Children are an active and vital part of our church family. Therefore we strive to foster within each child the desire to discover God in a personal way by providing opportunities to experience and explore the Bible, prayer, worship, fellowship, and reaching out to others in love.
Our offerings for children include:
Children’s Time is a part of our West Campus Worship Services. It is a time when all children are invited by the Children’s Ministry Team to join our Director of Children’s Ministries at the front of the Celebration Center for a message related to the topic of that week.
Children’s Church is offered weekly during West Campus Worship Services directly after Children’s Time. Children are invited go with the Children’s Ministries Team to Room 104 for a Worship Service designed specifically for them. Our Services include joys & concerns, prayer, scripture, offering time, a Bible lesson and active praise related to the weekly sermon theme. Children age 3 through the 4th grade are welcome to attend Children’s church, or they are always welcome to stay in Worship service with their families if they chose.
West Campus 5th Sundays, No Children’s Church
In months with five Sundays, the children are invited to join the full church congregation for the normal services on the fifth Sunday of the month. This is done in order to begin to integrate the children with the larger church body and help them envision their future within the church. Children are invited to volunteer to help during these services, with reading, greeting or ushering by contacting Miss Cindy. Restless children up to age 3 have the option to stay in the Nursery instead if they wish.
Downtown Campus: All Year
9:30 am One room Sunday School for children age 3 to 5th grade.
West Campus: September – May
9:00 am Sunday School for Toddlers.
10:10 am Sunday School for children from age 3 to 4th grade with large group gathering and small group time based on grade level.
Learning to Use My Bible
Each fall children in the 3rd grade are invited to participate in the Learning to Use My Bible Study Sessions. The study includes 3 weekly study sessions, and concludes with a special “bring a parent” final session and overnight event at the church. After completing the sessions, participants are presented with their own brand new Bibles during the All-Church Thanksgiving Worship Service.
Vacation Bible School
First Church offers Vacation Bible school to children from age 3 to 5th grade each summer at our West Campus. We offer a day session (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) and an evening session (5:30 – 8:00pm) to fit the schedules of our First Church families.
2019 VBS Dates will be July 15 – 19. Currently, we are looking for volunteers – if you would be interested, please email Cindy Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a week long summer faith adventure for kids!
First Church will have two sessions from July 15 through July 19 – a morning session which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m. and an evening session from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This year’s VBS theme is To Mars and Beyond! Voyagers will be invited on a space travel adventure to explore where God’s power can take them! Along the journey, Voyagers discover a new realm of possibilities as they reach for the stars and encounter the limitless power and love of God!
Preschool Voyagers: Age 3 and 4 (must be potty trained)
Big Kid Voyagers: Just completed Kindergarten -3rd Grade
Tween Voyagers: Just completed 4th & 5th Grade
Only $15 for a week of fun, if you sign up and prepay before July 1VBS Morning Session Sign Up VBS Evening Session Sign-Up VBS Volunteer Sign-Up
Children’s Church Helpers Wanted!
Our Children’s Ministry Team is looking for Children’s Church helpers. We would like to have one volunteer for each service to help in the children’s classrooms. You will be helping to supervise during the lesson and assist with crafts/activities. Cindy Nelson will lead Children’s Church at the West Campus, Cindy Riviera leads Toddler Sunday School, West Campus, and Laura Irick leads Sunday School Downtown. There will not be any prepping or planning needed from volunteers, just an extra set of hands to help on Sunday mornings.Sign up to be a Children’s Church Helper!
First Church is committed to protecting all children and youth who participate in our programs. All employees are required to complete Safe Gatherings training.