“Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors, and see all the people.” I can remember learning this rhyme as a young child and loved being able to make a church building with my hands. Now as I say this rhyme, I realize that these are not just sweet words, but also a very important reminder that the church is not just a building, it’s “all the people” who gather together to worship, serve others, and share God’s love. It takes “all the people” to be the church. And what a wonderful church family we have that gathers together at FPC!
As the children learn and recite this rhyme, they will be reminded that they are a very important part of our church family and that they, too, can help serve and share God’s love. Here are some opportunities. Learn more on the Children’s Ministry page at firstpresathens.org.
When a child begins his or her 2nd Grade year, they remain in worship when the St. Andrew’s Choir sings and on Communion Sundays. We celebrate the beginning of this important transition by officially welcoming our 2nd graders to The Lord’s Table on World Communion Sunday the first Sunday in October. Our 2nd graders are then invited to serve as Communion Helpers by taking turns bringing in the Communion Elements at the beginning of the worship service on the first Sunday of each month.
Acolytes and Call to Worship Liturgists
Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders are asked to serve as Acolytes and Call to Worship Liturgists during the 11:00 a.m. worship service.
Children age 4 through 1st Grade are invited to join the Cherub Choir led by Mrs. Charlotte Chromiak and children 2nd – 5th grade are invited to join the St. Andrew’s Choir led by Dr. John Coble. The children’s choirs rehearse on Sunday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. And finally, THANK YOU to “all the people” who have volunteered this fall in Sunday School, Children’s Church, and the Nursery. We are still in need of a few more volunteers so please be sure to check the Children’s Church and Nursery volunteer schedules at the top of the stairs in the Atrium.
Natalie Bishop, Director of Children’s Ministries