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Children (Infant-4th)

Children

Children’s Ministries at First Church is dedicated to growing spiritually healthy families by partnering with parents. Together we provide experiences in worship, service, fellowship and studying the Bible, so all children can learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

Weekly Activities

Sunday School for Preschool-4th Grade
Sunday Mornings, 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Bible Stories, Small Group/Large Group Format
Each week children of all ages hear and experience the Bible in a small group/large group format. Storytellers creatively present the Bible story in a large group while dedicated teachers strive to build relationships through small group discussion and activities. Preschool Curriculum: Deep Blue; Elementary Curriculum: Digging Into Discipleship

Chill Time for 4th Graders
Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm at TCBY on Bayou Blvd
Fourth graders are invited for a time of Bible Study and fellowship.

KidConnect/Choir for K-4th
Wednesdays, 2:30-5:15pm
Choir, Worship Arts Classes, Bible Study
Kids participate in choir, worship, class experiences and fellowship.
This mid-week program is designed to encourage kids to grow in their faith through small groups, creative worship art classes and meaningful worship. Opportunities in the past have been: Dance, Play N Pray, Girl Time, Art, Recorders, Violin, Book Club and more.

Third Grade Bible Blast
Third graders are invited to learn more about their Bibles through a 6 week Bible class. They look at how the Bible came to be, learn the books of the Bible, hear about and experience festivals and traditions in the Bible and learn to make their Bible their own.

Kid Adventure
Children are invited to go on adventures to designated places for fellowship during the summer months.  Some adventures have been skating, putt-putt, Funplex, and Pensacola Little Theater.

Camps and Retreats

Winter Retreat (January/February)
Vacation Bible School (June)
Summer Camp (June/July) (3rd/4th gr)
Worship Arts Camp (August)
Blue Lake Family Retreat (October)
Fall Retreat (November) (3rd/4th gr)

Seasonal and Special Events

3rd Grade Bible Sunday (Fall)
Palm Sunday Parade (Palm Sunday)
Easter Egg Hunt (Easter)
Great Day of Giving (December)
White Christmas Service (December)
Children’s Christmas Eve (December)
Baby Recognition (December)

Additional Ministries and Classes

Kindergarten Worship Readiness
Family Nights
3rd Grade Bible Adventure Class
Children’s Art Show
Puppet Ministry
Hearts for Service Mission Team
Special Needs Class
Mom’s Bible Study
Side by Side, Parent Sunday School Class
Small Groups

Safe Sanctuaries

First Church follows Safe Sanctuaries procedures to create an environment in which children, youth and the adults who work with them have boundaries of safe space.

Staff

Lisa Bond, DirecLBtor of Children and Family Ministries
Email Lisa, 850-432-1434
Lisa joined the staff of First United Methodist Church in the fall of 2008. She has a B.A. in Christian Education from Huntingdon College. In addition to working at First Church, she currently serves on the Treehouse Board of the Pensacola Little Theater (Children’s Theatre Program) and volunteers at her children’s schools. She is married to Bill Bond and has three children, Connor, Mary and Caroline.

Facilities

The Children’s Department is located in our two story Education Building. The Education Building provides a kid friendly atmosphere for children to worship, learn and grow. The nursery, classrooms, and Methodist Children’s Academy (MCA) are on the first floor of the Education Building. The second floor has additional meeting space for children including Children’s Library, art room, Children’s Worship Room and more.

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