What is our vision?
In our children’s ministry, we desire to create purposeful environments that foster learning and probe curiosity in children and that motivate, equip and encourage leaders and parents to be intentional in conversations with children about the Gospel of Jesus.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT FIRST PRES
Our worship service, with music led by the praise team, begins at 8:30 AM.
Faith Foundations for children, youth and adults begin at 10 AM.
Our worship service, with music led by our organist, begins at 11:00 AM.
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
We encourage parents to begin worshipping with their kids as early as possible, and we are excited to come alongside anyone ready to try. We can help! To start, check out the resources below. With that though, we understand that some kids are just not ready, and that is OK! Nursery is provided for children from birth to 5 years old during both hours of worship.
And we should, in church, welcome the wiggling and the squirming, and we should hope that what is happening is that the Word of God is reaching those hearts in ways those children do not even recognize. They are speaking as children, they are thinking as children, they are reasoning as children but the Word of God can reach where we cannot go. It is one of the ordinary means of grace that our children, in church with us, will hear the Word of God, and sing the songs, sing the hymns, hear the music before they can sing it. In order that they, at the right time, might find their voice.
Why do we want kids in worship?
Family integrated worship is not only Biblical but is a gift to us as one Body of Christ—young and old. Worshipping together is an opportunity for us as parents to lean into our weighty calling as the teachers and disciplers of our children, and for our children to watch and learn what it means to worship corporately and then also to participate as well.
Don't children need age-appropriate learning?
Absolutely! Our Faith Foundations hour is a focused time of age-appropriate learning for all. Corporate worship is intended to be for all, and we believe the Word of God is not limited by understanding and can speak transformative truth to all its hearers.
In addition, don’t be afraid to talk with your kids during worship to help them understand. Walk them through what you are doing when you sing, when you pray the prayer of confession, when you take Communion, and when you receive the benediction, etc.
What if my child can't sit still or be quiet?
It’s OK! It happens. Talk about expectation together and pray with your children before you come. Provide younger ones with snacks and quiet activities, encourage lower elementary children to try and follow along with worship in the children’s bulletin, and have older elementary kids actively listen for things they want to talk about later in the day. BUT if all fails, there is a cry room in the back of the narthex available for those moments. Take a break, pray, and try again.
Faith Foundations classrooms are all framed around Acts 2:42 and incorporate fellowship, snacks, teaching and prayer. These classes are offered for all children 3 years old to 6th grade. You can find information for each unit of study and weekly resources here.
NURSERY: Babies to 2 years old are invited to play in our nursery for worship and Faith Foundations.
3-YEAR-OLDS TO KINDERGARTEN: Children are welcomed into a relaxed environment where they will engage with the Bible story through intentional play, focused learning time, and interactive repetition.
LOWER ELEMENTARY (1ST-3RD GRADE): These children will walk through Bible stories with fun games, music and activities and begin to discuss together what each story means and how everything in Scripture points to Jesus.
UPPER ELEMENTARY (4TH-6TH GRADE): Children here are encouraged to really think through Scripture more on their own. The Bible story is taught in a big group setting, then boys and girls split into small groups where they can discuss Scripture in more depth and openness with their leaders and other peers.
ROOTED (WEDNESDAY NIGHTS)
Rooted, our Wednesday Night programs, kick off September 8! Divided into the same groups as on Sunday morning, children will all rotate through three different blocks: Learn, Worship, Move. During the Learn block, children will hear more about some of the Spiritual disciplines with a loose connection to what they are hearing on Sunday morning. Worship will help introduce them to what it means to worship and why it’s important, while also connecting to the Learn content. In addition, each Wednesday night will include time for kids to get some energy out in Move.