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 the church for more information: 405.525.6584.

Sign Up for Vacation Bible School (VBS)

& Adult Study

Dates: June 17-20

How To Register: For both the children’s VBS and the adult study, print and fill out the registration form. Return completed forms to the church office or email them to Leigh Miller (leigh@fpcokc).

Children’s VBS

When: 5-8 p.m.

Who: Preschool-5th Grade

What: ReNew VBS focuses on one story, Jesus’ Parable of the Sower, and helps kids explore this parable in-depth, rather than trying to learn multiple non-consecutive stories over a short period of time. Each day at ReNew, kids hear the entire parable, but then focus on one section of it to discover what the passage means for them and how it relates to caring for God’s creation. The activities in ReNew are centered on stewardship. Kids learn, create and do things that change their world. Their faith is put into action and impacts the wider community.

Dinner is provided.

Adult Study

When: 6-7 p.m.

Who: Adults 18+

What: This year’s VBS includes an adult-only class. All adults, including parents and guardians of children in VBS, are invited to attend our adult study lead by Pastor John McKinnon. This class features a four-part study of Jesus’ Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-9) and what it reveals to us about our personal journeys of faith. The class will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fireside Room, but participants may come early to enjoy dinner at 5 p.m. in Watchorn Hall. Join us for informative, fun and thought-provoking discussion!

Registration Form: VBS & Adult Study

PRESCHOOL

We have a full-time preschool and mother’s day out program serving more than 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, such as 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.

Sunday Morning Opportunities

Worship & Your Children

Worship is important and encouraged for all 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 youngest members experience God and worship Him in their own way!

We also have a children’s sermon during the 11 a.m. service (Aug.-May), as well as a Children’s Church for ages 5 years through 2nd grade.

Activity bags are available for children at all worship services.

Sunday School

For children of all ages.                  
Our children learn that God’s love begins at birth! Sunday School for all ages: Nursery, Preschool, K-2nd, 3rd-5th and even in the nursery we nurture children by faith, singing, telling stories and showing God’s love.  For the older ones, we follow the new biblically-based PCUSA curriculum called Growing in Gace and Gratitude, with hands-on activities, focusing on characters in the New and Old Testaments. There are several teachers in the multi-age class to break into smaller groups and assist students at different learning levels. 

Choirs

For Kindergarten through 5th grade.
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 (Starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings in their Sunday School rooms!)

Acolytes

Primarily for 2nd – 6th grade (occasionally 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

(Aug.-May) 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 is at 6 p.m., and fun classes begin at 6:30 p.m.

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 children of members. 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, go to Dwight for a weekend retreat as well, experiencing Dwight Camp in the winter. Lastly, Youth in senior high grades can attend Triennium, which is a national Presbyterian event held at Purdue University in Indiana, with over 3,000 other youth attending.