the Vision for
children & youth
We are an extended family with members of all ages.
- We honor our baptismal vows by nurturing all children in our care
- We develop caring relationships with children and youth in our community
- We support parents and join them in the faith development of their children
- We recognize the vulnerability of children and protect them from harm
We welcome children and youth.
- We allow children to act like children
- We affirm each child’s unique personality and God-given gifts
- We offer worship services and church events that are relevant and accessible to them
- We offer God’s grace to children and youth beyond our church community
We take children and youth seriously.
- Children, youth and adults all share in ministry
- Children and youth are trusted with responsibilities
We encourage children and youth to know and follow Jesus.
- They hear the stories of the Bible
- They have a forum for addressing their spiritual questions and concerns
- They learn ways to express their faith
- They see love and respect modeled by the community and practice it themselves
- They have opportunities to respond to God’s love in community
We covenant to make this vision a reality both now and in times to come.
Godly Play is a child-centered, worship-based approach to spiritual formation. The goal of Godly Play is to help children become more fully aware of the mystery of God's presence in their lives. At 10 am, children 3 years and above attend the first part of worship. Parents take younger children to the Nursery for childcare at this time. When Pastor Debra pauses for announcements at about 10:20, children 3 years and older are then invited to move to their Godly Play rooms.
There is no program on the first Sunday of every month, since we believe it is important for children to learn to attend worship with the whole community and celebrate communion with their families.
Youth at First Church
Sunday Morning Youth Connection
Youth in Grades 6-12 meet with adult mentors to think about biblical texts and explore connecting points in our lives today. It's an informal time when we come together as a community and provide support and discover more about our faith.
ACOLYTES AND WORSHIP LEADERS
We believe that everyone can help lead worship. Children and Youth lead us in a variety of ways.
The acolyte's role is to carry the light of Christ into the sanctuary at the beginning of worship to remind us all of God's presence with us. At the conclusion of the service, they carry the light of Christ out into the world, inviting us to carry that light with us in service to the world that God loves. Children from 2nd to 7th grade participate in the program.
Everyone gets involved in worship services! Whether it's leading the congregation in the call to worship, prayer reading scripture, singing or preparing the table for communion, we include children and youth every step of the way.