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 incorporate 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 are 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.

Kids Against Hunger Food-Packing Event:

Sunday, April 2  –  Benefiting Ukrainian Residents and Refugees

1:00-4:00 p.m. – 50 Volunteers Needed
Coordinated by Carrie Mills and Emily Weitekamp
Meal-packing events have been well supported at FPCS in the past, but we’ve never attempted to pack this many meals on one day. On Sunday, April 24, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, we hope to package 20,000 meals to be transported into Poland and Ukraine.
The sponsoring organization, Kids Against Hunger, has worked out a special price of 34 cents / meal. All shipping costs are being donated. Volunteers will package highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casseroles, which require only water and heat for preparation.
This is a great event for people of all ages and all abilities. There are sitting jobs, standing jobs, and tasks that kids can easily perform. The Education and Formation Committee and the Mission and Justice Committee have teamed up to fund this event, but we need you to help pack the meals. Please sign-up in advance using the link to the right.
Sign Up!

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 Mornings
Sunday school at 10:00 am; Worship at 8:15 am (traditional in the chapel – September through May), 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 5:45 pm – followed  by small groups meetings children, 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: