Inclusion and Welcome
Such an active, committed, and stable group of young people in a church is unique and speaks to the church’s commitment to nurture those relationships.
Jordan and I first attended First Presbyterian about eight years ago. We participated in the Scratch group, but didn’t stick around for very long – life took us in other directions. However, a couple of years ago, we wanted to find a church to raise our children in, and visited First Presbyterian again. We were floored by the number of Scratch members that a) were still around and b) remembered and welcomed us back. Such an active, committed, and stable group of young people in a church is unique and speaks to the church’s commitment to nurture those relationships.
We wanted to find a place for our children to grow in their faith. Our children feel safe, welcomed, and loved in Sunday School and in the nursery. James can be quite a handful sometimes, but church is a place where he can be himself and he loves attending Scratch potlucks. At the beginning of the pandemic, Sunday school over zoom was an important anchor for him to stay connected to the outside world.
We have continued to feel included by the Scratch group, and really appreciate having a group where busy parents of young children are welcome to come in and out when we can. It took me a few months into the pandemic to make it to a Scratch zoom Sunday school, but when I did, I was welcomed as if I had been there the whole time! We are so glad to be a part of First Presbyterian.
– Elizabeth Jones