FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Children's Ministries
The children's ministry enables our youngest disciples to explore and deepen their faith through engaging, fun, and age-appropriate Christian education and fellowship. 

Pocket Jesus

He is always with us!

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Jesus is always with us!  So in order to help us remember that fact, the Children’s Ministry at First Presbyterian is sponsoring a fun summer mission for the entire church family, inspired by the popular book series Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. 

If you are not familiar with Flat Stanley, here is an overview. “Flat Stanley” is an early elementary chapter book originally written in 1964 by children’s author Jeff Brown. In 1995, a Canadian teacher named Dale Hubert revisited the Flat Stanley story and began a classroom letter writing program which evolved into a worldwide phenomenon called the Flat Stanley Project. The original story is about a young boy named Stanley who is accidentally squished “as flat as a pancake”.  Stanley soon discovers being flat has its advantages and his unique size gives him the ability to help his family and neighbors out of some unusual situations.  What stood out for educator Dale Hubert the most was Stanley’s ability to travel.  Flat Stanley could fit into an envelope and be mailed off to visit relatives and fit easily into a suitcase or book bag, eventually traveling to exotic places.

From this came the idea that we can remind children and ourselves in a very concrete manner that Jesus is Emmanuel, ‘God with us’.   We will have Jesus with us always --- Jesus in our pocket!

The idea is to take “Jesus in our pocket” with you this summer.  You can take your pocket Jesus with you anywhere and everywhere, he packs easily and weighs very little and can easily fit in a book, suitcase, or backpack.  Using the image below, print off and color your Pocket Jesus; be creative.  Cut out Pocket Jesus and then take Pocket Jesus with you anywhere and everywhere!
Take photos of all your adventures, day trips, missions, etc.  Having a ‘staycation’?  You can photograph Pocket Jesus in your garden, with your pet or having fun with friends.  Take him to meet your grandchildren or grandparents…..the possibilities are endless! 

Then send us your photos and in a few words tell us who you are and where your “Pocket Jesus” picture is.  Email your picture to jkimbirl@fpcgastonia.org. We will use these photos on our website, facebook and as part of our kick-off on Rally Day in September. We look forward to hearing and seeing your adventures!

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Artie Newcombe, chair
Caroline Letts

WILD AND WACKY WEDNESDAYS

​Join us for Wild and Wacky Wednesdays this July! Our theme for this year is “Living Out our Faith in Everyday Life.”
July 8 Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia,SC
July 15 Morning Mission, lunch at Johnny B’s and Sky High (Charlotte)
July 22 Tweetsie Railroad (The Frisbee Dogs will be there!)
July 29 Edventure Museum in Columbia, SC

Cost of each trip will vary and if we have 15 or more folks we get a discount (reservations must be made two weeks in advance of trip dates). Please invite your friends to join us for a wild and wacky time of fun!

Worship Service Childcare

Childcare is provided in the Children's Building lower level for children from birth to age four during the Sunday morning worship and other services as necessary. Professional staff and parent volunteers provide quality care that is both age-appropriate and welcoming to our youngest disciples!

Sunday Morning Children's Church

Children's Church (kindergarten-grade 3) follows A Time for Young Disciples, which is a part of our Sunday morning Worship Service. Children are escorted from the Sanctuary to a children's worship experience in the Chapel September through May. Children worship in the Sanctuary with their parent(s) on festival days and summer months.

JILL KIMBIRL

Jill Kimbirl, director of children's ministries,