First Congregational Church of Wilmette | Children’s Ministry

Children’s Ministry

Our children’s ministries promote Biblical literacy, teach children basic patterns of Christian worship, and invite children to imaginatively explore their spiritual lives.

Sunday mornings: Children’s programs run concurrently with worship.

Nursery Care for Infants and Toddlers is offered from 9:45-11:20 a.m. Nursery care provided by Meriel Mischler and Lauren Kelleher. Meriel is a junior at New Trier and has been a camp counselor for the Wilmette Park District. Lauren is a junior at Evanston Township and has been a camp counselor at the Chandler-Newberger summer camp in Evanston.

Godly Play I and II: the Godly Play curriculum takes place in an interactive classroom learning environment with manipulative figures and materials which are used to tell Biblical stories and teach the calendar of the Christian year. The routine of class imitates the sequence of Christian worship: gathering, scripture, response, prayer, feast, and benediction.

Godly Play I is for preschoolers. Godly Play I is taught by Ms. Joy Oh, a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  

Godly Play II is for early elementary school children and participates in Holy Communion once a month. Godly Play II is taught by Mr. Andrew Miller, a graduate of Amherst College.  

Kairos is our class for older elementary schoolers. In Christian tradition, the Greek word “Kairos” means “sacred or holy time.” Kairos is constructed for the developmental and faith formation needs of older elementary school children and offers a sacred time of faith exploration, prayer, and acts of service. This class often attends worship as a group, engages in service projects, and participates in worship leadership. Kairos participates in worship for Holy Communion on the first Sundays of the month. Kairos is taught by Mrs. Maren Okrzynski, a graduate of Concordia College.

Children’s Choir is for K-6th graders: rehearsals run concurrently with the end of Sunday classes on selected Sundays of the month. The Children’s Choir sings in worship once a month and in our annual Christmas Pageant; Palm Sunday processional; and Church Music Sunday.

Kids Club is a simple program; it is all about being together and having fun. Wednesday afternoons, from 4:45-5:45 p.m., elementary age students are invited and encouraged to come to FCCW to engage God and each other through singing, games, crafts, and snacks. Fun will be had.