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 of Children, Youth & Families, by email or through the church office, 319-337-4181.
*In this time of virtual worship, all Children & Youth activities have moved online. In September, youth groups (for 3rd-5th graders and for 6th-12th graders) and Sunday School (for PreK-5th grade) will resume in online formats. Check the newsletter for the most recent information regarding dates & activities, or contact Kara.
Children & Worship
Children of all ages are always welcome in FCC worship services. Activity bags for younger children and binders for older children can help keep hands busy while still engaging them in worship. We offer a special 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 worship materials.
For families who would like to use it, nursery care is available for children ages 0-5 years starting at 8:45am and lasting through worship. The classroom is located on the lower level.
Sunday School, 9:00-9:45 am (September - May)
Children are divided into K-2nd and 3-5th grades to explore Bible stories and faith through animated videos, hands-on activities and discussion.
Youth in 6-12th grades meet to discuss topics related to the Bible, Christianity and history, social justice, faith and life application.
JYF Youth Group includes children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. They meet once a month to make friends, play games and do activities, take part in conversation and devotion meant to stretch this age group to think about what it means to be the hands and feet of God in the world.
Chi Rho (6th, 7th and 8th grades) and CYF (9-12th grades) youth have several opportunities to meet each month. In addition to Sunday School, a community group meets weekly to give the youth the opportunity to build relationships and have a safe space to discuss hot button topics and faith. Chi Rho/CYF also meets at least once a for large group activities, service projects and retreats.
The Helen Gay and Sunier College Scholarships
- Helen Gay Scholarship for participants at First Christian Church
- Sunier Scholarship to encourage participation in English language literature or poetry classes.
- Facebook Group for Children, Youth and Family Ministries
- Welcome! Sunday, September 13, 2020 (online activities)
- Children & Youth Christmas Program, mid-December
- Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 4, 2021
- Youth Sunday: TBD
- Vacation Bible School, online in June 2020
- Summer Camp at the Christian Conference Center in Newton, Iowa
All who work in 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.