First Presbyterian loves children and strives to support young families! While feeding the faith begins at home, no parent is alone. We take seriously our baptismal promises to nurture our children in the Christian faith. As a community, we desire to support one another, make disciples, and raise future leaders.
We also recognize that, as children grow into adolescence, they are bombarded internally and from the culture around them with many conflicting values, temptations, and unanswered questions. It is a time of many decisions. Our youth programs strive to provide biblical guidance and loving Christian support through mature Christian adults who are willing to serve as role models.
Classes are available for all ages on Sundays during the 10:00 am hour. Children ages newborn through 4 years are invited to our Church Nursery (2nd floor) with Nursery Director Irene Davis and our rotation of volunteers. Kindergarteners through 2nd graders and 3rd through 5th graders meet in separate classrooms on the 3rd floor. Both elementary classes follow the “Show Me Jesus” curriculum by Great Commission Publications in a format geared to their respective age groups.
Sunday Morning Worship
We invite and encourage children to participate in the worship service each week. Each Sunday, a volunteer invites younger children to the front of the Sanctuary for a Children’s Message, where they share a moment of fun and learning. The fourth Sunday of each month is designated for the collection of a special “10 Cents a Meal” offering. At the conclusion of the children’s message, children are given collection jars to carry throughout the congregation, emphasizing missions and outreach from a young age.
Children’s Church is available for children 4 years to 2nd Grade, where they are given the opportunity to learn about and practice worship on their own level. After the Children’s Message, they are escorted to their Children’s Church in our Educational Building. 4-year-olds meet in the nursery, where they learn with Ms. Irene from the Gospel Light Preschool curriculum about God’s love and His wonderful works. K-2nd graders are participating in the Kids Quest Catechism Club and meet on the 3rd floor. Parents are asked to report to their child’s classroom after worship to pick them up.
Beginning in 3rd grade, children are invited to serve as Acolytes during the worship service. Reverently bringing lighted candles into the sanctuary and carrying light out of the sanctuary at the conclusion of the worship service reminds the congregation that God is with them as they worship and as they go out into the world.
Choristers (children’s choir for 3-year-olds through 8th graders) bring special music to worship services throughout the year and at special celebrations. Practice is on Wednesday nights from 5:45pm – 6:00pm in the Choir Room with our Director of Music, David Hamilton. See the Worship page for more information.
Wednesday Night Life
Activities and opportunities are available for children and youth of all ages during our Wednesday Night Life. Choristers rehearse from 5:45pm-6:00pm. Dinner is served weekly from 5:45pm – 6:30pm. Then youth groups gather on the 3rd floor of our Educational Building from 6:30pm – 7:30pm for fun and learning. Preschoolers participate in Pioneer Clubs, where they learn about God and their place in His world. Elementary-aged youth participate in KIDS (Kids in Divine Service) Church, and are currently discovering about what it means to show love through service. Middle-schoolers work on video projects and are currently exploring the work that is required to bring a worship service together.
Throughout the year, special activities are planned just for our children. Each fall, prior to our Vespers Service, kids enjoy a hayride and games with a fall flair. A Gingerbread House Workshop in December allows each child to build, decorate, and take home their very own gingerbread house. And everyone loves the Shoebox Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child each November, where our children lead the charge in packing hundreds of shoeboxes. Easter celebrations are a special time for families to gather each year. Throughout the year, our youth also participate in Youth Sundays, leading our worship service. Other special events have included Christmas caroling, outings, or productions for our congregation.
Vacation Bible School
Each summer, the children (and adults!) enjoy four or five evenings of fun and spiritual enrichment focused around a common theme. Our VBS begins with a fellowship supper each evening, so you don’t have to rush to feed the family before coming!
Troop 36 meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Scout Room located in the basement of the Education Building. Boys age 11–15 are eligible. Troop 36 was chartered as Kannapolis Troop 1 in 1931. More than 100 youth have earned Eagle awards and the troop has attended the National Jamboree. An annual highlight is a 30-mile hike to Camp John J. Barnhardt for a full week of summer camping, advancement, and recreation.