Jesus said, “Let the children come to me; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Mark 10:14).
At First Presbyterian Church, we believe it essential to empower families to grow deep roots in the faith together and with their church family. Our children’s ministry focuses on bringing the stories of our faith to life through Bible study, mission opportunities and inter-generational experiences.
Children begin their care at First Presbyterian Church in our nursery, staffed with qualified, trained attendants in a safe environment. As they grow, they progress through age-appropriate classes and groups.
By fourth grade, generally, students enter catechism class, where they learn the Children’s Catechism over the course of spring semester. The Children’s Catechism is a summary introduction to the doctrine and sacraments of the Church.
Our children are invited to be a part of our children’s choir and to assist in worship. Our children rehearse on a regular basis and participate in worship 2-3 times each semester.
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Sunday School @ 9:30
Our Nursery is located on the preschool wing on the third floor. It is staffed by qualified, certified child-care workers, assisted by volunteers, for children under 2.
2K – 4K
This class uses the Growing in Grace & Gratitude curriculum.
5K – 2nd Grade & 3rd – 5th Grade
Sunday mornings our children are growing through caring, knowledgeably and trained teachers. We use the Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum. At the heart of Growing in Grace & Gratitude is the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship; extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity, and love; and reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace.
Each class session is rooted in Bible stories that reveal God’s grace. Through fun activities, prayer, and singing, children will gather in God’s grace and learn to respond joyfully in gratitude.
More Parent Resource can be found on the Growing in Grace and Gratitude website (click here).
Worship @ 10:30
Our Nursery is located on the preschool wing on the third floor. It is staffed by qualified, certified child-care workers, for children 2 and under.
3K – 2nd Grade
Children in Worship – is designed to teach children about worship and to allow them to experience God while learning in their own special worship center. The children gather every Sunday in the Children in Worship room after the Children’s Moment during worship.
Upon entering third grade, children are invited to attend worship with their family. We believe worship is meant to be done as a family and that our faith strengthened by participating in the singing, praying and responses of the congregation.
Worship bags filled with coloring pages and crayons are located at the entrances to the sanctuary for all children.
Faithful Families is our Sunday evening programming for families that runs in the fall and the spring. It is a time for fellowship, the breaking of bread, and growing together in the faith as one family. Children, parents, adults and more are invited to journey together. Dinner is provided during faithful families at no cost. Nursery care is also available.
Rehearsal – 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m. on Sundays (September-May)
Through the Children’s Music Ministry, children are provided an opportunity to experience Jesus Christ through music, to share that experience and actively participate in worship. Our children rehearse on a regular basis and participate in worship 2-3 times each semester. For more information on Children’s Choir contact the Church Office (803-773-3814) to be connected to Jessica Bettinger or Joni Brown.
Our annual Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School, and Music and Arts Camp, are just a few of the many opportunities your family can participate in at FPC Sumter.