|The First Church in Albany|
The church is called to make disciples of Jesus Christ, teaching people to observe all that Jesus commanded (Matthew 28: 19). Childhood and adolescence are critical stages for forming identity, shaping values and making commitments. It is our responsibility to provide children and youth with opportunities to engage in meaningful faith practices, to affirm their gifts, and to provide them with mentors and models for the Christian life so that they will be formed in faith and "grow up in every way into Christ" (Ephesians 4: 14).
From the goal statements
Children and Youth
"Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.
They are yellow black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world."
Our aim is to nurture families, developing faith, trust and sense of safety, sharing stories, and applying scripture to everyday life at every appropriate age.
Ages 0-4 gather during Sunday service for nursery care in Crib and Crawl. They play with toys, listen to music, and do craft activities and nature exploration while learning stories from the Bible.
Children and Worship
During the worship service, children ages 4 through 8 are invited to come upstairs to the Children's Worship Center. The children will be greeted and invited to come and experience the wonder and mystery of God through unique storytelling, singing, prayer, and creative expression. For more information please contact Pastor Susan Cox. Children and Worship meets September - June.
A New Children and Worship Center for 9-12 year olds
This year we are offering an additional Children and Worship Center for children ages 9-12 years of age. Worship will take place at the same time as the younger group, ages 4-7(during the adult worship service). Deb Anderson will be our first leader and Imani Brewer our first greeter. They will help guide the children to hear, see, and deepen their understanding of the story of CREATION. The order of worship will be similar to the younger children’s order of worship but how the story is told and the time spent in expression of the story will be different. The older children will spend 4 weeks on each biblical story and will explore and experience the story through several different modalities . Some of these modalities include drama, artistic group projects, journaling, and at times telling the story themselves.
We are excited to begin a new adventure in sharing the Word of God in creative ways.
Rev. Susan Vincent Cox
The First Church in Albany. Rooted in Jesus Christ and committed to the city and the people of Albany, New York. Come worship with us.