Parent Information Gathering for families with four year olds

On Sunday, April 5 at 9:35 a.m. parents with children who were three in August 2019 will meet to talk with Sunday School leaders about what your child has been learning this year. This is a great time to learn in what ways our faith community supports you as your child ages out of the nursery this summer and next fall.

We hope you will join us for this time of conversation and fellowship. The Gathering will conclude by 10:00 so you have time to get to your Sunday school group as well.

Reaching Out Together Milestone Celebration to be held on March 29 at 9:45

Our Love and Grace groups (children who were 5 and 6 in the fall of 2019) will hold their Milestone Celebration with parents in Grundy Hall on March 29.

The Reaching Out Together Milestone invites children to look past themselves and differences they see in people to see common elements, look for ways to show kindness to new friends and see each person they meet as a child of God.

During the Sunday School year guests have visited each group and shared something about themselves.

One guest who uses a walker for safe mobility asked the children if they saw anything different about her and the group was puzzled by the question. They saw the person, not the walker. May we all reach out in this way using the example of this group of children.


Third graders welcome pastors to speak in their Sunday School groups

During the months of March and April, several of our pastors will make guest appearances in the third grade Sunday School groups. They will share their favorite Bible verse as well as answer questions from the children.

These guest visits offer our third graders a chance to meet pastors whom they often only see at the pulpit.

1st grade Milestone on Baptism

Our first graders and their parents gathered on Sunday, February 2 for the Milestone celebration that concluded three weeks of Sunday School session on the sacrament of Baptism. 5th graders offered a dramatic presentation on Jesus’ baptism, Pastor Ryan spoke to the children and surprised them with a sprinkle of water, and Ms. Roxie Gibson shared her book, Hey God, What’s Baptism?



Second Grade Milestone Celebration to include service of the Lord’s Supper

On March 1, 2020 at 9:45 a.m. second graders and their parents will gather in Stanford Chapel with Pastor Sarah Bird to celebrate and participate in a service of the Lord’s Supper. This event culminates three weeks of sessions on the Lord’s Supper, its’ connection to the Jewish Passover Festival, and exploring, during Sunday School, the story of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples .

Milestone celebrations help families mark key times in a child’s faith development.


5th grade retreat about serving God and getting to know ourselves and our group members

Our 5th graders met for a day long retreat on January 25, 2020. Their day was filled with getting acquainted activities, planning a worship service for families, preparing a meal and serving at Preston Taylor Ministries.

4th grade retreat helps tweens see how they are connected to the community of God.

Our 4th graders will gather on Sunday, February 23, 2020 to celebrate their connection to the community of faith we call First Presbyterian. Their time together will include Sunday School, worship, lunch, service project for Room in the Inn and lots of fun and games that will culminate with dessert with parents and a blessing circle.

Retreat begins at 9;45 in C 118. Parents are invited to return to Courtenay Hall at 3:10 for dessert and formal closing with the retreat concluding at 3:30.

To participate in the 4th grade retreat, please register here.

Meeting for parents and children of the Confirmation Class of 2020

On Sunday, May 5, Parents and 5th graders are encouraged to attend an informational meeting in Grundy Hall at 9:45 a.m. The meeting will give details and information about the 6th grade Confirmation year that will begin August 18, 2019. Parents, please bring your calendars and the $30 class fee for Confirmation.

March 10 and 17 are special days in Sunday School

March 10 will be our second Buddy Sunday in this school year. Buddy Sunday is 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.

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

March 17 will be a Day of Service. Children will gather in age-level groups to learn what the Kingdom of Heaven is like and do service projects for others.

  • Faith, Love and Grace will meet together in CW 115
  • Grades 1-3 will meet in Grundy Hall
  • Grades 4-6 will gather in Courtenay Lounge for Donuts and Dialogue with the Confirmation journey leaders then do their service project

4th grade retreat to be held on February 10 .

We are looking forward to the 4th Grade Retreat on Sunday, February 10th!  Our group will meet at the regular 9:45 Sunday school time and then worship together as a class at the 11:00 service.  Following the service, we will have a lunch in Courtenay Hall.  Our afternoon will be filled with fun games, crafts, and a service project.

Our service project will be making care packages with Valentines notes to residents of a Longterm Care Facility.  We would like for each child to bring two toothbrushes to include in the care packages.

Please plan on joining your child at 3:20 for a closing prayer and we will dismiss at 3:30.  Have your 4th grader leave their phone at home, and plan on having a blast playing silly games and learning more about their friends at church.  The cost will be $10 and can be paid on the retreat day.

Please register:  CLICK HERE


What: 4th Grade Retreat

When: Sunday, February 10th 9:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: FPC, start in  room C 101, pick up in Courtenay Hall

Questions:  contact Emma McDaniel 615-417-0998, or Tina Rose 615-298-9534

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