Children ages 4 through kindergarten are given the opportunity to worship through the Children's Worship program. Children's Worship offers a way of learning that challenges our children to experience the Bible through storytelling, using a hands-on approach. The stories of God come to life using figures made of wood and other materials. The goal of this curriculum is not only to teach a story, but also to engage children in the act of worship. Trained leaders from our congregation direct the sessions each week through great stories of the church year.
Children are welcome to remain in the sanctuary for the entire worship service, or they may choose to attend Children's Worship at the conclusion of the Time with the Young Church.
DURING JUNE AND JULY WE ARE WORSHIPING AT 9:00 A.M. ONLY. CW CONTINUES TO BE OFFERED WITH A MODIFIED SCHEDULE AND USES BOOKS FROM OUR CHILDREN'S LIBRARY. During Aug. - May CW is offered for both the 8:30 and the 11:00 worship services. The leaders will meet the children in the narthex and take them to room 210. A leader will bring the kindergarten children back to the sanctuary after their Bible story where they will rejoin their family for the remainder of the service. The 4- and 5-year-olds should be picked up at the conclusion of the service.
DURING THE RENOVATION OF OUR NURSERY AND PRESCHOOL/SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOMS THE NURSERY IS LOCATED IN UPSTAIRS IN ROOM 213.
A nursery for infants through 3 year olds is available in rooms 111 and 112 (first floor). We have a dedicated staff of nursery attendants along with volunteer assistants to provide a loving and safe environment. Pagers are available when needed, but your cell number is appreciated (just keep on vibrate!) We encourage children of all ages to participate in worship. If your child is unhappy or needs a break from the worship service, we encourage you to utilize the Adult Library or Narthex where you can continue to worship using the sanctuary audio heard in both areas. The nursery is available during all our services, Sunday school, and special events. Ushers are available if you need assistance.
Kate Lasseter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Kelly Oldham (email@example.com).
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL: A multi-age class is offered for children in
PreK - 6th grades. The class meets in Room 210. We use the Feasting on the Word curriculum.
FALL SUNDAY SCHOOL: We offer children's classes for two-year-olds through fifth grade throughout the school year, Sept - May. We utilize a three person team of teachers for each age level. Our young children curriculum is Spark, published by Augsburg Fortress. The children explore God's love through Bible stories using the Spark Story Bible. The first through fifth grade use Feasting on the Word, published by Westminster John Knox. This curriculum begins with a solid scriptural and theological base and invites learners deeper into the rhythm of the church year. It utilizes a common Bible passage for all learners, making it easy for families to learn and live out their faith together. The text is from the Revised Common Lectionary which is also used for our worship.
Fall 2017: All the children will gather at 9:45 in the Music Room (215) for a Gathering Time of music and opening worship where the Bible story will be introduced.
For the 2017-2018 school year we will have the following classes:
111-112 - Nursery
114 - Two and Three's
113 - Pre-K and Kindergarten
104 - 1st and 2nd grades
115 - 3rd and 4th grades
210 - 5th grade
209 - Confirmation
Preteens at First Presbyterian Church enroll in confirmation when they reach the 6th grade. The program is open to older students as well. The course, which begins in September, starts with an understanding of scripture and includes information about the Reformed tradition, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. In addition to Confirmands attending Sunday morning classes, each is assigned a Covenant Partner who walks beside them in their journey. Confirmands and Covenant Partners read the Gospel of Luke and meet at least monthly to discuss their reading and explore other questions of the faith.
Contact Kim Joiner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our Confirmation program.
The Sunday Night Summit is the happening place to be on Sunday nights from Sept. to May. We offer age-specific programs for 3rd – 12th grade students from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. A dinner meal is provided each evening that children, pre-teens or youth gather at the Summit. Table fellowship offers us all a chance to get to know one another better and share our personal highs and lows. At our Summit we pray together, break bread together and enjoy table fellowship at a low cost to participants.
Click here for the 2016/17 schedule.
Sunday Night Summit sample schedule:
5:30 pm—6:30 Quest—(3rd – 6th graders meet with grade level leaders)
6:30 pm Dinner in Wilson Hall (tables are labeled for each grade to sit with their leaders)
7:00 pm—Parents pick up students
We are going down PATH 34 with all our 3rd and 4th graders on two Sunday Night Summits during the months of Sept to May. We offer them an opportunity to explore their faith, and learn about their world of relationships with friends and family. We have guided table fellowship, team-building games, fun activities, service projects and Quest curriculum—all designed for this age group. The curriculum is “Skills for Growing.” That is just what we hope to do: give our 3rd and 4th grade students positive skills to help them grow into their tween and adolescence years. This curriculum reinforces the core values you are teaching at home: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness and caring. PATH 34 is designed to teach these core values and instill the Golden Rule Jesus asks us to follow: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you (Matthew 7:12).
The pre-teens of 5th and 6th grades are on an exciting TREK. Sometimes their trail is rocky and uncertain. They are often on a high mountaintop and then zoom into the valley. TREK 56 is designed to help them explore this uncertain terrain between childhood and adolescence. We offer programs to help them explore their faith and life in relation to their peers and family on this Christian journey. TREK 56 at the Summit will also meet approximately twice each month. They join the larger community for table fellowship then break into smaller groups for age-specific lessons. We use “Skills for Adolescence” curriculum from the Lions-Quest series. Those same core values from PATH 34 will be reinforced with more focus on entering the teen years, building self-confidence and communication skills, managing emotions in positive ways and improving peer and family relationships.
Children's Library - Faith based books are available for check out in Room 210.
Trunk or Treat - A fun afternoon for children and their families the Sunday before Halloween. Click here for more information.
Easter Egg Hunt - The Saturday before Easter children and grandchildren of our congregation arrive for fellowship, fun activities and egg hunting.
Bibles - Bibles are presented to third graders and confirmation students on Rally Day.
Sexuality Courses - Three age appropriate courses are offered each year.
Vacation Bible School - A weekday event held each summer.