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Vacation Bible School – August 3 – 7, 2020!!!
This is an unusual year for VBS, but we do believe that God connects us in a number of ways, even when we are far apart.
During the week of Aug. 3 – 7, 2020, we will offer a different kind of Vacation Bible School. We will not gather on the Church campus like usual but there will be ways for us to connect, learn and celebrate!
There will be videos to watch from our YouTube channel each day that feature our own kids telling the daily Bible story in creative ways. There will be fun learning activities to do at home. An easy to use one-page guide will be mailed to you after you register. There will be a “chalk the walk” project that invites you to add your own artistic touch to our progressive painting. You choose the time to come by the Church during the week. There will be opportunities to serve by collecting and then dropping off food at Church. (A list will be provided from which you can choose when you sign up.) There will be music done in a collective recording?!. There will be snack and science suggestions to try at home. The good news is that you’ll be able to access this VBS on the road and enjoy it in your own timing. The whole family can participate. It’s free, too!
Be on the look out for details and spread the word to your friends and neighbors! But for now, mark your calendars and wait to see what will be a most unforgettable VBS in a most unforgettable year!
W.O.W. & Sunday School
Deep Blue Curriculum
Deep Blue curriculum incorporates age appropriate Bible stories, activities, crafts and games into a full faith experience for children preschool, K-1st, 2nd-3rd and 4th-5th grades. Classes are currently studying the “Loving God, Loving Neighbor” unit of Deep Blue Curriculum. A variety of activities are offered to meet the variety of children’s learning styles. Jesus Leads the Community (N.T.) and Leaders of the Community (O.T.) are the current units of study.
We incorporate food, Legos, crafts, art, science experiments, drama, storytelling, music, mission projects, videos, games and discussion to enrich the Bible story lessons each week. Follow up activity sheets and on-line options as well as direct email Sunday School recaps from teachers to parents help busy families stay current with the weekly Bible lessons and encourages them to explore them together at home.
Age two: Room 144, Ages three and four: Room 145, Kindergarten – 3rd Grade: Rooms 219, 228 and 4th – 5th Grades: Room 213
This is an age appropriate, interactive opportunity for children ages 4 – 2nd grade to learn about and experience worship. Following the Word for Children, at both services, volunteers welcome and lead the children in a 20 minute WOW. Godly Play assumes that children have some experience of the mystery of the presence of God in their lives but that they lack the language, permission, and understanding to express and enjoy that in our culture. In Godly Play, we enter into Parables, Silence, Sacred Stories, and Liturgical Action in order to discover the depths of God, ourselves, one another and the world around us. This time of wondering and discovering God’s Word is what we are offering through Godly play at FPC. Children rejoin their parents after the sermon.
Worship clipboards with educational puzzles, coloring pages, activities available in Narthex.
For more information on volunteering, please contact Jacqui Horton at Jacqui@firstpresvb.org.
The children’s choirs primary goal is to learn to be worship participants. Therefore, in weekly worship services, our choirs take their turn presenting carefully selected and rehearsed anthems. They also present a Christmas musical and a program in the spring. Just as sports develop children in teamwork, the musical art form develops discipline, teaches responsibility, professionalism commitment and working together toward a common goal of enhancing the worship service while growing in their faith. What is taught? Music reading, rhythm, ear training, vocal development, pitch, Christian faith through understanding of the text they are singing, hymn history, composers and parts of the worship service. All this is taught through fun techniques and games, making the process interesting, not dull. The choral and bell choirs enhance the private lessons some children are in. The choirs also offer the opportunity for children not in private lessons to learn music and participate in a musical group. All are welcome to find their place in the music program. Contact Belinda Valet, Director of Handbell & Children’s Choirs, for more information.
Cherub Choir, AGE 4 – GRADE 2, Rehearsals Sundays 9:00am-9:30am (September-May)
Carol Choir, GRADES 3 – 6, Rehearsals Wednesdays 6:30-7:15pm (September-May)
Carillon Ringers, GRADES 3-6, Rehearsals Wednesdays 6:00pm-6:30pm
Early Childcare Ministries
Children are valued at First Presbyterian Church.
Childcare is available on Sunday mornings for infants in our professionally staffed nursery located on the first floor of the education building and for toddlers (through age three) in room 144.
We provide pagers to parents so they can be contacted while they worship.
Nursery Times & information
Infant Nursery – Room 131 – for babies up to 24 months. Open 8:30 a.m. – noon.Rock-a-Bye Babies and Waddler’s Ministry provides opportunities for children to be loved and nurtured by trained childcare givers and volunteers.We offer a warm and safe atmosphere in our nursery for children to learn, live and grow in our Christian faith from the moment of birth. Parents may watch their child’s interaction through a one way window in the hall outside room 131.Toddler Nursery – Room 144For children ages two and three available during the 8:30a.m. and 11:00a.m.Worship services. Both are served by professional staff.
- Nursery Times & information
Infant Nursery – Room 131 – for babies up to 24 months. Open 8:30 a.m. – noon.Rock-a-Bye Babies and Waddler’s Ministry provides opportunities for children to be loved and nurtured by trained childcare givers and volunteers.We offer a warm and safe atmosphere in our nursery for children to learn, live and grow in our Christian faith from the moment of birth. Parents may watch their child’s interaction through a one way window in the hall outside room 131.Toddler Nursery – Room 144For children ages two and three available during the 8:30a.m. and 11:00a.m.Worship services. Both are served by professional staff.Questions? Contact Jacqui Horton at Jacqui@firstpresvb.org
Parents & Family
Church is a welcoming place for families to learn and grow together through faith enrichment ministries. Whether families worship on Sunday mornings or fellowship and learn through events like Advent Workshop or a talent show, a variety of ages coming together create that warm feeling called Church family.
Sunday School classes offer individuals Christian educational opportunities that appeal to children and youth in age-appropriate classes. Adults can choose traditional or discussion-oriented Bible studies or topical classes like Sacred Parenting for adults.
More than ever we also need your help. If you are interested in volunteering to help us with Sunday school for our children, please contact Jacqui Horton at Jacqui@firstpresvb.org.