Children at First United Church
Children are a vital part of our congregation and are invited to participate at all levels. We love to have children serve communion, read Scripture, serve as ushers, teach younger children, help with coffee hour, and more.
Do you have questions about Christian education for children? Contact our Board of Christian Education.
Our nursery provides a safe, nurturing, and positive environment for children from birth to age three. Each Sunday, the nursery is staffed by two caring adult staff members and is open from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Cloth diapers are welcomed, and our staff is happy to give your baby a bottle or notify you when your baby needs to nurse.
While adults gather for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., kids are invited to worship God in their own way! This multi-age, multi-sensory worship experience is led by two adult volunteers. Each week, children will have time for music, hearing and responding to the Word, and active play. This worship experience is open to ages three through fifth grade and meets in Room 4.
Children’s Learning Time
During worship each week, the children are invited to the front to hear a story and sing a song and then are dismissed to Children’s Learning Time. Children ages three through fifth grade currently meet together in Room 2. In these Sunday School-like classes, children interact with adult volunteers and their peers to learn about many of the same themes the adults are exploring in worship. The lectionary-based Seasons of the Spirit curriculum is designed to help children explore meaning and mystery in the Bible.
Staying for the Service
Children are always welcome to stay for the full worship service. If your child is interested in the full service or more comfortable with you, that is fine. We have activity bags that can be picked up outside the sanctuary. These bags contain crayons and new coloring activities and games each week for your child. We understand that babies and young children make noise and that they may need to nurse or have a snack. Some parents find it easy to walk or sit with young children in the narthex, where they can still see and hear the service.
Special Events for Children
We value intergenerational engagement and work to include children at all our gatherings. Some annual events that children especially enjoy are Vacation Bible School each summer, the Blessing of the Animals in October, our annual hayride in Brown County, and our annual cookout at Lake Lemon over Memorial Day weekend.
Want to volunteer to work with our children?
All volunteers who work with children and youth are required to complete a screening process that includes a criminal background check. Volunteers renew their applications every three years. We also review our Youth Protection Policy with all volunteers. If you’d like to work with our children, please download an application form and turn it in to the church office.