First Congregational’s ministries encourage children and youth to explore their developing faith through learning, worship, service and fellowship—all in a warm and accepting environment. For information about programs, see our pages and comprehensive CYF Calendar.
Childcare & Preschool
Sundays during Worship
Contact: Colleen Berry
Childcare and preschool classes are available during Sunday morning worship unless otherwise posted.
Adult volunteers and youth assistants arrive 15 minutes before the start of each service. Please sign in your child as instructed by the caregiver; should any problems occur, you will be notified through our in-house paging system. Please pick up your child within five minutes of the conclusion of worship.
Registration opens August 1 and is ongoing throughout the program year. Church membership is not required.
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Our nursery is a comfortable space with braided rugs, rocking chairs and cribs, as well as soft mats, interesting mirrors and shin-high baby climbers.
Our toddler room depicts nature as God has created it and invites young children to play under broad jungle leaves, explore the tree house or hang out in the “rainbow hollow.”
Church School for Preschoolers Ages 3-4
Children who turn 3 by September 1 of the current school year may attend 3- and 4-year-old Church School classes. These classes offer a new Bible story each week during the 8:45 service, along with crafts and other fun activities designed to reinforce the lesson.
Parents may take children directly to the classroom or bring them into the Sanctuary to participate in the first part of worship.
Sanctuary Family Worship Area
Children are welcome in worship! Our Family Worship Area, at the back of the Sanctuary, is for children ages 3-10 who wish to remain in the Sanctuary or when Church School classes are not available. Our nursery and toddler rooms are available for younger children.
We hope that children will enjoy the quiet activities provided, participate in the worship service as appropriate, and stop activity during prayers. Space is provided for parents to sit with or near their children and encourage them to play quietly, engage appropriately with the worship service, and care for them if they need a break.