Sunday Morning Worship, Sunday School, and Childcare
(Infants through Grade 6)
Sunday Worship and Childcare
Sunday Worship takes place at 9:00 am and 11:30 am each week. At 9:00 am worship, we begin with everyone in the Sanctuary together. Following the Children’s Moment, children are invited to remain with their families or to join us for a Children’s Worship service designed to engage children ages 4 through 2nd grade. We meet in the Choir Room across the hall from the Sanctuary, and each week the children follow an order of worship similar to what the congregation follows. During the last worship song, our leaders bring the children back to the Sanctuary where they rejoin their families.
During our 9:00 am worship service, we also have childcare for infants through age 2 in the Crib Room, and childcare for ages 2-4 in the Blue Room. Children should be checked in by a parent or guardian. We have one staff worker with our younger children in the Crib Room & Blue Room every Sunday, to provide continuity. We ask that parents who use these rooms sign up to volunteer once per season. Parents may bring their babies at any age. Both rooms offer a pager system, so that parents can be reached during the service if necessary. Toddlers advance to the Blue Room anytime after they turn 2.
During our 11:30 am service, families are invited to worship together. Childcare is available for children ages 4 and younger in the Crib Room, located in our main building.
Sunday School Classes
Sunday School Classes meet beginning September 17. Classes, held 10:30-11:20 am, are designed to give children a foundation in Biblical knowledge and Scripture memorization that families can then build upon at home throughout the week. In accordance with our church protection policy, volunteers are screened. Children “graduate” to the next class level in September, concurring with school cut-off. Registration is required for Sunday School participation and can be completed here (a new window will open).
To see our classroom locations for children and students of all grades, click here.
Annual Programs for First Kids and Families
Children’s Choir meets on Thursdays during the school year from 4-5:00 p.m. Students in 4-year-old pre-K through 5th grade are invited to participate. During rehearsal, children are divided up into an older and younger group to sing. Children will sing in worship once per month, and this group will also prepare music for the Christmas Pageant. During rehearsal, the Dining Room upstairs is open for parents and siblings to use as a work or study area. To register for Children’s choir click here (a new window will open).
Good Friday Family Workshop
The Good Friday Family Workshop is held on the morning of Good Friday and helps children grasp the meaning of Easter through crafts, drama and simple worship.
Registration for Church Camp at Timber-lee is now open! Due to limited slots, families are encouraged to register their children ASAP. All 2nd-5th graders
(completed grades in Spring 2019) are encouraged to grab a friend and sign up to spend a week growing in Christ in God’s creation at Camp Timber-lee. 2nd and 3rd graders can attend July 7-10 or 11-13 (Camp Start), 4th and 5th graders can attend July 7-13 (Classic Camp). Cost: Camp Start $135, Classic Camp $320. These prices reflect a subsidy from FPCE. The registration deadline is March 20. Registration details and instructions can be found here, on the Children’s table near the Front Desk, or by contacting Pastor Amanda.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
This event is held in the summer for children ages 3 through 5th grade. Groups meet at church on Monday through Friday from 9-11:45 a.m. The week includes skits, songs, Bible stories, snacks, crafts and park play time.
Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant
Our Family Christmas Eve Pageant features music and drama in celebration of the birth of Jesus. Roles in the Christmas pageant are open to all children from kindergarten through 6th grade. Children participating in the pageant may be a part of the pageant choir, the nativity play, or both.
Join us for the Advent Workshop to start the Christmas season. We learn about the season of waiting for Jesus’s birth through fellowship, worship and crafts for the whole family. This year, we will be doing it a little earlier, join us at the church Sunday, November 19th from 3-5 pm. Sign up to join us here!
Special Milestones for First Kids
Kindergarten students receive The Jesus Storybook Bible during a late summer worship service, prior to the start of school. We recognize that Kindergarten is an area of growth in many ways, and we hope to encourage our young students & families to continue growing in faith.
Baptism is one of the two sacraments recognized by our church community that celebrates God’s gift of grace through Jesus Christ, the other is the Lord’s Supper (Communion). The baptism of infants and children is based our recognition that God’s grace reaches out to us before we are able to respond or comprehend his goodness. Baptism is a community event celebrated in Sunday worship service. If you are a member who wishes to baptize your child, please make an appointment to speak to one of our pastors. Contact us.
The communion workshop material is covered on two consecutive Sunday mornings during the year for parents and children who want to explore the meaning of communion. It is especially designed for children in grade school who will be participating in communion for the first time. We ask parents to determine when their child is ready to receive communion, and we recognize that the age when children are ready will vary. Our pastoral staff assists in the teaching of this workshop.
Second Grade Bible Celebration
Bibles are presented in early Spring during the worship service to each 2nd grader who is registered for the Christian Foundations class. A celebration for the 2nd graders and their families immediately follows the worship service.
Family Programs and Events
Family Camp is held in the summer, and families of all ages and stages are invited to join us for programmed activities at Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center, 2 hours west of Chicago.
Nourish: a Women’s Fellowship
Nourish: a Women’s Fellowship is a caring group of mothers who spend time in fellowship, prayer, support, and Bible study on Thursday mornings from 9:15-11:30 a.m. Childcare is provided for $5/per child or $10/per family. For details contact Patty Bastian.
A playgroup space is available at the church, and neighborhood playgroups hosted by a church member are welcome to meet in our room. In the winter, Children’s Ministry will coordinate days for a drop-in playgroup. If you are looking to gather with other families in Evanston and need a place to play, contact Kristin Mueller to help host and schedule a playgroup time.
Family Small Groups
Family Small Groups meet once a month at church, over the Sunday dinner hour. Parents first meet for study while children play and are supervised by childcare staff. Families then eat dinner together. Families with children of all ages are invited to participate. We aim to group families with children at similar ages together for study and fellowship. For more information, contact Pastor Henry Coates.
Get your youth group sweatshirt orders in! The Youth Advisory Team has designed both middle school and high school versions of the sweatshirt. Cost is $15. To order, contact Pastor Amanda with your name, size and version you want (MS or HS). Available in adult small through 3XL.
All 6th-8th grade youth are invited for a fun all-nighter at the church. There will be pizza, games, and a late -night outing to Brunswick Zone in Niles! Drop-off is at 7 pm, with pick-up Saturday at 9 am. Cost is $20. Registration required. Deadline Sunday, March 31. Contact Pastor Amanda firstname.lastname@example.org.
9th-12th grade youth are invited to spend an action packed night at the church. There will be pizza, games, very little sleep and an adventure to Locked Chicago Escape Room! Drop-off is 6:30, pick-up Sunday at 10:15. Cost is $20. Registration required. Deadline Sunday, March 31 Contact Pastor Amanda email@example.com.
All 6th through 8th graders (completed Spring 2019) are invited to join us June 23-26 as we serve our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Chicago area. This will be a fun way to get to know one another better and learn about what it means to serve and live out our faith. Cost: $100, scholarships are available. Registration deadline: Sunday, Mar. 3. Registration forms can be found HERE, at the youth board near the front desk or by contacting Pastor Amanda.