Jesus said: “Let the children come to me.”
At First Church, we extend this same welcome. Our Christian Education program begins with our Nursery and Pre-K (ages 0-5 years) program and continues with Church School for grades K-2 and 3-5; Christian Education and Church Services for grades 6-7; and Confirmation classes for grades 8+. Our children are invited to become members of First Church after completing Confirmation classes. We also have youth programs for 8-12th grade students.
If you would like to register your child, please fill out the registration form linked below (and read our First Church Safe Conduct Policies). Please contact our Family Ministries Director, Marilyn Paul-Lewis with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to serving your youth!
Sunday Nursery & Pre-K Room (ages 0-5 years)
This meets during worship year-round.
Babies, toddlers and children in pre-K (ages 0-5 years old) are welcome to join us in our Preschool room on the second floor. Nurturing care with storytelling and play around Christian faith themes! The room is staffed with a lead teacher and assistant each week.
Church School (Grades K-2 and 3-5)
These classes meet during worship year round.
Weekly class led by teachers Carolyn McGarr and Elaine Booke
Bible stories, essentials of Christian faith, link to Sunday adult worship
1st Sunday of the Month – Children come back into worship to receive communion with their families!
Every 4th Sunday of the month is AAWE Sunday (all age worship experience), and children will be in church for their church school instruction.
Christian Education/Church Service for Grades 6 & 7
This class meets September-June.
1st Sunday of the Month – class with teacher 10:00am – 10:45am on elements of Christian faith, come back in to worship for Communion with families
3rd Sunday of the Month – Stay in worship through scripture and sermon, leave with teacher for tailored Sermon Talk-Back
Confirmation (Grade 8+)
This meets 1-2 times per month after worship 11:15-12:15 pm (2nd & 4th Sundays of most months class will meet)
All youth are invited to a one-year Confirmation program to explore their faith with teachers Wanona Dobbs and the Pastors. Who is God: Creator, Jesus, the Holy Spirit? How can we read the Bible? How did Jesus teach us to live? What is the church? How did we get here and what do we believe?
We’ll explore our faith with monthly classes, a weekend retreat, visits to other faith communities and one-to-one time with an adult mentor from our church for each youth. There is a confirmation banquet in May for confirmands and their families and mentors, and Confirmation will take place with the whole church at the end of May 2020, a time for youth to affirm their baptismal vows and be confirmed in our church with the ancient laying on of hands.