We believe that the church should be a place where children experience God's gracious love, the joy of worshiping and serving God together, and the peace of belonging to community of faith.
We take the promises made at a child's baptism seriously by committing to nurture our children (birth through 6th grade) through Bible study, worship, music, mission and fellowship.
All classes meet during the Sunday school hour from 9:30 - 10:30am. Sunday Club is our Sunday Morning Children’s Education and Music Program. Kindergarten – 6th graders begin with “Music Makers at 9:15am and then move into their classes at 10:00am. Toddler – Preschoolers begin with class time and then conclude with music.
Birth through Preschool
Young children’s classrooms are in the Drane Early Childhood Center, a fully equipped week day developmental day school facility. During Sunday School our young children exercise their imagination as they learn the stories of our faith through crafts, age-appropriate Bible lessons, application activities and music.
Classes meet from 9:30-10:45 a.m and include Toddlers and Twos, and a Preschool Class. Infants are carried for in our infant nursery. Our Toddler and Twos class curriculum is from Augsburg Press, and our Preschool curriculum was developed by long time teachers drawing on the best resources from over the years.
Kindergarten through fourth graders
Elementary children use a Rotation Workshop Model™ for church school, in which a well-defined theme, Bible story, or narrative unit is used for several weeks and taught in several different ways. After an opening program, the children break up into grade-level classes and go to their assigned classroom.
The classrooms are transformed into workshops, each one focusing on a different approach to learning the same story. Children rotate through all the workshops during the weeks of the unit. Through the rotation they have an opportunity to experience the story in a variety of ways—drama, art, games, audio-visual and science, music, to name a few.
The current September to May curriculum is "We Believe: Rotation" published by the PCUSA and "Spark Rotation" published by Augsburg Fortress Press. During the summer, we use "Holy Moly" curriculum with a video component also published by Augsburg Fortress Press or offer interegenerational Sunday School.
Classes meet during the church school hour from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Fifth and sixth graders
Fifth and sixth graders have a Sunday school experience tailored to meet the needs of older elementary children transitioning from childhood to adolescence. They use a traditional classroom setting to conduct a September through May overview of the Bible, punctuated with energizing and educational activities as well as community building. On a rotating annual basis they study The Old and New Testaments of the Bible using the Connect Curriculum from Sparkhouse published by Augsburg Press.
Elementary Sunday Club (K-6th) meets on the 3rd floor elementary wing.
We offer a variety of activities and events throughout the year to provide opportunities for fun, fellowship, learning and worship:
MUSIC MAKERS is an opportunity for children to praise God and lead in worship through song. Kindergarten through 6th graders spend 45 minutes each Sunday morning singing, playing instruments and making music. The group then helps lead morning worship through their music participation at 10:50 about once a month. This is part of SUNDAY CLUB morning and meets at 9:15am.
Our very YOUNG MUSIC MAKERS sing and make music together at the end of their Sunday School Classes at 10:15am. Learn more here.
Worship 101 is offered each fall for 6 weeks before Advent during 10:50 Worship for Kindergarteners. This is an introduction to why we do what we do in worship and how we can participate.
In addition, periodically, Worship 102 or Worship and Waffles is offered to elementary age children for several Sundays as continued Worship Education.
