Choir Sings in Worship

This Sunday, September 15 at 8:30 AM

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.

Milestone Celebration for Faith Group (4 year old) – September 29

We invite 4 year olds and their parents to join us in the Sanctuary on September 29 at 9:45 a.m. for a Milestone Celebration that welcomes our 4 year olds into our corporate time of worship. Children and their parents will explore the sanctuary and be provided with concrete ways that help young children appreciate and participate in worship at First Presbyterian Church.

Families are invited to then worship together at the 11:00 service in the Sanctuary where each of our 4 year olds will be presented with their own hymnal – “Sing to God.”

 

Milestone Celebration for Moon group (3 year old) – October 6

Our three year olds in the Moon group will receive a gift Bible on October 6, 2019 as part of their Milestone Celebration.  Three year olds and their parents will gather in Grundy Hall at 9:45 to gather and create  materials to use in a worship space at home. Families will create a worship mat and a collection of finger plays. The children will receive a copy of The Read and Learn Bible to use at home for family worship and reading.

Nursery Care for Our Youngest (3 and younger)

At First Presbyterian Church we welcome new babies (6 weeks or older) into our Nursery throughout the year!   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 each Sunday morning.

Our one-year old toddlers are in the Little Lambs group, two’s are in the Rainbow group, and three’s are in the Moon group. A reminder that placement is determined by age as for August 15, 2019.  And we do not age-up our children until Kick-Off 2020.   We believe it is important for children to build relationships their care providers and other children in their group.

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!

Confirmands Dine with Session-Diaconate on September 23, 2019

Please make a meal reservation for your confirmand or to let us know he/she will not be able to attend.   The cost for the dinner was included in the class fee.

Meal reservations must be made by September 16.

Monday, September 23 from 5:30-7:00pm in Courtenay Hall.

Attire:   casual; many confirmands actually come to the dinner after a practice.

Pickup:  At 7:00, confirmands will be walked to the covered drop-off entrance by their small groups leaders.   Parents can pick up there.

What:    Confirmands will eat and meet with officers (elders and deacons) of the church.  Each confirmand will receive a personal introduction to the Officers of the Church and the opportunity to observe the church governing body at work at their quarterly joint meeting which begins at 6:00 p.m..

Please make a dinner reservation.

1st – 3rd Graders – Save the Date! September 27

Save-the-Date!  Friday evening, September 27,  all children in 1st through 3rd grade are invited to an evening of fun, food, and fellowship here on the FPC campus from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Includes pizza dinner.

Parents:  This a perfect opportunity for your child to create new and strengthen old church friendships.  Helping our children connect together as young disciples as they journey towards Youth group will have significant benefits for your child’s faith development.

Milestone Celebration on September 15

Sunday, September 15, during the 8:30 A.M. worship service, Pastor Stuart will present 3rd graders in the Philippians and Colossians Sunday School groups with their gift Bible. These Bibles contain many helpful tools that make the scriptures come alive, and will become your child’s “textbook” for the next three years on their Journey to Confirmation.

We need your 3rd grader in Grundy Hall at 7:50 A.M. to prepare for the worship service. Parents can head to the Sanctuary to find their seats with the rest of their family. After the Sunday School groups prepare for worship, they will move to reserved pews in the Sanctuary.

We encourage your child bring their offering to place in the offering plate while they sit with their peer group during worship.

Following worship, parents and 3rd graders are invited back to Grundy Hall for the Milestone Celebration from 9:45-10:45 A.M. We have lots of meaningful activities planned to help the children open, explore, and most of all, enjoy this tremendous gift of the Bible.

Please give thought to your favorite verse(s) of the Bible. At the celebration, parents will have a chance to “autograph” their child’s Bible next to their favorite verse. This has proved to be a very fun and meaningful introduction to God’s Word.

Retreat!

Save-the-Date!  Friday evening, September 27,  all children in 1st through 3rd grade are invited to an evening of fun, food, and fellowship here on the FPC campus from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Includes pizza dinner.

Parents:  This a perfect opportunity for your child to create new and strengthen old church friendships.  Helping our children connect together as young disciples as they journey towards Youth group will have significant benefits for your child’s faith development.

Joyfully Engaging Children with Scripture

Verse-of-the-Month

Each month, a foundational Scripture verse will be communicated to families in the Thursday E-Letter.  Families are encouraged to weave the Scripture verse into their families prayers, conversations, and life in general.  Other ideas include posting the Verse-of-the-Month in obvious places, like the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, or the family dinner table.  Memorizing the Scripture verse may be appealing to your family also.

For the past several years, we have integrated music into each Sunday School group’s time with Jerry Monds, Brianna Meler, and Tina Rose singing with the children and their leaders.  The Verse-of-the-Month will be sung each week during music time.  Putting Scripture to music is an additional way to move it into memory because research indicates that music has a powerful effect on brain activity and memory.

September Verse-of-the-Month

“I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.  So shall I be saved from my enemies, I will call upon the Lord.  ”  

Psalm 18:3

Families with older children may wish to include Psalm 18:46, which included in the song.

“The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock;

and let the God of my salvation be exalted.”

Saving You a Seat

Week 1 – Saving you a seat – Crosses

Week 2 – Saving you a seat – The Light

Week 3 – Saving you a seat – Music

Week 4 – Saving you a seat – what do you see

Children’s Choir Schedule

Here is the most up-to-date Children’s Choir Schedule: Choir Schedule 2019-2020

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