first Presbyterian Church

of Cumberland, Maryland
Children’s Ministry
While our current Children's Ministry is small, our expression of God's love for our children and our desire to help them grow in their faith is anything but small. We are a congregation committed to not only growing our Children's Ministry but also nurturing the children and families who actively attend First Presbyterian. We are eager for children to learn that the church is a special place for them, where they belong, are loved, have friends, and find important service to do.
 
 
 
Throughout the Year
Throughout the year, we have activities designed specifically with children and their families in mind. Some of these include:
 
 
Fall Kick-off Worship and Picnic (September)
With the end of the summer and the start of a new school year, annually we hold a church picnic for our entire church family. Good food, music, fellowship, and games are all a part of this wonderful time together. From the popular bounce house with the children (and some adults) to games of shuffleboard with the adults, there is fun for all ages. This is always a wonderful way to reunite as a church family and kick-off the new school year! 
 
 
 
 
Halloween on the Hill – Light the Night (October)
2015 was the second year for this event as we partnered with our neighbors at Emmanuel Episcopal to hold a night of fun for children not only within our congregations but from throughout the Cumberland area. Held on the night of "Trick or Treating" in Cumberland, this event provides a variety of acitvities for children from inflatable bounce houses, to face painting, games, costume contests, and food. 
 
 
 
 
Advent Intergeneration Event (Late November)
Held in conjunction with the first Sunday of Advent, this intergenerational family event includes a variety of activities, such as making your own candles and family Advent wreath and a family Advent calendar, as well as other activities and crafts for children. We also share breakfast foods as we learn together about the meaning of Advent. 
 
 
 
 
 
Vacation Bible School (June)
Annually, we hold Vacation Bible School (VBS) as a joint effort between St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Souls Won, Metropolitan AME, and First Presbyterian. VBS includes dinner, lessons, games, crafts, music and lots of fun for all the children involved.
 
VBS will take place the week of June 19-23, beginning with supper at 5:30PM, followed by the program from 6:00-8:00PM.  The theme is Rome: Paul and the Underground Church.  For more information and to register (children 4 years and up), contact the church office. If you can serve as a volunteer for the week, please contact Debbie Streicher @dstreicher52@gmail.com.