Children's Ministries

welcome

Welcome to the First Presbyterian Church Franklin Children’s Ministry.  Our congregation takes seriously the promises we make at the baptism of a child.  We offer ways to guide and nurture the faith of children to help set them on a life-long journey of being a disciple of Christ.  

Our ministries are designed for newborns through 6th graders with a variety of opportunities including Sunday School, Confirmation, Children’s Worship, Nursery, Vacation Bible School and many other events for children and families throughout the year. 

We invite you to come experience these vibrant ministries for your children and enjoy the connections your family will find to God and to other families at FPC. 


All are welcome! 


Kim Joiner, 

Director of Christian Education

Nursery



A nursery for infants through 3 year olds is available in rooms 111 and 112 (first floor, preschool entrance).  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.


Nursery Coordinators:

Kate Lasseter (katelasseter@yahoo.com)

and Kelly Oldham (ekellyoldham@gmail.com).

Sunday School

SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:45 a.m. (Sept. - May)
We offer children's classes for two-year-olds through sixth grade throughout the school year,  We utilize a three person team of teachers for each age level. The pre-k through 5th grade students gather for the Musical Gathering each Sunday at 9:45. Parents should sign in there and pick up in the classrooms.
Confirmation:
Our 6th graders attend Confirmation classes Sept.-May. If you are new to our church, we welcome older students to join the class. Each student is paired with an adult covenant partner. The group meets in room 209 and are led by Susan Burns and Mike Moyers.
MUSICAL GATHERING (Sept. - May)
All the children (pre-K through 5th grade) will gather at 9:45 in the Music Room (215 B) for a Gathering Time of music and opening worship where the Bible story will be introduced.
CURRICULUM - Spark and Feasting on the Word

Children's Worship

Children are welcome to remain in the sanctuary for the entire worship service, or children 4, 5 and in kindergarten may choose to attend Children's Worship at the conclusion of the Time with the Young Church.


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.


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.


Click here for Suggestions for Young Children in the Sanctuary

Our preschool is part-day (9:00-1:00) with after-care available to 2:55.  Preschool is in session from mid-August to mid-May and loosely follows the Williamson County Schools schedule.  We enroll children ages 2 – 5 and provide 2, 3, or 4 day classes.

Confirmation Sunday School Class

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 (kjoiner@fpcfranklin.org)




    Additional Children's Ministries

    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.  Download the flyer 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 - Course I - Amazing Me for Grades 5 and 6

    Will include basic biological and developmental information, suggestions for open communication between student and parents, and an introduction to the fact that sexuality is an integral part of being human.


    Vacation Bible School - A weekday event held each summer. Visit the VBS page to learn more.


    First Day of Advent Centers - we prepare for the season of Advent


    Wednesday Night Live - arts and other educational programming for children