Great Resources for Summer

Here’s a few resources and book suggestions for Parents/Caregivers and for Families.

  • God Loves Me is a series of 52 Bible storybooks designed for children ages 2 to 3. Each book includes a prayer and suggestions for learning-through-play activities. The books can be ordered as a full set or individually. #babyshower #birthdaypresent #baptismgift
  • The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith is grounded in research from the Fuller Youth Institute and empowers parents to nurture family faith.  The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family addresses one of the top current concerns about youth and the church: the reality that nearly half of all young people raised in Christian families walk away from their faith when they graduate from high school. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: research also shows that parents are one of the primary influences on their child’s faith.

Choir Re-gathers August 18, 2019

Children’s Choirs will begin rehearsals on Sunday, August 18, from 4:00-5:00 pm.   Watch for details and registration for this next season of singing and praising God with our voices.

The choir ministry serves children ages 4-12 and the choirs meet weekly on Sundays from 4:00-5:00 for rehearsal.   Highlights of the upcoming choir season are singing monthly in our worship services, singing in worship at a local nursing home, and leading the Christmas Eve Family 5:00 Service with many songs.

 

Nursery Care for the Summer

As the families of First Presbyterian Church enjoy the fun days of summer, we know we will welcome new babies into our Nursery! We have two rooms set aside for infant care, our Wee Angels and Baby Doves. Babies who are at least 6 weeks old are welcomed and cared for by our loving Nursery Staff, while parents can enjoy worship and Sunday School classes throughout the summer.

Our toddlers are in the Little Lambs group, two’s are in the Sun group, and three’s are in the Moon group. A reminder that we do not age-up our youngest children until Kick-Off on August 18, 2019.

Nursery Care is available during the 8:30 worship service in the Sanctuary, 9:45 to coincide with Sunday School (for all ages),  and both the 11:00 worship services, Sanctuary and The Table in the Gathering Place.

Visit the Children’s Welcome Desk for a warm welcome. We use a computerized check-in system and the children are cared for in secured space; safety is a top priority.

Read More about our ministry with the youngest!

Summer Learning Groups and Worship

During the summer months, our Sunday School learning groups combine into multi-age clusters in a relaxed, fun format.   Kick-off for the new season is August 18, 2019.

Summer Sunday School
Now until August 11 | 9:45 – 10:45 AM

Parents are invited to join their children in Sunday School over the summer.

Rooms & Age Groups: 
Ages 4, 5, 6 (age by Aug. 15, 2019, Pre-1st) | CW 114
Entering Grades 1st – 6th in the Fall | Grundy Hall

Worship Services

Sundays | Sanctuary | 8:30 and 11:00 | The Gathering Place | 11:00 AM
This summer The Five Thirty service meets on Sundays at 11:00 A.M. in The Gathering Place. We are calling it The Table—a relaxed worship service rooted in the Reformed Tradition.
All are welcome to worship!
Nursery Care and Young Children & Worship are available for this service too!

Summer Learning Groups and Worship

During the summer months, our Sunday School learning groups combine into multi-age clusters in a relaxed, fun format.   Kick-off for the new season is August 18, 2019.

Summer Sunday School
Now until August 11 | 9:45 – 10:45 AM

Parents are invited to join their children in Sunday School over the summer.

Rooms & Age Groups: 
Ages 4, 5, 6 (age by Aug. 15, 2019, Pre-1st) | CW 114
Entering Grades 1st – 6th in the Fall | Grundy Hall

Worship Services

Sundays | Sanctuary | 8:30 and 11:00 | The Gathering Place | 11:00 AM
This summer The Five Thirty service meets on Sundays at 11:00 A.M. in The Gathering Place. We are calling it The Table—a relaxed worship service rooted in the Reformed Tradition.
All are welcome to worship!
Nursery Care and Young Children & Worship are available for this service too!

Mission Days for Rising 4th, 5th, & 6th Graders
Mission Days | July 8 & July 24 – Details and Register Here
Medical Release
We will head out into the community to care for our neighbors!