MMO (Marvelous Mission Opportunities)
Several times throughout the year, children in 3rd - 6th grade volunteer at community mission projects and fellowship together. These day outings include places like the Stewpot, Vogel Alcove, Our Savior Community Garden, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Service, and Grace Presbyterian Village.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is held during one week each summer from 9 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Join us for a week packed with fun, excitement and learning as we explore Bible stories, sing, worship, make crafts and play, for children ages 4 through 6th grade. Our curriculum provides a unifying theme and organized activities to take kids on journey of discovery. Vacation church school is held during one week each summer from 9 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
FPC Vacation Bible School July 31 – Aug. 4, 2017
Click here to register (Cost $25)
We look forward to Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God. “Do Good! Seek Peace and Go after it! (Psalm 34:14b) Our theme is one of water and creating, helping, loving, and sending and it focusing on the following stories:
• God’s Heroes have Heart! – Samuel Anoints David
• God’s Heroes have Courage! – Abigail Saves the Day
• God’s Heroes have Wisdom! – Jesus Goes to the Temple
• God’s Heroes have Hope! – Beatitudes
• God’s Heroes have Power! – Pentecost
Sign up by July 1 to be guaranteed a t-shirt
Other Annual Children and Family Events
- Journey through Holy Week
- Epiphany Celebration
- Spring Kid's Night Out Elementary Children
- Fall Kid's Night Out for Elementary Children
- Advent Festival
Throughout the year and summer, there are opportunities to get away for children and families to spend time learning and serving God.
Family Mission Trip
JULY 15-18 COST $75 per child $100 per adult
An annual, four-day summer adventure for families with elementary-aged children and their siblings to experience community and volunteer together. Past trips have involved helping out in regional food banks, providing day care, preparing disaster relief kits, serving in soup kitchens, working in thrift stores. Click here for the brochure. Click here to register.
Grace Day Camp
JUNE 26-30 COST $125
Grace Day Camp, is an opportunity for community and friendship building between elementary children and senior citizens. Camp Grace will take place at Grace Presbyterian Village in Oak Cliff. Each day will include worship, study, recreation, group building, and interaction with the residents at Grace Presbyterian Village. Each day we volunteer from 9:00-5:00 p.m. and the schedule will vary a bit each day. Past experiences have included car washes, leading Bingo, cooking, arranging flowers, swimming, tea parties, singing, scavenger hunts, and visiting with residents. Click here for the brochure. Click here to register.
This camp weekend is held each Spring for 1st – 6th Graders at Camp Gilmont in East Texas and open to all churches in Grace Presbytery. FPC Dallas registers as a group and spends the weekend with other churches engaged in group building, outdoor activities, Bible Study, Small Group time, worship, a cookout and fun.
Summer Music and Arts Camp
Summer Music & Arts Camp is a weeklong, unforgettable experience for children. During camp, kids will learn various art expressions- including singing, movement, instruments, drama, and crafts in a fun and energetic environment. In opening assembly, field trips and sharing at Grace Presbyterian Village, your child(ren) and grandchild(ren) will create lasting memories and learn about the everlasting love of God. The highlight of the week is the Musical presentation on Sunday afternoon. They will learn an entire musical in one week!....drama, staging, singing, and all!
This is a special fall overnight at Camp Gilmont for the 5th and 6th Graders of FPC Dallas and the Stewpot Saturday School. Activities include outdoor education, challenge course, zipline, pioneer activities, cookout, star gazing, and worship.
Pine Cove Retreat
This is a spring retreat held at Pine Cove Camp Family Site in East Texas.
Mo Ranch Retreat
This is an annual All Church Retreat at Mo Ranch in the hill country.
Camp Gilmont Summer Camp
Each summer Camp Gilmont offers week long overnight camps for elementary and junior high kids. Go to http://www.gilmont.org/ for more information. Usually a group of children sign up to go the same week from FPC and the Stewpot Saturday School Program. Wonder what camp is like? Click here for a video.
Children are always welcome in worship, but child care is available during the worship services from 8:45 a.m. until 10:50 am worship has concluded. for all children from birth to 4 years old. Our professional staff provides a loving environment for children to play and enjoy one another.
The infant, toddler and preschool classrooms are located in the Drane Early Childhood Center, which you can enter by going into the Thomas Welcome Center and turning left. You will be greeted by a staff member who will assist you in signing in your child using our electronic nametag KidCheck Kiosk. If your child becomes sick or inconsolable, we will text you you so that you can return to the Drane Early Childhood Center to care for your child.
Child care is provided for many off-Sunday morning worship experiences as well. Childcare is usually available for children under 5 for other activities of the church. Look for information for each event. Request child care for an individual event by clicking here.
