Children & Families @ first pres
Family Discipleship Ministries at First Pres exist to support, serve, and resource families as they seek to know God, be transformed by his word, and live missionally together.
We do this through four main channels: Family Worship, Pray for Me, Kingdom Kid's Club and our New City Kids Sunday School Classes, and for one big reason: the glory of God and the good of our city.
The majority of our spiritual formation takes place at home, in the context of our relationships with one another, as we work and play and rest together. Because of this, we are intentional about offering resources, training and events to help parents and families think about, plan, and implement strategies and rhythms of discipleship and mission in the home that foster a love for God and his word and provide space for children to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through spiritual disciplines.
We also invite children into the worship service because we believe they are an integral part of the church today. For children under 4, nursery is available during the 8:00 and 10:30 Sunday morning services. Nursery is also available during all applicable church events and services outside of Sunday mornings.
Nervous about having your kids in service? Check out these great resources:
Pray for Me Campaign
We value intentional, intergenerational relationships as a part of our ministry to families here at First Pres. Because of this, we encourage families in our church to join the Pray for Me Campaign, which connects families with Prayer Champions of different generations who are committed to praying faithfully for the children of the families within their church. This ministry also hosts occasional trainings and events for participants.
For more resources, check out Pray for Me's website here.
Kingdom Kid's Club After School Program
Kid’s Club is our midweek gathering for children from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Kid’s Club prepares and equips children through a loving relationship with Jesus Christ to live as leaders of integrity, justice, and compassion. Kid’s Club meets on Mondays (3:30-5:30) and Wednesdays (3:30-6:45) during the school year. Monday’s meeting focuses on tutoring, and includes Bible memory, a snack, and gym time. Wednesday’s meetings include tutoring, gym time, music, a Bible lesson with age-appropriate small group time, and a free dinner.
Fill out a registration form here!
New City Kids Classes
Our New City Kids Sunday School classes meet upstairs from 9:15-10:15 and are for children from 2 years old through 5th grade. Each Sunday, children meet in classes grouped by age- 2's & 3's, 4's & 5's, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary for age-appropriate lessons. Children ages 2-5th grade can be checked in to Sunday School at the top of the staircase in Murray Commons and picked up from their classrooms in the children's area upstairs. Every 3rd Sunday, with the rest of the congregation, we meet for Go Team Sunday, in a Small Group/Large Group format. On these Sundays, children can be picked up from the large worship area upstairs at the conclusion of the Sunday school hour. Our classes use Hearts Alive, a gospel-centered children’s curriculum designed to help children see and come to know Jesus through the entire Bible by studying and engaging with Scripture in age-appropriate ways.
This is one of our favorite services of the year! Join us on December 24 at 4:00 pm for an interactive Lessons & Carols service with opportunities for wonder, singing, and celebrating the mystery of Christmas. Children are invited to wear a costume of their favorite nativity character and participate in the journey to Bethlehem. Children may wear a costume from home, or may borrow a costume from the church at either the Sunday service on December 23, or before the Christmas Eve service on December 24. Please contact Lindsey Goetz with questions.
Something new to love about Mondays! Our New City Families Podcast is for families in our church and beyond who are looking to go deeper into what it means to disciple our families to the glory of god for the good of our city. New episodes launch on the first & third Mondays of the month. Write here…
Make sure you check out our Family Discipleship Resource Library at the Children's Check-in Kiosk. There you will have the chance to check out resources and try them out before you purchase them. We've also listed additional resources we recommend for parents and children below:
For more information on Children's Ministry and how you can get your kids involved, contact us using the form below.