Hi First Pres Families!

We have set up a fun and exciting way for First Pres Kids to stay connected! Join us Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom for our virtual Sunday School class. After we open with quick hellos, our wonderful Music Director Shannon will spend some time performing music with the kids. (Bring along an instrument if you'd like. DIY is great too!)  We'll then chat and do a demonstration/activity that can later be done at home (Please send pics if you do! I'd love to share with the congregation as everyone misses your smiling faces!)

Click below to sign up. We will be in touch with the details.

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 NewsOur theme for May is DETERMINATION. Throughout the Bible, we read about all sorts of people who showed determination in the face of hardship and difficulty. They relied on God's strength to get them through it. When it comes to the situations in our lives, God gives us the Holy Spirit to empower us to keep going, even when life gets difficult. Our memory verse is “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don't give up." GALATIANS 6:9, NIrV

Sunday School in Review: Creativity, Uniqueness, Respect, Friendship, Stewardship, Gratitude, Generosity, Commitment, Kindness, Peace, Patience, Honesty, Confidence, Wisdom, Initiative, Contentment, Cooperation, Compassion, Self-Control, Service, Individuality, Hope, Perseverance, Life App, Obedience, Trust, Courage, Honor, Joy, Knowledge, Love, Forgiveness, Humility


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)

Upcoming Events

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Always have HOPE!

First Pres Kids closed on their Sunday School theme of HOPE with a special craft to remind them to always look on the bright side. They also learned that it’s ok to have questions and doubts. They experimented with a simple doubt of the ability to stand on eggs without breaking them and learned that even an adult can do it successfully.

God looks at the heart

First Pres Kids got creative again in Sunday School! While exploring individuality in constructing edible houses, they learned that true value is on the inside. Just as the icing was most important to keeping the house together, who we are on the inside is what really matters.

God made you special!

This March, First Pres Kids explored individuality through homemade modeling dough. When given the same basic ingredients and asked to mold the same object, each child produced something unique and special using their own individual fingerprints.

Souper Bowl of Caring

First Pres Kids dove right into February’s theme of SERVICE 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.  Standing at the church doors with soup bowls, First Pres Kids collected donations for the Rutherford Food Pantry. Thank you to all who supported the youth of our church!

Preparing for Christmas

This December, we celebrated the 1st Sunday in Advent with a special Hanging of the Greens service. Families assisted in decorating the church for the Christmas season. Following worship, a light meal was offered and First Pres Kids enjoyed crafting their own Advent wreaths and Christmas ornaments.


Our Gift of Advent Boxes

First Pres Kids wrapped up November’s Sunday School theme of COOPERATION by cooperating on a special Advent project. The children colored various Advent coloring sheets to be used as decorative coverings for Our Gifts of Advent boxes – a unique way to experience Advent. These boxes, available to all during the season of Advent,  will come with a calendar with specific and non-specific item and act suggestions. The boxes will be collected around Christmas Eve and the items will be distributed through organizations such as the Rutherford Food Pantry.

Let’s Celebrate God!

This September in Sunday School, we ended our theme of INITITIATIVE with a fun party activity - a pinata! First Pres Kids learned that they don’t need a special occasion to celebrate God! Most of us remember to celebrate God on the big days like Christmas and Easter but we have reason to celebrate God every day!

Sundae Social

On Sunday, September 16th, First Pres Kids froze summer memories and welcomed in the new school year by creating their own ice cream sundaes. What a treat!

Sunday School News!

First Pres Kids learned about the importance of praying to God before taking initiative. They learned about and decorated their own copy of The Lord’s Prayer.

Wisdom OWLS

As we focus on the topic of WISDOM this August, First Pres Kids made an owl craft to remind them to trust God for true wisdom.

Church Country Picnic

All were invited to our country picnic on the Church lawn this July. First Pres Kids enjoyed great food, fun outdoor games, beautiful weather, and friendship. What an awesome way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Origami Fun

This summer, First Pres Kids learned how to make some basic Origami animals. Thank you, Kira Wallisch, for sharing an important message on confidence and a fun lesson on Origami!

Walk with Jesus

After learning about the miracle of Jesus walking on water, First Pres Kids made special paintings to remind them to stay focused on Jesus.

Bee Blessing & Tie-dye

First Pres Kids had a great time during the annual Bee Blessing & Honey Harvest this July.

It was perfect summer day for learning about bees, harvesting honey, and tie-dying t-shirts!

A Sweet Treat

On this beautiful summer day, First Pres Kids walked over to the Peace & Love Garden to pick ripe raspberries. Not only did they get to reap the benefits of their hard work, but they also got another glimpse into the beauty and miracles of God through nature.

Pops for Pop

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.

Happy Father’s Day!

Watercolor Paintings with a Bible Message

This June, while learning about the importance of having confidence in God, First Pres Kids created beautiful watercolor paintings that revealed an important Bible verse – “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:12

Thankful on Memorial Day

This May, First Pres Kids teamed up with the Mission Committee once again by making Memorial Day Cards for the Veterans of Chestnut Hill Rehab in Passaic, NJ. Thank you to all the those who bravely served and sacrificed for our country!

Peace & Love Garden

First Pres Kids are enjoying Spring! 

During Sunday School, they painted a new sign for the Peace & Love Garden, located at the church manse.

Patience Jars

To go along with our April theme of patience, First Pres Kids made patience jars in Sunday School. They learned that shaking these jars and thinking about God’s truth while the glitter settles can help them take a moment to slow down and practice patience when they feel rushed or impatient.

Happy Easter!

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

Easter Egg Dye & Decorate

It was a fun-filled afternoon of Easter tradition, as First Pres Kids came together on March 25th for an annual Easter egg dying and decorating event.

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.