Nurturing the spiritual growth of children from birth to 5th grade.

About First Kids

Every child is a beautiful & unique creation & within our First Kids Ministry we strive to provide many different learning styles for your child to soak up the Bible and grow closer to God. Showing children a little piece of the Kingdom of God is the goal of every Children's Ministry Staff & Volunteer here at First-Centenary.  Every First Kids gathering, whether it is Sunday School, Celebrations of the Church Year, Special Events, or Summer Programs embraces the creativity & wonder of all children by opening new doors of exploration & thought in each individual little mind!

Understanding & relationships with our Heavenly Father is the ultimate goal!  We believe the best way to reach our children is when the two largest individual influences, the church & the home life, come together to create the greatest impact on our littles.  Join us, as together we learn & grow on this amazing God journey of life!

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Email The First Kids Director, Beth Spears,


Interested in working for First Kids?

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Weekly Schedule

Sunday Mornings

In-Person Sunday School for Birth to 5th Grade

  • Join us from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Childcare & Children's Worship available during 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Worship Services

  • Preschool Mini Worship at 11 a.m.            
  • Elementary FirstKids LIVE! at 11 a.m.

First Kids Virtual Sunday Lessons

  • FOR ALL AGES - Video links are posted beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday for you to show your children when it fits best in your family's schedule. (Pick your own family God time!)

Wednesday Nights

  • Prime Time Family Dinner (5:30 p.m.)
  • Children's Music (6 p.m.)
  • Littles Clubhouse Fun (6:30 p.m.)
  • PreK4 - 1st Grade   
    • Music activities will start at 6 p.m.
    • After music, the children will go to the Elementary Wing for more church fun activities
    • Please pick up your children by 7:40 p.m.     
  • 2nd - 5th Graders  
    • Music activities at 6 p.m.
    • Afterwards they will go to the gym for more fun with Mr. Ian
    • Please pick your children up in the gym no later than 7:40 p.m.
Our children’s program is so much more than singing in a choir. We teach rhythm, melody, play instruments, & play games that teach how to read & play music – skills for a lifetime! All children are invited to participate in this enjoyable & enriching experience!

Meet The Team

Beth Spears


Katie Shirley


Beth Spears


Beth Spears has been working with children at First-Centenary since 2000. She has been The Children’s Director since 2016. Beth has a BS in Child and Family Studies from The University of Tennesseee at Chattanooga. Growing up as a preacher's kid,  Beth worked in many children’s ministries in The Holston Conference and even started some from the ground up. When not at church, Beth loves having movie nights with her husband Kenny, and taking photos of the exciting adventures God puts in her life.

Katie Shirley


Katie Shirley became The Children's Ministry Assistant in the summer of 2023. She is a Christian,  former teacher, lifelong learner, and member of First-Centenary UMC. She is a wife to Asa and a mother to 2 beautiful boys, Ace (7) and Charlie (in Heaven).  She enjoys reading, spending time in nature and cheering for the Tennessee Vols!