Children’s Ministry

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 

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.