Birthday Party for Jesus What is one of the most fun things a child can attend? - A birthday celebration complete with all the trimmings! This party is extra special as it celebrates the birth of Jesus on a level that children can relate to and experience with joy. A story about the true meaning of Christmas – that God sent Jesus into our world for us - is shared with the children. Another highlight is a visit from St. Nicholas. Children can visit with St. Nicholas and have their pictures taken. Of course, a party isn’t complete without a birthday cake, but other healthy snack options are served as well. As a “gift for Jesus”, participants are asked to bring mittens or gloves what will go to needy children and adults. Families are welcome to invite friends and neighbors to this fun and meaningful event.
Giving Tree The Giving Tree is a unique opportunity for the First Church family to bless children and adults who would not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas. On the first Sunday of Advent, Christmas trees in our worship centers are adorned with special ornaments that have a gift request for a child or adult in need. The congregation has the opportunity to select a gift request ornament. Gifts are then purchased, wrapped and brought back to the church in time to be delivered for Christmas.
Lent | Easter | Spring Events
Hunt for Easter (Egg Hunt) What takes two hours to set up and only five minutes to do? Our Easter Egg Hunt, of course! Hundreds of eggs “hidden” in the park disappear into the baskets of stampeding children every year during our annual Hunt. (Toddlers have their own special area for the Hunt.) Before the stampede, children, friends and families gather together for play, fellowship and praise songs. After the Hunt, children look for the surprises in each of their eggs and then move to the tables full of goodies. Be sure to join us for the next Hunt!
Family Good Friday Service Need a meaningful alternative Good Friday service to the traditional Tenebrae service of darkening? This morning service is the one for you and your family! Children experience the Passion through the reading of the Word and participation in worship—all in a way that is directed to their level of understanding. Fellowship and refreshments follow the service. A special book about Easter is given to each child.
6Ways2Praise Performing and Fine Arts Camp Want a camp close to home? This four day camp, filled with music, art, drama and a whole lot of fun, is held at First Church. The camp is designed for children going into 3rd through 7th grade in the next school year. Each day children rotate through vocal and instrumental music, dance, drama, art and photography. A closing celebration on Thursday evening will feature campers’ artwork and photography, and include selections of music, dance and drama performed by the children will be held on Thursday evening. Scholarships are available based on need.
Puppet Squad: Give Your Faith a New Face For children entering 7th through 12th grades. Is your student interested in being in a play, but just can't bear the thought of being on stage and memorizing lines? Then this four day puppetry camp may just be the answer they are looking for. Your student is invited to join us as we create a show from start to finish. We will choose a script, develop our characters, and learn the basic rules of puppetry. Once this foundation is laid, we will building our stage and set the scene for the show. There are even a few positions for more mature participants to help with sound and lighting. This show will reflect the creative input of all the participants. Puppetry will give the children an opportunity to come together as a team, learn new skills, hone what skills they have already learned, and above, all have fun all while glorifying God.
Vacation Bible School At our Vacation Bible School, kids experience a 4-day adventure where they not only grow in their faith, but also in friendship with each other. Through rockin' music, cool crafts, mind-boggling science activities, and larger-than-life games, kids will learn more about our Lord, our faith and how to live daily for God.
Splashdown Water Park First Church has the entire park for this fun church-wide summer celebration on a Sunday in July or August. Family, friends and neighbors are welcome to join the First Church family in this night of fellowship and water fun.