Grow in faith with 1st Kids

But Jesus called the children to him and said, 

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

Luke 18:16

Through the teaching of the Biblical principles, we help children develop a closer relationship with Christ. We partner with parents and caregivers to help children learn and apply Christian values in their daily lives. 

In-Person Children's activities start up again on March 7th. 

Please check out the safety protocols and guidelines below. 

    • Children will be able to meet in the children’s area on the lower level at 9:15 am.  
    • Please bring your children to the children’s sign-in desk and they will be taken to the Gathering Room ( Nursery) where Ms. Denise, Ms. April and Miss Carmen will lead the Sunday Gathering time for children 4 years old through 6th grade.  
    • Prior to attending service on Sunday mornings, you are asked to make a reservation for your child’s attendance by Friday morning so that adequate space and safety measure protocols can be followed. 
    • Additional children’s classroom will open as needed in the near future.  
    • The Gathering hour for children will conclude at 10:20 am and children will need to be picked up in the Gathering Room. (The Gathering Room will then be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after the children leave the area.)
    • No snacks will be served during this children's time.

  • During the 10:30 church service, there will be a second opportunity for children to gather.  Children 4 years old through second grade, will be escorted from the service to the children’s Gathering room (signed as the Nursery) to learn and fellowship while remaining socially distant .  Of course, this opportunity is a choice as children may choose to remain with their parent or other guardian in worship.  Parents will need to come following the service to pick up their child in the Gathering Room (Nursery).  Reservations are not needed for Kids Own Worship.

    • Programming will be available from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm
    • Available for children ages 4 years through 6th grade for those who are attending the Celebrate Recovery Worship Service
    • Children will attend the first 15 minutes of the worship service and then the children will be taken to the Gathering Room (signed as the Nursery)
    • Families are asked to reserve a spot for their children each week by Tuesday at noon as there are limited spaces available each week due to safety concern and best practices. 
    • No snacks will be served during this children's time. 


Whether children come to in-person Sunday School or learn from home, the focus each week will be on the same lesson. 

The videos for each week along with outlines for lessons and a few activities will be available at

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Denise Johns is the Director of 1st Kids Ministries.

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Call Denise at 865-982-1273 ext. 113

Confirmation Classes starting soon

Confirmation is an important part of the faith journey.  It's a time for young people 12-years and up to explore together what it means to confess faith in Jesus Christ and to follow him as a lifelong disciple.  

Confirmation classes for current 6th graders will begin on March 7th.  

Other sessions are scheduled for March 21st, and 28th , April 11th, 18th and 25th.  

On May 2nd during the worship service there will be a celebration of confirmation.

The first three sessions will be on Zoom and Rev. Nathan Irwin will be sending an invitation prior to the meeting.  The remaining sessions will be held in-person .  The exact times for these sessions will be announced soon.  

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Johns at 679-0247 or send her a message via our online contact form.