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Children's Ministries

Nurturing the spiritual growth of children is a vital aspect of what it means to live life together in the church and to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Thus, we seek to minister to both children and parents by providing an environment where…

  • Children are shown the love of Christ, taught the Gospel, and encouraged to love and serve the Lord.
  • Parents can be comfortable about the safety and care given their children.
  • Members of the church can serve the Lord and each other while remembering commitments made during the sacrament of baptism.
  • Children are prepared to participate fully in the corporate worship service.

Sunday School

During the Sunday School hour (9:30-10:30), we offer a nursery for children ranging from newborn to 2-years, and a toddler class for children between ages 2 and 5. Sunday School classes are available for lower elementary children (ages 6-9), and upper elementary children (ages 10-12). Children are taught by trained and background-checked volunteers who have a genuine love for children and heart to see them grow into mature followers of Christ. We use an age-appropriate curriculum called “Show Me Jesus,” which presents the Gospel and teaches basic Biblical truths.

During the Service

During our service of worship, we offer a nursery for children ranging from newborn to 2-years, and a toddler class for children between ages 2 and 3.  Children in aged 4 through second grade remain with their parents in the service until the offertory (immediately before the sermon), at which time parents may choose to have their children attend the “Children’s Church” class.

Of course, the historic church has always promoted intergenerational worship.  Given that Jesus called the little children to come to him and that the covenant promises are for parents and their children, we support and encourage parents and children worshipping together.  Thus, our class offerings during the service are not intended to function as a time of babysitting, but as a transitional time for the purpose of preparing children to worship with their parents.

For children remaining in the service, we offer a special Children's Bulletin that kids may use to help them participate in worship more fully.

When children are baptized at First Presbyterian Church, we, the congregation, commit to them that we will “undertake the responsibility of assisting the parents in the Christian nurture” of their children. We take this commitment seriously, and encourage all members, whether single or married, whether young or older, whether with children or without, to assist in the nurture of children by serving in the nursery. We currently follow a rotation so that each volunteer serves approximately once every six to eight weeks. For more information, contact contact Kim Clark at or at 228.374.6880.