The ministry of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church is to provide a safe, comfortable environment where people of all ages can gather to study the word of God, to advance their personal faith journey, to pray together and to support one another. This ministry develops experiences and programs that take into consideration our diversity of age, theology, and spiritual development, with love, respect, humility, openness, and concern toward all our members, friends, and neighbors in community.
Our 2019-2020 Sunday School year starts on August 18th, and we encourage families to attend any of our Christian Education classes at any time throughout the year. We also welcome families and their children at our 8:30am and 11:00am worship services.
Children ages 3 through 6th Grade participate in "Godly Play". This Montessori-based program is a unique approach to religious education, inviting children to wonder about themselves, God and the world in a way that is playful and meaningful to them. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages them to use their curiosity and imagination to experience the mystery and joy of God.
All of our teachers and volunteers attend Safe Church Training and submit to a background check.
Our newly structured Children and Youth Sunday School Program is geared toward children ages 3 through 12th grade. Teachers follow the PCUSA "Godly Play" and "We Believe" curriculum, which teaches children who God is, who and whose they are, and what they are called to be and do. Our "Gateways to Worship" program offers kindergarteners a year of introductory lessons to worship, sacraments and the church year.
Adults have several Sunday School options, as well! The “Through the Bible Class” meets every Sunday in the chapel, using The Present Word curriculum. The Winter and Spring quarters will discuss topics around honoring God through our worship.
First Presbyterian Church is a family of faith. We are a large and diverse community who share a common faith in Jesus Christ. Together we celebrate God’s love through the various activities of our church. We warmly welcome you to participate in the life and ministry of this church. All of our classes are offered for members and nonmembers alike.
We hope you will prayerfully consider joining one of the following classes for spiritual study. For more information about any of our Christian Education programs, please contact Libby Whiteley.
In January, the Mission Committee will provide the opportunity for us to hear from our mission partners, featuring guest speakers and presentations from the organizations we work with to do God’s work with those in need.
Our conversation around the Doctrine of Discovery will continue in February with Wayne Mell as he focuses on the interaction between Presbyterians and Native Peoples, primarily in the Southwest.
The Health Ministries Committee will present a variety of topics in March including, dementia, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, physical therapy equipment, supplements, and nutrition.