YOUTH

The community at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan is inclusive; families of all faiths, denominations and orientations are welcome.

Our Children’s Ministries’ mission is to glorify God by supporting families with children, from birth through 7th grade, in leading them to live spiritually, to love inclusively, to learn continuously, and to leave a legacy. As such we:

  • Provide each child with a safe, nurturing and stimulating learning environment
  • Provide an engaging curriculum for children ages 3 through 7th grade that encourages children to learn and remember the Bible stories
  • Cultivate a community where children feel comfortable asking questions, having doubts and knowing that all ideas are welcome
  • Create opportunities to foster lasting relationships with teachers, clergy and other church members

THE SUNDAY’S COOL EXPERIENCE

Our Sunday’s Cool program is dynamic and engaging for all kids. The program is based on the Spark Rotation curriculum and has been designed to enhance the learning experience for children from kindergarten through 4th grade. A pre-K section has been added for children ages 2-4 who are attending preschool. Our 5th, 6th, and 7th graders go to the Tate Youth Barn for a discussion and fellowship based on the Presbyterian Feasting on the Word curriculum, which is designed to help them prepare for confirmation in the 8th grade.

Infants & Toddlers

K-4th Grade

5th-7th Grade

8th Grade Confirmation

Welcome to “Sunday’s Cool”
Children’s Chapel

Following dismissal from worship, the children will gather in the common room for a twenty-minute children’s chapel before moving into to their individual rotations.  We will gather around the table: to sing with a guitarist, to give our collection for local and international mission, to pray for those we love and for those who need our prayers, to hear our Bible story for the day, to act out the Bible stories with costumes or puppet play. Following chapel kids are dismissed by class into their weekly rotation.

Sunday School Schedule

9:15amNursery opens for Birth – 2yrs.Pre-K room open for 3s & 4s
10:00amFamily Worship Begins (children 5 and older attend)
10:15amChildren leave from worship for Sunday School
10:20amChildren’s Chapel for pre-K – 4th grade5th, 6th & 7th grade meet in the Tate Youth barn
10:45amPre-K through 4th move into Rotation Station
11:10amChildren dismissed
12:15pmNursery closes

Rotation Exploration
Used in over 10,000 churches, the Rotation model recognizes that all children learn differently. Some learn visually, some are audio learners, others learn by doing. Instead of teaching children in a “teacher-student” model, the rotation model lets children explore and experiment so that they touch, taste, feel, and experience what it was like to live in Biblical times. Each week they travel to a different media to explore a Biblical story. One might be in Movies and Popcorn, another week they will be in Kid’s Kitchen cooking up something tasty from Biblical times. Or they might travel to the Marketplace where they can make handicrafts from the first century or go to Art Thou and design their own crafts about the story we have learned that day. Each rotation reinforces the lesson in an exciting and adventurous way.

“Bible Basics 101”
Each year we focus our attention on learning the top 150 stories of the Bible, over a three year rotation. We feel this gives them a solid grounding in the Bible and helps prepare them for a more mature faith. Come with us as we jump feet first into the Bible with Eve, the Apple of Adam’s eye, Noah and the Zoo Cruise, Joseph’s Journey from Pit to Palace, and more. In the fall we study the major figures from the Hebrew Scriptures. Come Advent, we turn to the birth stories of Jesus. In the winter we study Jesus’ early life. During Lent we cover the stories surrounding Easter. And in the spring we study the teachings of Jesus. Each week the children will travel to a different media to explore a Biblical story. We think that Sunday is Cool! We think you will too.

For Younger Children & Babies  – A Warm & Caring Environment
Childcare is available every Sunday beginning at 9:15am. Infants and toddlers are cared for by trained childcare professionals. We know how hard it is for little ones to be in new surroundings, so we have the same two caregivers each week. Parents are more than welcome to stay with their children until everyone feels comfortable.

* For more information or to get involved, please contact Rev. Kibbie Laird at 203.966.0002 (ext. 15), or via email at Kibbie@fpcnc.org.

SUNDAY’S COOL NEWS

5th-7th GRADE

Our 5th, 6th, and 7th graders meet every week in the Tate Youth Barn to explore “Feasting On The Word”, a new Presbyterian lectionary based curriculum. It is an excellent and broad overview of the Bible and basic theological concepts that is designed to prepare them for 8th grade confirmation.

The curriculum follows the lectionary, so parents and kids can talk about the sermon and story each week on the ride home from church. Our 5th, 6th, and 7th graders begin with their families each week in church and then are dismissed to the Tate Youth Barn for their class when the children leave for Sunday’s Cool.

* For more information or to get involved, please contact Rev. Kibbie Laird at 203.966.0002 (ext. 15), or via email at Kibbie@fpcnc.org.

First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan

5th-7th GRADE NEWS