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.
Click HERE for a downloadable calendar of events for this Summer!
Fourth Grade Mystery Trip
April 28 – 30
All 4th graders are invited to go on our 3rd Annual 4th Grade Mystery Trip. We will leave after school on Friday and return early evening on Sunday. All parents interested in chaperoning please contact Lisa Bond.
Vacation Bible School Kick – Off
June 4 | 9:00 – 10:30am
Parents and children are invited to join us as we kick-off Maker Fun Factory!
Vacation Bible School
June 5 – 8 | 9:00am – Noon
Children ages 3 (as of September 1, 2016) through 4th grade are invited to Vacation Bible school: Maker Fun Factory – Created by God – Built for a Purpose. Register online using this link or download a registration form and return to the church office. Click HERE for more info.
Vacation Bible School Celebration
June 11 | 9:30 – 10:30am
Kids will celebrate all that we have learned!
Wednesdays | June 14 – July 26 | 5:00 – 7:00pm
Come and meet your church family for a weekly meal and program. Kids will be invited to have Gym Time when the program is not geared for them. Invite a friend and please make your meal reservation by Tuesday at noon by calling the church office.
Kid Adventure | Putt-Putt & Flounders
June 13 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Family Fun Night
June 16 | 5:30 – 7:30pm | Lawn
All families are invited to join us for a church-wide cookout. Bring a chair and lounge around while the children enjoy the waterslide.
June 19 -22 | 9am – Noon
Kindergarten – 4th Grade
This camp is a fun way to encourage children to be active and healthy. Each day they will participate in a sport session along with a Bible study. They will also enjoy a healthy snack with their friends.
Kid Adventure | Funplex & Zaxby’s
June 29 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
All children are invited to join us for our monthly Kid Adventure. All ages are welcome, however, preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.
Kid Adventure | PLT
July 7 | 9:00am – Noon
Come join us for the play, Nick Tickle (preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult). We will meet at the Ferdanand Plaza at 9:00am; have a snack, then walk to the theater at 9:30am. Seating is very limited please RSVP by July 3.
July 11 | 4:30 – 8:30pm
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
This evening is a sprint through some of the fun things children do when they go to camp including s’mores around the campfire!
BLAST – Summer Camp
July 18 – 22 | Blue Lake
3rd – 5th Grade
You’re invited to join us at BLAST Summer Camp at Blue Lake. Space is limited. Please visit bluelakecamp.com to register
Worship Arts Week
July 24 – 27 | 9am – Noon
Kindergarten – 4th Grade
This week is dedicated to kids who love art, to dance, play instruments, and more. The whole week is centered around the arts while worshiping God in different ways.
Family Fun Night Summer Farewell
August 4 | 5:30 – 7:30pm
All families are invited to join us for a fun and relaxing evening at the beach. Come have dinner on the beach and enjoy the sunset. Bring your own dinner, chair, and money for snow cones.
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. Curriculum: TruStory
Chill Time for 4th Graders
Mondays, 2:30-3:30pm at TCBY on Bayou Blvd
Fourth graders are invited for a time of Bible Study and fellowship.
KidConnect/Choir for K-4th
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 include Dance, Play N Pray, Girl Time, Art, Recorders, Violin, Book Club and more.
The Kindergarten and First Grade Choir
Sunday Morning from 9:00 – 9:30am – Fall/Spring
The 2nd-4th Grade Choir
Wednesday – Fall/Spring
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.
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
3rd Grade Bible Adventure Class
Children’s Art Show
Puppet Ministry/Fish Stixs Ministry
Hearts for Service Mission Team
Special Needs Class
Mom’s Bible Study
Side by Side, Parent Sunday School Class
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.
Lisa Bond, Director 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.
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.