Children’s Ministry

Katy Schafer is director of children and family ministries at First Presbyterian ChurchWe consider ministry to children to be an essential part of our overall mission. Our full time staff member, Katy Schafer, serves as the Director of Children and Family Ministries. Reach out to Katy any time for more information on opportunities for children to participate in the life of the church at kschafer@fpcraleigh.org.

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*Due to the effects of Covid-19, on-site programming for children and families is postponed. Please keep up to date on what is being offered through the weekly email by subscribing below.

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Sing Along Songs with Dr. Nat Sparrow!

Watch on the FPC YouTube Channel

Hey kids, sing along to your favorite tunes with Dr. Nat Sparrow on the piano! You’ll find songs such as “I’ve Got the Joy“, “This is the Day” and “Twelve Disciples“.

Go to Sing Along Songs Playlist »


Caring with Cookies and Cupcakes!

Perfect for any age child! Current and consistent feedback from FPC clergy visiting older adults is that those folks miss seeing children. 

I am looking for families to bake together and provide cookies or cupcakes to an older member’s household or retirement village.

How it works:

  1. Your family is assigned to a person in your zip code.
  2. I’ll choose a specific week to deliver the baked goods.
  3. I’ll provide printable tags to personalize the gift!
  4. The goal is to connect once every 6 weeks or so.

With a chance to share some joy, my hope is that this will be a meaningful way to minister to others. Including children in the WHOLE process of baking and delivery is preferred.

Ready to start baking?

Sign Up to be a Baker »

Sunday Morning Childcare - 8:15 am

*Postponed until further notice.

Childcare opens at 8:15 am in the Stock building and is available for infants and children (through age 5) during both worship services and the Church School hour. Our trained and caring professional staff are assisted by parent volunteers each Sunday.

Children are welcome in the sanctuary for all services. Worship activity bags provided for 3 age groups are located at the back of the sanctuary. Children’s bulletins are available from the ushers.

Church School - 9:45 am

*Postponed until further notice.

Preschool through 5th grade children attend Church School from 9:45-10:45 am and explore Biblical stories, events and characters through the Deep Blue PCUSA curriculum.  They also have music time. Classrooms are divided into 3’s, 4’s, K-1st combined, 2nd -3rd grade combined and  4th -5th grade combined. We have dedicated teams of loving volunteers who provide instruction each week

Children's Church - 11:00 am

*Postponed until further notice.

Immediately following the Moment for Children in the 11:00 am service, K-2nd grade children are taken to the library by an adult volunteer and will be returned to the sanctuary during the hymn that follows the sermon. Children’s Church is offered September-May.

Sunday Evening - 5:00 pm

*Postponed until further notice.

On Sunday evenings, FPC offers Kindergarten-5th grade children a chance to engage and connect through our Pathfinders and ROCKstars program. From 5:00 – 7:15 pm this group enjoys open gym time, dinner, Children’s Choir, and different mission based projects. Adult volunteer leaders help and childcare is offered for parents who also volunteer. Pathfinders and ROCKstars participate in several annual events such as the fudge sale to benefit Haiti Outreach Ministries, they perform at the Church Variety Show, FPC Serves MLK Day of Service, and rolling coins for Pennies for Hunger. The Children’s Choir sings in worship at various times through the year.

Summer LEGO Church School & Raffle

Summer LEGO Church School & Raffle

Will return next Summer!

Gather up your LEGO bricks and LEGO people! Children aged preschool-5th grade, are invited to join us through the Summer months as we explore a Bible story with prayerful preparation, and respond by building a scene or idea from the story! Sound like fun? Scripture references are provided.  For the Raffle: Explain your creation to your parent, and have them email me a picture of you with your creation. All kids sending in a photo will be entered into a weekly raffle. Two people each week will win a LEGO kit that I will mail to your house.

Zoom Storytime with Katy

Returning Spring 2021

Join us on Zoom every week to hear a great message and discover something new! Some great books we’ve read:

  • Niko’s Night and Day
    by Colleen Oakes
  • The Story of AND – The Little Word that Changed the World
    by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
  • No One Else Like You
    by Siska Goeminne and Morel Eyckerman
  • Life
    by Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wendell

To receive our weekly reminder and the Zoom invitation link, please subscribe to the Children’s Ministry email above. Hope to see you there!

Sing Along with Mr.  Andy – Sundays at 4:30 pm

Children of ALL ages are invited to sing along with Mr. Andy Eaton, Director of Music and Children’s Choir. Please join us to make a joyful noise in song at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. This is not “regular” Children’s choir rehearsal… we will save that for when we can all meet in person. This sing along time is intended to be an uplifting time to be with each other virtually, sing worshipful and fun songs, and enjoy our faith community together.

Sing Along Schedule:

  • Sunday, September 20
  • Sunday, October 4
  • Sunday, October 18
  • Sunday, November 1
  • Sunday, November 15
An email reminder will be sent on the Friday before the Sunday sing along with the Zoom link. If you are not yet subscribed to the Children’s Ministry email, please do so now!
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