Children are born with an innate sense of wonder and faith that is real and authentic. First Church believes we have a responsibility to nurture that--to provide a foundation of experiences on which children build a life of learning and growth toward a mature and vital faith.
“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”
If you have a question about our children's program, has the answer.
The goal of our Children’s Ministry is to provide children with support in their faith journey and to share the stories and teachings of Jesus so that they may experience his deep and unconditional love. We want to build a strong foundation for each child that will be everlasting.
Our Children’s Ministries focuses on children from birth through grade 5. Because parents, families, teachers, and care givers are vital to the spiritual formation of children, our Children’s Ministries includes (and relies on) all these people. It really does take a village.
Nursery and Childcare during worship
If you need childcare during worship, we provide a safe and loving environment for infants through age three in the Noah's Ark nursery on the main level. It is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For children age four and older, the Read n' Play room is staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Read n' Play is located in the lower level in our Sunday School area.
Children’s Sunday School
Our Sunday school program is the primary means for teaching our children what it means to live in the manner of Jesus and for building a community among our young families.
Sunday school is available for ages 2 through grade 5 at 10:15 am from September through May, with a summer program offered. All ages meet together for a time of worship that includes songs, Bible stories, and prayer before branching off for an activity related to the story.
Other Programs for Children
We offer many programs throughout the year to help children grow in their faith including Vacation Bible School, the children’s Christmas pageant, Bibles for third graders, and camp scholarships.
Children may participate in the 11:15 worship service as acolytes, water bearers, communion servers, baptisms or remembrance of baptism. It is a great way for them to become familiar with worship and other sacred events. Children attending the 11:15 service may also gather outside the sanctuary to hear an age-friendly message while their parents are at worship.
To learn more about our Children's Program or to arrange for a visit, contact our Children's Ministries Assistant, Laurie Peterson.