CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
Parents are encouraged to bring their children to worship service. Within our Sanctuary and Gathering Area, we have wonderful spaces for children and parents to be in, and they can still be a part of the service and worship.
Children need time to share & pray together on Sunday mornings. Children’s church at First Pres is just that kind of time for kids! After the Moment for Children, at approximately 10:00 am, children are dismissed to Children’s Church. Besides taking time to catch up and get to know each other, children receive a snack, hear a Bible Story and then participate in an activity together. The children return to church at 10:15 during or just after the song that follows the sermon.
Blanket Space for Children
In our Sanctuary, there are spaces we call Blanket Space. These cozy corners are equipped with pillows, books, soft toys, and blocks for children & parents to play with throughout the service. We recognize that parents often want their young children with them during church so we have created Blanket Spaces to give parents a fun and inclusive space for them to be with their young child. Update (April 2022): These blanket spaces have been restored in the Sanctuary! You are welcome to use them!
Our Children’s Library is located just outside the Sanctuary so children and parents can be close to the service, but in their own space where children can be more active. Equipped with books, puzzles, and coloring supplies this space is a wonderful place for parents who wish to hear the service and participate, but have restless or tired children. Books and movies from the Children’s Library are available to check-out and take home.
Every Sunday just before the sermon, children are invited to come to the front for A Moment for Children, a short sermon that is geared to their age and comprehension. A simple message based on the Scripture reading for the service, this short time with the children are instructive and fun for children and the congregation as a whole.