Children's Ministry

Foster your child’s faithfulness

CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY

At First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, ministry for children is vibrant and energetic, and offers countless opportunities for families to grow in their faith together, and individually. Children and Family Ministry includes children aged newborn through fifth grade, and offers care and support from the cradle through tween years. We hope to foster your child’s faithfulness and nurture their love for God at each stage of life, preparing them to be faithful youth. We celebrate milestones at various ages so children will recognize and claim their blossoming faith. Every aspect of our ministry is centered around Christ and works to minister to families as a whole. You and your child will always be able to find an opportunity to worship, learn, serve and connect. We hope your family will feel right at home at FPC!

INFANTS AND TODDLERS

Our nursery is staffed by childcare professionals. We require our staff to be CPR, first aid, care, and hygiene trained every year, so you can be assured we provide a sanitary, safe, and loving atmosphere for your children. Care is offered every Sunday during 9:00  a.m. worship, Sunday school, and 11:00 a.m. worship. When bringing a child to the Nursery, please bring a labeled diaper bag with all items labeled, and prepare formula bottles in advance. Bottles can be warmed in the room.

PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN

2’s, 3’s, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday school happens from 9:45-10:45 a.m., and children are assigned to age-level classes. Each week, they are led in a Bible story and encouraged to consider what it means for their lives through questions, songs, crafts, and activities. Classes are led by a faithful group of church members for the school year.

WORSHIP

All ages are always welcome in our worship services. We fully support children worshipping with their families at any age. Additionally, during 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship, preschool and kindergarten children may participate in childcare that includes snack, playground time, and choir.

CHILDREN'S CHOIR

Each Sunday, the Cherub Choir (3’s-Kindergarten) rehearses as part of worship childcare. Choirs lead in worship on various Sundays throughout the year.

ELEMENTARY

First Grade through Fifth Grade

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday school happens from 9:45-10:45 a.m., and children are assigned to age-level classes. Each week they’re led in a Bible story and encouraged to consider what it means for their lives through questions, songs, crafts, and activities. Classes are led by a faithful group of church members for the school year.

WORSHIP

We believe the best way to raise a child who will continue to worship as an adult is by inviting them to worship with their church family. Children 1st grade and older are invited to remain in all worship services. Worship bags and worship-related activities are always provided to help them stay active and engaged.

NEW TO THE PEW

Each fall, our 1st graders and their parents are invited to a 3-week, staff-led Sunday school series that prepares children for corporate worship. Ending with a worship celebration and communion. Children older than 1st grade are always welcome to attend.

CHILDREN'S CHOIR

On alternating Sundays, the Elementary Choirs rehearse as part of Sunday school. Choirs lead in worship on various Sundays throughout the year.

TWEENS

ACOLYTES

Acolytes have a special leadership role in 11 a.m. worship; they carry the light of Christ into the sanctuary and light the Christ Candle. This is an opportunity open to our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Training happens each fall.

LAY READERS

On first Sundays of the month, our 4th and 5th graders serve as scripture readers during the 11 a.m. service. Children may volunteer or may be specifically asked.

SACRAMENT EDUCATION

God invites people of any age to be baptized, and FPC is honored to be part of this holy sacrament whenever it is appropriate for your child. Following the PC(U.S.A.) Book of Order guidelines, at least one parent must be a member of FPC, in good standing, and parents must attend a stand-alone preparation class. These classes happen quarterly during Sunday school. Baptisms are scheduled for the second Sunday of the month during 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. worship

Please visit our Baptism page by clicking below

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL (FPP)

FPP offers preschool and kindergarten classes for children ages 18 months (by 9/1) through kindergarten.  Founded in 1946, our preschool is the oldest, continuously operating preschool in Georgia and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/CASI). For more information, please visit our website at www.firstprespreschoolatl.org/ or email JoAnn Regruto, Director of FPP, at jregruto@firstpresatl.org.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN
School of Fine Arts

The School of Fine Arts is a community music and arts school available to anyone in the Atlanta area. We are an outreach ministry of First Presbyterian Church, located in the heart of the Atlanta arts district at Peachtree and 16th Streets.

Students range in age from preschoolers to retirees. With a variety of offerings you are sure to find what you are looking for. Private lessons and enrichment classes meet weekly or you may join us when you can in our monthly weekend group classes! 

Learn more www.sfafirstpres.com.org/ or email Katie Patterson, Director of The School of Fine Arts, at sfa@firstpresatl.org.

PARENTS’ MORNING OUT (PMO)

FPC offers an enrollment-based program for children ages 8 weeks – 23 months (by 9/1). Programs for 1-day/week or 2-days/week are available, and hours are 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. For more information, please contact Carrie Donaldson at cdonaldson@firstpresatl.org.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

TRAINING

Every year we provide training for our teachers and volunteers. Training offers us an opportunity to equip and prepare individuals for ministering to our youngest disciples. We vet all teachers and volunteers to ensure children are receiving top quality care, love and education. All staff undergo background checks, and all volunteers and staff complete Stewards of Children training.

ILLNESS

With each of our little ones in mind, if your child is sick, he/she should be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to church. Should a child develop any illness symptoms while under our care, we will contact you immediately.

FOOD ALLERGIES

We take food allergies seriously. Please alert our volunteers and staff if your child has an allergy. Food allergy labels are available.

Children's Ministry Staff

Director of Children and Family Ministry

Sarah Kate Bumgarner

Director of Nursery and Preschool Ministry

Carrie Donaldson

Assistant Director of Parents’ Morning Out

Mary Catherine Sutherland

Administrative Coordinator for Discipleship and Emerging Generations

Anne Galliher

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