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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Spring/Summer 2021 Programming


Sunday Morning Childcare

8:15 & 11:00 am

*Resumes Sunday, June 6, 2021

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 childcare nursery is staffed by trained and caring professionals each Sunday.

Children are welcome in the sanctuary for all services. Worship activity bags provided for 3 age groups are located in a wicker basket in the Lisa Ham Gathering Space.  

If you would like your child to go to the Child Development Center playground after the Moment for Children, they will be invited to leave with our designated leaders. Pick up your child promptly after worship on the playground.

LEGO Church School & Raffle

Begins Sunday, June 6 | Ends Sunday, August 29

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.

Find Each Week’s Lesson on our Worship Resources page »

Tuesdays Together in July

Tuesdays: July 6, 13, 20 & 27!

FPC Gymnasium | 10:00-11:30 am
Join us in the FPC gym for family fun and fellowship every Tuesday in July. Basketballs, hula hoops and toys provided. FPC gym is located on second floor of the Stock building and accessed by door adjacent to parking lot. Caregivers and parents are asked to stay. This is not a drop-off event so please plan to come and stay with your kids. 

Zoom Storytime with Katy

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

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Regular Sunday Programming (TBD)


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 Kate C. Sprunt Memorial 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.

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“.

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