FirstKids

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Welcome!

FirstKids exists to partner with families as they lead their kids to an understanding of what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. We are intentional in helping kids — birth thru 5th grade — better understand their faith through our age-appropriate Bible stories, kids worship, prayer, and activities. We are happy to implement accommodations for students with special needs. Simply contact Heather at hvance@firstdecatur.org or 217.875.3350.

FirstKids In Person

Beginning September 26/27, we will begin meeting in person Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 9am as well as offer a family-friendly worship service Sundays at 11am in the East Auditorium. In order to limit the number of people, we will require pre-registration each week.

FirstKids Online

Worship family-style from home! Each week, we provide online worship services for kids Birth-PreK and Elementary. Videos are uploaded on YouTube Saturdays at noon so check out their respective playlists. Also, be sure to join our FirstKids Facebook Group!

Our Core Values

FK Trust

TRUST

Starting from the moment babies are born, we begin building trust with families to help them feel confident entrusting their kids with us. We make it a priority to keep our area safe and secure, hoping to give our families peace of mind as they attend worship services.

FK Identity

IDENTITY

Each week, our kids are reminded through the Gospel that they are uniquely created in the image of God, that He loves them very much, and that Jesus died for them.

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PARTNER WITH FAMILIES

We partner with families, communicating with them and giving them resources and encouragement to help their kids know what it means to have a relationship with Jesus.

FK Volunteers

VOLUNTEERS

We choose consistent, trusthworthy volunteers who are compassionate in reassuring our children and showing God’s love to them. Our volunteers serve every week or every other week to develop consistency and familiarity for children and their families.

FK Serving

ON MISSION

We provide opportunities for our kids to put their faith into action by serving together through service projects and an annual family mission trip.

FK Fun

FUN

We have fun with our kids while learning interactive Bible stories, experiencing praise and worship, and serving together.

Plan Your First Visit

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FirstKids is located just inside of the church's Mosaic Café entrance. As soon as you walk into the FirstKids space, stop by the Guest Check-In where a friendly host will help you check in your child and take them to their classroom. FirstKids Birth-PreK is located on the 1st floor, and FirstKids Elementary is on the 2nd floor. The safety of our kids is very important to us so be sure to review our Safety Policy.

Stay connected!

  • Text FIRSTKIDS to 24587 for text updates from FirstKids
  • Get added to our FirstKids email list by contacting Brandy at bray@firstdecatur.org.
  • Join our FirstKids Facebook Group where you'll find resources for kids and parents

Milestone Events

FirstKids Birth-PreK


  • Baby visit in the hospital
    We give gifts and pray a blessing over the sweet baby and his/her family.
  • Baby Dedication [ DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE ]
    We recognize that it’s important to dedicate our children back to God and to trust Him to help us guide them in their faith journey.
  • Three-Year-Old Timeout
    This is an event for parents to learn about what makes their 3-year-old special and how to engage with them in their development and also spiritually. Parents will also be able to connect with other families in this stage of life.
  • Kindergarten Celebration
    This is an event for incoming kindergarten students and their parents to learn what the transition to FirstKids Elementary will look like. Each child receives a Bible, and they learn how to find things in it with their parents. We also remind families what our mission is in Family Ministries.

FirstKids K - 5th Grade


  • Family Faith Events
    These events encourage and equip parents in leading their kids to become fully devoted followers of Jesus. They provide families with fun, interactive opportunities to discover what the Bible has to say about important topics relevant to our faith. They also give parents specific ideas on how to lead their kids in their faith journey.

    • 1st Grade — Devotions
    • 2nd Grade — Prayer
    • 3rd Grade — Communion
    • 4th Grade — Giving
    • 2nd-5th Grade — Salvation message
  • 5th Grade Finale
    We invite students to be a part of a Student Life night in the spring and then have a party for them in the fall (in FirstKids Elementary area) before they transition to Student Life.
  • Family Mission Trip
    This is an opportunity for our kids and their families to serve together and be the tangible hands of Jesus in our community by putting their faith into practice. We pray this is the beginning of a rhythm of our kids serving and sharing Jesus with those in their lives.
  • SuperStart
    SuperStart! is a pre-teen conference sponsored by Christ in Youth (CIY). Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students and parents are invited to attend this yearly event presented at another church out of town. It is a great experience for kids (& adults!).

Questions?


We'd love to hear from you! Simply contact any of the following FirstKids staff:

Janie Kane 2017
JANIE KANE

Elementary Director
jkane@firstdecatur.org

Wendy DeMent
WENDY DEMENT

Elementary Assistant
wdement@firstdecatur.org

Brandy Ray
BRANDY RAY

Pre-K Director
bray@firstdecatur.org

Melissa Petersen
MELISSA PETERSEN

Pre-K Assistant
mpetersen@firstdecatur.org

Heather Vance
HEATHER VANCE

Pastor of Family Ministries
hvance@firstdecatur.org