"Let the children come to me and do not keep them back, for to such as these belongs the Kingdom of Heaven." Matt 19:14
This week is Sportswear and Bring a Friend Week in FPC Children's Ministry! Wear something sports related, bring a friend, and come to Sunday Children’s Programs on September 23. You can represent your favorite team, or any sport you love. Wear team t-shirts, hats, jerseys, etc. You can even paint your face or hair! Nothing offensive or violent is allowed, of course. U rah rah!
Volunteer for Children’s Programs-The Rewards are Plentiful!
A fantastic core group of teachers are in place to shepherd our amazing children, but we are still in need of more for the fall. Warm heart, faith focus, and friendly face are essential. We provide training and easy to follow teaching tools. No experience necessary. You choose the time and ages preferred. Teaching teams allow schedule flexibility. Assistants (youth and adult) are also needed.
Please consider discussing further by making a note in the friendship pad, at the table in the Lobby or Education Wing, or contact Lori Phelps, Director of Children and Family Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org, (608)849-4625. Thank you for supporting the children of FPC.
FPC CHILDREN'S MINISTRY PROGRAMS
FPC's Children's Ministry supports the growth and development of all children to know and follow Jesus Christ, from ages nursery school starting just after birth through 6th grade.
Kingdom Kids (KK) for 3 years to kindergarten
Kingdom Kids is a unique, faith-filled worship time offered during both services. Children accompany parents to the Sanctuary at the start of regular worship service. Once seated, parents/guardians of "Kingdom Kids" should fill in a "Kingdom Kids" nametag found in the pew racks. Please place this nametag on your child before the Children's Moment portion of the service. Nametags are essential as they provide parent cell phone numbers and allergy information to our Kingdom Kids leaders. After the Children's Moment during the worship service, our Kingdom Kids leader will guide children from the sanctuary to the Kingdom Kids room, which will be Room 202 (next to the Nursery) for the summer. Parents are always welcome to come along and stay for part or all of Kingdom Kids. We praise God with music, prayer, Bible stories, and interactive activities during this time. Parents can pick up their children from the Kingdom Kids room after the regular worship service ends.
Wake Up & Worship (WU) for 1st – 6th grade
Wake Up & Worship is a unique, faith-filled worship time offered during first service only. Kids are dismissed after Children’s Moment during the service to the Youth Space, room 305. WU explores inspiring faith messages in a large, mixed-age group.
Sunday School is a fun and faith-filled class time for kids offered between services (9:50-10:35am), where activity-based curriculum leads kids through impactful Bible lessons. Classrooms for 3yrs-Kindergarten are on the main hallway. Grades 1-6 are upstairs. During the school year, all children ages 3 through Grade 6 are welcome to attend Children's Sunday School.
We invite all parents/guardians (of children ages 3yrs-6th grade) to join their child(ren) in our classrooms for our Parent’s Day/Open House. Experience first-hand all of the wonderful things happening in our classrooms. Whether you are a regular attender, or if it’s your and your child’s first time, we would love to have you!
Bingo Bash in the Basement
It’s a party in January! Free pizza! Free prizes! Free Bingo! Free family fun!
Meets downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Come and go as you need to!
Children’s Ministry Sunday
This is an extra special day of worship services at FPC for many reasons. Children participate in each of the Sunday services (share written prayers, recite verses, usher, provide music), Bibles are presented to our 6th graders, teachers are recognized, and it is Mother’s Day! There’s lots to celebrate! Celebrate with us!
2018-2019 SPECIAL SUNDAY SCHOOL EVENTS, THEME DAYS, AND HOLIDAYS
We have a lot of fun on Sundays at FPC, especially on Theme Days! Kids and leaders take part in the theme of the day, such as mismatch day, bring a friend, and PJ day.
September 9, 2018: Start of Sunday School
September 23: Sportswear/Invite a Friend Day
October 28: Costume Day
November 4: Parents Day
November 18: Stuffed Animal Day
November 25: Thanksgiving. Family Worship. No Sunday School or Kingdom Kids.
