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We seek to reach the hearts of children with the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
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Through nurturing relationships, engaging Bible-centered curriculum, and family-friendly activities, we seek to reach the hearts of children with the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.

At First Pres Berkeley, we believe children are called by name to participate in God’s loving work in the world. Even the youngest disciples are capable of an authentic response to God’s word and presence through the body of Christ.

During Shelter in Place, we are continuing to support children’s discipleship through worship videos and craft packets that are mailed to each preschool child. Visit our YouTube channel to view weekly worship videos for preschool and elementary school children. Click here to be added to the craft packet mailing list.

We invite you to explore the many opportunities for care, discipleship, and ministry!

Cornerstone Children’s Center

Cornerstone Children’s Center is a state-licensed Christian nursery and preschool for children birth through pre-kindergarten. Open weekdays from 7:30 am–5:30 pm, we offer year-round flexible scheduling. We combine loving and safe care with creative and stimulating play to nurture young children and support their families. Currently enrolling! Please contact Tara Gray at tarag@fpcberkeley.org or visit our website at www.cornerstonechildren.com for more information.

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In the nursery and preschool programs, our aim is to introduce our youngest disciples to the love of Jesus Christ and the transformative power of Christian community through Bible storytelling, arts and crafts, music, and free play. Caregivers focus on developing meaningful relationships with and among the children. Located in spacious, kid-friendly Westminster Hall, Early Childhood Ministry classes are full of creativity, learning, laughter, and play!
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Godly Play is our Sunday School curriculum for children from 4 years through 4th grade during the academic year. Children who are four years old through 4th grade meet in graded classrooms on the second floor of the Westminster Children’s Ministries building.

In Godly Play, we seek to bring children into the presence of God so they might encounter the transformational love of Jesus Christ. At the heart of a Godly Play worship service is Bible storytelling. Storytellers form a circle of worship to tell the stories of God and the people of God from the Bible, drawing on the rich faith tradition of narrative storytelling and using beautifully-crafted materials to engage the children’s attention and imagination. Children are invited to enter into the stories and wonder about God’s story and their place within it. Following the story circle is a time for children to process the story creatively and enjoy the company of friends with beautiful art materials and engaging activities. Both the structure of Godly Play and the classrooms themselves offer children a safe space to explore, wonder, and worship. Children have the opportunity to relate Biblical stories to their own experience and to respond personally and creatively to God.
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As the family of God, we love and value children! At First Pres Berkeley, we recognize that children are fellow worshipers. They are not only the future, but the present of the church. It is our desire and responsibility to introduce Jesus’ youngest disciples to his saving grace and teach them how to worship. Children of all ages are welcome in every worship service. By fully including our children, we model worship for them and encourage their own authentic worship.

During the academic year, families may choose from a variety of children’s programs (nursery/preschool care, Godly Play, children’s and youth choirs); many families worship together during one service hour, and participate in age-based programming during another. During the summer months, children in elementary school participate in Summer Family Worship so they may experience and enter into worship alongside their own family as well as their family in Christ. Our worship space also contains a well-stocked art cart for those children who process better when they have something for their hands to do!
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For more information about Children’s Ministry (birth through 4th grade), please contact Rosemarie Eichner-Raja at (510) 848-6252 ext. 251 or rosemariee@fpcberkeley.org.
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