5th grade retreat- January 26, 2019

Fifth graders and their leaders will gather on Saturday January 26 for an all-day retreat. This is a special day in which we hope all fifth graders will join us. Our time together will include serving at Preston Taylor, and fellowship with each other as we play together. We invite families to come eat and worship with us at 5 p.m. on Saturday to conclude the retreat.

On Sunday, January 27 the retreat continues as fifth graders and their leaders (and any family members who wish to join us) worship at the Downtown Presbyterian Church. This trip is part of the fifth grade study of the early church and a visit to the sanctuary where First Presbyterian Church began is a great compliment to the Sunday School sessions. We will return to FPC to eat together following worship and a tour.

Note: You can attend one or both days of this event. Register Now!

What: Fifth Grade retreat (Saturday Jan. 26) and trip to Downtown Presbyterian Church (Sunday, Jan. 27)

When: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.  and Sunday 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Who: Fifth graders and their leaders

Where: Meet in Courtenay Hall on Saturday. Meet in Children’s Wing lobby on Sunday.

Cost: $20 to cover the cost of meals on Saturday and Sunday. -Payable on Saturday or Sunday at drop off!

Questions: Contact Alice Wall at alwall@mscontractors.com

Buddy Sunday is Nov. 4

Nov 4 is Buddy Sunday; a time when older and younger children get to meet each other and begin to build recognition and  community through prayer and sharing a Bible story together. Our goal for this day is for older children to act as mentors to the younger children and for younger children to meet older children to include in their faith community.

The Galatians Group (1st grade) will meet with the 5th grade group during Sunday School.

We invite  the children to pray for each other during the week. Children will bring home a Buddy Book which names their new church friend.

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.

Confirmation Orientation Meeting for 5th graders and their parents

May 13 at 9:45-10:45 in Grundy Hall

Parents will join with their current 5th grader to meet and talk with Garry Latimer, who will be the Team Leader for the Confirmation class next year, and Deb O’Brien, Director of Ministry with Children and their families.

Information shared at  the meeting will include:

  • Vision and values for the coming year
  • Key dates
  • Introduction of the leadership team
  • Some get acquainted activities
  • a chance to ask questions

Please bring $30 to cover the participation fee that covers events/food for the fellowship events that are an integral part of the year.

Confirmation is the culmination of all the nurture and faith formation that has taken place since your child was born. It is the time when children have reached an age where they can profess their faith in Jesus Christ as their own-apart from their parent’s and take on the privileges  and responsibilities of full church membership here at First Presbyterian Church.

Questions, please contact Deb O’Brien at dobrien@fpcnashville.org or 615-298-9582

5th Grade to Visit Downtown Presbyterian

5th Grade Worships 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.


5th Grade Retreat Recap

On January 27 the 5th grade group met together for the day to practice the 6 Great Ends of the Church. They served at Preston Taylor Ministry, planned and led worship for their families, and  learned about each other while they played and worked together.

It was a Great day!


5th Grade Retreat

When? Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Your entire family is invited to join us at 5:00 P.M. for worship, the presentation of Milestone faith stones and a special dinner prepared by our fifth graders!

Where? We will begin in Grundy Hall, head to Preston Taylor Ministries for an afternoon of sharing in community, then return to Courtenay Hall for dinner and worship.

What? A day of discovering who we are as a church through worship, service and mission, games and fellowship.

What do I bring? 2 lunches in a disposable container (for each lunch:  sandwich, salty snack, sweet snack, fruit) and a refillable water bottle labeled with your child’s name to use during the day.

Cost (payable on January 27 at drop-off) $20.00 per family to cover the cost of dinner for your entire family.

Questions? Contact Martha Elrod

Sign up below to let us know you are coming! Deadline to register for the retreat is January 21, 2018.

Buddy Sunday – Dec. 3, 2017

On Dec 3, the older children visited the young groups of Sunday School. They shared a scripture then were paired up with a buddy to talk about the scripture and get to know each other. Great things happened when young children and older children met. Older children found the role of buddy leader to be fun to fulfill. Younger children were pleased to have the attention of an older child. Each child now has the name of another child to pray for and look for on Sunday mornings.

5th Grade visited the 1st Grade:

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.”

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