For your child’s safety, First Presbyterian Church has a child protection policy. All paid childcare staff and all volunteer teachers or event sponsors complete an information form and have a national background check completed. They also receive training each year. Classrooms have two teachers for safety and supervision.
Family Faith Formation
Faith formation begins at home. Families nurture children in the faith. The "church" in the ways of Worship, Sunday school, music, mission opportunities, and relationships is important in faith formation as well, of course, and the rest of this site provides information on all the opportunities at FPC Dallas.
The resources provided by the FPC Family Faith Formation site, recognize the 24/7/365 lifestyle and the opportunity to be with people, when and where they are, through the use of digital media.
- Are you interested in family faith practices but don't know where to start? Do find yourself wishing for a three minute devotional? Are the free minutes you have between carpooling for sports or activities, and that's when you'd have interest in reading a parenting article?
- Do you wonder about new books to read to your children or to encourage them to read?
- Are their milestones in your children's lives you would like to celebrate but want some suggestions on how?
- Do you ever wish you could go back to one of the articles or suggestions the Director of Children's Ministries included in the e-news?
- Are you looking for guidance and affirmation related to faith and parenting?
If any of these apply to you, then check out the FPC Family Faith Formation Page.
FPC Family Faith Formation is an attempt to provide resources and links in a space where you can explore in your own time.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where is childcare for infants through preschool-age children on Sunday mornings?
The nursery and preschool classrooms are located in the Drane Early Childhood Center, accessible through the Thomas Welcome Center, which faces Young Street. Sign in is available in the first floor lobby. You will be greeted by a staff member who will assist you in signing in your child using our electronic nametag kiosk KIDCHECK.
How will you contact me if my child needs me?
When you drop your child off, you’ll be asked to first sign in to KIDCHECK. Your check will receive a nametag and you’re a pick up receipt. If your child becomes sick or inconsolable, we can text you so that you can return to the Drane Early Childhood Center to care for your child. If you would like to hear the remaining portion of the worship service, there are video monitors around the building with a live feed of the service.
How do you keep my child safe?
First Presbyterian Church has a child protection policy. All paid childcare staff and all volunteer teachers or event sponsors complete an information form and have a national background check completed. They also receive training each year. Classrooms have two teachers for safety and supervision.
Where are the elementary children on Sunday mornings?
The Kindergarten through 4th graders meet each Sunday beginning in the Holy Word Studios (following Music Makers in the nearby Music Room) on the third floor in children’s wing and then go to their particular rotation classroom for the day.
The 5th and 6th Graders meet in a classroom on third floor in the children’s wing.
Will my child have the same teacher each week?
Yes. Children often develop long lasting relationships with their teachers. Each classroom has at least two teachers. And those children in 1st-4th grade have a Shepherd teacher who travels with them to each classroom. During the summer months a new group of teachers provide a break so that teachers can seek enrichment and re-charge their batteries fall.
How do you keep parents involved in their child’s experience at Sunday school?
Parents of young children in the Drane Early Childhood Center will often be handed a flyer or pamphlet when they pick up their child. These materials are part of the curriculum and can be used to review what your child learned during the class. In addition, the craft project provides a great way to engage your child. In addition, family faith formation activities are available on the website.
Children’s Ministry sends out a weekly e-newsletter about upcoming events. Sign up here. Information is also updated on the website calendar and in the church newspaper.
How do children participate in worship?
All children are invited to participate in worship. Both in the chapel and sanctuary, children will find worship bags with a children’s activity sheet, crayons and bookmarks. Children also regularly participate in worship when Music Makers sing and for special occasions.
How can I volunteer?
First Presbyterian Church is very fortunate to have many outstanding committed teachers and volunteers. If you are interested, the children’s ministry would like to visit with you. For more information, contact us.
Who do I contact with questions?
Miatta Wilson, Director of Children’s Ministries | x232 | email
Miatta Wilson, Director of Children’s Ministries | x232 | email
Emily Hill, Coordinator for Education | x226 | email