First Pres Kids, Welcome

Hi First Pres Kids! 

First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford welcomes families with children of all ages. We offer nursery care in our Karen Kaiser Parish House during the 10:00 am Sunday service. We offer a fun and engaging Sunday School program for children in Pre-K through 8th. First Pres Kids meets during the 10:00 am Sunday service, dismissed after the children’s message. We use a theme based curriculum to teach God’s Word in a relevant way. It is our goal to help children grow in wisdom, faith, & friendship. Throughout the year we offer fun activities for the whole family.

First Pres Kids Sunday School News: PEACE Our theme for March is PEACE.  Adam and Eve broke God’s rule but because God loves us so much, He made peace with us through Jesus. This month, we’ll learn that we should live in peace with those around us because of everything Jesus did for us. Sometimes we have to let go of “what’s fair” to be part of the peaceful solution. Do everything you can with love and you’ll help bring peace to the world! Our memory verse is “So let us do all we can to live in peace.  And let us work hard to build up one another.” Romans 14:19, NIrV  

Sunday School in Review:  Knowledge, Love, Forgiveness, Humility, Determination, Creativity, Uniqueness, Respect, Friendship, Stewardship, Gratitude, Generosity, Commitment, Kindness

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, March 25 - Easter Egg Dye & Decorate 

after worship service (during fellowship)

Sunday April 1 - Easter Egg Hunt

after worship service (during fellowship)

Please gather in Chapel before hunt begins


With the start of the new school year, we are looking to expand our program with the addition of more age appropriate classes. In order to make this possible, more volunteers are needed. Any time commitment is appreciated. If your are interested in volunteering, please contact me!


Hope to see you soon,

Debbie Tryanowski

Christian Ed Assistant (email me by clicking my name above)

Nursery Care Survey

We are attempting to assess how we are meeting family’s needs regarding our care and support on Sunday mornings.  Specifically, we are taking time to evaluate how we provide infant/toddler care for children and the impact our care arrangements have upon both children and their families.  If you could please respond to this email by Sunday, March 4, as it will aid us in our decision making.

Our Memory Verse for this Month

PEACE in Sunday School

Last week in Sunday School, we continued our theme of PEACE in Samuel 25:1-35. We learned about a wise, courageous, peacemaking woman named Abigail. When her husband, Nabal, picks a fight with David, she intervenes. Her quick actions promote peace between the two men, stopping the argument from escalating into something worse. Sometimes our outside perspective is what someone needs to see a peaceful solution. Look for opportunities to be a peacemaker. Help find peaceful solutions to the arguments you see around you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This February, First Pres Kids are learning about KINDNESS and Jesus’s golden rule to treat others the way we want to be treated. They put a lot of love into these special Valentine’s gifts for their family!

Souper Bowl of Caring

This February First Pres Kids put kindness into action by joining in on Souper Bowl of Caring, a national movement of young people fighting hunger and poverty. Souper bowl of Caring was created in 1990 when a group of young people, inspired by a Super Bowl Sunday prayer, wanted to do something more than celebrate a football game. Following worship service, First Pres Kids held soup bowls at the church doors to collect donations. Thank you to all who supported the youth of our church in this effort to “love our neighbors”!


This week in Sunday School, First Pres Kids learned that they can practice commitment through prayer. They learned that talking to God is an important way to grow their faith and that they can pray anytime, anywhere because God is always listening.

First Pres Kids baking Christmas cookies

This December, as we celebrate Christmas and learn about God’s greatest gift – Jesus, Sunday School has been focusing on the importance of generosity and the many ways one can give. First Pres Kids had a blast practicing generosity in the kitchen! We baked Christmas cookies for fellowship after worship service. Look at the creativity and love that went into these cookies!

Preparing the Gifts of Christmas

On Sunday, November 26th, First Pres Kids got into the Christmas spirit! While the Sanctuary and Chapel were being decorated, the children painted Christmas tree ornaments. Thank you, Ava Tryanowski, for sharing your musical talent and playing Christmas music on the piano.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This November, First Pres Kids learned about gratitude. They created beautiful decorations for the Church’s Thanksgiving Dinner for the needy to make it an extra special day of thankfulness for those who attend.

