Youth & Children's Ministries
Welcome to Youth & Children's Ministries at First Moravian Church!
At First Moravian, young people are vitally important members of our faith community. We seek to learn, grow, and have fun together as part of a spiritual formation program that incorporates worship, study, fellowship, and service. For information about the opportunities you see here, or to become involved with our Youth and Children's Ministries programs at First Moravian, contact Meredith Cohoon, Director of Christian Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nursery Care (Birth-3 Years)
Nursery care is provided on Sunday mornings during Sunday School and Worship from 10:00am-12:00pm. Staffing is provided by Preferred Childcare and members from our congregational nursery team. The Nursery is located downstairs in New Fellowship Hall (the brick building to the left of the Sanctuary), toward the upper end of the parking lot.
Children's Ministries (Preschool-5th Grade)
Sunday School. Each Sunday morning, our children meet downstairs in the Children's Church Room (beneath the Sanctuary) from 10:00-10:50am for Sunday School. We typically begin with music from 10:00-10:25am, then break into age-appropriate classes or combine as a larger elementary class. Our music time rotates to include instruction in chimes, singing, or experimenting with other instruments! Our Children's Chimes and Cherub Choirs are frequent contributors to Sunday morning worship.
First Moravian Kids. Our Children's Fellowship group meets about once a month for fun, fellowship, spiritual formation, and outreach activities. During the school year, we typically meet on the second Sunday afternoon of the month following worship. During the summer, we enjoy day trips in the area, summer camps at Laurel Ridge, and Vacation Bible School!
Camping Ministry. Laurel Ridge––our Moravian Camp, Conference and Retreat Center located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina––offers numerous programs for children and families throughout the year. The summer camping season includes weekend and week-long camps for children who have completed the 1st-5th grades. In the spring and fall, Family Camp provides an opportunity for families (all ages) to experience a weekend on the mountain together. Our congregation offers generous 50% camperships for members who attend. Visit the Laurel Ridge website for complete information, including camp schedules. Please contact Meredith Cohoon with any questions or to apply for scholarship funds.
Youth Ministries (6th-12th Grade)
Sunday School. Beginning this fall (September 15), our middle/high students will meet each Sunday morning from 10:00–10:50am for a time of youth worship and small group discussion on the NFH stage. We'll enjoy breakfast treats, incorporate our favorite contemporary Christian music, and discuss scripture and topics relevant to today's teens.
Youth Fellowship (MYF). Our middle/high youth generally meet twice a month for supper and fellowship, followed by a small group or outreach activity. We typically meet on the first and third Sunday of each month from 5:00-7:00pm in Old Fellowship Hall (the white building behind the Sanctuary). We also meet at other times for fun, fellowship, community service, or to participate in the worship life and ministry of our congregation.
Sunday Evening Meals. Our Youth Fellowship relies on the generosity of our church family to sustain us with simple, delicious meals! We are always looking for volunteers to feed us. Would you be willing to provide one of our Sunday evening meals? Find out the details and sign up via our online meal calendar.
Camps, Conferences, and Retreats. There are numerous opportunities to participate in events with other Moravian youth throughout our Southern Province each year. Many are held at Laurel Ridge––our Moravian Camp, Conference and Retreat Center in the North Carolina mountains––which offers a variety of week-long traditional, arts, eco, and mission camps for middle and high-schoolers throughout the summer. Our congregation offers generous 50% scholarships for members who attend. Visit the Laurel Ridge website for complete information, including camp schedules. Please contact Meredith Cohoon with any questions or to apply for scholarship funds.