Jesus said: Let the little children come to me and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs. — Luke 18:16
First Church welcomes and celebrates the human family.
If you are part of the growing population of people with young children who are new to the area, we would love for you to join us. Children of all ages are an important part of the Kingdom of God — and especially in the life of our church! We offer a number of opportunities for young ones to participate in worship, in fellowship, and in Christian education.
The professionally-staffed Nursery for infants and toddlers is available year-round on Sunday mornings. A Quiet Room in the back of the sanctuary has comfortable rockers for parents who wish to stay with their infants.
Christian Education for Children and Youth
Sunday School for children and youth from pre-school through high school is offered during the school year (corresponding to the Elmhurst Community School District Schedule). Classes are from 9:30-10:15 am on Sunday mornings and can include a rehearsal time for the Joyful Noise Singers. An extensive Confirmation program for 6th-8th graders is offered every two years. Once a year, a Sunday morning Youth Worship Service is planned, prepared, and presented by the high school youth. Additional programs, especially for mission and outreach, are planned throughout the year.
Fellowship & Outreach for Youth
Youth Group for 6th-12th graders includes monthly pizza suppers, special service projects, and summer mission trips. School and neighborhood friends are always invited. Look for specific activities under Connect in the top menu.
Families are encouraged to Worship together on Sunday mornings. Prior to the sermon, children are asked to come forward for a special Children’s Word with the Pastor or sometimes with older youth. Children through 2nd grade may then go downstairs to the Sunshine Room, a professionally-staffed play area, for the remainder of the worship service.
Fun and fellowship events for families as well as for the entire congregation are scheduled throughout the year. Families also participate together in various mission and outreach activities.
First Church is certified as a United Methodist “Safe Sanctuary” congregation.
For more information, please go to the menu under LEARN.