Children and Family Ministry
The mission of our Children and Family Ministry is to help our youngest members learn how to love our neighbors by practicing the love that Jesus taught us through the scripture. Our hope is to provide FPC kids with the foundation to be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.
Lead by our Director of Children and Family Ministry, Katie Kindig, faith formation opportunities include toddler and preschool through sixth grade. All programing is cohesive, specific to age, and volunteer teachers adapt to each child’s needs for the most successful learning environment.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, our Children and Family programming opportunities have moved online and can be found on our FPC Kids and Family playlist on YouTube. As part of our continued outreach to our youngest members, we are also offering several opportunities to connect live via computer and phone.
FPC Tuesday – Tuning our hearts to Jesus: Designed with our youngest members in mind, a short lesson geared toward preschool/toddler age children is released each Tuesday morning. We’ll explore each weeks Sunday school lesson through animated story telling, yoga, and Worship Arts pre-k lessons.
Worship Arts: Worship Arts explores the weekly Lectionary Psalms through music and other artistic expressions. Designed with our kindergarten through fifth grade students in mind, weekly activity sheets to go along with the lessons are currently sent via mail or available as a PDF file to print.
In addition, our young members are invited to take part in the Children’s Choir, which rehearses during Worship Arts hour, led by Ashley D’Onofrio, Children’s Choir Director, and normally held on Sunday mornings at FPC. For more information about the Children’s Choir, please contact Ashley at email@example.com.
Sunday School (Currently Virtual) & FPC Kids Call-In: Sunday School is held virtually, with the weekly video released on Saturdays and designed to be viewed when it is most convenient for families. Each week features an all age accessible scripture reading/telling of the story, followed by an activity hosted by a guest Sunday School teacher. Additional information and worksheets are sent to students via postal mail the week prior. To be placed on the list to receive Sunday School materials, please contact Katie Kindig, Director of Children and Family Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, every Sunday morning since virtual instruction began, FPC kids and teachers have joined together on Sunday mornings for an “FPC Kids Call.” This is a time for connection, to answer a question of the week and for the children to see their friends and teachers.
Weekly Virtual Teacher Talk: Designed to be watched after the Sunday School all age lesson, the Teacher Talk offers an opportunity to have a more mature conversation about the week’s lesson. Teacher Talk is an opportunity for kids to dive deeper into the scripture lesson through thought-provoking questions and is hosted by rotating Sunday school teachers.
Just for Sixth Grade
Along with virtual opportunities for worship, sixth grade students are invited to join our Forge Youth Ministry on Sunday mornings for Book Club, and also gather together once a month in-person to connect and share their joys, concerns and prayer requests.
Forge: Youth Ministry
The Forge Youth Ministry program is a safe place for our older youth, in grades seventh through twelve, to explore faith, interpersonal skills as well as intra-personal skills. Our mission is to grow better together and is rooted in the verse: “Iron sharpens iron, as one person sharpens another.”
Join us for games, fellowship, and deep conversations each week as we explore more about who we are as believers and how we fit into the world.
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For more information about our youth ministry program, please contact Derek Siewert, Director of Youth Ministry:
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