We believe that kids aren’t just the future of the church, they are the church of today, too! We are excited to welcome all children into our church and to invite them to experience God and our community of faith.


At JupiterFIRST Church we hold high the values of intergenerational ministry (where all ages of our church family are together for ministry) and developmentally appropriate children’s ministry (where we have ministry that meets kids where they are developmentally). On Sunday mornings, here’s what you can expect: Stop by the Narthex and check-in your kids. Then head into the Sanctuary with your kids to worship together for the first portion of the service. Shortly into the worship service, kids who are 3 years old (and fully potty-trained) through 5th grade are invited to participate in Children’s Church in Faith Hall.

For our 1st-5th graders, we’ll provide a simple lesson that matches what the parents are learning (based on the Revised Common Lectionary) and we’ll provide an activity or two to reinforce the lesson.

For our preschoolers and kindergartners, we’ll provide a simple lesson from the Godly Play curriculum as well as activities meant to engage the curiosity of children about God, life, and faith.


At JupiterFIRST Church we provide parents the option of either taking their babies and toddlers to church or bringing them to our staffed nursery. In our nursery, babies and toddlers have time to play, interact with their peers and caregivers, and hear a story that helps them develop a sense of wonder for God. If you are interested in your child participating in the nursery during our Sunday services, please check them in at the Narthex on Sunday before dropping them off in the Noah Room on the east end of Faith Hall.

Please contact our Director of Children’s Ministries, Marthe Hjortshoj, at marthe@jupiterfirst.org for more information. Click here to download and print the 2022-2023 Family Registration Form. Bring your copy along to save time on your first visit!


In case you missed the exciting announcement, Faith Hall is getting some major renovations! We’ve had a lot of painting completed, and we are in the midst of many other changes. We’re moving and replacing cabinets, and soon we will have brand-new flooring throughout the building. Due to these renovation projects, Faith Hall is closed effective immediately for the foreseeable future. Children’s ministry classes are being relocated to the following areas:

  • Sunday Mornings: Check-in will remain in the Narthex each week.
    • Nursery: Chapel (just off of the Narthex, near the children’s check-in station)
    • Pre-K and Kindergarten: Center for Spiritual Renewal (CSR), Emmaus Room
    • 1st-2nd Grades: Center for Spiritual Renewal (CSR), Cana Room
    • 3rd-5th Grades: Center for Spiritual Renewal (CSR), Bethany Room
    • 6th-12th Grades: Porter Hall
  • Wednesday Nights: Check-in will move to the lobby of the Center for Spiritual Renewal (CSR) each week.
    • MomsFIRST KidCare: Center for Spiritual Renewal (CSR), Emmaus Room
    • Lighthouse K-2nd Grades: Center for Spiritual Renewal (CSR), Cana Room
    • Lighthouse 3rd-5th Grades: Center for Spiritual Renewal (CSR), Bethany Room
    • MomsFIRST: Church Office, Conference Room

Because of these changes, there will likely be additional room relocations for other programs. We will keep you updated about where you need to go through the duration of this process. Please look for additional communication from the church office about room relocations over the coming weeks.

kidsFIRST Lesson – Sunday, December 4


Looking for an opportunity to go on a date or get some things done before Christmas? There are TWO options for you! Both events are for preschoolers through 5th graders. Let our youthFIRST students (and adult leaders) give you a night/day off!

The suggested donation is $15 per hour per family, with proceeds going to Mission Possible (the fundraiser for middle and high school students who are going on mission trips next summer.

Parents’ NIGHT Out: Friday, December 9 from 6:00-9:00pm. Register here.

Parents’ DAY Out: Sunday, December 18 from 11:00am-3:00pm. Register here.


Kids in K-5th grades are invited to join us for Lighthouse K-5th Youth Group on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm (temporarily meeting in CSR–the Center for Spiritual Renewal) for fun activities, a snack, and an opportunity to discover something incredible about God. Free pizza dinner will be provided each week. Here’s what is coming up:

      • December 14: Lesson: Remember Me
      • December 21: Lighthouse K-5th Christmas Party
      • December 28: No Lighthouse K-5th Youth Group
      • January 4: No Lighthouse K-5th Youth Group
      • January 11: Elementary BINGO Night
      • January 18: Lesson: Everywhere You Go
      • January 25: Lesson: Separation of the Water

Many of our parents have asked how they can get involved in providing snacks and food for Lighthouse K-5th grade youth group. Because we have to consider allergies with any food items we serve, the best way to help is by sponsoring the pizza for a night. It costs $40-50 per week for us to serve pizza during youth group. If you can help sponsor the pizza, please click here. Thank you in advance for your support of Lighthouse K-5th Grade Youth Group and kidsFIRST children’s ministry!


Are you a mom looking for a way to connect with other moms? Come join MomsFIRST for support, encouragement, spiritual growth, and more! MomsFIRST meest on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm (temporarily meeting in the Conference Room in the Church Office). There is no registration fee.

KidCare will be available for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. KidCare runs from 6:00-7:30pm (temporarily meeting in CSR – the Center for Spiritual Renewal) and pizza dinner will be available for the kids. Please register for MomsFIRST (and KidCare, if needed) here.


Storytime at the Playground is back on Mondays at 9:30am! This low-key, 30-minute weekly meet-up provides parents, grandparents, and caregivers an opportunity to bring their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to the JupiterFIRST Church playground for some play time (playground, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, etc.) and age-appropriate stories (along with an occasional activity). It also provides grown-ups a chance to connect with other grown-ups who are raising or caring for young children.

*Please note, Storytime will be on break on December 12, December 26, January 2, and January 16.

Meet our kidsFIRST Volunteers!

Pat Bean

Abby Bell

Brooklynne Boettge

Savanna Boettge

Jenalee Bolen

Charles Braznell

Kara Brooker

Neil Buzick

Shella Buzick

Monica Cantor

Valentina Cattaneo

Amanda Dailey

Janice Gutteridge

Karen Halpern

Judy Harris

Andy Hjortshoj

Lyndsy Howard

Mackena Howard

Natalie Hume

Margie Huske

Haley Johnson

Amy Jurskis

Jen Kothe

Jim Kothe

Eileen Larkin

Jim Larkin

Bella Levitt

Colt Levitt

Taryn Levitt

Pam Malone

Brenda Markert

Savannah Maynard

Emily McGlon

Keith McKeown

Vicky McKeown

Kathy Megrath

Melissa Mesteller

Olivia Mesteller

Emma Pessagno

Grace Pessagno

Mary Ellen Rivieccio

Nicole Stanton

Jessica Surtees

Andrew Tallaksen

Michelle Tallaksen

Kim Tinley

Lynda Walker

Jillian Zielinski

Meet Marthe,

our Children’s Ministry Director

Marthe (pronounced Marta) was born and raised in Ohio and moved to Illinois to pursue her undergraduate education at Lincoln Christian University. She earned a B.A. in Children’s Ministry and an A.A. in Early Childhood Education in May 2011. It is also where she met her husband, Andy. She also obtained her M.A. in Ministry (specializing in Children, Youth, and Family Ministries) in April 2022. Marthe has over 13 years of professional experience leading…