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.
Covid-19 has altered the way we do many things. Throughout the pandemic we have found and distributed a variety of children's resouces to the congregation to encourage parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. to share with the children in their lives. We are also participating in an exciting Virtual Vacation Bible School. As we look forward, we are not sure what we will be able to do in the church but we will constantly be working to provide opportunities for the children in our congregation and those in the community around us.
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Prior to Covid-19 we provided a traditional Sunday morning class for our youngest members, using curriculum-based learning activities, focused on God’s compassion in the Bible. During worship, our youngest children have several options. They could remain in the sanctuary or go to the nursery for the same curriculum offered during the Sunday school hour.
If they remain in the sanctuary, children are welcome to use the newly created Pray-ground, a space defined by a rug and soft toys in the front of the sanctuary, where they, under parental supervision, can play quietly during worship service. The goal is to introduce children, at an early age, to the sights and sounds of worship and to make them feel welcome among the congregation. Children regularly participate in worship by bringing the communion elements to the communion table and by participating in baptisms and other parts of the service.
Below are some traditions we look forward to resuming, once it is safe to do so.
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
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. This is always a wonderful way to reunite as a church family and kick-off the new school year!
Advent Event/Hanging of the Greens
Typically held on the first Sunday of Advent, we gather as a church family for lunch and a time designed to prepare us for the birth of Christ, including a brief refresher on Advent, a blessing of the Christmon Tree, decorating throughout the sanctuary and education building and baking cookies to take to our in-home members.
Children and youth help stuff "cram packs" for Frostburg State University students heading into exam week.
Vacation Bible School (July-August)
Annually, we have held 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.
This year we faced a major challenge in continuing to provide education and growth opportunities for children even when we cannot meet. Like many other places, we have approached this problem by going online. We are happy to say Vacation Bible School continued in 2020, but this time from the comfort of home.
The theme this year was "Rocky Railway – Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through." This program was avaliable to community children ages 4 through the 5th grade starting mid-July. Children received a packet of activities for them and their families while they follow along with weekly online presentations.
The final celebration was a "drive-by" at St. Pauls Lutheran Church with the puppets greeting participants, who also received a special gift and reminder that Jesus' power pulls us through!
Last Updated 7/20/20