“We are alive with the enthusiasm of our children”
- First United Church Mission Statement
Each Sunday, we provide a children`s program and a nursery as a safe place for children to belong within our community and to grow in spirit. Presently, we have about 25 children and infants who participate in our programming.
Our Vision for Children & Infants
The vision of First’s programming for children can be summarized by the following statements.
Each child feels loved the way they are (hears from God and others “my beloved in whom I am well pleased”); an unconditional love where the child feels radically accepted and included.
Each child feels they are someone of value and importance and giftedness.
There is support and development for the “spirit” self of each child, and hence their spiritual growth.
A place where child enthusiasm is allowed to flourish, and where the “child view” radiates and teaches.
A place of being noticed, known, cherished through the building of a safe community where there is a sense of belonging.
A place where loving relationships are modeled and where one can experience friendships that are more reliably kind.
Development of children’s voice and leadership.
For children in Junior Kindergarten up to grade six, we provide a three week rotational program. Each rotation has a theme and is rooted in a Biblical story. The children learn about this theme and story through three different learning experiences. Each Sunday, at least two leaders are present with each class.
Our nursery is a well equipped brightly lit room that is staffed by a regular and consistent volunteer who is accompanied by a parent on a rotational schedule.