Children's Education/Faith Formation

First Presbyterian is committed to providing a strong church school program in which children can learn the fundamentals of Reformed faith and begin a lifelong spiritual journey based on biblical literacy.

Looking for info for 6th - 12th graders? Visit our Youth: Middle School and High School page for more information on opportunities for Youth.

Children's Faith Formation 2021 - 2022

Information letters for the 2021-2022 school year have been sent to all families who have children - ages infant through fifth grade.  Included in the mailing is a Welcome Letter, Church School calendar and a paper copy of the 2021-2022 Child Information Form.  You may register online, or if you prefer, complete the hard copy that was mailed and return it to the Church Office as soon as possible. The information enables us to provide your family all the support needed throughout the year, and ensure you receive any important mailings and information for your child’s classroom.

Note: All children are always welcome whether an information form is filled out ahead of time or not.

Sunday Schedule

9:30 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary with the Chancel Choir 

  • Worship LAB for Children in Monteith Hall beginning after the Conversation with Young Disiciples.

Worship LAB: A Hands-On Experience for our Youngest Disciples
Specially created for our congregation, this hands-on experience is a place where children can ask questions and dig deeper into the various parts of Presbyterian Worship.  Each child will learn what they have to offer to worship as they discover and understand their place in the Body of Christ on Sunday mornings.    "It's like someone hits the pause button on worship so they can ask all the questions and touch all the things, then press play again!"  "This LAB is Living And Breathing!"  
Participants leave for worship lab following the young disciples conversation, when they would have normally left for Sunday school classes. They will return after the sermon, during the hymn or during the doxology (this will vary each week based on activity, but the goal is during the 2nd hymn, or directly following the sermon).

11:00 a.m. Faith Formation (formally known as Sunday School)

  • Infant - Pre-K meets in the Nursery (103), and rooms 101 and 104
  • K - 5th Grade meets in Montieth Hall and room 102
  • 6th Grade through 12th Grade meets in the Youth Room and Lower Level Classrooms

First Sunday in November: All Saints Community Celebration

Immediately following the Closing Voluntary, please join us for an extended Social Hour where we will celebrate All Saints day with two community events! We invite congregation members to add a name to our wall of Saints, and light a candle in remembrance and prayer. Looking for an extra name to lift up? Choose from the list printed in your Nov. 7 bulletin. 

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.    -Hebrews 1:1-2a

Welcoming Children in Worship

"Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." - Mark 9:37

Because Jesus welcomed children and encouraged us to welcome them in his name, we take seriously our baptismal promise to nurture all children committed to our care. We believe that the body of Christ in worship is incomplete without them. Their presence is essential for both the full congregation and for the children themselves, because worship is one of the basic ways in which people of any age learn what it means to be Christian. There are many ways in which children grow in Christ through worship:

  • They learn that they belong to Christ and are welcome in his church, where we are all children of God.
  • They become familiar with the Lord's Prayer and other spoken and sung responses.
  • They build a store of the accumulated shared experiences of Christian community from which they may draw when they are older.
  • They are enriched by the beauty of music and art as expressions of praise and as human responses to God.
  • They hear stories from the Bible read and interpreted, and begin to see Christian worship as one place where God may speak to them.
  • They discover that they are valued as persons by God and by the people of God.

Worshiping Together Milestone: First Graders in Worship 

Sunday September 12 we welcomed our first graders & second graders into worship!  Each year, our first graders are given a Milestone to mark this new part of their Christian faith journey, a red tote bag with a personal notebook to bring to church each week, and a "church passport" with eight different activities to do during the year as they explore "Worshiping Together." This year is special, as we welcome both our First Graders this year, and last year. Welcome First & Second Graders! We are so glad you are a part of our church family!  

Family Celebrations

We also offer families regular opportunities to celebrate children and strengthen ties within our faith community. Many of these occasions are annual traditions, such as:

  • All-church picnic and family potlucks
  • Craft-making festivals during the Advent and Lenten seasons
  • Family fun activities
  • A Christmas pageant
  • Vacation Bible School

Looking for info for 6th - 12th graders? Visit our Youth: Middle School and High School page for more information on opportunities for Youth.

Contact

For more information on our Children's Education program, contact Rebeca Torres-Davenport at btorres-davenport@firstpresbyterian.org.