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Children and Youth
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Vacation Bible School

June 26-30
9 a.m.—12 p.m.

For children entering Kindergarten through grade 5
*Cost: $25 per child
$40 for families of 2 or more children
* Scholarships available

From a whimsical lighthouse on an enchanted island, Explorers are guided by the Lighthouse Keeper and Beacon the Puffin on an exciting quest to find five mysterious Infinity Lanterns to help light their way. Using map coordinates from their Reference Book (the Bible), children discover clues to finding each lantern while learning how God’s light shines in the lives of familiar Bible characters from Old and New Testament stories.

We are looking for volunteers to help with snack time, games, Bible lessons, group leaders, arts and crafts. Only have a day or two that week? That’s ok! We would love to have you! . You can sign up in Spencer Hall or by clicking here.

Children and Youth

At First Presbyterian Church of Naples, our goal is to model Christianity as a truly universal and love-centered spiritual path.  We have a holistic program that focuses on love, compassion and self-awareness based on the teachings of Jesus.

We realize that parents are their children’s primary faith formers and that faith is a journey we all take together.  We provide the necessary tools for parents to help their children and themselves to learn about worship, faith and what it means to be a Christian. Faith is caught, it is not taught. We offer quarterly FPC Faith@Home boxes to help support families.  Please contact Ashley Hancock to start a subscription.

In addition to our biblical curriculum, we offer a curriculum of interiority.  We take time to “Be Still” during all of our programs by Taking a Journey into our Hearts (Centering Prayer), and also participate in other spiritual practices which include labyrinth walks.  Mindful eating is also practiced.

Our programs are now a hybrid model (both in-person and on Zoom).  The past two years have been an invitation to rethink best ways to connect to people.  For those who cannot join us in person, please contact Ashley Hancock to obtain a Zoom link.

All of our intentional programming supports groundbreaking research out of Fuller Theological Seminary, who studied over 250 congregations leading the nation in youth engagement and faith formation (we currently participate in Growing Young in a Changing World cohort through Fuller Youth Insitiute).  This research is detailed in Sticky Faith and Growing Young.


nurery pic 1Nursery and Childcare is available for children 6 months to 4 years old during our worship services.  A wiggle room is also available adjacent to the Sanctuary so you can still participate in the service while being with your child.


kidzlab 01We welcome elementary children to Kidz Lab each Sunday. Following the “Time for Children” in the worship service, we invite our children to Kidz Lab in the youth room.  In Kidz Lab, we follow the lectionary (we use the Sparkhouse curriculum) – so the same Bible verses that are preached in the service, are the same verses our children learn about. 

YOUTH (Middle School through High School)

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Youth Group is for 6th through 12th graders and is a gathering of open-minded youth welcoming of diverse perspectives. Periodically, middle and high school groups are split up depending on topic of discussion. We also provide fun and educational outings, retreats, service opportunities and a summer Montreat experience for our High School Students.


MOH youthWe encourage youth and family participation in volunteer service projects, while teaching the importance of standing in solidarity with those we serve. We also participate in marches and rallies during the year which stand up for the justice of all people.


youth ping pongWe, as a Community, embrace learning and discovering new ways to bring our congregation together across all ages. We all have much to share with each other, and we intentionally engage and encourage participation in many of our classes and events.


We offer a Confirmation program to any student in grades eight and above who wish to be confirmed in the church.  The rite of confirmation through church history became a rite of passage, a coming of age and an affirmation of one's faith. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), Confirmation is the process through which a young person becomes a full adult member of the church, even though this is not a requirement.  We view Confirmation as the beginning of an incredibly rewarding and amazing journey with parents (since research indicates the most influential people in a young person’s faith development are his/her parents) and mentors.  Our hope is that our confirmands view their faith as a life-long journey while learning about the Bible, the identity of the PC(USA) and the elements of the worship service, and the exploration of other faith traditions that surround us.  We also teach spiritual disciplines to help provide a framework to connect to God.  

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