We welcome your children to be full participants in the life of the church and to learn more about how to worship God through observation and participation. Throughout the year we provide outlets for children to both grow in faith and have fun. We want to assist you in the spiritual formation of your children. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rev. Brittany McDonald Null, Pastor of Families and Spiritual Formation at 573-442-1149 or by email
During Worship (9:15 am and 11:15 am)
During both worship services childcare will be available for children birth through kindergarten (completed). Children can be checked in at the nursery. Children might go to the playground or gym, but will always begin in the nursery and location will be clearly communicated to caregivers.
Children who have completed 1st through 5th grade are asked to worship with their families. A worship bag with a clipboard, coloring pages, and a children’s bulletin will be available for each child. We know that children will have the wiggles and we expect to both hear and see them as they participate in worship. It is okay! It is a tangible reminder that our church is growing and that they are active worshipers in our congregation!
During the Spiritual Formation Hour (10:15 am)
Nursery care will continue for children birth through 3-years-old in the nursery. Children, 4-years-old through completed 4th grade are invited to First Kids Sunday School's Worship and Wonder in the Children’s Ministry suite on the 3rd floor. Beginning, June 6, Children who have completed 5th grade will promote to youth group. Typically, 5th graders promote later in the summer, but this year we are offering the opportunity for 5th graders to promote early so they can connect with other middle schoolers as they learn and grow together.
Worship and Wonder
During the summer, First Kids will have a unique worship opportunity called Worship and Wonder. Each Sunday, children will begin with music and large group time centering around the Beatitudes. Following the interactive Bible Story, children will split into smaller rotating groups throughout the Children’s Ministry Suite as they explore the week’s theme through different activities. This enables children to have a multi-sensory learning experience as they wonder about the Bible story through crafts, games, wondering questions, and more. While in the Children’s Ministry Suite children and volunteers will be asked to wear masks to the best of their abilities. Children may have the opportunity to go to the front lawn, weather permitting, but will always begin and end in the fellowship hall.
When you arrive at the Fellowship Hall, there will be a check-in sheet. We ask that a caregiver both drops off and picks up their child from this space or indicates if they will be transitioning to extended session for worship (birth-kindergarten).