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First Presbyterian Church 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.

Where do your kids go on Sunday morning?

9:15 Sunday School

Babies – Walking /Nursery Room 204
Walking – 2 YR Olds / Room 209
3 YR Olds / Room 210
4 & 5 YR Olds / Room 211
Kindergarten / Room 211
 
1st & 2nd Grade / Room 314
3rd – 5th Grade Girls / Room 313
3rd – 5th Grade Boys / Room 302
6th-8th Grades /Youth Room

10:30 Kids’ Church

2 YR Olds – Kindergarten can stay in their Sunday School classroom through the end of Kids’ Church.
No parent pick-up required in between.
 
Babies – Walking /Nursery Room 204
Walking – 2 YR Olds / Room 209
3 YR Olds / Room 210
4 & 5 YR Olds / Room 211
Kindergarten / Room 211
 
1st – 5th Graders / Middleton (1st-floor hallway next to Sanctuary)
*1st-4th graders are dismissed from the service after the Kids’ Message (or after last worship song) and led to Kids’ Church. Parents pick up kids after the service.
**No 1st-4th Kids’ Church on Communion Sundays (usually 2nd Sunday of the month). 
 

2019 Events!

Vacation Bible School 
  • Vacation Bible School, June 24-28, 2019 (for 4 YR Olds through 5th grade graduates).
 
Camp McCullough Summer Camps
  • Beginner Day Camp, July 5-6, 2019 (Kindergarten graduates thru 2nd grade graduates).
  • Junior Camp 1, July 14-18, 2019 (2nd grade graduates thru 5th grade graduates).
  • Junior Camp 2, July 28-August 1, 2019 (2nd grade graduates thru 5th grade graduates).
 
Events for families:
Zoo, Theater, Bingo Night, Christmas Pageant, Family University

Contact Us!

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

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.


Christmas Events 2016

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Are you seeking something more this Christmas season? A place to call home? Love and acceptance? New hope? We invite you to join us at First Presbyterian Church this Advent and Christmas Season to celebrate “The Hospitality of God,” as our Senior Pastor Dr. Eric Jacobsen explores each week how God extends the ultimate hospitality to us at Christmas by making room for us as part of His family. Also join us for a series of special Christmas season events that you won’t want to miss:
 

Sunday, December 4 @ 6:00 pm
A Celebration of Carols

Sing in the season with choir, soloists, handbells, and orchestra at our joyous community Christmas concert, followed by hot cider and cookies. Experience the thrill of hearing and singing carols new and old accompanied by an orchestra and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. Bring your friends and entire family to this FREE concert!
 

Sunday, December 11 @ 10:30 am
Children’s Christmas Pageant

See Christmas through the eyes of children in our traditional Christmas pageant.
 

Sunday, December 18 @ 9:00 am
Taproot Theatre Christmas Play, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Jesse is returning home from a two-year trip on Christmas Eve. But nothing goes quite as expected in this Christmas comedy about forgiveness, calling and hope. This live play will be presented for FREE on our stage in Fellowship Hall by Taproot Theatre Co. Invite your friends and family!
 

Monday, December 19 @ 12:00 pm
Annual Seniors Christmas Friendship Luncheon

Experience a sumptuous Christmas luncheon in Fellowship Hall in our annual Friendship Luncheon for Seniors.
 
Saturday, December 24 @ 7:00 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
A wondrous night of music, candles, scripture readings, and the story of Christmas—all in our cathedral-like sanctuary and featuring our chancel choir, youth handbell choir, soloists, an instrumental ensemble, and our magnificent pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. A Tacoma-area tradition!
 
Sunday, December 25 @ 10:30 am
Christmas Morning Celebration Service
Experience the joy and privilege to celebrate the joyous meaning of Christmas with your family at First Presbyterian on Christmas morning!


Taproot Play: I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Dec. 18

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Experience a free Christmas play on Sunday, December 18 as the renowned Taproot Theatre Co. presents “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” at 9:15 am in Fellowship Hall. Jesse is returning home from a two-year trip. His parents have planned a surprise party, it’s a perfect snowy Christmas Eve and he can’t wait to see his dog! Then a spontaneous act of kindness leads to a sudden change of plans, and while his parents are left holding the cookies, Jesse befriends a young runaway. Nothing goes quite as expected in this Christmas comedy about forgiveness, calling and hope. Fun for the entire family… and it’s FREE.


Focus on Children’s Books in the FPC Library

 
by Katherine West
 
Recently we highlighted the new recommended prayer books that the library just acquired. If you haven’t stopped by yet, please come by and take a look. One section of our library that we haven’t focused on yet is the children’s section. We realize that many parents may not know how many resources are available for their children at the library. In our children’s area we have sections devoted to DVDs, Christian fiction, Bible stories, prayer, missions, and many others. In order to help parents find books for their children we’ve put together a list of some of our most popular books and DVDs in our children’s section.
 

DVDs/Audio CDs

Some of our most popular DVD series are the Veggie Tales and Hermie and Friends DVDs. We have quite a few other children’s DVDs as well. In addition to DVDs, we have several audio CDs for children. Two recommendations are the audio books of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and At the Back of the North Wind by George Macdonald.
 

Fiction

We have many wonderful fictional stories, but the library has picked out some specific favorites. The Woof book series follow a dog named Woof and his family who have adventures that teach them about God. The Adam Raccoon book series illustrates Biblical parables and values in the form of stories about Adam the Raccoon. The Christopher Churchmouse series teaches various Christian values in stories about a mouse named Christopher Churchmouse and his family.
 

Non-Fiction

A popular series is the Sammy the Sheep Seek and Find series which follows Sammy the Sheep into to various Biblical and real-life situations where readers look for Sammy in the picture. This books series is similar to the Waldo books, some of which are also available in the library.
 
In our Bible stories section the library has several book series that tell individual Bible stories from the Old and New Testament. In addition, The Outstanding Men of the Bible series and the Outstanding Women of the Bible
are two book series about well-known men and women from the Bible. Some of the Biblical figures included are Moses, David, Hannah, and Mary.
 
Since one focus in our church this year is prayer, the children’s collection now has a dedicated section for books on prayer for children. These books explain what prayer is, how it works, and helps children learn to pray.
 
The library has many other wonderful children’s books and resources that we aren’t able to list here. Make sure to stop by so that you don’t miss any of the great books! The children’s section is located on the left side of the bookshelves that open into the library. If you need help finding anything please don’t hesitate to ask.      


Sunday School Starts on Sunday, September 18: Where to Go

We have a spot for you!  Sunday School starts THIS Sunday at 9:15am. Here is where to go for classes:
 
Children
0 – 2 year olds- Nursery Room 204
2 & 3 year olds- Room 208
4 & 5 year olds- Room 211
Kindergarten- Room 307
1st & 2nd Grade- Room 314
3rd – 5th Grade Girls- Room 313
3rd – 5th Grade Boys- Room 302
 
Teens
Middle & High School- Gold Room in South Building (Drive thru History: The Gospels)
Adults
Living in God’s Presence- Middleton Parlor- Room 109
Prayer Class- Prayer Room (2nd floor in South Building)