We believe that kids aren’t just the future of the church, they are the church! 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 kindergarteners, 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.

kidsFIRST Lesson – Sunday, December 5


We are so excited for Lighthouse, our weekly youth group for K-5th graders Wednesdays, from 6:30-7:30pm in Faith Hall.

Bring a friend and join Marthe, our Director of Children’s Ministries, and her awesome team of volunteers and get ready to have fun, meet new friends and learn more about God and Jesus.  Check-in upon arrival, snacks will be provided.

*Kids are also invited to join us from 6:15-6:30pm for free pizza dinner!*

Parents' Night Out


Looking for a date night? A night to get some Christmas shopping done? Or just looking for a night of fun for your kids?

Kids can join us on Friday, December 10 from 6:00-10:00pm in Faith Hall for a night of movies, games, and fun. Pizza dinner and snacks will be provided. Kids must be preschool-5th grade (and fully potty trained) to participate.

Suggested donation is $10 per hour per family, with all proceeds going to our student ministries.

Register here: 

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. Marthe has over 12 years of professional experience leading…