Children, Youth, and Families at First Church


It’s fun! It’s creative! It’s engaging! It’s First Kids First, our spiritual enrichment program for all children that emphasizes spiritual growth through music, arts & crafts, Bible stories and more. Lead by dynamic teachers, kids explore life-lessons together, actively participate in worship, and gain a good spiritual foundation for their developing lives.

Infant and Toddler Care

Infants and toddlers care is available on Sunday mornings starting at 10am. Parents are also more than welcome to keep their little ones with them in worship as well. Once potty-trained our toddlers graduate up to our preschool program.  Please ask an usher if you need help finding our Infant and Toddler Room.

First Kids First (Preschool – 5th Grade)

All children begin in the worship service starting at 11am and then after the Children’s Blessing they follow their teachers to their classrooms. We have three classrooms divided by age: Preschool & Kindergarten, 1st – 3rd Grade, and 4th & 5th Grade. Parents sign in their child on the way into worship and then must sign out their child after worship. Maps are available in the Narthex that show were our classrooms are located.

First Youth (6th Grade – 12th Grade)

Youth begin in the worship service starting at 11am and then after the Children’s Blessing they follow their teachers to their classroom. Our middle and high school class goes until 12:15pm which is a few minutes longer than worship. Then they head over to coffee fellowship where they meet up with their parents.

In addition to our weekly Sunday morning programing we also have monthly gatherings for youth group. These activities center around social justice projects, fun & fellowship, and fundraisers to help cover the costs of our camp and mission projects.

Commonwealth Community Chorus

Starting in 2018, thanks to a generous grant by the Cain Foundation, we launched an exciting new community choir.The Commonwealth Community Chorus is a community-wide project that brings the voices of a new generation together to sing, connect, learn, and promote the benefits of diversity & social justice in our changing world. Children and youth from our surrounding community, Pilgrim School, and from our church joined together to make this dream a reality. Participants range in age from 4th grade – 12th grade. If you are interested in joining us email Dr. Harris at dharris@fccla.org.

Acolyte Program

Available to 4th grade-8th grade is the acolyte program. This is a very important ministry as the acolytes symbolically bring light into the worship service during the processional hymn. Each week, one or two Acolytes will be scheduled and should arrive 15 minutes before the 11:00 service to put on robes and receive any special instructions.  To sign up for Acolyte training, please contact Pastor Wally Hoeger.

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Pastor Wally Hoeger

Associate Minister of Children, Youth & Families