We want all children to be so comfortable here at First Presbyterian Church that they think of this as their “home away from home.” Our goal is to make all children feel welcome and remind them that they are God’s most beloved creation.
Children who are 4 years old by 9/1/2022 through entering 5th grade in the fall are welcome to our Food Truck Party VBS! June 13 – 16, 9:00 am – Noon. Invite a friend to register!
At the center of our Food Truck Party is a special food truck called “On a Roll.” Here, young chefs (the kids) will learn from the food truck’s Top Chef, along with DJ Cupcake (a sweet cupcake puppet), about the Daily Specials (our daily learnings), which are lines from a favorite prayer that teaches us to turn to God to meet our needs. The Daily Specials are:
- God is Great! God is Good!
- Let Us Thank God for Our Food!
- By God’s Hands We All Are Fed!
- Give Us, Lord, Our Daily Bread!
Your child will enjoy fun with music, crafts, science, Bible stories, games, and snack.
Would you or your youth, grades 6-12, be interested in volunteering? Register to volunteer at fpchsv.org/registration/.
Younger children of our VBS volunteers are welcome to join in on all the fun of VBS in a childcare program designed just for them. Volunteers, register your young children at fpchsv.org/registration/.
Sunday School in Eastertide:
Preschoolers attend Peepers Class in their regular room, #110/111.
Grade schoolers and Youth are invited to a special series in Fellowship Hall called “Practice Joy” on these dates:
- May 22 Joy When You Least Expect It! (MATTHEW 28:1–10)
No Sunday School on May 29 for Memorial Day weekend
Summer Saints special series starts June 5 for adults, youth, and all children!
Our regular Sunday School classes for children, as described below, are taking a break for the summer:
Kingdom Kids (Kindergarten-5th grade Sunday School)
- Children become familiar with the stories of our faith by exploring scripture in creative and engaging ways. In early grades young children engage bible stories with a worship focus. Students in the middle grades begin to compare the stories to what they know in their own life. In the later grades children develop bible skills and explore major themes that run throughout the Bible, seeing those connections between Old Testament, New Testament, and faith lived out today.
- 9:30-9:50 a.m. – Music Assembly
- 9:50-10:30 a.m. – Class Time
- K & 1st graders meet in Room 009 and follow an adaptation of the Godly Play curriculum, a Montessori method of storytelling with a worship focus. They gather back in the story circle at the end to read the story text from the Bible and have a feast. Kindergarten children received the Spark Story Bible to enjoy reading with their parents at home.
- 2nd & 3rd graders will meet in Room 010 and use the Spark Classroom curriculum to experience stories using a four part sequence:
- Gather – Begin with a warm-up activity
- Open the Bible – Explore the day’s story
- Activate Faith – Get moving and become engaged in the story they just read by using student materials
- Send – Finish with a closing activity and prayer
- 4th & 5th graders meet in Room 012. Using the Connect curriculum and a special Connect Bible, they look up anchor texts and are pointed to other texts that explore a new theme each week. They tab and mark and doodle in their bibles as they explore connections to the theme and to their lives.