Children and Families
We believe that our children are an important part of our worshiping community. Our aim is not to pull kids out of worship - we seek to notice and know the children that are part of our church family. Every child has asked at some point, "But why do I have to go to church?" We don't want your answer to be, "Because I said so." The community is one of the best reasons for wanting our kids and everyone to be part of a spiritual congregation. We want children to feel like the church is not a place they go to - it's a family they belong to.
Choosing to worship with our children calls for a disciplined commitment - from both the family and the church. When we choose to worship together it is not so much a question of the choice - but the culture which understands and supports the act. Instead of fragmenting the family of faith we seek to corporate worship with conviction. We follow a Lord who placed children "in the midst of them" (Mark 9:36). Jesus himself came into the world as a baby and grew as a child. He welcomed and blessed children when his friends thought them an interruption.
Children learn today in ways that varied, active and appropriate to their ages and capabilities. Beyond the tensions of all ages joined together lies the exciting opportunity to be the body of Christ. In a unique way was can use the gifts of each member to enrich the worship of all. We can develop a vital and enriching interplay between grown-ups and children in the presence of God.
We hope that both parents and children will feel at home in the nursery. Our primary purpose is to facilitate and enhance your family’s time of worship, study, and service by providing a safe and loving environment for your children, birth to age 5.
Sunday school at 10:00 am; Worship at 8:15 am (traditional in the chapel), 9:00 am (contemporary in the fellowship hall) or 11:00 am (traditional in the sanctuary). The 9:00 am and 11:00 am worship service includes a special time for the children. Special worship materials for children are available at each service.
Sunday School Classrooms
Younger Disciples (recommended preschool-2nd grade)
Older Disciples (recommended 3rd -5th Grade)
Wednesday Nights at First!
Wednesday nights at First are a special time for the entire family. On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, we gather together in Fellowship Hall between 5 and 6 pm for homework and gathering activities, dinner is served at 6 pm - then small groups meet at 6:30 pm for preschool, elementary, youth, and adults!
More Programs To Look For Throughout The Year
Easter Workshop & Egg Hunt
Advent Wreath Workshop
Happy Birthday Jesus Party
Family Service Opportunities
Camps & Retreats:
- Day Camp
- Family Retreat
- Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center - a complete summer camp program for children & youth (grades 2-12) during the months of June & July.