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.


Kristi Alton is the 1st Kids Ministries Director.  You can contact her with any questions at or call 865-982-1273 ext. 712

    • Nursery services are provided for children ages 3-years-old and under.  
    • The Nursery is located in the 1st Kids Area on the lower level of the church building.
    • Nursery services are offered on Sunday mornings from 8:00 am until 11:30 am and for some special events.   
    • 1st Kids Sunday School is open to children ages 4 through 5th grade.
    • Please bring your children to the 1st Kid's sign-in desk and they will be taken to their classrooms.
    • Sunday School is from 9:15 am until 10:20 am.  
  • During the 10:30 church service, there will be a second opportunity for children to gather.  Children 3 years old through 1st 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 1st Kids area. 

  • 5:00 PM  Children's Choir Rehearsals in Rooms 249/252
    5:30 PM   Dinner in Asbury Hall (lower level)
    6:15 PM  Trackers of Truth, Children's Bible Study (lower level in the 1st Kids Area)

  • Throughout the year we use hundreds of photos in publications, on our website, and social media outlets to help demonstrate our shared purpose of telling, teaching and touching the world so that all may become transformed by Christ. In communicating our mission to others we strive to respect your privacy. As a result our guidelines for printing and posting pictures embraces the principles in our mission statement. We consider the inclusion of photos in our communications a privilege that we intend to respect and honor.

    Photo guidelines: 

    1. Names or other identifying information (i.e., phone numbers, e-mails, addresses) will not be disclosed on photos except for church staff, officers and ministry leaders or those who have given us permission to use their names and information.

    2. Photos are almost always of people in public spaces and public events. 

    3. Pictures of children are almost always taken in a group setting and children are not identified individually (unless given permission to do so). 

    4. We try NOT to post any photos that would be considered embarrassing, objectionable, or hurtful to anyone in the photo. 

    5. We will provide credit for any photos taken by others if they so desire. In addition we honor any copyright wishes or restrictions. 

    6. Any photo will be removed upon request of an individual prominent in the photo or at the request of a parent or legal guardian.  Just email or call the church office at 865-982-1273 if you want a picture removed. 

help us gear your

child for growth

There are many ways for your child to get involved with 1st Kids Ministries.  In addition to Sunday School and Kids Own Worship each week, 1st Kids hosts other events like Vacation Bible School, Parents Night Out and special themed gatherings.  

Some events will require registration and if you are bringing your children to Sunday School we do ask that you visit the check-in station at the 1st Kids Welcome Desk on the lower level (accessible at the bottom of the staircase when you come in the door just past the covered drop off area).   

You can help us better meet the needs of your children and help us know where to contact you, should the need arise, by filling out the child information sheet.



november 2023

sunday school


Israel’s problems didn’t end once they had a king. They continued to disobey God. God raised up prophets who carried His messages to the people, warning them to follow Him and of coming consequences. Just as the prophets told, Israel was taken over by enemies and exiled from their homes. Still, God showed the people His holiness and how great He is over all of their circumstances. From visions of His holiness, to a dramatic rescue, to His compassion towards a rebellious prophet, to working through His people to restore what was broken, God was near to His people.

November Family Calendar

november 2023



Stories about Esther from the Old Testament


The most important part of any play is what happens “behind the scenes.” There’s lighting, wardrobe, casting, playwriting — so much has to happen perfectly to bring the production together! In the story of Esther, there is a whole lot going on behind the scenes, too. In this four-week series, kids will discover the most important character in Esther’s story isn’t always center-stage, but can often be found behind the scenes working, helping, giving support and giving peace. (Spoiler alert: It's God!)

October 29th (from Hear Me Roar focus)

Big Idea: I don't know the future. I know God is with me!

Bible Lesson: Daniel's Dream from Daniel 7


1st kids events

Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...