Your Child’s Safety
First Presbyterian Church is committed to providing an environment that is a safe place for children and youth and that will protect them from any abuse when they are involved in church-related activities. First Presbyterian Church has adopted policies and procedures not only to maximize safety and prevent child abuse from occurring within its church community but also to guide and protect volunteers and employees from unwarranted allegations of child abuse. To learn more, click on the following link: Code of Conduct for Working with Children and Youth
The Crib & Crawl is for youngsters 6 weeks up to 3 years of age. Beginning in the fall of 2017, First Presbyterian is excited to offer a new program for early childhood faith formation called Frolic. The program was developed by Sparkhouse, a publisher of faith formation resources for children, youth, and families. The goal of the program is to support you, the parent(s), in helping your young children take their first steps of faith.
My Father’s House
My Father’s House is a program for children in preschool through 8th grade. Kids and youth learn the truth about who God is and who they are because of God. The goal is to partner with parents to lead the next generation to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Loving teachers and assistants will work and play alongside your child as they explore the stories of our faith and learn to live their faith at home and at school.
Children’s classes meet at 10:15 a.m. each week, mid-September through May.
The Children’s Curriculum, Growing in Grace and Gratitude, is published by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is designed to help children explore and respond to God’s grace so they can be sent out to love and serve God.
Children are encouraged to participate in worship. The liturgy is structured such that children may participate in singing, prayer, and offering their gifts to God. There is also a time for them to receive a special message from the pastor before leaving for their classrooms. Several Sundays during the year, children are invited to participate in the sacrament of Communion with their parents as well as participate in worship through the leading of prayers, music and reading scripture.
During the summer, First Presbyterian, in conjunction with Camp Johnsonburg, offers a weeklong Summer Bible Camp (a.k.a. Vacation Bible School). Camp is held from 9 am until 3 pm and includes, worship, small groups, games and sports, arts and crafts, music and so much more.