Sign Up! Hymn of the Month Club

Hymn of the Month Club for Doxology Choristers

We are so excited to bring you our Hymn of the Month Club for this church choir year! This club will help you to develop a list of hymns that will stay with you throughout your lifetime to comfort you, bring you joy, and give you the ability to worship through song whenever you choose! What a blessing! How does the club work? For Hosanna Choir, we will simply become familiar with the hymns, listening to them and singing them several times throughout the month. Doxology choristers will have the pleasure of memorizing the first verse of each monthly hymn, and then singing it to Mrs. Brianna for credit. If you memorize 7 of the 8 hymns, you will receive a special prize at the end of the year. This is a no-pressure club and not meant to create anxiety or stress in any of our singers. They can choose to sing for Mrs. Brianna before or after rehearsal, Sunday morning, or even over the phone. It's a fun and rewarding challenge! Questions? Contact Mrs. Kelly.

It’s Time to Join the Children’s Choir!

The choirs share their songs in worship at least once per month; Fall 2018 Choir Calendar.  Additionally, they will work on songs for the Family Christmas Eve worship service.

Children spend time with all ages and  also by age-group during rehearsals.

The Hosanna Choir is for children ages 4 through younger elementary and the Doxology Choir is for older elementary. The directors are Kelly Posey and Brianna Mehler.

Why should your child join Children’s Choir?

The goal of the Children’s Choir Ministry at First Presbyterian Church is to build and nurture lifelong faith through actively praising and worshiping God with the gift of singing.

  • Children will learn another form of worshiping God. As St. Augustine once wrote, “To sing is to pray twice.”
  • Children learn various aspects of the worship service and come to have a greater understanding of what each part of the service means. They also come to understand music’s role in praising God.
  • Children participate in various devotional activities during rehearsals to strengthen their faith and foundation.
  • Children learn how to work with one another as part of a group. Choirs are the strongest when every member works together for the good of the whole.
  • Children gather a great base of musical knowledge with our wonderful directors. Children spend time not only singing, but learning the basics of music reading. They develop their singing voices and gain an appreciation for music.

It is really fun! Our directors love music and spending time with the children. They aim to make it an enjoyable experience for all and develop a lifelong desire for music and worship.

August 19 – The Journey to Confirmation Continues

The 5th grade year builds on the Old Testament foundation laid during the 4th grade year at First Presbyterian Church!   During the 5th grade year, we nudge our young people towards claiming the faith as their own.   We gently place more and more responsibility on  for reading the Bible, praying (even outloud), attending worship, and other practices that form our faith

The year will be filled with studying the New Testament in what is called a “survey” mode, or an overview of the stories, so that God’s plan and story line is emphasized more than single-story exploration.   The leaders will use an approach called “problem-based learning” to engage young minds in critical thinking, a necessary skill with Scripture as they move towards making their own profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The year will also be filled with intentional gatherings so that our young people can form new friendships and deepen old friendships in their group.   Watch for details as leaders will set up times for the 4th grade group to worship-together-as-a-class, join together for their Milestone Retreat, and much more.

August 19 – The Journey to Confirmation Begins

The 4th grade year is a big one at First Presbyterian Church!   While every step along a child’s faith journey nurtures them towards a closer, more trust-filled relationship with Christ, it is at the 4th grade year when the Journey to Confirmation is emphasized.

The year will be filled with studying the Old Testament in what is called a “survey” mode, or an overview of the stories, so that God’s plan and story line is emphasized more than single-story exploration.   The leaders will use an approach called “problem-based learning” to engage young minds in critical thinking, a necessary skill with Scripture as they move towards making their own profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The year will also be filled with intentional gatherings so that our young people can form new friendships and deepen old friendships in their group.   Watch for details as leaders will set up times for the 4th grade group to worship-together-as-a-class, join together for their Milestone Retreat, and much more.

Kick Off Details for Confirmation Class

Sunday, August 19 is kick-off day for Confirmation from 9:45 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.

View the Key Dates for Confirmation Class 2019 .

Please Register & E-Sogn Permission Slip for the Fellowship Lunch & Skating Party, which is immediately following the 11:00 worship service on August 19.

Here’s the plan:

  • Class meets in GRUNDY Hall at 9:45 A.M.
  • Worship together at the 11:00 A.M. service with their small group leaders
  • Enjoy lunch together here on campus (provided)
  • Group travels together to the Brentwood Skate Center for fun and fellowship (transportation provided by class leaders)
  • Return to the FPC campus by 2:30 P.M.  Parent pick-up in the parking lot located by the GYM.

We hope this will be a priority for your new confirmand.  It’s a great way to start this significant year in community with one another!

ACTION NEEDED

  1. In order for your child to participate in the Confirmation Class we need a Medical Release on file. Click HERE to complete the class Medical Release, which is valid for all class activities through the end of May 2019.
  2. Please send in current photo (head shot – a quick on snapped on your phone will work) AND a baby photo (scan it or take a picture of it) of your Confirmand as soon as you can.  You may attach the photos to an e-mail and send to our Office.

We must have the medical release AND your permission to take your confirmand off campus.

Nursery Care for Our Youngest

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!

Nursery Sunday School – August 19

Sunday, August 19, will begin another 10-month season of Nursery Sunday School, a community of belonging for our children.  Prior to the 19th, you will receive an e-mail with details about your child(ren)’s leaders, Nursery Staff, group & room assignment, etc.   Leaders are already praying for your child(ren)!   Please be sure to greet their leaders and caregivers when you check them into their room.

Once your child(ren) are settled, parents are invited to Courtenay Hall where a breakfast will be hosted by Pastor Josh Rodriguez.   A great time for fellowship, food, and some spiritual uplifting through Josh’s message.

Questions about the start of the new season?    Contact Deb O’Brien

Children’s Sunday School Kick-Off

Sunday, August 19, will begin another 10-month season of Sunday School, a community of belonging for our children.  Prior to the 19th, you will receive an e-mail with details about your child(ren)’s leader, small group & room assignment, etc.   Leaders are already praying for your child(ren)!   We encourage you to escort your child(ren) to their rooms and greet their leaders.

Once your child(ren) are settled, parents are invited to Courtenay Hall where a breakfast will be hosted by Pastor Josh Rodriguez.   A great time for fellowship, food, and some spiritual uplifting through Josh’s message.

Questions about the start of the new season?    Contact Deb O’Brien

Retreat Time! Fun with Friends September 7

Save-the-Date!  Friday evening, September 7,  all children in 1st through 3rd grade are invited to an evening of fun, food, and fellowship.   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.

Register Here

 

Retreat Time! September 7 and Milestone September 16

Save-the-Date!  Friday evening, September 7,  all children in 1st through 3rd grade are invited to an evening of fun, food, and fellowship.   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.

Register Here for Retreat

Sunday, September 16 during the 8:30 worship service, Pastor Todd will present each 3rd grader with a gift Bible from the church.   The Milestone Celebration will follow for parents and their child to gather in Grundy Hall to open and explore their new Bible in fun and creative ways from 9:45-10:45).

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