COVID-19 Ministry Update
FirstKids in-person Sunday school is back!
Before coming to Sunday school please read and make yourself familiar with all of our safety protocols below.
Read our COVID-19 Safety Protocols
RSVP and room capacities – Please be sure to register for Sunday morning each week. Most of our room capacities are set at 10 children per room. Register here on our church-wide registration page.
Personal Health – Please evaluate yourself and the members of your family before you attend. Symptoms of fever – dry cough – shortness of breath – loss of taste and/or smell – unusual feeling of lethargy should cause you to remain at home. Simply put. If in doubt, stay out.
Screening – At our Marion Street entrance you will be checked for fever. This is a simple and quick, no contact check of the temperatures of every member of your family. If your checked temperature exceeds 100 degrees, you will be asked to wait and come back another time.
Personal Protection – Appropriate face coverings are required in the children’s center for any person aged 5 to adult. If you do not come prepared with a mask, one will be provided for you. All volunteers and staff in the children’s center will be required to wear a mask at all times while serving our families.
Crowd control – Our main entrance to the children’s ministry is there will be the Marion Street awning. There is a designated, one way path through the children’s center for drop off and pick up. After you drop your kids at their small group, please exit the center by an appropriate exit promptly.
Cleanliness – our operations and ministry staff have been hard at work cleaning our environments. Additionally, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, and disinfectant wipes are in ample supply for each of our rooms. Food and snacks will not be provided during this time. We ask that you NOT send any food or sippy cups with your children aged 2 years or older. Nursing rooms will be open. Baby bottles will, of course, be received and given per parental instruction.
Extended Care – Children ages 8 weeks to 3 years old will be cared for during worship service. As has always been the case, all children are welcome in the worship service. We will also continue to provide the live feed of the worship service in Ellis Hall should your child become restless in the main service.
In summary, this is an uncertain time for everyone. We want to provide the best possible experience for all in light of present circumstances. This requires an extra measure of cooperation, patience, grace, and understanding from everyone involved. Above all, it is our prayer that your family is kept safe and secure in everything you are trying to accomplish. If you have questions, please reach out.
FirstKids Sunday School
The preschool and children’s ministry serves as a partnership with parents in the spiritual growth and development of children. We prioritize a safe and loving environment where children can grow in Christ.
We offer Sunday School every week for babies through fifth grade. Our grade school classes go to their individual rooms first checking in with their teachers and doing some warm-up games. A little while later everyone comes to the Red Room for group activities, worship, and a bible story. During the last period grade schoolers return to their classrooms for some small group discussion.
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Cancelled until further notice
Ages 3 – 4
K5 – 2nd Grade
Truth & Training
3rd – 5th grade
Awana is a program for children that incorporates scripture memory with games, awards, worship time and special theme nights. Don’t miss the fun as we learn about the Great Commission and how we share the Good News of Jesus!
Cubbies: (ages 3 & 4 by September 1st) meet in room 21
Sparks: (K5-2nd grade) meet in the Children’s Center
T&T: (3rd-5th grade) meet in the Children’s Center
FirstKids Choir Rehearsals have been cancelled until further notice.
FirstKids choir begins at 5:45 pm for children ages 3 – 5th grade. Children enjoy various activities while preparing for their Spring Musical and also periodically perform during our Sunday morning worship services. The choir is split into two groups, preschool and grade school.
Missions classes have been cancelled until further notice
Missions start at 6:45 pm with special projects, learning about the mission field, and growing in relationship with Jesus. Boys and Girls in grade school participate in RA’s (Royal Ambassadors) and GA’s (Girls in Action). Preschoolers ages 3 – kindergarten participate in Mission Friends.
Girls in Action
Cancelled until further notice
We want to make your experience with FirstKids pleasant. Be prepared to check-in at the Children’s Center Desk before going into the classroom. There will be volunteers or staff there to assist you. Please bring your child’s belongings in a labeled bag and label all belongings (with a Sharpie or masking tape).
Sunday Mornings – 9:00 – 11:30 am
Sunday Evenings – 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday Evenings – 5:00 – 7:45 pm
We are periodically able to provide childcare during special events and during bible studies. Check with our office to learn about specific days and times the nursery is open. Call 803-343-8561
Parent-Child Commitment Calendar
Dates – TBD
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Calendar of Events
All events Cancelled until further notice
Children’s Library CLOSED until further notice
The Children’s Library collection contains Bible stories, character development stories, learn to read books, books about missionaries, adventures stories, sports stories, graphic books of the Bible, and books on how to become a Christian.
The Children’s Library also contains many DVDs, parenting books, and examples of Bibles for children that parents can peruse. These resources are here for you. Check them out!
The Children’s Library (for children through grade 5 or 12 years of age) is located in the Children’s Center in room 35.
Hours of operation are: 8:45 – 9:15 am on Sundays and 5:00 – 6:00 pm on Wednesdays and other times as prearranged.