CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES


Nursery

Sundays

  • 9:00am - 10:30am (during Worship)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm (during Spiritual Growth Hour)

Wednesdays
  • 6:15pm – 7:30pm (during evening programming)

Lead by Nursery Coordinator, Lora Murtha, our nurseries provide safe and engaging spaces for our youngest members. Our nursery uses two rooms: an infant room and a toddler room stocked with age-appropriate toys and activities. Our volunteers have undergone training and background checks and are excited to welcome our littlest ones in order to create warm and engaging first experiences at church.

Big G’s Neighborhood (PreK - 6th grade)

6:15pm - 7:30pm Wednesday Evenings


There’s something for everyone to grow in their faith on Wednesdays at First Covenant! Check out what your community is up to in Big G’s Neighborhood:

  • Little Big G’s (PreK + K)
    Our youngest members get to know one another and their Creator through games, fun Bible stories, and crafts.

  • Big G’s (1st – 4th grades)
    There’s something for every learning style – from interactive story times, small groups, games, and crafts, children interact with the Bible every week.

  • Super G’s (5th – 6th grades)
    Being a tween is tough! Our team of Super G’s volunteers is ready to welcome your preteen with open arms. Super G’s is all about skill building and walking along with our kids as they learn to understand and cope with the challenges of living out their faith in an ever changing world in positive and healthy ways in our Confident Kids curriculum.

Children’s Sunday School (PreK - 6th grade)

11:00am – 12:00pm Sunday Mornings

Room 104


Sunday School sparks our kids’ interest in Jesus and the Bible. Children meet in age level classrooms after a combined opening activity and navigate questions and challenges of living out their faith through a combination of animated videos and fun classroom activities.

Children's church (PREK – 2nd grade)

During the Worship Service

Room 104

Children are invited to meet their volunteer teachers at the back of the Sanctuary before the sermon. Children rejoin their parents and caregivers during the closing song.


Lead by our volunteer Jennifer Herman, Children’s Church provides the place for these children to worship together through age appropriate biblical teachings, songs, crafts, and other age appropriate activities.

After School Program

Wednesdays from 4:00pm - 5:45pm


This is First Covenant’s safe space between school and evening activities for children and youth (K - 12th grades), co-sponsored by our partners Family Values for Life. Participants enjoy gym time, reading and homework help, vocal/theater/dance workshops, snacks, and more!


Contact Chrissy Thomas, After School Program Coordinator.

Summer Camps

Summer is one of our favorite seasons! Kids are out of school, but what do you do with all of that free time? First Covenant provides and promotes several summer camps to help our community ensure that summer is enriching, fulfilling, and fun. Check out some of our summer camp options:

  • Covenant Pines Bible Camp (CPBC)

    Our Covenant-owned camp in McGregor, Minnesota is an overnight Bible camp. First Covenant sponsors specific weeks for our campers to attend in order to build relationships within our community. While at CPBC campers experience fun camp games and activities, experience engaging speakers and worship in chapel twice a day, while guided by camp counselors. Ages that can attend Covenant Pines (all ages reflect the grades that they are entering in the coming program year):

    • Kids Kamp (incoming 2nd and 3rd graders): a shorter camp experience for the youngest campers – 2 days and 1 night away at camp.
    • Pathfinders (incoming 3rd and 4th graders): 4 days and 2 nights away at camp.
    • Trailblazers (incoming 5th – 6th graders): 6 days and 5 nights away at camp
  • Hero Training Camp (HTC)
    Incoming K – 6th graders

    Monday – Thursday from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at Phalen Rec Center - 2019 date to be announced (generally the first week of summer break for Saint Paul Public Schools).
    HTC is First Covenant’s take on Vacation Bible School – amped up! At this four-day sports and arts based day camp, campers discover the hero within and the Greatest Hero of All, Jesus Christ, through amazing speakers, small groups, fun activities, and more. The week ends with a camp dinner and celebration back at First Covenant.

  • Clyde Turner Basketball Camp
    Open to 11 - 18 year olds
    Monday - Friday from 12:00pm - 5:00pm at Arlington Hills Rec Center - 2019 dates to be announced.
    Clyde Turner Basketball Camp provides a safe and productive environment that enables children to learn and apply principles of teamwork, discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship while facilitating the development of strength and character in every child that participates. 

  • Sanneh Soccer Camp
    Open to 5 - 12 year olds
    Monday - Thursdays at various times at local rec centers
    The Sanneh Foundation in collaboration with Saint Paul Parks and Rec offer free soccer clinics. Topics covered include basic skill training, speed and agility development, attacking, defending, small-sided games and tactics. 

Parent Ministry Online

It seems like there’s no shortage of opinions on how to parent the best, how do you know you’re doing it right? The parenting journey can be challenging, isolating, and confounding. Parent Ministry Online (PMO) is our way to encourage and equip parents and caregivers on the roller coaster ride of parenting. PMO is a service curated by trusted experts in childhood and faith development, and personalized by our First Covenant team. In short, it’s tailored to our community and your needs.

Sign up for Parent Ministry Online and each month you’ll receive:

  • Two brief emails introducing and unpacking a topic that is specific to your child’s age and stage – these come at the beginning and mid-point of each month.

  • A link to a personalized video going further in depth to the month’s topic from your own ministry leaders.

  • Ongoing encouragement and thoughts as you follow our Children and Family Ministry on social media.

  • Curated information from trusted experts.


Sign up for Parent Ministry Online today!

Volunteer policy

Ministry is maximized by our volunteers. We love our volunteers and value the impact they make in the lives of our children. First Covenant’s Children and Family Ministry believes in equipping and empowering our volunteers to serve, love, and care for our children.

We do this by:

  • Maintaining a safe adult to child ratio in our programs.

  • Enforcing safe bathroom and safety procedures.

  • Ensuring that our volunteers are trained and have successfully passed background checks before serving.

Are you interested in being a Children and Family volunteer in one of our ministry areas? Contact Donovan DeGaetano, Minister to Children and Families.

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Contact: Donovan DeGaetano, Minister to Children and Families