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Children and Youth
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.

NURSERY AND CHILDCARE

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.

KIDZ LAB

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

Youth Group is for 6th through 12th graders and is a gathering of open-minded youth welcoming of diverse perspectives. We meet on Wednesday afternoons and after some "hang out" time, we have discussion, study and prayer time. 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.

SERVICE AND JUSTICE

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.

INTERGENERATIONAL

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.

CONFIRMATION

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.  

Parents Night Out Registration Form

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT
For children 18 month old through grade 5

Please fill out the following registration for for Parents' Night Out. Only one form per family is required. Spaces are available to list each child separately. The cost per family is $20 and space is limited.  One form for each Parents' Night Out is required. Payment can be made by clicking the GIVE button at the end of this form or you may pay by cash or check on the evening of the event.

I understand that in the event medical intervention is needed, every attempt will be made to contact immediately the persons listed on this form. In the event I cannot be reached in an emergency during the activity dates shown on this form, I hereby give my permission to the physician or dentist selected by the activity leader to hospitalize, to secure medical treatment and/or to order an injection, anesthesia, or surgery for my child as deemed necessary. I understand that my insurance coverage for my child will be used as primary coverage in the event medical intervention is needed. I understand all reasonable safety precautions will be taken at all times by First Presbyterian Church of Naples and its agents during the events and activities. I understand the possibility of risk. I agree not to hold First Presbyterian Church, its leaders, employees, and volunteer staff liable for damages, losses, diseases, or injuries by the subject of this form. Further, I agree to allow First Presbyterian Church of Naples to use any photographs or video of my child for the purposes of First Presbyterian Church publicity.

 

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