FPC Kids’ Ministry

 

Vision

FPC loves kids! We desire to transform the hearts of kids to ignite a life-long desire to LOVE God, SERVE others, and GROW in their relationship with Jesus.
We believe that parents are the primary spiritual influence in a child’s life and our goal is to partner with and support our parents as they nurture and guide their children.
 

Sunday Mornings

9:15 am, Sunday School
At FPC, we teach children that God’s Big Story, the Bible, is their story too! Our goal is for our kids to learn the foundational stories from the Bible and see how they connect to their lives today. Join us for crafts, games, and lessons grounded in the Bible, led by our screened and trained volunteer leaders.
 
Early Childhood: 2nd Floor
Nursery (birth-2 year olds) (Room 204)   
2-3 year olds (Room 208)

4-5 year olds (Room 211)

Elementary: 3rd Floor
Kindergarten (Room 307)
1-2nd Grade (Room 314)
3-5th Grade Girls (Room 313)
3-5th Grade Boys (Room 302)
 

10:30 am, Worship and Children’s Church

Early Childhood: 2nd Floor
Nursery (birth-2 year olds) (Room 204)  
2-3 year olds (Room 208)
4-5 year olds (Room 211)
 
Elementary: Nelson Hall (Room 106)
Elementary kids join their parents in worship and are dismissed to Children’s Church after the Children’s Message.
 

Events and Programs 2017

Events for kids:

  • Vacation Bible School, June 26-30, 2017 (for 4 years old to 5th grade graduates).
 
Camp McCullough Summer Camps
  • Beginner Day Camp, July 6-8, 2017 (Kindergarten graduates thru 2nd grade graduates).
  • Junior Camp 1, July 16-20, 2017 (2nd grade graduates thru 5th grade graduates).
  • Middle School Camp, July 23-28, 2017 (6th grade graduates thru 8th grade graduates)
  • Junior Camp 2, July 30-August 3, 2017 (2nd grade graduates thru 5th grade graduates).
  • High School Camp, August 6-12, 2017 (9th grade graduates thru 12th grade graduates).
 
Events for families:
Zoo, Theater, Bingo Night, Christmas Pageant, Family University

Contact Us!

Julie Brownlee, Co-Director

jbrownlee@fpctacoma.org, 253-272-3286, ext. 115

Laurel Juergens, Co-Director
253-272-3286, ext. 115
 
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Kids’ Ministry News and Announcements

Important Information for Families Participating in VBS 2017

 

If your kids are signed up for FPC’s Vacation Bible School this year, this article contains important information you need to read! (If your kids aren’t currently signed up for VBS, we are sorry to say that we are already completely full and so we aren’t able to accept walk-ups.)

VBS begins Monday, June 26th and will run each day through June 30th from 9 am-12 pm.
 

Arrive to check in your little “Inventor” on Monday between 8:30-8:50 am in the Playground area. Sign in your child, put on his/her new VBS t-shirt, and take home your family’s very own Maker Fun Factory CD! Don’t forget to grab your “pick-up” card so that you can easily and safely pick up your child at the end of the day.

For the rest of the week, drop off your Inventor beginning at 8:45 at the awning door to Fellowship Hall (aka: The Fun Factory) where a Crew Leader will show your child to his/her group.

Pick-up Procedure:
  • Line up at the awning door at 12 pm.
  • Show your “pick up” card to the person sitting at the check-out booth.
  • A Crew Leader will retrieve your child from the Factory and bring him/her to you at the school entrance door.
  • Any adult who does not have a pick-up slip will need to show ID and be listed as authorized to pick up your child.

Please bring your “pick up” card with you each day. This ensures the safety of each child and makes things go a lot quicker!

Mission Project: We’ll be raising money for Jumpah Ministries, a school & orphanage in Cambodia. We have a personal connection to this school and will tell our kids all about the mission during our week at VBS. Kids are encouraged to bring in change each day to support this worthy cause and send needy kids to school!

Friday’s Funshop Finale: Please join us at our last Funshop Finale on Friday at 11:30 am, where you will get to be a part of the singing, slideshow and fun that your kids have experienced all week!

VBS Sunday: FPC invites your family to join us on Sunday, July 2nd for the 10:30am service in the FPC sanctuary. The kids will sing some of their favorite songs from VBS and a video highlighting the week will be shown. Come, wear your VBS shirt and share in this fun morning!

We look forward to seeing you and the rest of the crew on Monday!

 




 



Easter 2017 Events at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

You are invited to celebrate Easter 2017 at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church at these FREE events.
 
Palm Sunday Worship Service, April 9 @ 10:30 am
Come for our traditional procession of the palms featuring the children of our church (bring your children so they can participate). Plus special music from our Chancel Choir, a message by Pastor Eric Jacobsen, and Holy Communion.
 
