Children's Ministry at FPC

Discipleship Opportunities for Children

GRACE Place
our Sunday morning discipleship opportunity for children in kindergarten to 4th grade.  Join us again for GRACE Place on Sundays at 11 am, beginning Sunday, September 9.  Why is it called GRACE Place?  G.R.A.C.E. stands for "God Receives All Children Who Enter."  GRACE Place is based on the Workshop Rotation Model of Sunday School (for more information on this model, visit www.rotation.org).  In the rotational model, our kids will study the same Bible story or concept for three weeks, attending a different workshop each week.  Children will be divided into 3 multi-age groups for these rotations.  Look for the GRACE Place schedules posted throughout the church.

The workshops may focus on art, music, drama, science, cooking, games, video, storytelling...the possibilities are endless.  Rotating through different classrooms each week to learn the lesson in a different medium allows the children several opportunities to learn in a way that fits their learning style.  Repetition is the cornerstone of learning and in GRACE Place, the repetition of the story for an extended period allows the children the time to really learn the story and to reflect on its meaning for them.  In addition, children who miss a week or two don't miss out on the entire lesson.  Children are always encouraged to apply the lessons learned to their daily lives.  Throughout the year, we will also have Celebration Sundays where the children will come together to celebrate and reinforce what they are learning.

Our themes for 2018-2019 are:
September 16-30          How the Bible Came to Be
October 7-21                Bible Teachings:  Sheam and Beatitudes
October 28                   Celebration Sunday
November 4-18             10 Commandments
November 25-Dec 16     Advent - Isaiah:  Fulfilling the Prophecy
December 23                 Celebration Sunday
December 30                 No GRACE Place - Christmas Break
January 6-20                 People Who Made a Difference
January 2 -Feb 10          Psalms and Songs
February 17                   Celebration Sunday
February 24 - March 10   I AM Statements
March 17-April 7             Lent - Journey to the Cross
April 14                         Celebration Sunday
April 21-May 19             Two Great Commandments

The fall session of Wednesday Night Live for kids in kindergarten to 4th grade will begin on September 19, and continues every Wednesday through November 14, from 6-8 pm in The Gathering Place.  Each week will include interactive Bible stories, games, crafts, fun, and fellowship geared specifically for our elementary age kids.  This fall, we'll be looking at some of the surprising things Jesus said and why he said them.


FIREPROOF  (5th and 6th grade) begins on Wednesday, September 5 in Room E3 and continues each Wednesday during the school year.  This group is geared specifically to preteens and their friends.  Each week's activities feature high energy games, relevant Bible teaching, fun videos, and group discussion.  This year, we'll be working our way chronologically through the Old Testament.  This group also participated in our FIREPROFF Puppet Ministry.  The Puppet Ministry plans and performs the children's message for our Children's Christmas Eve Service.

Angels and Saints
This is our nursery program on Sunday mornings during the school year for children through age 5 during our 9:30 and 11:00 am services. The Nursery is staffed by a paid nursery assistant and volunteers who look forward to the time they get to spend with our church's children. There is also a preschool Sunday School for children ages 3-5 years old during the 11:00 am Traditional Service.

Safeguarding Your Children
First Presbyterian Church desires to be a safe place for all children who attend. We believe proactive steps can be taken to promote the safety of children and the volunteers who work with them. Therefore, we have adopted a prevention program to reduce the possibility of child abuse occuring in this church family.

Contact Janet Young (970-242-1923 or kidsministry@firstpresgj.org) or Tasha Haley (970-242-1923 or tashahaley@firstpresgj.org) if you have any questions.