We Grow in Faith

Sunday School

During the 9:00 a.m. Sunday School hour, Christian Education classes are offered for preschoolers through adults.

Classes offered:

  • The Preschool – 1st Grade class is located on the 2nd floor in room 203. Children begin to learn of God’s love for us and to hear the great stories of God’s people.
  • The 2nd Grade – 5th Grade class is located on the 2nd floor in room 204. Elementary classes study Bible stories, sing together and have hands-on learning experiences to enhance their understanding.
  • Middle School and High School Youth (6th-12th) meet each Sunday in the Senior High Room on the 2nd floor.
  • Bible Study for Adults– Meet each Sunday to study and discuss Old and New Testament books of the Bible in depth. Meets in the Library on the 1st floor next to the Sanctuary.
  • Christian Growth — Weekly adult class that delves into recent books written by Christian authors.  Meets in the Resource Room on the 2nd floor.

Children’s Sermon and Junior Church

During each service, all children are invited to come to the front for a talk with the children’s sermon leader. After the Children’s Sermon, children in grades preschool through 4th, may go to Junior Church for the remainder of the hour. Here children will learn more of God’s word through games, crafts, and discussion. Junior Church is led by volunteers from the congregation who serve on a rotating basis.

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Children’s choir provides an opportunity for children to sing music appropriate for their age group. Children in grades preschool through 5th grade may participate. They are taught important skills that allow them to take an active part in worship on Sunday mornings. This choir helps to inspire worship by singing in a service twice a month.

Glorify!

The youth choir emphasizes musical skills for a wide range of levels from beginners through experienced musicians. The choirs rehearse weekly and sing monthly during the Sunday morning worship services.

Nursery

We have a simple goal: to provide a safe, secure, happy and loving environment for your child(ren). In doing so, we know that our caregivers are exhibiting the love of Jesus Christ to you and to your child(ren). The church nursery is open on Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. through worship. During nursery hours your children (6 weeks – 5 years) are in the care of a carefully chosen nursery attendant. During that time, you may feel worry-free to attend Sunday School class and worship service. Our nursery is also open on Wednesday evenings during Manna.P1100865

Ready for the Kids!

Ready for the Kids!

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Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all peoples. This starts by sharing Jesus’ love and grace as well as working toward making disciples of the next generation. The way we make disciples is to instill in our students an unwavering belief in their identity in Christ, his teachings and incredible love for all.

Today, the world is bombarding students with empty promises with which to base their identity… that somehow the things of this world can fill the God-sized void in their heart. The gospel teaches something radically different. We aim to lead students into an understanding that hope and fulfillment is found in recognizing that their sin separates them from God, humbling themselves, accepting God’s grace through Christ and then centering their lives in their true identity, found in Christ alone. The result of this process will be a generation of disciples who are marked by a faith that is filled with gratitude, hope, power, humility, forgiveness and a faith that gives glory to God alone.  As children mature, we tackle problems of everyday living through Christ’s looking glass: “What WOULD Jesus do?” to help them listen to others, consider, and discern Jesus’ will in challenging situations.

We believe that God comes to us in free and undeserved favor in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world. Following Jesus, confirmed youthful Presbyterians are engaged in the world and in seeking thoughtful solutions to the challenges of our time.  The photos below emphasize the coziness of the pre-teen and teen rooms, with many parts decorated by the kids themselves, that facilitate fellowship and the important Christian-focused values discussions that help guide behavior.

Click here to visit our Youth Group page & learn more about our Youth Ministry activities and events.

For Teen R & R

For Teen R & R

MiddleSchoolers' Room

MiddleSchoolers’ Room

Great for Teen Discussions

Great for Teen Discussions

Receiving own Bible

Children entering the third grade will be given their own bible from the church. This annual event takes place during worship in September.

Confirmation

Youth beginning in 7th grade are invited to attend confirmation class.

Vacation Bible School

Every summer, First Presbyterian Church in conjunction with other area churches, puts on a Vacation Bible School for any child three years old (potty trained) through fifth grade. Children from our own church as well as children from the community come together to enjoy a time of spiritual growth, fun activities and good fellowship in the context of a safe, loving and fun environment.  Follow this link for more information on this year’s Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Links to Other Opportunities to Grow in Faith

  • Camp Presmont – Camp Presmont, a Christ-centered camp in Southeastern Ohio, provides a safe and fun camping experience for children and families.
  • Presbyterian Youth Triennium – A week-long event every three years that connects youth and adults with activities that inspire them to be alert, active and seek ways to connect their lives with their growing faith through presentations, studies, recreational events and mission experiences.
  • Presbyterian Seminaries – Learn about the theological seminaries associated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
  • Pioneer Preschool – A preschool which meets at our building.

Other Special Activities for children and youth throughout the year:

  • Birthday Party for Jesus –  This December birthday party includes songs, a re-telling of  Jesus’ nativity, games, crafts, cake and ice cream.  All involved collect hats and mittens to give to families in the Latrobe Street Mission.
  • Miracle on Fourth Street involves buying and wrapping food & presents for needy families in our community as well as a fun  a “lock-in” sleep-over at the church.
  • The Bunny Breakfast –  One Sunday during the latter days of Lent is for children to hear stories, make crafts and play games related to Easter.  After our Worship Service, the children go on an Egg Hunt to find eggs filled with prizes.
  • Youth Sunday – Children, teens, parents and teachers join together in presenting an worship entire service delivered by the children and youth.  They may provide the congregation with music, liturgical dance, scripture readings, prayers, a sermon and perhaps as a special treat, a puppet show that relates to the day’s Bible verse.

For more information about the purposes of Christian Education here at First Presbyterian, please follow this link.

Recognition of Graduates

A celebration breakfast is held annually to honor those graduating from high school. Family and friends are encouraged to attend as we applaud this accomplishment.  During worship high school graduates receive a blanket as a reminder of the love and prayers of the congregation that go with the graduates as they go to jobs, further education or military service.

College graduates are recognized each year in our newsletter.

Honoring our 2014 HS Grads

Honoring our 2014 HS Grads

Children and Communion

When can my child take Communion? This is a question that parents ponder as their children reach the developmental age that allows them to sit through a worship service and request participation in the Lord’s Supper. This age varies depending on the child. Readiness to receive the Lord’s Supper varies also, and is determined by parents after considering a number of questions.

Holy Communion Pottery in Mem. Chapel

The Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church-USA states that “invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all who have been baptized… Baptized children who are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of the invitation to the Table and the meaning of their response are invited to receive the Lord’s Supper, recognizing that their understanding of participation will vary according to their maturity” (W-2.4011).

So the questions to be answered are these:

  1. Has my child been Baptized?
  2. Have I taught my child what Communion is about or has my child been to a sacraments class?
  3. Do I feel my child understands on his or her own level what it means to take Communion?

Affirmative answers to these questions indicate that the child is ready and is welcome to receive the Lord’s Supper.

Interested in Joining?

Classes for new members are offered regularly and individual time with the pastor can be arranged to discuss questions you may have. Those joining can come by letter of transfer from another church, a first time profession of faith, or reaffirmation of faith for those who have belonged to a church already but for whom a letter of transfer cannot be arranged. If a new member has never been baptized then she or he will be baptized as well.

Feel free to contact our pastor (scroll down on the Contact page)  or call (740) 373-1800 and ask to speak with Pastor David if you have any questions about our beliefs, baptism, taking the Lord’s Supper or becoming a member.