Good Friday Open House for Prayer, April 14, Noon-3:00 pm
Come for meditation and prayer in our cathedral-like sanctuary on Good Friday, April 14 from Noon-3:00 pm. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. This has been a powerful time for connecting with God one-on-one that draws people from throughout our neighborhood.
 
Good Friday Requiem and Communion Service, April 14, 7:00 pm
You  are invited to experience Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for us in a new way at our Good Friday service at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. In addition to participating in Holy Communion and hearing a meditation by Pastor Eric, we will be experiencing the world premiere of a Requiem composed by our own Jesús Gomez. The Requiem will be performed by the FPC Chancel Choir accompanied by a chamber orchestra.
 
Easter Sunday Brunch, April 16 @ 9:00 am
Join us Easter morning for a free hot Sunday brunch in Fellowship Hall starting at 9:00 am.
 
Easter Sunday Celebration Service, April 16 @ 10:30 am
On April 16, celebrate the Resurrection at FPC Tacoma’s festive Easter Sunday celebration featuring its Chancel Choir, praise team, Lindsey Bell Choir, chamber orchestra, and pipe organ. Plus, Pastor Eric will be preaching a special Easter message.


Library Reward Program for K-5th grade!

 
The library is starting a reward program for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Every ten times a child visits the library they get to pick a prize! Some of the available prizes are toy cars, necklaces, hairclips, and coloring books.
 
One of our librarians will be visiting K-5th grade Sunday School this Sunday, March 26th, to tell the kids all about the new program. You can also stop by the library to learn more about it. K-5th graders who stop by on March 26th
can choose one free prize before they start the program!
 
If you have any questions, please email us!


Family University

Saturday, January 21st from 6-8pm in South Chapel
Join us for a night of delicious desserts, faithful friends, and stress-free childcare! John & Carissa Lewis will share a talk designed to give practical tips that will encourage and equip parents to cultivate a faith in their children that lasts a lifetime.
Please RSVP for your free childcare by January 18th by emailing Julie at jbrownlee@fpctacoma.org. 
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VBS & Camp McCullough Summer 2017 Dates!

 
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Announcing….Summer 2017 Dates!
 

VBS – (4yrs- 5th grads) MONDAY, JUNE 26- FRIDAY, JUNE 30

BEGINNER DAY CAMP – (K grads-2nd grads) THURSDAY, JULY 6 – SATURDAY, JULY 8

JR. CAMP 1 – (2nd grads -5th grads) SUNDAY, JULY 16 – THURSDAY, JULY 20

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP – (6th grads-8th grads)SUNDAY, JULY 23 – FRIDAY, JULY 28

JR. CAMP 2 – (2nd grads-5th grads) SUNDAY, JULY 30 – THURSDAY, AUGUST 3

HIGH SCHOOL CAMP – (9th grads -12th grads) SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 



Watch Our 2016 Christmas Concert on YouTube!

Our fabulous concert of Christmas carols was attended by several hundred people last week. If you missed it (or you want to experience it again), you can now watch it on video thanks to our worship intern Jesús Gomez. And plan to participate (and invite your friends) next year!
 

 


Sing in the Season at Our Free Christmas Concert!

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Our free community Christmas concert is almost here! Join us this Sunday, Dec. 4 at 6:00 pm for a time of singing and hearing Christmas carols featuring vocal choir, handbells, orchestra, and pipe organ. Plus stay afterward for cookies and hot cider. Invite your friends and bring your entire family!


Christmas Books and DVDs in the FPC Library

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Be sure to stop by the FPC Library on Sunday before and after the worship service to check out our Christmas-themed books and DVDs for the entire family. You can also pick up your copy of a free Advent devotional by FPC member Annie Lockwood.


Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, December 7th, 6pm-7:30pm
Drop off in Sanctuary and head to the Parent Social in Middleton!
The 2 & 3 year olds will practice first @ 6PM
The Christmas Pageant performance is 
Sunday, December 11th
during the 10:30am Worship Service!
Please drop kids off at 9am in Middleton


Join Us for a Celebration of Carols in Tacoma on Dec. 4

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Sing in the Christmas season with chancel choir, youth handbell choir, and orchestra at First Presbyterian Church’s annual community Christmas concert on Sunday, December 4 at 6:00 pm in Tacoma. This year the theme of the concert will be Christmas carols. So if you enjoy singing and listening to carols, you won’t want to miss this special FREE event. Invite your friends and family! Enjoy hearing a choir and soloists present carols, and also the thrilling experience of actually singing carols yourself accompanied by a choir and orchestra in the historic cathedral-like sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. Following the concert will be a reception in Fellowship Hall with cookies and hot cider.
 
In addition to classic carols like “Joy to the World,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” the concert will feature several of the beloved carols of Alfred Burt, including “Some Children See Him,” “The Star Carol,” and “Caroling, Caroling.” It will also include such audience favorites as “Silver Bells,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “The Little Drummer Boy.” You won’t want to miss this FREE concert and sing-a-long.