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. 

Wed. Night Alive


​Wednesday Night Alive in November means Giving Thanks!

We continue our Wednesday evenings in November with dinner, fellowship, music and fun! We begin Wednesday night Alive in The Fellowship Hall with Dinner together.

The children move to the music room at approximately 6:00 p.m. for some singing, musical instruments, and games and a devotional time.  Pick-up is at 7:00 p.m. back in the Fellowship Hall/Breezeway.

Please RSVP on Monday afternoon for the Wednesday following by calling the church office 704.864.2651.  Dinner is $5 per child.  


Sunday school is offered for children ages 3 & 4 and K—5th grades. 

Our Sunday school curriculum for 2015-2016 for 3’s, 4’s and K– 3rd grade is Deep Blue - A Weekly Adventure through the Bible. Deep Blue includes exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games—all combined into a living—faith experience that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ!    

Our 4th and 5th graders will be studying the Old Testament this year from the We Believe—The Bible —-The Story of God’s Faithfulness. This survey course of the Old Testament is specially designed for older children and younger youth. The goal is to present God to them in such a way that they learn of and experience this God of the Hebrew Scriptures as their God.


​You Shop while We Sing!
As the Christmas season gets into full swing, the Children's Ministry is offering parents a time to finish those last minute seasonal errands.  Plan to drop off your child(ren) ages 4 through 5th grade on Wednesday evenings in December.  The children are invited to dinner and carol singing at 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on December 2nd, 9th and 16th.   We will prepare some special Christmas music during our time together to be shared at the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Sunday December 20th.  
Advent Adventure
Children from age 4 through 5th grade are invited Sunday, November 29th 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. to our annual Advent Adventure!  This year we will sing carols at a retirement community, decorate cookies, and make advent wreaths to take home.
We will meet at the PAD at 3:30 p.m. to load up on the church bus.  Parents are welcome to join us.  Please RSVP Jill Kimbirl @704-864-2651 by Nov. 24th.
Christmas Pageant - 5 p.m. Dec. 13th
Rehearsals will take place on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Christmas pageant is open to all children age 4 through 5th grades.  No costume needed.  Program attire will be announced.
Christmas Eve Service - 11:00 a.m.
Our special children’s Christmas Eve Service is Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. in the chapel.

Acolytes at FPC

What is an Acolyte and why are they important to the church?  The word “acolyte” comes from the Greek word akolouthos, which means “to follow”.  Therefore, an acolyte is someone who follows someone else, a FOLLOWER.  Christians are “followers” of Jesus Christ.  Because someone who follows someone else usually tries to help that person, the word acolyte is often translated as HELPER or ASSISTANT.  An acolyte is a person who (1) follows Jesus as Lord, and (2) helps or assists a pastor in worship in service to Jesus.
Acolytes are important in the life of our church because they enrich the worship experience for everyone as they begin a long history of service as a Christian Practice in Worship. By encouraging our children to serve as acolytes, we are passing on the faith of Jesus Christ!

A joint ministry of the Children’s and Worship ministries, our Acolyte program is open to children who are currently in 4th grade through 8th grade. Training is required and is offered periodically as needed. Upcoming training classes are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9:15 a.m. during the Sunday school hour. Attendance is only required at one of these training sessions.  If your child would like to serve and cannot make either of these training sessions, please contact Jill Kimbirl, Director of Children’s Ministry at the church office.

Acolytes and parents, please check the schedule here

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!

Nursery Volunteers, please check the schedule here

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.

This year in Children’s Church we will be adapting the Whirl Lectionary Sunday school program which includes music and videos to further explore the lectionary reading used in worship each week.  In the spring, we will teach a Preparation for Worship class to assist the parents and children who will be sitting in Worship during the summer months and our third graders as they prepare to stay in worship the following year.

Children's Church Volunteers, please check the schedule here


“I always felt God’s call to teach but never felt as ‘called’ to teaching as I do working in the teaching ministry of the church.” 

Jill grew up in Northern Virginia and was very involved in her church youth group and choir, while she also indulged her passion for musical theatre. She attended Shenandoah University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education. 

After graduation, Jill pursued a career in business - eventually moving from Virginia to Jacksonville, Fla. and then to Charlotte. Throughout all those years, Jill volunteered her time working with the children and youth programs and sang in the choir in the churches she attended. Jill met her husband, Brad, while in Jacksonville. Jill left the business world upon becoming a parent to stay home with their two children. During this time she continued to volunteer with the children and youth programs at her church. When time came to consider re-entry into the job force, Jill acted on what she feels is a lifetime calling to teach and share the love of God with children and their families by discerning a call to ministry. This call led Jill to Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte where she graduated in 2012 with a Masters degree in Christian Education. While obtaining her degree, Jill performed an internship with First Presbyterian Church Belmont, taught 4-year-old preschool at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, and served as part-time Director of Children and Youth at First Presbyterian Church – Mt. Holly. 

Jill feels blessed to currently spend her time living in Gaston County with her husband Brad and their two teenage children. She very much enjoys her hobby of reading and collecting children’s books to be used in ministry. 

“It brings me great joy to be able to share the love of God and Jesus with children," Jill says.


Artie Newcombe, chair
Caroline Letts                                     
Judy Thiele
Lenise Melton
Pat Sudderth
Sabrina Robinson
Tim Efird