Welcome to Preschool Ministry
We minister to infants-kindergarteners and their parents, believing that it is never too early to teach a child about our Savior. We provide a safe place filled with caring people who are passionate about teaching preschoolers the truths of the Lord. As a parent, you play the most important role in the spiritual development of your little one. It is our desire to partner with you in teaching your child about Jesus. We look forward to working together to build foundations of faith in your preschooler.
WHY WE LOVE BALLOONS AT FIRST HURST
Our family took a trip to East Asia and spent time with several families. A highlight of the trip was attending "home church" one Sunday. This was held in a small apartment with about 35 adults and children gathered to sing, pray, and study the Word. This was an extra special Sunday because we were able to witness a very tender time of baptism with the son of one of the families serving.
Before we all gathered near the bathroom for the "tub" baptism the child sat by his mom and shared his testimony. He recalled that his journey to the Lord was like a balloon. He had many people throughout his young life that were filling his balloon with the goodness, grace, and truth of the Savior. He recalled that mom and dad, grandmas and grandpas, friends and family had all taught him something about who God is. He said that finally his balloon burst and he realized that his heart was sick with sin and he needed Jesus to forgive him.
I love this story for so many reasons. I rejoice with my little brother on the most important decision of his life, to follow hard after Christ. I am in awe that this sweet child could articulate, with such a beautiful picture, the way that the Lord draws us to himself. I am humbled because I see preschool ministry as an integral part of the foundation of faith that is laid in our children. Together, the home and church are blowing into countless balloons. One day the balloons will "BURST" through the prompting of the Holy Spirit and these children whom we are teaching and loving will get to choose Christ!
So when you see a balloon, let it encourage you to keep filling it up! I am so honored to serve with you.
“He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and BURST their bonds apart. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!”
We believe that it is possible to share the love of Christ with a child from the day of their birth. In every lesson we teach, your child will learn a foundational Biblical truth. It is our hope that these truths take a firm hold of our children's hearts and are carried with them for the rest of their lives. It is a privilege to have your child with us on Sunday mornings, and it is a responsibility that we do not take lightly. It is our continued prayer that your child will come to know the Lord at an early age and will “set their hope in God so they will not turn back in the day of battle.” (Psalm 78:1-8)
During our child care times, we use this opportunity to teach your children the truths of our God. We are purposeful in teaching through play, stories, and activities and not simply “babysitting.” Childcare check-in begins 15 minutes before each event. So we can provide the best care possible for your child, please email childcare reservations to Childcare@firsthurst.com. You may also contact Bethany Creel if you are interested in joining the paid childcare team.
Baby dedications are a beautiful and very personal part of our worship services. The pastor tenderly carries the child throughout the Worship Center explaining the significance of the baby’s names and our hopes for the child. The baby’s first Bible is presented to the family, as well as a Blessing Brick. This brick, with the word 'Promise' inscribed on it, is to serve as a visual reminder of the promise you as a parent have made to "train your child in the way he should go" (Proverbs 22:6). Blessings are then prayed over the child and parents. Truthfully, it’s more of a parent dedication, as the child’s mother and father commit themselves to lovingly rear their baby under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. If your family is interested in a baby dedication, please contact our Preschool Ministry to sign up for a required Dedication Class.
Sprouts Preschool meets Mondays/Wednesdays at the Norwood campus and Tuesdays/Thursdays at The Trails campus during the school year. We believe in providing each child with different learning centers, including arts and crafts, books, blocks, puzzles, nature, music, Bible stories, and Bible verses. The “Wee Learn” curriculum promotes the development of the whole child. Additionally, our 4/5′s class use the “Core Knowledge” curriculum. We strive to provide children with a greater awareness and understanding of the way God created them by incorporating Bible stories into our daily activities along with tangible learning opportunities. Learn more about Sprouts.
The Well is a place for moms of all ages and stages to come together and find encouragement through God’s Word and each other. Our large group meetings are the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at the Norwood campus from 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more info visit FirstHurst.com/moms.
Preschool Ministry Staff
Kellie Charbonneau, Pastor of Preschool discipleship
Brandi Johnson, The Trails Preschool/Children's Associate
Andrea Harris, Ministry Assistant
Bethany Creel, Childcare Director
Stacy Roach, Sprouts Preschool Director
Laura Okruch, Sprouts Preschool Director