Thanking our veterans

As we learn about gratitude this November, First Pres Kids created handmade Thanksgiving cards for our veterans.  The mission committee will be delivering them to the Veteran’s of Chestnut Hill Rehab in Passaic, NJ. Thank you, veterans, for all you’ve done and continue to do for our country!

Money Jars

On Sunday, October 23rd, First Pres Kids painted and decorated their own money jars as we continued our theme of STEWARDSHIP and focused in on the importance of using our money wisely.

Harvest Fellowship

First Pres Kids put stewardship to practice by spending their Sunday School time in the kitchen baking apple and pumpkin pies for a special harvest fellowship following worship service on Sunday, October 8th. A big thanks to Lena Merrill for making this opportunity possible!  

Friendship Jello Challenge

First Pres Kids ended the September theme of FRIENDSHIP with a jello throwing challenge. We are all winners when we fill each other’s buckets and one of the best ways to do that is by reminding each other of God’s great love!

Sundae Social

Here’s the scoop…on Sunday, Sept. 17th, First Pres Kids welcomed in the new school year by creating their own ice cream sundaes.

Learning about forgiveness

First Pres Kids making edible pencils in Sunday School this September as we learn about forgiving friends – erasing their mistakes as Jesus has done for us.

Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

This September, First Pres Kids were part of an awesome mission opportunity. The children helped to assemble cleaning kits to send to those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Great job helping those in need, First Pres Kids!

Rockin’ Kindness

This August, First Pres Kids painted and decorated rocks with inspirational messages to take part in the Rockin’ Kindness Project, a movement started in South Bergen by ERA Justin Realty owner Jennifer Darby with the intention to inspire others by creating a moment of kindness though random inspirational rocks. To learn more about the movement, check out  

Bees & Tees!

During the annual Bee Blessing and Honey Harvest on June 8th, First Pres Kids learned about bees while having the hands-on opportunity to help harvest the honey.  The children also took part in a tie-dye activity, creating their own unique t-shirts to take home.

Learning about Uniqueness!

This July, First Pres Kids are learning about UNIQUENESS in Sunday School. A big thank you to Robert Goetzl for supporting our theme with an awesome children's message!

First Pres Kids getting Creative!

Wrapping up our June theme of CREATIVITY, First Pres Kids painted their own canvas masterpieces during SundaySchool. We even experimented with using some of God’s creations (apples, celery, Brussel sprouts) as tools to paint with!

Happy Father's Day!

In honor of Father's Day, First Pres Kids gave out lollipops to all the men and boys during the 10:00 a.m. service.

Focusing on this month's theme, determination, 

First Pres Kids learned that God provides them with all the armor they need to face life’s challenges.

Shave and a Haircut

This May, First Pres Kids partnered up with the Mission committee and collected cash donations for haircuts and shaves for local veterans. Thanks to all those who supported this great cause with their generous donations!

Memorial Day Cards for Veterans

Last week First Pres Kids made Memorial Day cards for the Veterans of Chestnut Hill Rehab, individuals who put in lots of hard work and determination for our country! The Mission Committee will be delivering them soon. Great job, First Pres Kids! They came out beautiful! Check out the pic.

Happy Mother's Day

In honor of Mother’s Day, First Pres Kids gave out flowers to all the women and girls during the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service.

Happy Easter!

This Easter Sunday, First Pres Kids celebrated the resurrection of Jesus and new life for all. The children enjoyed a Sunday School craft and our annual outdoor Easter egg hunt. It was a beautiful Spring day full of smiling faces!

Valentine's Day Cards for Veterans

First Pres Kids created Valentine’s cards this February for the Veterans of Chestnut Hill Rehab.

Lots of love was put into those cards! Great job teaming up with the mission committee!

Easter Egg Dye & Decorate

On Saturday, April 8th, First Pres Kids celebrated Easter with the much-loved tradition of egg dying.

It was an enjoyable evening for all!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This February, First Pres Kids got together to celebrate LOVE with a fun evening of Valentine’s treats, crafts, and play.