Children are fully welcomed to all parts of the life of the church. We work hard to provide specialized events for children and opportunities for multi-generational events. Rest assured that when worshiping at First Christian your baby’s cries and your children’s giggles will be welcomed!
The children in the nursery are lovingly cared for by Ms. Jackie Ray and assigned volunteers. Nursery care is available for both worship services and during Sunday school. The nursery is found in “Crossroads,” on the top floor.
Drop off for the Nursery is at the door by the elevator only.
You will be asked to fill out a Parent/Child Information Form each year. This detailed document will inform the Nursery Caregivers of any information and special needs your child may have (food allergies, emergency contacts, who may or may not pick up your child). This information will be viewed by the Nursery Staff only.
There is a weekly sign-in/sign-out form! This will serve as a quick reference so the Nursery Caregivers can easily and quickly take care of your children’s needs to your specifications on that particular day.
We value each child’s journey of faith. As such we want to provide children with opportunities to develop real and authentic relationships. Our Sunday School program for children is designed so each child grows deeper in their relationship with God and others. We have Sunday School classes for 2-year-olds through fifth grade in the children’s wing, “Crossroads” found on the top floor.
Classes meet upstairs in the Children’s Wing at 9:45 a.m.
- Birth thru 2 years – Nursery
- 3-4 year olds – Room 302
- Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade – Room 303
- 2nd-3rd Grade – Room 308
- 4th-5th Grade – Room 301
Children Worship & Wonder
Encouraging children to be themselves and love God, Worship and Wonder is available every Sunday during both services. Children from 3 years old to 2nd grade are invited to participate. This worship is an exciting way to approach faith formation with children.
Each child is a spiritual being who has a unique relationship with God. Through the stories and actions of Children Worship and Wonder, children learn about God as they experience God. They hear Bible stories in a way that allows them to enter into the stories through their own life experiences.
Here is what happens weekly in Worship & Wonder:
- Children are invited to Worship and Wonder during worship in the Sanctuary. With adult supervision, children line up and walk to the Children Worship and Wonder Room. They line up outside the room. If they want they may remove their shoes and leave an offering in the basket as they enter one at a time.
- They sit in a circle and after a greeting they sing church songs of their choice.
- They hear a Bible story.
- They have a reflection time (individual activity).
- They clean up and return to the circle.
- They have an offering, hear a scripture, and pray for the feast.
- They have a “feast.”
- They receive a blessing individually before going home with their families.
*In the fall, children hear stories from the Old Testament. In December, there are Advent stories. After Advent, the children hear stories about Jesus, parables, and stories about the ministry of Jesus including Easter stories. Pentecost and Baptism finish the year. Children hear inspiring books in the summer.
We have two groups of children meeting for Worship and Wonder which gives both groups more room. Stories are from “Young Children and Worship” by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman.
Third- through fifth-graders enjoy a unique opportunity for faith development, friendship, and fun through the Bible Learning Musketeers. The group meets monthly following second service, and events often include ice cream! This is a great way for young people to get involved before they begin youth group in the sixth grade.
At FCC, every baby, child, and youth receives an adult prayer partner. The adult prayer partner prays for the person assigned to him or her, and the exciting gift is the relationship built among different generations. Often the prayer partner will send cards and/or small gifts as a reminder that thoughts and prayers are being offered. Once a year there is a light breakfast celebration for all prayer partners.
When a child is dedicated to the church, he or she receives a faith chest that contains a candle for the light God has given to that child, a crocheted blanket made by one of the members of the church, a small book appropriate to the child’s age, and a certificate of dedication. The faith chest will hold important things for the child’s faith development throughout his or her life.
Children who come into the church when their families join also receive faith chests.
Other Special Events
Easter Egg Hunt
This event at a local park includes a cookout and story time. Of course the kids’ favorite part is the hunt, and there are always lots of eggs and candy to share! Christy Givens is the coordinator of this yearly event.
We encourage our children to attend camp at Wakon’ Da-Ho, which is a Disciples of Christ camp located in central Kentucky. For more information about outdoor ministries in our region, click here. *Due to COVID-19, camp has been canceled, but a virtual option is available:
WAKON’ DA-HOME!? 2020 VIRTUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMING
In place of our traditional outdoor ministry experience at Camp Wakon’ Da-Ho this summer, throughout the month of July the camp staff will be presenting virtual programming for our children and youth.
Beginning July 6 a once weekly age specific keynote presentation will be accompanied by other online and interactive offerings that your age group’s Directors will email you about. We are offering these activities free of charge.
You can register for the virtual program at https://wmt.suran.com/tool?guid=4db6862ea04711ea8e9bec4b1e0a662c
All participants must register separately. The registration deadline is June 26.
The schedule and themes are as follows:
- Week 1 July 6-9 Theme “Perseverance” Luke 18:1-8
- Week 2 July 13-16 Theme “Compassion” Genesis 50:15-21
- Week 3 July 20-23 Theme “Faith” Matthew 14:22-33
- Week 4 July 27-30 Theme “Patience” Luke 2:25-38
You do not need to present for each session in order to participate. Each age group will have their own day as indicated below.
- CYF (youth who completed grades 9-12 in 2020) Mondays
- Chi Rho (youth who completed grades 6-8 in 2020) Tuesdays
- Upper Elementary (youth who completed grades 3-5 in 2020) Wednesdays
- Early Elementary (youth who completed grades K-2 in 2020) Thursdays
The Directors for your age group will contact you by email about all activities. If you have questions please call Dave Carr at (859) 338-6972, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacation Bible School
Each summer for four nights, the church is transformed into a themed Vacation Bible School destination.
Trunk or Treat
In October each year we provide a meal, trunk-or-treating with lots of candy, and fun activities. We join with the Housing Authority for this event as well.
Children and youth host a special Christmas program during Sunday School, leading the congregation in a festive Christmas celebration.