Children’s Choir January

January 6|  rehearsal from 4:00-5:00 P.M.

January 13| rehearsal from 4:00-5:00 P.M.

January 20 | Hosanna and Doxology sing at the 8:30 service and are invited to join with all Sunday School children for the 11:00 introit – all to honor Pastor Todd on his last Sunday at FPC.

January 27 | Special Rehearsal from 4:00-5:30 PM with James Wells, guest director, and pizza and game night.

Choir Sings In Worship

This Coming Sunday, October 28

the Children’s Choir is  Singing the Introit at 8:30 Worship Service

* On Sunday, meet at 8:00 AM in the hallway to the left of the sanctuary (the pulpit side) for robing and rehearsing before singing in the 8:30 service.

* Our choristers who are 4, 5, and 6 year olds not yet in 1st grade can dismiss with the Young Children and Worship group.

* We will have front row pews reserved for our older choristers and their families so we can all sit together. 

 * Children will keep their robes on during the worship service.  We will derobe together after the service in the back hallway.

Doxology Retreat RSVP

All God’s Children Sing

On Sunday, January 20, Sunday School children will participate in worship to present Pastor Todd with the gift of their song for his retirement. They will be singing the Introit together. The Psalmist said, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”  That’s what All God’s Children Sing is about; all children making a joyful sound to praise and worship God.

Logistics:

  • Sunday School leaders will walk children (groups Moon to 6th grade) directly to the Sanctuary at 10:45 (the end of  Sunday School).
  • After the children sing, they will join their parents in the pews for worship.  If you have already worshiped, you may exit the sanctuary after the song.
  • Front rows will be reserved for families with children in the Moon, Faith, Love and Grace groups so children can find parents easily.
  • Families with children in the Moon group (our 3’s) — you are welcome to remain on or near the risers if needed.

If it is not possible for your child to participate, please meet her/him in the Sanctuary before the 11:00 service begins and let their Sunday School leader know prior to leaving.  Thank you.

It will be a joyful day of praising God.

Entering the Children’s Secure Space

Arriving in the building for the 8:30 start to the morning:  for those families who will be checking in a child 3 and younger

You will be met outside the secured space by Leanne or Val.  They will assist you in checking in all your children for the morning.  You can check-in older children who will attend Young Children & Worship or Sunday School at this point, too.  You will receive a name tag to place on your Nursery-aged child, a bag tag, and a pick-up receipt (very important).  You can then enter the space and drop your young child into Nursery Care.

When you return to retrieve your child (either after 8:30 worship or after Sunday School), you will need to show the pick-up receipt in order to enter the secured space.   You will turn the receipt in at your child’s room.   While our loving nursery staff works hard to know every child, this receipt ensures that if we have substitutes, we will be reuniting children to the correct adult.

Arriving in the building for the 9:45 start of Sunday School:

You will be able to check-in  your family outside the secured space.   Young children will receive their name tags, etc.   At 9:40, the doors to the secured space will open and you can escort your child to the proper room.   This provides ample time for families who were present for the 8:30 service to retrieve their child and exit the space.   Again you will have the opportunity to check-in for the remainder of the morning, i.e., Sunday School and 11:00 worship.

Arriving in the building for the 11:00 start to the morning:  for those families who will be checking in a child 3 and younger

You will be able to check-in your family outside the secured space.   Young children will receive their name tags, etc.   At 10:50, the doors to the secured space will open and you can escort your child to the proper room.   This provides ample time for families who were present for the earlier programs to retrieve their child and exit the space.   You can check-in older children who will attend Young Children & Worship at this point, too.  You will receive a name tag to place on your Nursery-aged child, a bag tag, and a pick-up receipt (very important).  You can then enter the space and drop your young child into Nursery Care.

When you return to retrieve your child (after 11:00 worship), you will need to show the pick-up receipt in order to enter the secured space.   You will turn the receipt in at your child’s room.   While our loving nursery staff works hard to know every child, this receipt ensures that if we have substitutes, we will be reuniting children to the correct adult.

 

 

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