First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Ohio

infants & toddlers pre-k to grade 6 youth

Kids & Families

Children’s church is back, featuring a new curriculum this year! 

Lessons for 3-5 year olds are titled Growing in Grace and Gratitude. 

Lessons for 6-10 years old are titled Welcome from the “Follow Me” series. 

If you would like to lead a class or learn more, contact the church office. 

Infants & Toddlers


A nursery is provided upon request downstairs for children ages infant through kindergarten. Please inform the church office before Sunday to request nursery care. Care is provided by childcare workers over the age of 18 and have all received background checks. Age-appropriate toys and activities are provided. Please alert childcare workers to any food or other allergies that could cause issues while in the church’s care. 

Pre-k to Grade 6

Children's Area

A space in the back corner of the Sanctuary has been designed with little ones in mind. It is an area for wiggles and coloring, reading books, and relaxing. Families and their small children are welcome in all areas of the Sanctuary during worship, but some may find their children more comfortable where they can move about.

Children's Moments

FPC believes that children should be present and participate in the worship service to give them a strong foundation in worship traditions. However, Children’s Church does take the place of the sermon during the service. Children are encouraged to attend the beginning of the worship service with their families until the Children’s Moment.  service.

Children's Church

Following the Children’s Moment, children ages preschool through sixth grade are invited downstairs to the classrooms for Children’s Church. Bible stories, activities, and crafts take place for approximately twenty minutes, at which time preschool and kindergarteners may go to the nursery to play and elementary-age children return to their families for the remainder of the worship service. 


Fun and Fellowship

Youth Group is all about finding fun and enriching ways of learning about God, growing in faith, and spending time together as a young group of believers. There are a variety of activities offered throughout the academic year for youth in Middle and High School. Outdoor activities such as bonfires and canoeing, indoor events such as movie nights and service projects, and Presbytery-wide youth retreats are all part of the Youth Group experience. Join us and bring your friends!

Confirmation Class

FPC offers confirmation as a one-year class for Middle Schoolers. Most youth are confirmed at the end of their eighth-grade year. Confirmation Class prepares youth to join FPC as members with knowledge of not only our church, but also the PC(USA) structure and doctrine. The curriculum and activities are designed to help youth deepen their understanding of and relationship with Christ.

Youth Liturgist Sunday

Every time a month has five Sundays, the last Sunday is designated a “Youth Liturgist Sunday.” On these days, the children and youth of the church are invited to participate in the worship service as liturgists. The litanies, prayers, and readings are divided among the participating children. These Sundays provide an opportunity for direct involvement in the worship by the young people. It gives them understanding of the parts and order of the service. It also gives the children a guided leadership role that involves the entire church. It is always an exciting and rewarding experience!