December 16: Read My Shirt Day
December 23: Children's Nativity Service at 4:00pm. No Sunday School.
December 30: Christmas Break/No Sunday School or Kingdom Kids.
January 6, 2019: Regular schedule resumes.
January 27: Shipwrecked/Beach Party Day
February 3: First Publicly Recognized Communion (FPC's FPC): We will have Sunday School and Kingdom Kids.
February 24: Career Day
March 10: Pre-K Bible Presentation during service
March 17: Spring Break. Famly Worship/No Sunday School or Kingdom Kids
March 31: Hobby Day
April 14: Palm Sunday. We will have Sunday School and Kingdom Kids.
April 21: Easter. Family Worship/No Sunday School. Kingdom Kids at first service only.
May 12: Children's Ministry Sunday/6th Grade Bible Presentation. No Sunday School.
May 19: Last day of Sunday School. Ice Cream Day and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Sunday School like at FPC? Our program is filled with dedicated teachers sharing their warm hearts, talents, endless smiles, and God’s unconditional love! While we believe parents are the first educators of their children knowing our Lord, we believe God is also working through us at FPC to share the knowledge of the Bible and teachings of Jesus with your children. We are so happy and blessed to have each and every child walk (usually run) through our classroom doors to come learn more about God. We teach in a fun and friendly way, and the children seem to love it!
What if my child misses the first day(s) or can’t come regularly? It’s always great to see the kids as often as possible, but there’s no attendance requirement. Kids are always welcome to come any Sunday throughout the whole year. And friends are always welcome too!
Do I need to pick up my children from their classrooms? Parents of preschool-age and Kindergarten children need to pick up their child(ren) from their classrooms on the first floor. Children in upstairs classrooms are dismissed at the end of class. (Please talk with your upstairs child about where you’d like them to meet you after dismissal.)
What can I do while my children are in Sunday School? We’re glad you asked! We always welcome parents into the classroom to assist on any Sunday—or you are welcome to attend Adult Sunday School or enjoy the coffee and company of other parents in the Gathering Space.
Are there any days “off” due to holidays? Yes. Our Sunday School classes meet throughout the school year with breaks for New Year’s, Spring Break, Easter, and Mother’s Day. Please check back at the end of the summer for the 2017-18 calendar.
Sunday School for Parents and Grandparents
Study the same lesson that the kids are learning to help them on their faith journey. This class is open to all adults and is taught by Peter Zielski, Adult Nurture & Spiritual Growth Elder. No previous Bible knowledge required. Classes are held every week there is Sunday School. Drop your children off at their classrooms, then come to Room 304 to learn more. Sunday School: It's Not Just for Kids Anymore!
Thank you for bringing your child(ren) to Sunday School. It is our pleasure shepherding them in their faith journey! If you have any questions, please do not to hesitate to contact us for more information. We’re looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Hooray…Fall Children’s Programs Begin Sept 9!
Welcome Back! We’ve missed all of the children laughing and learning in our hallways and classrooms. We are getting so excited for another great year and hope you are to. Before September 9, please register your family with us if you have participating children or grandchildren ages 0-6th grade. Registration forms are available at the welcome desk in the Education Wing, or can be printed from the link below. One form per family is all that is needed to have your children on our records for all programs for the 2018-19 school year.
Sunday School Registration Form Online Registration
Parents of Little Ones (POLO) Playdates at FPC
How about a casual play hour with other babies/toddlers and adults? Bring your little ones to play and yourself to connect with other parents (or grandparents). Meet in the FPC Nursery located on the first floor Education wing Thursdays Sept. 13 and/or Oct. 11 from 9:30-11am. No rsvp needed, just come join us if it works for you!
Bible Presentations It is a valued tradition at FPC to present a complimentary, age-appropriate Bible to our children at both preschool age and again after 6th grade to use in growing their faith.
Upcoming dates for Children's Ministry programs: