create and maintain a Christ-filled and safe environment for children.
present biblical principles in a fun and engaging way.
provide and equip families with ways to make their lives and homes Christ-filled.
Information about The LightHouse
Pre-Kindergarten Sunday School>
God Made Me — God Loves Me — Jesus Wants To Be My Forever Friend! Is what your child will learn during Pre-K Sunday School. Sunday School is provided for 2, 3 and 4-year olds from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. by devoted parents and adult volunteers. We hope you’ll join us on Sunday!
Elementary Sunday School>
The LightHouse is a kid’s place and we have a place for every kid! Nursery, pre-school and elementary children meet on the second floor. On Sunday mornings our Fun Zone opens at 9:00 am. Sunday School begins at 9:30 am. We have a wonderful group of volunteers and staff ready and excited about sharing the Word of God with your child(ren).
At the 11 a.m. worship service, children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to the altar to hear a message. Children who would like to participate in Children’s Church will be escorted from the sanctuary after the Children’s Moment. Following the service, your children will wait for you in room 226.
Wave Runners is a special monthly program for fourth and fifth grade students. This program was created to promote friendships and fellowship of our children before they are promoted into our Youth Ministry when they enter middle school. We come together once a month during the school year and take field trips to great venues throughout Central Florida. Below you’ll find some general information. Any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact Children’s Ministries for further information.
2013 – 2014 list of events!
September 22 – Quidditch Tournament
October 20 – Corn Maze Time!
November 10 – Christmas Shopping for families in need
November 15&16 – SuperStart Weekend
January 26 – Shenanigans @ Lake Eola
February 21 (Friday Night) – Farris & Fosters w/dinner
March 16 – Rock Climbing
April 27 – Mystery Trip!
Because we leave the campus, each Wave Runner must have an up-to-date Consent/Medical Release Formnotarized in order to participate. Additionally, some venues require their own consent form, which will be available via a link on our website when necessary. There are two Notary Publics on staff to help you complete the form.
Each month a reminder card and email will be sent to the parent/guardian of each fourth and fifth grade student with the location, cost and time of the activity. Please keep your contact information updated to ensure you receive timely information from us.
Most events take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Occassionally the venues are unable to receive us on a Sunday so we choose other days/times.
Participation fees are usually $20 – $25 per child/per event and include a meal. The Children’s Ministries budget does supplement some of the expense of each of these events. Scholarships are available for anyone with a need for financial assistance upon request. To receive a scholarship please send a confidential email to Holly Eby.
A minimum of two adult chaperones are needed for each event. Email us if you would like to join the fun! Please note: if the necessary number of adult chaperones fail to step forward, the event will be cancelled. It is possible that a cancellation could happen on the day of an event. We must maintain safe adult/child ratios and safety is always our number one priority.
We hope that your fourth or fifth grader will take advantage of this fellowship opportunity. Friendships formed in this group make for an easier transition into our Youth Ministry. Friends are always welcome to join us!
Boogie Boarders is a fun and safe fellowship opportunity designed for all second and third grade students. Each month, from January through April, we have great themed parties, right here at The LightHouse. A minimal cost covers lunch and two awesome hours of fun. We turn our Sunday school area into an amazing landscape of fun and fellowship. In addition, we always end the year with an awesome mystery party off of the church campus. Friends are always welcome!
Click hereto find information about our ministries for individuals with special needs. Buddy Break First Church Orlando partners with Nathaniel’s Hope “Buddy Break,” a FREE respite program designed to give caregivers of kids & adults with special needs (VIP kids) a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours on the fouth weekend of every month. Each VIP child at Buddy Break is paired up with a “Buddy” for one-on-one attention as everyone has fun playing games, hearing and seeing great children’s stories, videos, music and more while giving the caregivers a much needed break!
Who are Buddies?
Buddies are volunteers and friends of VIPs. No previous experience with VIP kids is necessary to be a Buddy, just a loving heart, open arms and a willingness to learn. Screened volunteer Buddies are paired one-to-one with a VIP kid. Buddies must be at least 16 years old, complete a two-hour Buddy Training 101 program and agree to have his/her background checked. BUDDY 101 Trainings are held at least once a month here at First Church. We need YOU to make a difference in the lives of our VIP children. Please email Vandie Loper if you feel led to serve with us. To get a head start in getting enrolled you need to go to the Nathaniel’s Hope websiteand fill out the application.
Buddy Break 2013 – 2014 Schedule
Friday, September 20 — 6 – 9pm
Saturday, October 26 — 10am - 1pm
Saturday, November 16 — 10am – 1pm
Saturday, December 14 — 10am (Christmas Party)
Friday, January 17 2014 — 6pm – 9pm
Saturday, February 22 — 10am – 1pm
Saturday, March 22 — 10am – 1pm
Friday, April 25 — 6pm – 9pm
Saturday, May 10 — TBD (Mother’s Day Spa)
Saturday, May 24 — 10am – 1pm
VIP VBS June 16 – 18 — 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Camp Lighthouse is fun Christian summer day camp open to the community for children between the ages of 5 – 12 years old; attendees must have completed kindergarten. The camp is based here at Wesley Child Development Center. Two or more fantastic field trips and adventures around Central Florida are scheduled each week of camp. For all inquiries please contact Kimberly Gibson (407.648.2017 x147).
Vacation Bible School (VBS)>
Vacation Bible School is held in the middle of June every year. This is a wonderful, spirit-filled week-long experience for children, who are three years old as of September 30, 2013, through fifth grade. If you are interested in helping with planning VBS for 2014, email us to let our Children’s Ministries staff know.
Walk Through Bethlehem>
Held in early December, A Walk Through Bethlehem is a unique live performance that retells the classic Christmas story as it is told in the Gospel of Luke. 2013 Schedule: Rehearsal – November 3 | Dress rehearsal – Saturday, December 7 | Performance – Sunday, December 8