Birth – 5th Grade

Childcare programs

We offer a wonderful childcare program on Sunday mornings during the worship hour.  You may drop your child off before the service begins (around 10:40-10:50), where your child will be given an age-appropriate bible story and lesson, with a take home activity or suggestion to carry out through your week. Check our weekly Children’s News Bulletin for up to date information each week, including a bible verse and Parent’s Corner.  Our children’s ministry is richly blessed with experienced, knowledgeable and nurturing caregivers, who are always striving to learn more.  We know it is reassuring for you and your little ones to see the same familiar faces each time you participate in an activity at the church.

 

Parenting in the Pew 

Parenting in the Pew is all about children worshipping alongside their parents in the worship service together. Click the link above for more information.

 

Sunday School

First Presbyterian Church has a Sunday school class for every age and interest.  We believe that Christian discipleship is a life-long pursuit, and our program of Christian nurture ranges from infants to senior adults.  Sunday school begins at 9:30 (with child care workers available at 9:15) and ends at 10:30 (worship starts at 10:50).  Look for an usher or friendly face in the hallway for helping finding a class that best fits you!

Infants up to walking babies – Nursery Room  – Ashtyn Tolbert

Strong walker up to 3 year olds – Room 16 – Vickie Neal

3 year olds – Kindergarten – Hallelujah Hallway – Shelby Sawyer

1st grade – 5th grade – Hallelujah Hallway – Mark Hetherington

6th grade – 12th grade – Undercroft – Mike Strickland

 

Worship Hour Childcare

We offer a wonderful childcare program on Sunday mornings during the worship hour.  You may drop your child off before the service begins (around 10:40-10:50), where your child will be given an age-appropriate bible story and lesson, with a take home activity or suggestion to carry out through your week. Older children will be participating in bible games, board games and movies during worship hour in Hallelujah Hallway, if they are not in the sanctuary.  Check our monthly Kids’ Ministry Bulletin for up to date information each week, including a bible verse and Parent’s Corner.  Our children’s ministry is richly blessed with experienced, knowledgeable and nurturing caregivers, who are always striving to learn more.  We know it is reassuring for you and your little ones to see the same familiar faces each time you participate in an activity at the church.

Children in Rooms 10 and 12 will follow the below schedule:

 

10:40-10:55 Welcome/ Arrival/ Free Play

10:55 – 11:05 – Bible Lesson/ Circle time

11:05 – 11:20 – Snack (we will have a SMALL snack and water each Sunday during Worship, usually goldfish or pretzels)

11:20 – 11:35 – Craft/Activity

11:35 – 12:00 – Play time/ Games

12:00 Clean up/ Prepare for pick up

 

Toddlers up to 4 year olds will follow the below Bible Memory Outline each week:

August 27th & September 3rd

God blessed Noah and his sons. Genesis 9:1

September 10th & September 17th

The Israelites went through the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14:22

September 24th & October 8th

The ravens brought him bread and meat. 1 Kings 17:6

October 15th & October 22nd

Jonah prayed to God. Jonah 2:1

October 29th & November 5th

My God sent his angel. Daniel 6:22

November 12th & November 19th

The Lord sent his angel and rescued me. Acts 12:11

November 26th & December 3rd

They lowered him in a basket. Acts 9:25

December 10th

Rejoice I have found my lost sheep. Luke 15:6

 

Crossings!!

Crossings is our mid week Children’s program offered to children ages 3 up to 5th grade, each Wednesday during the school year in Hallelujah Hallway on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00.  Join us for music, bible story, crafts, snacks and fellowship.  This year at Crossings we will be using Explorer Journals to study Heroes of the Bible.  Explorer Journals are a great way for kids to document their exploration of the Bible, by each week adding to their binder an activity, craft, journal entry or memory verse in a page protector.  The binder will be stored at the church and sent home at the end of the year as a great keepsake and study material for your child to use.  Register with Beth Barnard or in the church office and always invite your friends to join you! The more the merrier! Join us the third Wednesday of each month after Crossings for Family Night Supper in Fellowship Hall at 6pm.  Congregational Life prepares a wonderful meal and it an amazing time to connect with other families and church members.  All are welcome (reservations can be made at Crossings or in the church office by calling 940-767-2547 or email hayden@myfirstpres.org).

Crossings Registration 2017-18

3 year olds will meet in Room 10

4 and 5 year olds (not yet in Kindergarten) will stick together – look for room assignments each week

Kindergarten – 2nd grade will meet together – look for room assignments upon arrival

3rd- 5th grade will meet together – look for room assignments upon arrival.

Look for 2017 summer dates for Crossings Kids Summer Days – a once a month opportunity to fellowship with your favorite Crossings leaders during the sweet summertime.

Crossings T-Shirts are here! Order NOW!

Reservations

Childcare reservations are required for church activities during times other than worship.  You may make your reservations either through church receptionist at hayden@myfirstpres.org or by calling the church office.  Reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to scheduled event, although special events may require reservations be made a week in advance.  If your plans change, please remember to cancel your reservations.  If cancellations need to be made outside of church office hours, please call 940-781-8141.

 

Healthcare

We strive for the healthiest and most sanitary environment for your children in our care.  Disinfecting toys, using plastic gloves for diaper changes and sterilizing changing pads after each use are just a few of the practices we use to assure your child has a safe and clean environment.  For the protection of your child and other children, parents are required to not leave a child in our care that appears ill (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. within the last 24 hours).  We have medically fragile children in our congregation who it is imperative steer clear of illness.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

Safety and Security

Your child’s safety is our number one priority.  Please always remember to sign your child in and out of childcare rooms, leaving a phone number so that we may call or text if needed.  If someone else will be picking your child up (a grandparent or friend) please alert the caregiver.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to use your spiritual gifts in the Children’s Ministries at FPC.  Whether you prefer to help prepare lessons by running copies and cutting out materials or holding babies while moms are able to worship and fellowship or maybe you have a heart for teaching.  There is always a place for you in Children’s Ministry.  Contact Beth Barnard if you are interested in learning your spiritual gifts with a spiritual gift profile and how you can engage them at FPC.