Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning Childcare

The Nursery area is open during from 8:15 am to 12:00 pm on Sunday mornings. . Located on the first floor secure area off the Gathering Space, the Nursery area provides loving childcare for infants through 3-year-olds.

Children learn what God is like by discovering Him in us. Our youngest children discover they are special to the Lord who loves and provides for them. The development of these concepts is encouraged through the loving actions of care providers and children are prepared for more faith encounters with our Lord. Children also participate in age-appropriate Bible stories and 3 year olds also have Bible lessons during the Sunday school hour from 9:45 to10:45 am.

Children's Church

After the children's sermon during the 8:30 am worship service, Kindergarten through 5th grade kids have the option to attend children's church in the second floor secure children’s area.  Children should be pre-checked in at the children’s check-in counter prior to worship.  Children who have received check-in badges will be escorted from worship to children’s church following the children’s message.

Children's Choirs

What a joy it is to hear our children’s voices lifted in song to praise our Lord! First Church has two children’s choirs in place to accommodate your child’s age. Each of our choirs is blessed with talented directors with a special love of working with children. Our choirs are:

  • The Joyful Singers for Kindergarten – 2nd  
  • The Praise Singers for 3rd – 5th

Choirs meet from 10:50 am to 12:00 noon on Sundays from September through May in rooms on the 2nd floor secure children’s area.  Children who are in Sunday school and stay for choir will transition from class to the choir program.  Children arriving just for the choir program at 10:50 am should check-in at the children’s check-in counter on the first floor in the Gathering Space.

Children’s church at 10:50 am is held in lieu of choir practice on holiday Sundays and also during the summer breaks.

Children's Sunday School

Sunday school for children ages 4 year old preschool through 5th grade is held in the secure 2nd floor children’s area.  A favorite among teachers, we use Grow, Proclaim and Serve! curriculum by Cokesbury.  This wonderful material interweaves Bible stories and activities “into a full faith experience for children”. Through participation in Sunday school, children will “develop the skills to unlock the Bible message and grow their faith by leaps and bounds."

Children who arrive for Sunday school should check-in through the first floor check-in counter in the Gathering Space.  Children already in children’s church will be transitioned to their age-level class at 9:45 am.  For the 11:00 am hour, children who are in choir will be taken to their choir rooms.

To pick up children from the secure children’s area, adults should have the identification badge given at the time of check-in to enter the children’s area.

Contact Dr. Cindy Schairer-Kessler, Director of Children and Family Ministries, at cschairerkessler@fumcpeoria.org with questions.