Children’s Ministry

Children’s Ministry

Children’s Ministries

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14) At First Presbyterian, our children’s ministries are designed to invite our children to come to Jesus, and to support families as they carry out this task at home. Through Christ-centered worship, Biblical teaching, service, fellowship, and fun, we pray that our children will:

  • grow in knowledge and love of God and His gospel – His “good news” for all people
  • build a foundation of faith that will deepen throughout their lives
  • share God’s good news with others through personal evangelism
  • serve others in Jesus’ name, and according to His teachings

For more information, please contact Suzie Hershberger, Children’s Ministry Coordinator at suzieh@fpclw.org.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Sunday School – Toddlers (Age 2) through Fifth Graders

Sunday Mornings, 10:45am – 12:00pm
Downstairs in the Vintage Building

Using a Christ-centered curriculum (https://www.gcp.org/) designed for each age group, our children discover Bible truths and learn how to apply those truths in their own lives. Our Sunday School teachers have all been background-checked and trained to provide a safe and loving environment for everyone! Whether your child is just getting to know who Jesus is, or has already heard all the stories, and memorized a few scriptures to go with them – our classes are a friendly, fun way to grow in faith and build friendships rooted in God’s unconditional love.

Shepherds (Preschool 2’s and 3’s) class meets downstairs in Classroom 100 (Lecture Hall B during the Spring 2017 building renovation project).

Prophets (Preschool 4’s and Kindergarten) class meets downstairs in classroom 140 (upstairs in room 320 during renovation).

Wise Men (1st and 2nd Grades) class meets downstairs in classroom 150 (upstairs in room 320 during renovation).

Disciples (3rd through 5th Grades) class meets downstairs in classroom 160 (upstairs in room 340 during renovation).

Nursery – Birth through Age 3

Sunday Mornings, 9:15am – 12:00pm
Wednesday Nights, 5:45pm – 7:30pm
Rooms 240 & 250 (In the hallway just beyond the Sanctuary)
(The nursery will be in Lecture Hall A during the Spring 2017 renovation project.)

Do you need a safe and fun place for your littlest ones at church? Welcome to our nursery! Our trained nursery staff and volunteers will take excellent care of your infants and toddlers while you attend church services.  With plenty of toys, books, dress-up clothes, crawling spaces (and nap spaces for the littlest ones!), snacks, and friendly faces, your children will be back in your arms before they know it!  During Sunday School/ small group hour, toddlers aged 2 and 3 have the option of attending their own Sunday School class. (See Shepherds class information above.)

Ekklesia Kids – Preschool 4’s through 5th Grade

Wednesday Nights, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Gym (FLC) and the Downstairs Classrooms (Vintage Building)

Around 6:30 pm parents are invited to check their children in with the group leaders just outside of the gymnasium (the Central Ave. lobby entrance of the FLC). After some high-energy games in the gym, leaders walk the group downstairs to the children’s classrooms for  Bible study and hands-on activities that reinforce the Bible point for the evening. The focus of our Ekklesia program is on discipleship and applying Biblical truths to our daily lives. Parents, please note: All classes end at 7:30pm, so do not delay on your way to pick up your children. Thank you!

 

Faith Finders Club – For Polk Avenue Elementary School Students

Select Mondays throughout the school year, 2:45pm – 4:00pm
Polk Avenue Elementary School

The Faith Finders Club is an outreach program for students attending First Presbyterian Church’s partner school, Polk Avenue Elementary. Parents simply fill out a form for permission to participate, and students get to enjoy  an exciting, fun-filled hour that meets once a week. It includes:

  • Dynamic Bible Lessons
  • Creative Learning Activities
  • Meaningful Songs
  • Life-changing Scripture Memory

All club volunteers are screened through First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales and Lake Wales Charter Schools to ensure the safety of all participants. For more information, please contact Laney Reynolds.

Children’s Music Ministries
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Special Events

Easter Eggstravaganza at Polk Avenue, April 10, 2017

Program- 2:45pm (Polk Avenue Elementary School auditorium)
Dinner- 4:00pm (outside at the PE pavilion)

First Pres families are invited to join the Polk Avenue Faith Finders Club for a celebration of Easter! Activities include: -Egg hunt with prizes -Free hot-dog dinner -And a take-home to remind us of the true meaning of Easter.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration,
May 5, 2017, 5:00pm – More information to come…

Mega Sports Camp,
June 5-9, 2017- More information and registration forms to come…