Children, Youth & Families

However you define family, you are welcome to join ours.

We gather for game nights, potlucks, and an annual family retreat in the spring. At First Church Brooklyn, we create spaces for children, youth and families to discover faith in creative, playful ways. We work together to know God, love God, and serve God.

The guiding values of the CYF ministry at First Church Brooklyn are Community, Family, and Education/Formation. Through engaging and interdisciplinary programs for all ages, we strive to:

  • Foster community and build relationships across cultural and generational lines
  • Empower parents to create space for spiritual growth at church and at home
  • Provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn spiritual practices, wrestle
    with big questions, and understand their identities as children of God

 First Steps in Faith

The First Steps in Faith Nursery is committed to providing a playful and nurturing, faith-based environment for infants and children up to 4 years of age. Using music, art, and storytelling, the youngest members of our faith community learn the foundational belief of our Christian faith: I am loved.

Our nursery is open on Sunday mornings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm under the care of our experienced and professional caregivers. The nursery is complete with changing table, chairs and craft table, and plenty of bible-themed books, toys, and games. Additional changing areas are available in restrooms on the ground level.

To ensure the safety of all children in our care, we require a registration form to be filled out on the first visit that our caregivers will keep on file.

Kid’s Church

Sundays 10:30am-11:00am (Virtual)

Our ministry to children offers an engaging, creative, interactive approach to faith. We bring the sweeping story of God and God’s people to life in ways that engage the multiple intelligences of our diverse group of students. We support families in continuing the conversation at home with easy to use tools and building blocks that support their young person’s faith.

Children are grouped by grade into two Kids Church classes: K – 3 rd grade and 4th – 5th grade. Children are welcomed into the gymnasium following a blessing from the community and return to worship in time for community prayer. First time attendees are welcome and will need their grown-up to accompany them to registration.

Kids Church is offered late September through late June.

The Church Thing

2nd & 4th Sundays of the month 12:30pm-1:30pm (Virtual)

Middle and high school students are invited to talk about the Bible and their lives together with Rev. April and other young adult volunteers. Tweens and teens are welcome to participate in additional service projects, social outings, and retreats during the year.

The Church Thing is offered late September through late June.

First Sundays: Intergenerational Worship

If children and adults don’t learn to worship together, children won’t learn to worship at all. All ages worship together on the first Sunday of every month with young people taking on some leadership roles. Thanks to our arts teams, First Sundays are pure joy.

Youth Choir

Sundays 10am-10:30am (Virtual)

Our youth choir welcomes a great diversity of young people and sends them out with a message of love, peace, and joy. The choir is an embodiment of our radical welcome and commitment to be a faith community that has room for all at the table. All choir members must be able to read and have an interest in singing. For more information, including how to join, contact our director, Victoria Goff.

Retreats

Our Annual Family Retreat is held in the spring. Check the calendar for details.

To Learn More

If you have questions about our ministry for children, youth, and families, email Rev. April Stace, Minister for Formation.

Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering as an adult teacher or chaperone, email Rev. April Stace, Minister for Formation. All adult volunteers are required to undergo a background check.