Children & Youth

First Christian Church has many program offerings for children and youth. If you have questions or know someone who would like to take part, please contact Kara Seaton, Minister with Children, Youth & Families, by email or through the church office, 319-337-4181.

Children & Worship
Children of all ages are always welcome in worship services. Worship materials including colors and crafts help keep hands busy while still engaging them in worship. We also offer a space at the front of the sanctuary for kids in 3rd grade and younger to gather on rugs and engage in quiet activities including books, coloring and sensory materials.

Nursery Care 
For families who would like to use it, nursery care is available for children ages 0-5 years starting at 9:45am on Sundays.

Faith Formation, 11:15-12 Noon (September 17, 2023 - May 19, 2024) 
Faith Formation (aka Sunday School) is offered on Sundays following worship. Classes begin at 11:15am and last until noon. There are classes for adults, youth and children (age 4 and older), while nursery care is also available for younger children. Each class is a time of learning, asking questions and sharing. Some weeks, all ages may gather for for intergenerational learning or hands-on projects.

Youth Group 
Children and youth are welcome to participate in youth group, providing an opportunity to make friends, play games and have fun while building relationships and providing a safe space to talk. Group activities include outtings and activities, service projects in the community, educational focused field trips, weekend retreats, and more.
  • JYF is for children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
  • Chi Rho is for youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades
  • CYF is for highschool youth (9-12th grades)

The First Christian Church and Sunier College Scholarships 
Scholarships are available from two funds within the church that were made available through the generosity of persons who were firm believers in the benefits of higher education. Applications are accepted each spring. See the scholarship application form for the date that the application must be received.

  • Facebook Group for Children, Youth and Family Ministries
  • YouTube Channel containing weekly Children's Moments and other videos for FCC Children, Youth and Family Ministries
  • Welcome! Sunday, September 10, 2023
  • Children's Sabbath, October 29, 2023
  • Mid-Year Youth Retreats at the Christian Conference Center in Newton, Iowa
  • Children & Youth Christmas Program, December 24, 2023
  • Easter Sunday, Sunday, March 31, 2024
  • Vacation Bible School, Summer 2024
  • Summer Camp at the Christian Conference Center in Newton, Iowa

Child Protection
All who work in roles with direct supervision of children or youth are required to be screened, have a background checks and participate in regular trainings.  View our Child Protection Policy.
Child & Youth Permission Forms