Children and Youth

Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them;
for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.'

Matthew 19:14

First Presbyterian is committed to providing a strong church school program in which children can learn the fundamentals of Reformed faith and begin a lifelong spiritual journey based on biblical literacy.

We provide curriculum, training, and support to our teachers, who are the members and friends of First Presbyterian willing to explore and share their faith. Parents and many others are needed to assist in this all-volunteer effort to communicate Christian values to our children.

We also offer families regular opportunities for fellowship, to celebrate children and strengthen ties within our faith community.

The mission of the Children's Education Ministry is fourfold:

  • to provide children with a church school program (visit our Children's Education page)
  • to offer families frequent fellowship opportunities
  • to support parents and extended families in nurturing Christian children
  • to train and assist teachers

Sunday School

Classes are available at both 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services and follow Presbyterian curriculum. Approximately once a month, we have a Family Worship Sunday, when children are encouraged to worship with their families in the Sanctuary, to participate in Communion, and to celebrate special seasons in the church year. On those Sundays, child care is available at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. for ages crib-Kindergarten.

To learn more about the Sunday School program, visit our Children's Education page.

Family Celebrations

First Presbyterian Church offers families regular opportunities to celebrate children and strengthen ties within our faith community. Many of these occasions become annual traditions including:

  • All-Church Picnic in the late spring
  • Craft making festivals during the seasons of Advent and Lent
  • Christmas Pageant
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Camp Westminster
  • Milestone Ministry celebrations

Boy Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 7 was first formed in March, 1918 at the YMCA in Ann Arbor. It then moved briefly to the Methodist Church and in 1920 to First Presbyterian. Visit our Boy Scouts page for more information on meeting times and contact information.

Child and Safety Policy

First Presbyterian Church is a spiritual community that takes seriously its responsibility to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and youth who participate in our ministries and has established an extensive safety policy that covers the obligations of church employees and volunteers who work with children and/or youth.

View our Child and Youth Safety Policy here (pdf).

Questions?

Find out more about Children's Education and Family Ministries at First Pres by contacting Deborah MacVey at 734-662-4466, ext. 342, or at dmacvey@firstpresbyterian.org.