Sunday School Kick-Off for 2018-2019

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

Lent 2018

The season of Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday, February 14.


As we walk through the 40 days of Lent with children, it’s meaningful to mark the days of the season together.  We search our hearts, shout Hosanna with the crowd on Palm Sunday, share the bread and the cup at the Last Supper, bear the sorrow of Jesus’ death on the cross, and celebrate the joyful day of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday.


Lenten Devotions for the Congregation  — Our Father:   Sharing the Lord’s Prayer in the season of Lent

When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he began with the words, “Our Father.” From the beginning, our Lord’s prayer shapes us as a community of disciples. Prayer not only draws us into fellowship with God; it knits us together as one people who look for signs of the kingdom of God.

This Lent at First Presbyterian, we will pursue our mission in worship, education, and service to know Christ and to make Christ known.

In worship, our Sunday scriptures, prayers, and hymns will be inspired by the Lord’s Prayer and Pastor Todd’s sermon each week will be on a section of this prayer.

In education, resources from our confessions, catechisms and current books will be shared to offer insight into the prayer for those looking to go deeper.

In service, opportunities will be shared: to make offerings for the needy, to participate in local mission, and to go on mission trips. A particular emphasis will be the invitation to see and share signs of the kingdom in ordinary Christian service.

Throughout Lent, members are invited to focus on the Lord’s Prayer in existing small groups, or to join new Communities of Belonging established just for this season. Discussion guides will be provided.

Your family can gather together and find holy space throughout the Lenten season, as you count the 40 days (and 6 Sundays) of the season that begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14 and ends with Easter Sunday on April 1.


Check Here for Ideas to Use with Children

Supplements to help families have meaningful devotions in their homes will be available on this page as well as families will be provided with a “Lord’s Prayer” bag through Children’s Sunday School.


 Gathering the Family for Lenten Devotions

A short and sweet devotional time together with the family is usually the best kind!  Using mealtimes or other natural gathering times may help hold children’s attention and set everyone up for a great experience.  Light a candle to symbolize the presence of Christ among you, and share the section of the Lord’s Prayer together.  The most important thing is that you are taking time to be unhurried, quiet, at peace – a moment out of an otherwise busy day to spend some time being together, being with God, and reflecting on the meaning of the Lenten season.  As Christians in community, we prepare our hearts through the “waiting time” of Lent in preparation for the joyful celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Confirmation Overnight Retreat to NaCoMe

RETREAT TIME is near!!!

Who: All Confirmands, their Small Group Leaders, Deb O’Brien and Anna Wheeler (Assistant Director for High School Ministries at FPC)
What: Confirmation Overnight Retreat
When: Saturday, February 10, 8:00 A.M. through
Sunday, February 11, returning to FPC by 1:30 P.M.
Where: NaCoMe Camp & Conference Center

Please register your confirmand HERE; you may also pay the $50 retreat participation fee on-line, or choose to mail in a check to the attention of Deb O’Brien, FPC, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN  37220.
The registration deadline is January 18.

Serving at the Salvation Army

Click to let us know if your Confirmand will or will not participate: and complete the permission slip.

 The class will work at the warehouse on December 9 assisting the Salvation Army with organizing the thousands of gifts that pour into the warehouse.  We will deliver the gifts from each small group at this time, too.  This has proven to be a very meaningful and worthwhile opportunity to share, care, and help others during this significant time of the year – preparing to welcome the Christ Child.

 

•          We meet at FPC at 2:30pm (parking lot by Dining Hall) 
•          Work from 3:00-5:00 and
•          return to FPC by 5:30 pm (to same parking lot) 
•          Transportation is provided by small group leaders
•          The warehouse is at 1530 Antioch Pk., Nashville 37013
·                Dress warmly; the warehouse is cool.  
·                Remember to bring your Angel’s gifts to class or bring them with you on the 9th

 

View the Salvation Army Mission Video here.

ME Mornings for moms with young children

Are you a mom with young children, under the age of 6? Join with other moms for a morning of tending, nourishing and sharing your soul. While moms enjoy time with one another, the children will receive loving care in our Nursery. Toddlers and preschool ages will have their own Bible study!

We understand that life with a little one is filled with surprises that often interrupt the best laid plans. Each ME Morning is unique so if you miss one, there is nothing to “catch up on.” Moms are encouraged to attend when they can.  Register here.

Lenten Bedtime Prayers

Teach your child(ren) a new prayer (or two) over the course of the 40 days of Lent by taping it by their bed and praying it together every night at bedtime.  Here are some suggestions and some simple directions to follow   Also watch a short video clip that reviews some common ways we pray to God

Read more…

Worship as a Class

September 27:

5th Graders will worship together as a class during the 8:30 a.m. worship service with their adult group leaders.  Meet in the Sanctuary and look for reserved pews in the front.   

For families with young children

Nursery Open House

Sunday, September 20, come by for our Nursery Open House from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Tour the area, meet the staff, and enjoy some refreshments.  This is a great time for parents to get comfortable with the Nursery ministry and look ahead to when their infant will receive loving care with our staff.   

ME Evening – September 25

Dinner  |  Games  |  Fellowship

You and your spouse are invited for an evening of food, friends and fellowship with other Moms and Dads of young children.

Join us from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in The Gathering Place. Dinner will be provided, and the Nursery will be open for children age 6 years and younger.

Please RSVP to let us know if you can make it.  Hope to see you there!

 

For families with young children

Nursery Open House

Sunday, September 20, come by for our Nursery Open House from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Tour the area, meet the staff, and enjoy some refreshments.  This is a great time for parents to get comfortable with the Nursery ministry and look ahead to when their infant will receive loving care with our staff.   

ME Evening – September 25

Dinner  |  Games  |  Fellowship

You and your spouse are invited for an evening of food, friends and fellowship with other Moms and Dads of young children.

Join us from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in The Gathering Place. Dinner will be provided, and the Nursery will be open for children age 6 years and younger.

Please RSVP to let us know if you can make it.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

Confirmation Fellowship Party & Parent Meeting

This Sunday, September 20, Confirmation Class of 2016 will fellowship together 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. playing games around the FPC campus.  Parents of confirmands will meet from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. in the OHS Dining Hall.  Please RSVP online.

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