Children’s Ministry

Sunday Morning

Worship | 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. | Sanctuary 

Worship is the heartbeat of our church life at First Presbyterian, and we believe this is true for church members of all ages. The beauty of our liturgical style of worship invites children at all developmental levels to encounter the triune God. The rhythms of liturgy bring in familiar elements each week, allowing children to have a sense of what to expect, while varying songs and prayers engage them in different ways each week.  

Children and their families will not want to miss the “Blessing of the Young Disciples”! Each week during the service Pastor Ryan or other ministry leaders invite all children from their seats to come sit on the chancel steps to hear about the love of Jesus. This is a highlight in the worship service for both children and the congregation.  

A worship service with the sounds of children is a good thing! Children of all ages are always welcome to worship alongside their church family in the Sanctuary. We also offer options for specific age levels to frame their worship experience in a developmentally appropriate way. 

  • Ages 0–3 (Nursery): Check–in for nursery care is in the lobby by the Children’s Ministry entrance. Nursery-age children are always welcome in worship services. 
  • Ages 4–6 (Pre-K and Kindergarten): PreK and Kindergarten children begin worship with the congregation and are invited to join Young Children & Worship following the Blessing of the Young Disciples. Parents pick up their child after worship ends from Grundy Hall, located in the Children’s Ministry Wing.  
  • Ages 6+ (1st and older): Children are invited to worship alongside their families and worship activity bags are provided at each entrance to the Sanctuary. Families can choose how to use worship activity bags in the way that works best for their child, but we have found that waiting to dig into the bags until the sermon is a good way for them to keep their hands, minds, and hearts engaged during the longest part of the service. 

Sunday School | 9:40 a.m. Check-In opens | 9:45 a.m. Program begins 

At First Presbyterian, Sunday School is designed to be a complement for worship. As we educate kids on the basics of our faith, we grow their minds while worship cultivates their hearts. Children’s Sunday School uses the Gospel Project Curriculum, which tells God’s unfolding story of redemption throughout the Bible and aims to help kids better understand God’s character and his invitation into a loving, personal relationship with himself.  

Children’s Sunday School follows a small group—large group—small group model. Children start in grade level classrooms where they participate in an opening activity intended to tee up their hearts and minds for the lesson. They then travel to a large group space where they join other grade groups for the Bible story, music and game. Finally, children return to their classrooms to discuss the Bible story before being picked up by parents. This model seeks to engage the whole child by inviting them to move their bodies, use their voices, and learn in community with peers and adult church members who bear witness to the gospel through their presence and participation each week. 

Sunday School classes are offered at 9:45 a.m. for children in PreK–6th grade. Pre-K and Kindergarten meet in the Children’s Wing and 1st through 6th grade meet in the Oak Hill School C-Wing. 

During the summer months and select weeks we combine some ages/grade levels for Sunday School programming. Nursery, Pre-K, and Elementary students (Ages 0–5th grade) will be promoted to their new classrooms and groups each September. The 6th grade confirmands promote to Youth Ministry each May following Confirmation Sunday. 

Children must be checked in and out of Sunday School by a parent. To keep our ministry as safe as possible, this step will help ensure the safety of your child while they are in our care. Please check children in at the following locations: 

  • Nursery–Kindergarten (Ages 0–6): Children’s Wing Lobby  
  • Elementary (1st–6th grade): C-Wing Lobby in Oak Hill School 
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