Families & Youth

Families & Youth

Visiting with Young Children

We are so glad that you are thinking of joining us on a Sunday morning! Families are welcome and cherished at First Church.  Families with children are very welcome in our sanctuary. We begin every worship service as a multigenerational community, children from 1st grade to middle school take part [more…]

Christian Education

Jesus said “Let the children come to me.”  At First Church, we extend this same welcome.  Our Christian Education program begins with our Pre-K/Kindergarten program and continues with Church School for grades 1-6, and Confirmation classes for grades 7-8.  Our children are invited to become members of First Church through Confirmation at [more…]

Family Ministries

At First Church of Christ, we extend ministries and education to inspire children and families on their faith journey, treasuring our God who both supports them and calls them to action.  We offer programs for specific age groups as well as regular events for all ages with special focus on [more…]

Youth Programs

We provide our middle and high school youth with many opportunities for personal growth, Christian education, healthy and enjoyable social interaction, and active exploration and expression of Christian faith. Y.U.P. (Youth Uncovering the Promise for grades 6-8) and Y.E.S. (Youth Encountering the Spirit for grades 9-12) are the fellowship programs designed to [more…]

NYC Mission Trip July 2015

8 members of YES spent July 5-10 in New York City working through an organization called Youth Services Opportunities Project (YSOP) to serve hungry and homeless people in the city. Read the mission trip blog.

Haiti Mission Trip April 2015

When:  April 18-25, 2015 Where:  Port-o-Prince, Haiti Who:  8 members of YES and 5 chaperones What:  Mission/Service trip to visit and help our friends at CONASPEH. Revisit the Haiti Mission Trip Blog. View the photos from the trip. Three members of the group gave the sermon the Sunday after they [more…]

Mission Trip Summer 2014

When:  June 29 – July 3, 2014 Where:  Atlantic County, New Jersey What:  6 members of the YES youth group worked with the Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group rebuilding, repairing, and cleaning up homes after Hurricane Sandy (aka Superstorm Sandy) – the second most costly and destructive hurricane in [more…]

Mission Trip Summer 2013

Ten members of the Senior High Youth Group (YES!) and 3 chaperones traveled to Washington, DC from July 6-13, 2013.  The theme of their trip was Ministry to those in Urban Poverty. Some of the ways they helped do God’s work in our nation’s capital included: Planting, fertilizing and weeding [more…]


Confirmation is a two year program which begins in 7th grade.  At the end of these two years, students are invited to affirm their baptisms and become members of First Church.  The Celebration of Confirmation usually take place during a chosen worship service in May or early June.  Each confirmation student [more…]

Ruth Perry Award

The Ruth Perry Award was established by First Church through donations from its members to honor Ruth Perry, who was music director from 1931 to 1971, for her contributions to the musical ministry of First Church.  The intent of the award is to recognize those graduating high school seniors who [more…]