Children

Train up a child in the way he should go, 

and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6


When a child is baptized, parents and the congregation make promises to raise him/her in the faith. The Children’s Ministry at FPCP is to come along side parents and help them live out the promise they make. Baptism is about belonging to God and God’s family, the Church. Through our children’s ministry we build relationships with children and their parents. We nurture children’s natural sense of awe and wonder of God through our caring nursery, Sunday School, Young Children and Worship, and by providing the opportunity to go to Ligonier Camp and Conference Center each summer.

Preschool

Resumes September 11

(ages 2-4) 

Lower level, Room 4


Teacher: Denice Claudon

Children nurtured in the love and grace of God learn the story of who and whose they are by watching, listening, tasting, smelling, playing, and exploring holy things in the context of a faith community.

Elementary

Resumes September 11

(kindergarten - 5th grades) 

Lower level, Room 5

Teachers: Kathie Haffly, Jana Hall


Life With God lessons provide children a way of engaging in a life together as they are also engaging in the lives of those in the Bible who have journeyed with God. They learn the ways in which people in the Bible have connected with God and then practice the same.

Nursery

Care provided by Caitlin Green, Beth Bonebrake, Brenda Ndinyah, and Nicole Rivet

Children & Worship

Children & Worship was created to make a special place where children can come to encounter God, to be still with God and to listen to God. It is a place where children come to nurture their spiritual life. Children, ages 3 through 1st grade, are welcome to this special place after the Children’s Message in the order of worship in the sanctuary.

To begin, the children come into a special worship space on the third floor above the chapel, to a storyteller waiting to greet them. They sit in a circle, in front of shelves of bible stories made just for them, with all materials at their height. Everything in this special place is accessible to the children. This special coming together of the children follows the first order of worship which is the gathering of God's people to hear God’s word.

Next they will hear the word proclaimed through a bible story told with multi-sensory materials that children with all different learning styles can value and enjoy. As the story is finished the children are invited to enter into a time of wonder about the story. They are asked "wondering questions" to help them dive deeper into the meaning of the story and to listen for God's still voice that is found there. These questions might sound like, "I wonder if the Good Shepherd's sheep have names?" Or, " I wonder what it was like to be in the ark for forty days…I wonder if Noah knew that God was with him?"

Third, just as in "big" worship the children will respond to the word. In "big" worship we often respond through prayer, song, offering, the Lord’s Supper, commissioning, and celebrating baptisms. The children have the chance to respond to the Word in a myriad of ways as well. Some of these ways include telling their own story or the story they just heard, using art and craft materials, or building with materials such as Play-doh.

As they leave the worship center, the children will participate in the last order of worship which is the sending out of God's people into the world. Each child will be given a special blessing as they leave to be God's disciples in their homes, schools, and activities.