Children's Ministries
Called First Kidz, the children's ministry enables our youngest disciples to explore and deepen their faith through engaging, fun, and age-appropriate Christian education and fellowship. 

Vacation Bible School 2019
To Mars and Beyond

Gaston Regional Children's Choir Camp 2019
July 15-18, 2019
Featuring: Pam Andrews, Guest Clinician

We are very excited for this summer's camp July 15-18th at First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia. Auditions will be May 5th beginning at 2pm. Click here for registration information.  Hope to see you there!

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Wednesday Night Alive

Wednesday Night Alive 
We continue our Wednesday evenings with dinner, fellowship, music and fun! We begin Wednesday Night Alive in The Fellowship Hall with dinner together at 5:30 p.m.

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

Dinner is $6 per child.  

SUNDAY SCHOOL

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.

Wild and Wacky Wednesdays

July 10, 2019
  • Destination: Morning Mission - Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte & Kinso Park formerly Sky High Sports*
  • Cost:               $25.00 + $10=$35.00
  • Lunch Details:       We will buy lunch out $10.00
  • Drop Off Time:     8:00 a.m. at the Circle in front of the Sanctuary
  • Pick Up Time:       5:00 p.m. at the Circle in front of the Sanctuary
 July 31, 2019
  • Destination           Tweetsie Railroad
  • Cost:                     $32 or (15+ group $25) admission
  • Lunch Details:       We will buy lunch in the park - $7.50
  • Drop Off Time:     8:15 a.m. at the Circle in front of the Sanctuary
  • Pick Up Time:       6:00 p.m. at the Circle in front of the Sanctuary
Aug 7, 2019
  • Destination:         Morning Mission at Meals on Wheels Center &                                 White Water Center*
  • Cost:                     $49 (youth all access pass) Must be 8 and 45                                 lbs. to participate
  • Lunch Details:       Bring a bag lunch to eat at Kevin Loftin River                                     Front Park, Belmont
  • Drop Off Time:     9:00 a.m.  Circle in front of the Sanctuary
  • Pick Up Time:       5:30 p.m.  Circle in front of the Sanctuary
Aug 14, 2019
  • Destination:     Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC
  • Cost:                     $16.95 General Admission (Children 2-12) &                                 $5.00 ice cream
  • Lunch Details:       Bring a bag lunch to eat in picnic area
  • Drop Off Time:     8:30 a.m. Fellowship Hall
  • Pick Up Time:       6:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall
 
Additional Information:
  • Participants are encouraged to invite friends.  In order to provide enough space in vehicles, registration – a minimum of two weeks ahead of time.
  • To register your child for Wild and Wacky Wednesday trips, please email or call Jill Kimbirl at jkimbirl@fpcgastonia.org or 704-365-2651.
  • Wild and Wacky Wednesday trips are for rising 2nd thru 6th graders.
  • Chaperones and Drivers are needed.  Please contact Jill Kimbirl to volunteer.  Permission forms will need to be filled out by guests.
  • *Crises Assistance Ministry requires the names and ages of all our volunteers ahead of time. Please email me your desire to attend as soon as possible to secure our space.
  • *Sky High requires a waiver for all participants.  The online waiver can be found https://www.rollerdigital.com/kinso/waiver/#/
  • US National White Water Center requires a waiver for all participants and closed toe shoes.  Please fill out online at the following link https://usnwc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Current-Assumption-of-risk-waiver.pdf

Palm Sunday - Easter Egg Hunt - 2019

Children's Ministry Activities 2018-2019

Wee Sing! 

A new music class for babies and their caregivers! Come sing, dance, listen, move and play simple instruments. The group meets on from 5:30-6:00 p.m. in the gallery outside of the sanctuary. For more information or to sign up, please contact Jill Kimbirl at jkimbirl@fpcgastonia.org.

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 Sundamorning 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