The First Steps Ministry is designed to work together with families in their baby’s first steps of faith. Children ages 6 through 30+ months are loved and taught about God’s love.
Shirley Banning, firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 300-6378
First Steps classroom divisions and locations
Before you bring your child to First Steps…
Before a child can attend a First Steps Class or Nursery Time you must register at Children/Family Registration in the lobby. Every child 6 months-2nd grade must be issued a 2-part name tag. One tag is for your child and one is for the parent who will be picking up the child. This is the only way your child may be picked up from class…give the matching tag to an adult volunteer in the classroom. A third tag will be given to you as well to put on your child’s diaper bag.
When dropping off your child…
Sundays in First Steps, 9 a.m. -10:15 a.m.
Each Sunday, volunteers come to care for our children. They arrive ready to welcome little ones for this special time. Class begins at 9:00. Children experience play time and then placed in their seats to enjoy a time of interactive learning through songs and manipulatives that relate to the lesson theme of their room. The table time varies according to age and attention spans. The same lesson is repeated each Sunday. Repetition is so key in the way young children learn it also provides consistency and security for our little ones…they know what to expect.
Class ends at 10:15. Children can be picked up no later than 10:20 or can stay for the Nursery Care time that follows. Parents wanting their children to remain for 10:30 Nursery need to indicate that when signing their children in to class.
Some FAQs about First Steps…
The following units are based on Palma Smiley Curriculum for Babies and Toddlers. Each unit has age-appropriate songs and finger plays. There are “touchables” that relate to the different themes for the children to hold throughout their Bible Time each Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. You may wonder, “Why the same lesson/songs each week?” Good question. Children, especially young children, learn best with repetition. And not only does repetition provide a solid learning environment for them it also provides security for little ones. Babies and Toddlers end up anticipating the songs and manipulatives each week and what a joy it is to hear their happy squeals when they know what’s next.
On Sundays during the 9 a.m. Hour…
Room 121: 6-12 months: Creation
Room 122: 13-18 months: Families
Room 123: 18-24 months: Baby Jesus
Room 126: 25-30 months: Noah’s Ark: How God Cares for me.
Wednesday Evening focuses on Baby Jesus