Children and Youth discipleship
Vacation Bible School
June 11-15, 2018 at Bridge Park in Downtown Sylva
Co-sponsored by First Presbyterian, First Baptist, and St. John's Episcopal Churches
The mission of Children’s Ministry at FPC
Our mission is to be a church body that partners with and walks alongside parents to build a solid biblical foundation for our children to build their lives upon. In doing so we seek to honor the unique role of children in the body by teaching them the Christian faith, encouraging them towards articulating their faith, and equipping them to live out their faith in the world. We seek to establish a strong connection to the community of believers such that our children understand that they have a place to turn to in times of celebration and need as they grow in “wisdom and stature and favor with God and with humankind” (Luke 2:52).
The importance of Children’s Ministry at FPC
Matthew 19:14 records a beautiful moment in Jesus’ ministry that sets the tone for what we are called to do at First Presbyterian Church. In this passage, Jesus’ disciples are trying to shoo away a group of children who have approached Jesus. Jesus reprimands his disciples and welcomes the children, saying, “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these” (The Message). As the church of Jesus Christ, we are called to welcome children into our midst, providing a safe and loving place for them to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Email Courtney Umphlett, Children's Ministry Director, for more information.
Children's Sunday School
Children's Sunday School classes meet from 9:45-10:45 a.m. every Sunday morning.
- Nursery - Teacher: Katherine Collings - Nursery I
- Preschool - Teacher: Sara Beth Foti - Nursery II
- Pre-K to K - Teacher: Linda Kelley - 2nd floor
- Grades 1-2 - Teacher: Besan Nash/Amanda Murajda - 2nd floor
- Grades 3-5 - Teacher: Sam Hale - 2nd floor
- Grades 6-8 - Teacher: Courtney Umphlett - 2nd floor
Children's Church takes place during the 11:00 worship service on Sunday mornings. Children aged 4 through 2nd grade come forward for the "Children's Message" during the service. Following this, they will go with a leader to Children's Church, a child-friendly continuation of the worship service.
Child Protection Policy
Church should be a safe place for all children. We have adopted a Child Protection Policy that every church staff member and volunteer who works with children must be familiar with. Please call or email the church office if you would like a copy of this policy.
Youth Ministry information will be available soon.