Children's and Family Ministry
We believe that we are all God's beloved children, and so take seriously the important ministry that children and families offer in the life of our community. Mindful of the promises made at Baptism, we offer education, worship, fellowship, play and service opportunities for our children to be nurtured in faith. In all that we say and do, we want all of our children to know God's love for them, to ask questions, to use their imaginations, and to explore with joy their identity as children of God. Activities for children and families include weekly Sunday School, children's choir, regular family fellowship gatherings, monthly mission activities, annual events and special holiday-themed activities.
If you have questions or want information about children's activities at First Presbyterian, please contact our Director of Children & Family Ministry, Lynace Veit, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-222-0604.
We have several forms if your child will be in our care. Please download, print and fill out, then bring back to church with you. The forms are: Church School Information Form, Medical Authorization Form, Nursery Child Profile Form and the Photo Release Form.
Sunday School for all ages 9:30-10:30am
Infants and Nursery
Infants CE 106 • Walkers CE 104
Nursery care for infants through two years is provided each Sunday morning 9:30am-12pm in our Christian Education building adjacent to the church. Trained childcare workers are present to provide a loving and safe environment for your child.
We also regularly provide nursery care for special services, fellowship events, educational offerings and meetings held at the church. If you are not sure whether nursery care is offered for your event, please call the church office to inquire. We request reservations for the nursery 48 hours in advance for special events.
Ages 2-4 CE 103 • Ages 4 (Pre-K) and 5 (K) CE 204
Sunday school classes for children ages three to kindergarten are offered each week from 9:30 AM-10:30 AM in the Christian Education building adjacent to the church. Guided by the "Wee Believe" curriculum of the PC(USA), children are invited to begin learning the stories of our faith through age-appropriate Scripture lessons, crafts, activities and music. Led by faithful members of our congregation, this is a place for children to search their imaginations and grow in God's love.
Following the "Children's Time" portion of our worship service, ages two through seven can leave to participate in Extended Session and Worship Center. Led by congregation members, Extended Session is an opportunity for two and three year-olds to continue learning the lessons of our faith through crafts, play, media and story-telling. Worship Center is a distinctive time to gather and learn more about worship. Specially trained teachers lead this Montessori-based program that emphasizes quiet, wonder and reflection.
Ages 1st - 5th Graders • Crosswalk Upstairs CE building
Elementary-aged children participate in Crosswalk, a rotation model program that focuses on a well-defined theme, Bible story, or narrative over a period of several weeks, and is taught in a variety of ways. Each class rotates through a series of workshops during the weeks of the lesson, each one focusing on a different aspect of learning the story. Drama, cooking, science, media, story-telling and arts all facilitate the faith exploration of children in this program. The uniquely designed Crosswalk classrooms are located in our Christian Education building and meets Sunday mornings at 9:30am.
Children's Programs During Worship 10:45-11:45am
Nursery: Infants CE 106/Walkers CE 104
Ages 4-7: Main Bldg. 322 (Children’s Worship Center)
Grades 2-12: Remain in pews for family worship
Age appropriate worship bags are available at all sanctuary entrances. Participation for preschool-age during the main worship service is dependent on maturity level and family preference.
Summer Camp at Ferncliff
During the summer, you can send your children ages 1st-5th grade to summer camp at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center. Ferncliff is located about 10 miles west of Little Rock, Arkansas. Sessions are offered weekly and activities include hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, large group games, sand volleyball, mountain biking, mountain boarding, crafts, large group worship, small group Bible study, games, orienteering, campfires and special events. Information about the summer camp plans will be available on our website previous to each year's camp session.
Vacation Bible School
Each summer Vacation Bible School is part of a collaborative program put on by First Presbyterian with several other local churches. The theme for this year is SPLASH! LIVING WATERS FOR THE WORLD. VBS will take place July 11-15, 2016 for children ages 4 up to 8th grade from 8:45am-12:00pm. Registration is now closed. If you would like to speak to us about the possibility of your child attending VBS, you must call the church office and speak to Lynace Veit at 318-222-0604 since the registration deadline has passed.