds, laying the foundation for a deeper faith to develop as they grow.
9:00am service - Sunday School
Nursery care for infants through 2-year-olds is provided starting at 8:45am.
Children age 3 through Grade 6 join their families for worship in the sanctuary with the congregation. After a brief Children's Message early in the service, children can meet their teachers in Fellowship Hall before splitting into their classrooms.
Please see the Welcome Desk or an usher for information about your child’s class location to reconnect with them after service.
Join other families in Herron Lounge, right outside Fellowship Hall and the coffee bar. This space is set up with activities for kids of all ages, giving their grown-ups a chance to talk and enjoy a cup of coffee.
10:42 service - Kids Connect
Nursery care for infants through 2-year-olds is provided starting at 10:30am.
Children age 3 and older join their families for worship in the sanctuary with the congregation. Children are invited to gather in the Chapel during the sermon, where they hear and play with the day’s message in a kid-friendly way. Children rejoin their families in the sanctuary after the sermon to finish worshipping together.
Family Worship Sundays
Periodically we have special occasions (such as Communion Sundays) when we want children to more fully participate in the worship service. On those days, we don’t hold Sunday School as usual during the 9:00 hour. Instead we ask children to stay with their families until the sermon, when they join together outside the Sanctuary for a short lesson. They return to their families after the sermon to finish worshipping together. These Family Worship Sundays are noted on the church calendar and advertised to families ahead of time.
Can't get here Sunday mornings?
We get it - family life is busy. Sometimes you may have other commitments on Sunday mornings and sometimes the best thing for your family is to stay home and rest. As parents, there are still plenty of things you can do at home to help your children explore and develop faith. Click the button below to sign up for Faith-ing Forward, a newsletter we send out about once a month with ideas and resources for your family to use to build faith at home, together, on your own time.
Other programs for kids at First Pres
Children’s Choir and More
For more information on our children’s choir program, click here.
Coffee, Kids and Chaos
Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to attend our drop-in playgroup every Thursday morning in Fellowship Hall from 9:30 - 11:00 am. We have plenty of toys, room to spread out and play, coffee, and company. No RSVP or registration required.
Young Justice Builders Club
This program is designed for elementary-aged kids and their grown-ups to learn about the injustices of the world and consider, through the lens of their faith, how kids and people of all ages can respond.
We don’t just talk to our kids about loving their neighbors - we help them actually do it! Watch the bulletin and our weekly e-newsletter for information on periodic service projects for kids.
Vacation Bible School
Every summer we take a week (typically in late June) to dive deep into building up our kids and their faith. Our intergenerational, evening program is open to kids ages 4 - rising 5th graders.
Need more info or have questions? Contact Sara Pantazes, our Director of Christian Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the church office by calling (610) 696-0554.