Christian Education

Here at First Presbyterian, we are excited about the many programs that make up the Christian Education and Nurture ministry of our church. For over 100 years, this church has excelled in its commitment to Christian Education and Nurture. We will continue to strive to do the same through some very familiar opportunities and some new ones as well!

Together, as a congregational family, we hope that Christian Education will make for a rewarding and transforming experience as we continue to learn about God and our Christian faith. One thing is certain - everyone is eligible to be part of this journey. There isn't a person too young or too old to grow in their faith.

Sunday School

Church Sunday School has been and always will be the "hallmark" program of our ministry of Christian Education and Nurture. Church Sunday School is the one time of the week when the whole family can gather together and be nurtured and educated in the faith. In the same way you need an education to "make it" in this life, you also need a Christian education to make it in the Christian life! There is something for everyone during our Sunday School hour, which begins at 9:30 a.m., and the Sunday School Ministry Team encourages you to take full advantage of it!

Sunday School classes include:

Infant/Toddler Sunday School

For ages Birth through Two Years, the Infant/Toddler Sunday School meets in the Nursery room upstairs in the West Wing. Macie Anderson will greet you and your babies with open arms each Sunday.

Preschool Sunday School

For ages Three Years through Kindergarten, the Preschool Sunday School Class meets downstairs in the Preschool classroom, which is located in the West Wing. A team of two exceptional teachers leads the class each week, using age-appropriate curriculum called WEE Believe. This offers the beginning of a life-long commitment to Sunday School for your child.

Elementary Sunday School

For children in grades 1 through 5, a dedicated team of teachers will introduce many wonderful Bible stories using the Gather Round curriculum. These lessons employ a variety of ways to teach the stories: art, drama, music, and Bible games and skills. There are two different classes: Grades 1 and 2, and Grades 3 through 5. Come join in the fun!

Meets in the second floor classrooms of the West Wing.

Middle School Sunday School

For youth in grades 6 through 8. This class uses a new curriculum called Frequently Asked Questions, which allows youth to build on their faith foundation through Bible study and discussion. Middle school youth across the country were invited to ask questions about the Bible, and from those questions, these lessons were written. This means that class discussion will be right on target with what middle school youth want to know.

Meets in the Middle School Classroom, second floor of the East Wing (above the office area).

Senior High Sunday School

For youth in grades 9 through 12. The teachers in this group use numerous questions from a youth-oriented study Bible to actively engage their students in digging deeper, all in a loving and comfortable atmosphere.

Each February, the Senior High Class leads the congregation in our annual Youth Sunday. After choosing an overall theme, the youth select hymns and scripture, write prayers, and prepare a creative sermon.

Meets in the Senior High Lounge, second floor of the East Wing (above the office area).

Adult Sunday School

All three of our adult classes begin at 9:55 a.m. following "The Gathering" with brief fellowship and prayer requests. The lesson follows, concluding at 10:50 a.m. Please be on the lookout for announcements in the Action and on the Christian Education bulletin board outside the fellowship hall concerning which classes are engaged in what studies, the dates, and teachers.

During the summer months, adult classes join together in the fellowship hall for combined discussion and learning.

The John Knox and MOJOs classrooms are located on the second floor of the West Wing. The Parlor Class meets in the church parlor, located on the first floor of the West Wing.

Vacation Bible School

Every summer, First Presbyterian Church conducts a Vacation Bible School for children ages 3 years through grade 5. Following the opening assembly that unpacks the chosen theme and gets the children singing, the learning activities begin. School-age children enjoy rotating through centers on Bible stories, crafts, and games. Preschoolers do their own activities in a self-contained area with their own leaders. Children from the community are always welcome at our Bible School.

Confirmation

All 7th graders are invited to be part of this important program in the church. The Confirmation Class is taught once a week for ten weeks. Each young person is teamed up with an adult to walk with them through this journey of learning and confirming their faith. The pastor will share further information with these youth in January of each year.

Church Family Retreat

For quite a few years now, our church has sponsored a March weekend at Montreat Conference Center, and our families have responded. . . families of 1, 2, 3, 4, or any number! There is a theme, a retreat leader, some great discussion time for adults, and a child-friendly program for the younger ages. Add in the planned mixer activities, fellowship time, delicious meals, wonderful scenery, and "free time" on Saturday afternoon to get a super intergenerational weekend with the church family!

Brochures with retreat information and sign-up forms are available each year beginning in early January.

Youth Groups

For nearly four decades, First Presbyterian Church has excelled in a lay-led youth ministry program for all 6th through 12th graders. Our youth advisors are committed to providing the most fun and the most meaningful ministry to our youth.

We have two youth groups:

Please choose a link below to find out more about each group.

Acts Alive

High school youth usually meet for an hour on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. during the school year. Activities range from group discussions to movies to games to service projects in the community (such as collecting food for Pastor's Pantry). There is also a winter ski weekend and often a fall retreat, plus a very meaningful summer mission trip. Not long after this trip, the youth lead a Sunday morning worship service to share their experiences with the church family. Many youth participate in Acts Alive who are not members of our church, so this program has a strong outreach effect.

Young Disciples

This middle school-aged group meets during the school year from 6:00 to 7:00 on Sunday evenings. Programs include fellowship activities, outreach opportunities (such as CROP Walk and Souper Bowl of Caring), group discussions, visiting older church members, hosting a baked potato lunch (fundraiser for the Acts Alive summer mission trip), and providing an Easter egg hunt for the children of the church. The group also enjoys occasional day trips and an end-of-the-year beach weekend.

Boy Scout Troop 205

First Presbyterian Church sponsors Boy Scout Troop 205. This group consists of boys from grade 6 to grade 12 (or 11 to 18 years of age). We also sponsor Cub Scout Troop 205. Our Scouts' organization is based on community service and learning life and leadership skills. The group meets once per week throughout the school year. The activities and trips are at least one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer. Boy Scouts meet on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the church; Cub Scouts meet two Thursday nights a month in the basement of the church. Volunteer leaders run the Troop with assistance from committees, usually made up of church and community volunteers. More information can be found at www.bsaonsc.org.

To see pictures of our Scouts in action, please visit their image gallery.