Children’s Ministry at First Churches
Welcome! Here at First Churches we are committed to helping children follow in the way of Jesus as they grow and explore questions of faith.
On Sunday mornings we begin worship with the whole church community and then, right before the adults settle in for the sermon, kids age 4-12 head to the children’s wing where we continue our exploration of that morning’s Bible reading with Whirl.
Whirl is a playful new Sunday school experience rooted in the rhythms of the church year.
With the help of some very colorful and eccentric characters (like Ruby, Mimi, and Gabe pictured here), we delve deep into themes from each Sunday’s Bible readings.
If you’d like to get a preview and meet some of the wild and crazy characters that make Whirl such a delight click here. (No seriously, click there, because you’re going to love it!) Pastor Sarah’s children can’t get enough of Whirl, and they are thrilled to be part of Sunday School here at First Churches. And speaking of Pastor Sarah…
Meet The Rev. Sarah Buteux,
Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Outreach
In July of 2014, The Rev. Sarah Buteux accepted the call to become our Associate Pastor of Christian Education and Outreach. Pastor Sarah comes to us after 12 years of ministry as a solo pastor in New England. She is the mother of George (age 7) and Genevieve (age 4) and as such she is deeply invested in the spiritual education of children and the question of how we nurture their inner lives while passing on the stories of our faith to the next generation.
“I don’t think of children as the church of tomorrow,” she says,“but as a vital part of the church today, and I am committed to finding ways to bring children into the full life and witness of our faith community.”
Sarah is a graduate of Smith College and Harvard Divinity School. She is also the founding pastor of Common Ground, a family style farm-to-table dinner church that has recently found a home here at First Churches.