fbpx
561.747.8340 info@jupiterfirst.org

kidsFIRST

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.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH (PRESCHOOL-5TH GRADE)

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 Narrative Lectionary in the school year and the Revised Common Lectionary in the summer) 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.

NURSERY CARE (BABIES AND TODDLERS)

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 kidsFIRST station in the Narthex on Sunday before dropping them off in the Noah Room on the east end of Faith Hall.

Please contact our Children’s Minister, Marthe Hjortshoj, at marthe@jupiterfirst.org for more information. Click here to download and print the 2023-2024 kidsFIRST Registration Form. Bring your copy along to save time on your first visit!

 

VBS DECORATING

We are in need of volunteers to help decorate for VBS June 18-20 from 1:00-4:00pm each day. Volunteers can come and go as they are able during the times above. 

If you have any questions, please contact marthe@jupiterfirst.org or call 561.747.8340.

 

CAMP FIRELIGHT VBS 2024

PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR ALL GRADES! If you are interested in adding your child to our waiting list, please send an email to Marthe Hjortshoj at marthe@jupiterfirst.org and include your name, your phone number, your child’s name, your child’s date of birth, and the grade your child is completing.

Camp Firelight VBS invites children on a summer camp adventure where they learn to trust God no matter what situation life brings. Together, we’ll learn how to face our fears and new challenges while trusting God. We will explore timeless Bible stories to discover how people in the Old and New Testaments experienced trusting relationships with God in the face of their own fears. Camp Firelight VBS teaches us to trust that God will go with us, lead the way, share wisdom, give us peace, and spark joy as we celebrate the good news of Jesus in our own lives and in the lives of others. Psalm 56:3 says, “Whenever I’m afraid, I put my trust in you.” Here are the Bible stories we’re going to encounter during Camp Firelight VBS:

  • Monday, June 24: God Goes with Jacob (Genesis 28:10-22)
  • Tuesday, June 25: Ruth Chooses to Go (Ruth 1)
  • Wednesday, June 26: Young Jesus Shares Wisdom (Luke 2:41-52)
  • Thursday, June 27: Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)
  • Friday, June 28: The Good News Sparks Joy (Acts 8:26-40)

Camp Firelight VBS will be held June 24-28, 2024 from 9:00a-12:00p at JupiterFIRST Church (1475 Indian Creek Parkway, Jupiter, FL 33458). Kids must be at least 4 years old (by June 24, 2024) and fully potty trained through completing 5th grade to participate. Volunteers are needed, too (6th grade completed through adults).

The registration fee for VBS is $75 per child, which covers a VBS t-shirt, VBS music, snacks, station materials, and more. The registration fee for additional children from the same household is $65 per additional child, with a registration fee maximum of $270 per family. For example:

One child = $75
Two children = $140
Three children = $205
Four or more children = $270

Please note – your VBS registration is not complete if you haven’t completed your family registration form AND payment.

CLICK HERE FOR VBS PARTICIPANT AND VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

If you have any questions, please contact marthe@jupiterfirst.org or 561.747.8340.

 

MOVE UP SUNDAY

Sunday, July 7, is Move Up Sunday at JupiterFIRST Church! All kids and youth will move up to their next grade level for Children’s Church and Bible & Bagels!

If you have any questions, please contact marthe@jupiterfirst.org, Sherlyn@jupiterfirst.org or call 561.747.8340.

 

CHURCH-WIDE BINGO NIGHT

Come and join us on Wednesday, July 10, from 6:30-8:00pm in Faith Hall for a night of BINGO fun – you might even win a prize! All ages are invited to join us, and this event is free.

If you have any questions, please contact marthe@jupiterfirst.org or 561.747.8340.

 

LIGHTHOUSE K-5th YOUTH GROUP

Kids in K-5th grades are invited to join us for Lighthouse K-5th Youth Group on Wednesdays, from 6:00-7:30pm, in Faith Hall for fun activities, a snack, and an opportunity to discover something incredible about God. Please enter under the drive-through awning on the west end of the building. Free pizza dinner will be provided each week.

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!

Lighthouse K-5th Youth Group is on break for the summer. We will resume meeting on August 21!

MomsFIRST

Are you a mom looking for a way to connect with other moms? Come join MomsFIRST for support, encouragement, spiritual growth, and more! Facilitated by JupiterFIRST mom, Nicole Stanton, this group meets Wednesdays, from 6:00-7:30pm, in Narthex (church lobby). There is no registration fee.

KidCare will be available for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. KidCare runs from 6:00-7:30pm in Faith Hall and pizza dinner will be available for the kids. Please register for MomsFIRST (and KidCare, if needed) below.

MomsFIRST is on break for the summer. We will resume meeting on August 21!

STORYTIME AT THE PLAYGROUND

Storytime at the Playground meets 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 for some play time 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. 

Storytime at the Playground is on break for the summer. We will resume meeting on September 15!

Meet Marthe,

our Children’s Minister

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 14 years of professional experience leading…

Meet our kidsFIRST Volunteers!

Pat Bean

Abby Bell

Brooklynne Boettge

Savanna Boettge

Jenalee Bolen

Charles Braznell

Kara Brooker

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

Eileen Larkin

Jim Larkin

Brenda Markert

Savannah Maynard

Keith McKeown

Vicky McKeown

Kathy Megrath

Melissa Mesteller

Olivia Mesteller

Emma Pessagno

Grace Pessagno

Catherine Rich

Mary Ellen Rivieccio

Nicole Stanton

Andrew Tallaksen

Michelle Tallaksen

Kim Tinley

Lynda Walker

Jillian Zielinski

X