Children’s Ministries

Your resource for discovering some of the many ways your children can learn more about Jesus and get involved in the life of First Church. 



Our Children’s Ministry continues to grow and stays active. Our Director of Children’s Ministry, Sara Joines, keeps our kids busy. Our Kids Alive program has a lot to offer such as Children’s Church during both our 9-and 11 a.m. worship services on Sunday mornings as well as Sunday School at 10 a.m., and Sunday evening programming for children ages three year through fifth grade. Our children also have various opportunities to participate in through the year such as Vacation Bible School, Christmas play, missions, along with an annual Easter egg hunt. We would love to have to join us. 


Kids ALIve!

Our Kids Alive! Sunday night programing follows the school calendar year and begins at 5 p.m. in our Education Building with Children’s Choir followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a lesson at 6 p.m. 

*There will be no regular evening children’s programming October 16, 23 and 30, December 18 and 25, January 1 and 15, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14 and 28


Upcoming Opportunities

October 23–Fun at the Farm! The Children’s Ministry will be taking an afternoon trip to Patterson Farms on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. 

October 29–Halloween Festival: Come dressed in costume and join us for a morning of family-friendly Halloween activities here at First Church for our annual Halloween Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll have carnival-style games, free candy, a haunted house and more!

October 30–Children’s Choir sining at both services.

November 19–Safe Sanctuaries training and CPR/First Aid training from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This training event is required for all individuals who plan to volunteer in any capacity with our children and youth. Please bring your card if you are already CPR/First Aid certified. 

November 22–Southern Rowan Christmas Parade. If your child would like to ride on the float with our youth and children’s ministries, please contact Sara Joines. 

December 3–Breakfast with Santa: Join us in Langford Hall for a breakfast with Santa event from 9-10:30 a.m. We’ll be serving up pancakes, decorating cookies, making Christmas crafts, visit with Santa and hear the Christmas story. 

December 11–Children’s Christmas program @ 5:30 p.m. Come and hear the Christmas story retold from the animal’s perspective. 

December 15–Village Park Christmas Lights @ 6 p.m. 

April, 8, 2023–Easter Egg Hunt from 12-1:30 p.m. We’ll also have a hotdog lunch and make Easter themed crafts. 

July, 16-19 2023–All children ages three years to fourth grade are invited to join us for Bible School in 2023. We will have dinner each night at 5:30 p.m. before we explore different Bible stories through, crafting, science, recreation and more. Stay tuned for next year’s theme and registration open dates. 

August 5, 2023–Back to School Bash–Come and enjoy free food, carnival games, snow cones, and receive free school supplies for the upcoming school year. 


To learn more about the current Children’s programming being offered at First Church, or how to sign-up for weekly updates from our Children’s Minister, email Sara Joines at or call 704-857-9713 ext. 12.