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!

Want to connect?

Click here to request to join our private First Kids Facebook page

Email The First Kids Director, Beth Spears, at bspears@fcumc.org

Announcements

Popsicles in the Park

July 31st from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Coolidge Park

Join the First Kids Children's Ministry for a fun-filled afternoon! Popsicles in the Park is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31st, at Coolidge Park. Bring your friends and family for a sweet treat, activities, and lots of laughter. We can't wait to see you there!

Rising 5th-6th Grade Lock-In

August 2nd - 3rd Starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium

Calling all rising 5th and 6th graders! Get ready for an adventure like no other at our annual lock-in event. Dive into a night of excitement at the Tennessee Aquarium starting at 7:00 p.m. on August 2nd. Pick up will be the next morning on August 3rd. Join us for a night filled with fun, exploration, and unforgettable memories. From fascinating marine life to engaging activities, there's something for everyone. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to make new friends and experience the wonders of the ocean together. We hope to see you there!

The cost of the lock-in is $45, but we do have scholarships available.


Please fill out the registration form before July 19th.


For more information, email either Tori Crook at tcrook@firstcentenary.com or Beth Spears at bspears@firstcentenary.com.

Move Up Day

August 4th at 9:30 a.m. in Old Room

Attention all rising Kindergarteners and 6th Graders, Move Up Day is just around the corner! All Children and Youth will start out in their new rooms, EXCEPT Kindergarten and 6th Grade. We will celebrate them in their old rooms with friends and family before moving up as a group at 10:05am.

Interested in working for First Kids?

We're looking for folks to join our team. Email Beth at bspears@firstcentenary.com with any questions. Click the form below to submit a job application

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. and 10:45 a.m. Worship Services

  • Preschool Mini Worship at 11:00 a.m.            
  • Elementary FirstKids LIVE! at 11:00 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 (6:00 p.m.)
  • Littles Clubhouse Fun (6:30 p.m.)

PreK4 - 1st Grade

  • Music activities will start at 6:00 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 6:00 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

Director

Leesha Vander Wilt

Assistant Director

Beth Spears

Director

Beth Spears has been working with children at First-Centenary since 2000. She has been the Children’s Director since 2016. Beth has a bachelor's degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee 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.

bspears@firstcentenary.com

Leesha Vander Wilt

Assistant Director

Leesha Vander Wilt has been working with children at First-Centenary since 2016. She has been the Assistant Children’s Director since 2024. Leesha has a bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of West Florida. Leesha has a heart for children that she learned from her mother and continues to show that heart every week through the ministry.

When not at church, Leesha is usually hanging out with her kid, her dog, her father and/or her flock of chickens. She enjoys being outside walking her father's work property and seeing the amazing things that God's created. She also enjoys gardening and keeps up with her mother's flower garden.