Children

Children are important in the life of this church.

Sunday School classes are available for ages two through adults. Classes meet each Sunday at 9:40 a.m.

Children are included in the worship services as leaders in the Call to Worship, as acolytes, and in choirs.

CLUB345 is our kids club for 3rd-5th grades. We meet the first Sunday of the month so watch the newsletters for upcoming activities!

Contact our Director of Children and Youth, Christie Peacher, for more information. 405.525.6584

PRESCHOOL

We have a busy full-time preschool and mother’s day out program, serving over 150 children in our community. For more information about First Presbyterian Preschool call 405-525-7521.

SPARK

Over 20 years ago we started SPARK, an after-school and summer program for youth. The students receive tutoring, go on field trips across the state, and have lots of experiences with Allied Artists. Summer classes give these children the opportunity to try new things-like shooting and editing videos, learning new sports skills, cooking classes, and learning to dance. For more information about SPARK call SPARK Director Tish Harrison at 405-525-0018.

Children’s Formation

We have a dynamic and diverse ministry for children. We meet kids where they are and invite them to have fun with Jesus while helping them to connect with their personal faith journey.

Christie Peacher, Director of Children & Youth Activities

Sunday Morning Opportunities

Worship & Your Children

Worship is important and encouraged for all age children.
Children are welcome in worship!  The Nursery is available throughout the morning for those parents who have chosen their littlest ones aren’t quite ready for worship yet.  During Sunday School your children will begin with a worship experience, singing, or prayer.  In the course of the year we also discuss worship elements and have special stories that bring the Bible to life. Even our our youngest members experience God and worship Him in their own way! We also have Children’s Sermons at every worship service, as well as children’s bags with activities that fit with the bible readings for that day.

Sunday School

For all age children.  9:30 – 10:45am
Our children learn about God’s love begins at birth!  Sunday School for all ages: Nursery, Pre-K, Multiage (K-5th).  Even in the nursery we nurture children in the faith, singing, telling stories, and showing God’s love.  For the older ones we follow the new biblically-based PCUSA curriculum called Grace and Gratitude, with hands-on activities, focusing on characters in the New and Old Testaments.  There are multiple teachers in the MultiAge class to break into smaller groups and assist students at different learning levels.  Our extended Sunday School hour allows for half the time for choir, and half for a lesson.

Choirs

For Kindergarten through 5th grade children.
Our children learn to sing!  This happens during the Sunday School hour, with half of the time in class, the other half in choir.  Going beyond head knowledge, challenging our children in their hearts and lives, to live out their faith in worship.  Every Sunday during the school year (Come at 9:30am Sunday morning to Room 215!)

Acolytes

Primarily for 2nd – 6th Grade (although extending to 12th Grade).
Worship is at the heart of who we are.  Our children are integral to worship as well, not only participating in worship, but leading in worship.  Junior High and Senior High also assist in worship as Bannerbearers, Christmas Eve Acolytes, and more!  Contact Lisa Lusby, our Acolyte Coordinator for more details.

To understand more about the direction of our Children/Youth/Adult Formation, read: Christian Formation Guidelines Benchmarks

Wednesday Activities: Kirk Night

Our Children and Youth experience the joy of togetherness, mission opportunities, arts, crafts, cooking classes, and all sorts of fun opportunities on Wednesdays. Learning about faith can be hands-on and fun, especially after a long day in the classroom. Dinner at 5:30, fun classes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays (follows the OKCPS calendar).

Other Opportunities

Camp! Our children love Dwight Mission Camp & Conference Center, and we encourage them to go every summer, even offering partial scholarships for all members’ children. Dwight is in Vian, Oklahoma. We also are in partnership with Ferncliff in Arkansas, Mo-Ranch in Texas, and Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

There are even more camp experiences as your children grow up! YouthQuake is a weekend spiritual retreat for 6th-12th graders, offered by our presbytery. The 6th to 8th graders, as part of Confirmation Class goes to Dwight for a weekend retreat as well, experiencing Dwight Camp in the winter. The there is Triennium for Senior Highers, a national Presbyterian event, held at Purdue Univ. in Indiana, with over 3,000 other youth attending.