Christian Formation – Growing in Love,

Knowledge, and Service of God

From a newborn child to our oldest members, we are all growing in faith.  On Sunday morning we gather in classrooms; during the week we meet in small groups.  Children learn the stories of our faith and discover what it means to be a part of the congregation.  We take our faith seriously and hope to equip members with the tools and resources they need to grow in their faith.

Youth and Children's Ministries

We work with parents and families to minister to and with all children.  Helping each child grow in his or her faith, we provide opportunities for children to learn more about God’s story and their part in it.

Our Sunday Christian Education program for children is called "Youth Bible Study"  We are starting a new class, Middle School - High School, and we have an existing class, age 4-grade 6.  They meet concurrent with our 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.  Children are with their parents in worship through the Children's Message.  They then leave to attend their classes.  Children remain in worship for the full service on the first Sunday of each month so they may receive communion.

We also introduce children to service in our community and to having fun as they learn, such as working at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the local food pantry, cleaning Sister City Park, enjoying cookouts, swim parties, game nights along with other mission projects.  Children are often welcome to participate in our adult mission trips, with parental supervision. 

Confirmation occurs when youth are in seventh or eighth grade.  The confirmation process may include baptism for those youth not baptized as infants.  At First Presbyterian Church, our youth write a statement of faith that is shared with the Session and read before the congregation on the Sunday of their confirmation.

Children and youth participate in worship as acolytes, liturgists, soloists, instrumentalists, greeters, and ushers.

The church provides full scholarships to all children and youth attending Camp Carew, our PC(USA) camp located near Carbondale, IL.

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Adult Studies

Looking to add some depth to your faith?  Our adult education provides a safe space to learn more about the Bible, Christian tradition, and our contemporary world. We vary our topics to include everything from Bible studies to contemporary events.  The Adult Sunday School will meet at 9:30 a.m. starting September 11th.  We will be using a video series called “Dare to Dream”, exploring God’s dream for us in a six week series.  Nursery will be provided.

Short-term studies occur periodically through the year at times other than Sunday morning.

Presbyterian Women circles meet for Bible study on the second Tuesday morning (10:00 a.m.) and third Tuesday evening (7:00 p.m.) each month between September and May.

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