Milestone Celebration on Sept. 16

This Sunday, September 16, during the 8:30 A.M. worship service, Pastor Todd 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 Work.

Donations needed to prepare for April 22 Milestone

In April at their Milestone Celebration the children in the Love and Grace groups, along with their parents, will create Manna bags to give to the homeless as a caring act of reaching out. To make the manna bags, the following supplies are needed: 16 or 20 oz. bottles of water, Protein bars (chewy not crunchy) and 4 oz. plastic containers of fruit.

Manna bags, named for the food provided by God in the desert during the Israelites time of wandering, are bags that contain healthy foods or items needed by those living on the streets. Families at the Milestone celebration will be encouraged to carry these in their car to give away when they see someone in need.

Your donation before the Milestone of the three items is appreciated. You will find the collection bin at the Children’s Welcome Desk.

4th grade retreat set for Feb. 25

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Join other 4th graders and our Sunday School leaders for a fun-filled afternoon. We will begin with Sunday School, worship as a class at the 11:00 worship service then on to our retreat activities. Our day will include community building activities, remembering/looking forward to our baptism, service project and lots of fun.

Retreat begins at 9:45 A.M. in C 117 (Sunday School room)  and ends at 3:30 P.M.  Cost for retreat is $10.00 to cover lunch for 4th graders.Please bring payment (cash or check) on the day of event.

Retreat Schedule:
  • 9:45 A.M. -Sunday School
  • 11:00 A.M. -worship as a class.
  • Noon- Lunch in Courtenay Lounge
  • 12:45 P.M. – activities, worship, service project, scavenger hunt 
  • 3:30  P.M. -Depart for home.

Questions? Contact Alice Wall. 

4th grade Retreat

Milestone Retreat set for February 25

The 4th graders will meet for Sunday School, worship as a class at the 11:00 worship service, then spend the afternoon on February 25 building community, working together and looking for connecting points.

What: 4th grade retreat and Milestone celebration

When: February 25, 2018;   9:45 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Where: We will start in C 117, our Sunday School room

Cost: $5.00 for pizza lunch. Payable on Feb. 25

4th grade Retreat

Upcoming Group activities

We have several community building opportunities coming in the next several months, so please mark your calendars!

Worship as a Class:  Sunday, Dec 10 8:30 a.m.

Worship together is a vital part of our faith.  It unites our hearts with God and with others in powerful ways.  We believe having the class worship together occasionally in the year ahead will help create a stronger relationship between our tweens and their leaders.  We will reserve pews and the class leaders and 5th graders will sit together for the service.

5th Grade Milestone Retreat:  Saturday, January 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The day is filled with activities centered on experiencing the 6 Great Ends of the Church, a trip to Preston Taylor Ministries to serve with the children there, and then parents are invited to join for dinner and a brief worship time that the kids will lead.

Serving Together at Preston Taylor Ministry: Sunday, March 11, 1-3 p.m. at FPC

A variety of opportunities will be provided for your family to serve in the local Nashville community through “Serving Together”  We strongly encourage your family to take advantage of these opportunities; tweens are empowered when they experience making a difference for others in the world.

Worship at Downtown Presbyterian Church:  Sunday, April 22, 9:45 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

The class will take a field trip to worship at Downtown Presbyterian Church and enjoy lunch after the service.


Confirmation Journey includes Covenant of Service

Early in the Sunday School year, our fourth, fifth and sixth graders are asked to consider how they will serve our church and community as part of their covenant of service during their confirmation journey. They may serve in a variety of ways and often find a unique serving opportunity based on their interests.

One way these pre-teens can serve is as a Junior VIP helper in Young Children and Worship or a Junior VIP Nursery helper. They can also serve as a Baptism Buddy, reading the scripture or prayer during a child’s baptism. Another way of serving is to pray for the leaders of our church; the deacons, elders and pastors. What a powerful image it is that our young members are praying for the leaders of our faith community.

These fourth, fifth and sixth graders are learning the meaning of service through stewardship in unique and meaningful ways.

Heard from one junior helper:

“I have always really loved working with young children, and it is something I look forward to when I am at church.  I have been taught from a young age to serve others, and this is a great way to do it.   There are many older church members that have impacted my life, and I would love to have the same affect on the nursery aged children.”

Family Advent Fun: What’s in a Tradition?

Join us December 3 from 3:30-5:15 as we learn how to celebrate the Advent season with our families at home. You’ll have the opportunity to create a fun Advent calendar, an Advent Wreath for devotion time, pre-plan an Advent Family Fun night, and prepare packages for our Room in the Inn guests.

Drop in when it works for your family! Latecomers are welcomed!

A supper of grilled cheese and soup will also be served as we celebrate together the coming Jesus!

There is no cost to attend but reservations are requested to aid our planning

2017 Advent Gathering

Let us know you will join us on Dec. 3, 2017, 3:30-5:15 p.m. for Advent family fun.


4th grade Visit to The Temple- Nov 17, 2017

Friday, November 17

4:30-7:45 p.m.

Every year the fourth graders visit and tour The Temple in Belle Meade.  This ties in nicely with our Old Testament curriculum for the year.  We’ll meet as a group at church for dinner prior to this event.  The Sunday School teachers will then transport the kids to and from The Temple.

4th grade Worship together as a class and more…

We have a few key activities coming up…please mark your calendars:


November 17th, 2017 Temple Visit

Every year the fourth graders visit and tour The Temple in Belle Meade.  This ties in nicely with our Old Testament curriculum for the year.  We’ll meet as a group at church for dinner prior to this event.  The Sunday School teachers will then transport the kids to The Temple.  Please look for more details soon but in the meantime, please hold this date on your calendars.  You will need to pick up your fourth grader at the Temple in Belle Meade.

Thistle Farms Service Project – Items Needed by 10/29

The fourth grade is partnering with Thistle Farms for our service project this year.  We showed the children a video about this organization a few weeks ago so they should be familiar with Thistle Farms.

Please visit this Thistle Farms Sign Up Genius and pick and item or two that your child can bring to support the women of Thistle Farms.  Please bring all items to Sunday School no later than 10/29.


All God’s Children Sing- October 29

As part of our celebration of the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, Sunday School children will participate in worship, 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.


  • Sunday School leaders will walk children (groups Faith 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.
  • 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 received an e-mail with instructions.  If you would like your young one to sing, please pick them up from class and walk them to the Sanctuary.  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.

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