Children's Education

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.

Sunday Mornings

Infants and Toddlers: Care is provided by paid child care providers and church volunteers at both 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services.

3 year olds - 5th Graders: Sunday School Classes are available at both 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services and follow Presbyterian curriculum. The four year old, kindergarten, and first grade classes receive special worship skills enrichment. First through fifth graders worship in the sanctuary with their families for 15 minutes before going to classes after the children's sermon.

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.

Children’s Choir is 10:30 – 10:55 a.m. in Room 300.

Looking for info for 6th - 12th graders? Visit our 6th - 8th Grade Ministry page or our High School Ministry page for more information on opportunities for Youth.

Sunday School Registration

Complete the Sunday School Information Form (2017-2018) here.

Or you may download the Sunday School Registration Form (pdf) and return it to the Church Office to register for the upcoming 2017-2018 year.

Bible Inscriptions

Each year our church gives a Bible to all third graders; and to those fourth and fifth graders who are new to us and have never received a Bible from another church. Bibles are given to our children in recognition of growth in religious education and the hope that with guidance of parents our children will continue to read and study scripture. Each Bible will be inscribed with the child's name.

Complete the Bible Inscription Form here.

Interested in Teaching Sunday School?

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. First Presbyterian has adopted a Child and Youth Safety Policy (pdf) for the protection of children and adults.

Welcoming Children in Worship

"Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." - Mark 9:37

Because Jesus welcomed children and encouraged us to welcome them in his name, we take seriously our baptismal promise to nurture all children committed to our care. We believe that the body of Christ in worship is incomplete without them. Their presence is essential for both the full congregation and for the children themselves, because worship is one of the basic ways in which people of any age learn what it means to be Christian. There are many ways in which children grow in Christ through worship:

  • They learn that they belong to Christ and are welcome in his church, where we are all children of God.
  • They become familiar with the Lord's Prayer and other spoken and sung responses.
  • They build a store of the accumulated shared experiences of Christian community from which they may draw when they are older.
  • They are enriched by the beauty of music and art as expressions of praise and as human responses to God.
  • They hear stories from the Bible read and interpreted, and begin to see Christian worship as one place where God may speak to them.
  • They discover that they are valued as persons by God and by the people of God.

Family Celebrations

We also offer families regular opportunities to celebrate children and strengthen ties within our faith community. Many of these occasions are annual traditions, such as:

  • All-church picnic and family potlucks
  • Craft-making festivals during the Advent and Lenten seasons
  • Family fun activities
  • A Christmas pageant
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Camp Westminster - a week-long summer camp experience for children and youth entering third through ninth grade.

Contact

For more information on our Children's Education program, contact Deborah MacVey, Director of Children's Education and Family Ministries, dmacvey@firstpresbyterian.org.