Your Child's Church Home

First Pres kids enjoy an environment of love and kindness as we make Christ known in word and deed to the youngest generation.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14)

We invite you to explore what is going on, then join in anytime!
For more information, contact Maggie Downs, Director of Children Ministries.

Sunday Morning

9:00 am Sunday Kids Club 
10:15 am Worship and Children’s Worship

On Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00 am, our kids in Preschool, and Kindergarten through 5th grade will enjoy music, prayer, Bible stories, games, crafts, and other surprises along the way.

We provide age-appropriate education for all children with the opportunity to sing, play, serve, make projects, and learn about Jesus from stories in the Bible. 

Preschoolers meet upstairs at 9:00 am, and K-5th meet downstairs at 9:00 am for Sunday Kids Club. Come join us!

Children’s Worship Time. During the second half of the worship service in the lower level Kids’ Clubhouse—Children in PreK through 3rd grade are invited to a special Children’s Worship time! Children in 4th grade and older may stay with their families as they learn to worship with the entire body of Christ.

On Sunday mornings, our nursery for infants and toddlers are welcome in our newly remodeled upstairs nursery and classrooms starting at 8:45 am through the end of worship.

Preschoolers meet upstairs at 9:00 am, and K-5th meet downstairs at 9:00 am for Sunday Kids Club. 

At the start of worship:

  • Children in K through 5th grades will join their parents in the Sanctuary for the beginning of our worship service.
  • Children in K through 3rd grade will be dismissed after the Children’s Message to join Ms. Maggie for a special Children’s Worship with their peers.
  • Children in 4th grade and older will stay with their families as they learn to worship with the entire body of Christ.
 Contact our Director of Children’s Ministry, Maggie Downs for more information.

Our mission is to share the love of Christ with each child so they can have personal knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Savior. We support parents as they lay the spiritual foundation for their children. We equip our teachers to educate and nurture children in the Christian life in a safe and fun church environment. We believe it is important to balance Biblical knowledge with life application.

Nursery (ages birth – 2-year-olds)
Your infant or toddler is cared for on Sunday mornings in our loving nursery staffed with dedicated workers and volunteers.
Preschool (2- through 4-year-olds)
Two- and three-year-olds gather upstairs to sing songs, do basic crafts, read Bible stories in a caring environment.
Sunday Kids Club (K – 5th grade)
We share the Gospel of God’s love, guiding your child through a strategic curriculum, aimed at helping your child form a solid foundation of Biblical faith communicated in a manner appropriate with your child’s age.

Currently on hold…

The Kids’ Morning Choir sings in worship periodically. The Kids’ Choir is open to children elementary age through 8th grade. Parents of interested singers should contact our Director of Children’s Ministry, Maggie Downs

God created each of us with unique abilities and challenges. Evey child is welcome at First Pres! So that we can best support your family, please contact Maggie Downs, Director of Children’s Ministry so we may put an individualized program in place. First Pres is an accessible building. The southeast entrance to our building (off our parking lot) is fully accessible with power doors and an elevator that serves all three levels of our building. The restrooms near the elevator are accessible on each level. In the sanctuary there are pews that have been shortened to accommodate wheelchairs. Service dogs are always welcome.

Any questions, please contact our Director of Children’s Ministry, Maggie Downs.

Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance. We train our classroom leaders and volunteers, implement safety procedures such as security cameras and sign-in procedures, and run background checks. We also have a health safety protocol we follow in order to provide a safe place for your children.


VBS (Vacation Bible School) is a week-long morning camp for children age 4 through 4th grade. Campers enjoy a wacky week of Christ-centered fun.

RSG (Ready, Set, Go!) is a day camp for students entering 5th, 6th, and 7th grades full of trips, group discussions, games, and service projects.

Each July, First Pres offers a week-long VBS for children age 4 (by first day of VBS) through incoming 4th grade, and RSG for incoming 5th-7th graders. The week ends on Friday evening with a program and ice cream social for the entire family.

VBS and RSG are open to all children in our community on a first-come, first-serve basis. First Pres youth apply to become TNT leaders.

VBS stands for Vacation Bible School. It is a week-long camp for children age 4 through 4th grade. Camp runs from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm daily and includes lively games and singing, learning about people in the Bible, discussing life lessons, learning about and participating in mission projects, and making arts and crafts. Each year a special mission project provides opportunities for children to give to those in need in many countries around the world.

RSG stands for Ready, Set, Go! It is a fun-filled day camp for students entering 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. The full-day program runs from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm daily and includes singing, large group presentation, small group discussions on spiritual and life issues, games, and daily adventurous field trips. Our high school students provide music and relevant leadership for these middle school students. All field trips are chaperoned by adults as well. One day a week is designated as “Make a Difference Day,” where students work to make a difference in a specific mission area.

Students entering 8th and 9th grades may apply to TNT. TNT stands for “Teens in Training!” These students serve as leaders and assistant teachers for VBS during the morning hours, and spend the afternoons in fun activities around the area.

VBS and RSG are open to all children in our community on a first-come, first-serve basis. The camps generally fill up quickly! If you would like to be on our mailing list to be the first to know when registration opens, please email the church office.

First Pres Kids Online Resources

Kids' Nite 36

Kids’ Nite is postponed until we can safely gather together again!

Once the pandemic is behind us, we will return to offering Kids’ Nite 36, a monthly evening of fun for kids in 3rd through 6th grades. KN36 is held on Fridays from 7:00-8:30 pm from September through March.

Open to all children! We encourage kids to bring friends. A typical evening at Kids’ Nite 36 includes watching an uplifting video, hearing a short talk about Christian life, having a snack, and playing games. Kids’ Nite 36 offers opportunities for children to interact with children from our church and around the community in a fun, relaxed environment that encourages connections, friendships and growth in their relationship with God.

Check our Events page for upcoming dates.

No. Kids’ Nite 36 is open to all children in our community and we encourage kids to bring their friends!

See our Events page for upcoming dates.

No. After you fill in our registration form, you only need to sign your child in and out!

Absolutely! Just download the KN36 Registration Form, fill it out, and bring it with you to the next Kids’ Nite 36!

Volunteer with kids!

We have a wonderful group of volunteers that work with our kids on Sundays, and during all of our amazing events.

Are you interested in helping out? We would love to have you! Please contact Maggie Downs, Director of Children’s Ministry, to learn more.

First Pres Kids Parents Facebook Page

Join the First Pres Kids Parents Facebook group! This is a private online community of the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest created specifically for the parents of our children.

Click the link below, then select “VISIT GROUP” under the banner!