1st–5th Grade

First Kids


What We're About

The Children’s Ministry serves children in first through fifth grades; empowering and equipping them to know and love Jesus, while also encouraging families to grow their faith at home. Our vision for children is that they would come to love Jesus Christ; love His Word; and share the love of Christ with others. We are passionate about kids, Jesus and Cypress!

We Value

  1. Parents as the primary disciple makers of their children. Our role is secondary and viewed as a partnership.
  2. Developmentally appropriate Bible teaching.
  3. Building relationship and community.
  4. Equipping children to serve in the church and in the world.

Upcoming Events

1st–5th Grade

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    Sundays

    Life Bible Study + Kids' Worship

    For kids at Houston's First, Sundays are split into two distinct parts. While you are transitioning between worship service and bible study, your kids are doing the same.

    9:30a — LBS Classes for 1st–5th Graders, Kid’s Worship for 1st–3rd Graders
    11a — LBS Classes for 1st–5th Graders, Kid’s Worship for 1st–3rd Graders

    Sunday provides one of the best times for 1st-5th graders to learn and interact with other children their same age. Age-appropriate Life Bible Study is available at 9:30a and 11a.

    Family Worship

    Family Worship are special Sundays when parents are able to both model worship and participate in worship with their children in our main worship service. On these Sundays there is no Heartland or Kids’ Worship. Family Worship occurs any month that has a 5th Sunday, Easter Sunday, Sunday after Thanksgiving, and the Sunday closest to Christmas.

    Wednesdays

    While you attend a MidLink gathering, 1st–5th graders gather at BLAST—which stands for “building lives around scripture and truth”—where they will experience age-appropriate Bible study and small groups.

    6p — BLAST (1st-5th Grade)

    Growing Our Souls

    Life Bible Studies and Milestone Classes are our main vehicles for growing our souls closer to God. They provide a place for us to explore the beauty and mystery of God's Word.

    Giving Our Lives

    A soul growing closer to God cannot be contained. Eventually, it will need to find a release. Missions and volunteering are two such outlets.

    Preschool and Children's Ministry Volunteer

    Preschool & Kindergarten, 1st–5th Grade

    Help our teachers, lead and teach God's Word with engaging activities and lessons (infants–5th grade) once or twice a month on our...

    Sunday Mornings

    BLAST Team

    1st–5th Grade

    Be a part of the BLAST team who are equipping elementary schoolers to build their lives around scripture and truth.

    Every Wed @ 5:45–8p

    Sunday Buddies

    Preschool & Kindergarten, 1st–5th Grade

    Be a buddy to a friend with special needs who needs a little extra attention. Volunteers can serve at either service hours.

    Sunday Mornings

    Gatekeeper

    Preschool & Kindergarten, 1st–5th Grade

    Keep our NextGen area safe and secure. Volunteers can serve at either service hours.

    Sunday Mornings

    Guest Check-In Greeter

    Preschool & Kindergarten, 1st–5th Grade

    Help guests feel welcome and find their way. Volunteers can serve at either service hours.

    Sunday Mornings

    Worship Leaders

    Preschool & Kindergarten, 1st–5th Grade

    Use your musical gifting to lead worship on Sundays at Heartland or Kids' Worship.

    Sunday Mornings

    Kids' Worship Team

    1st–5th Grade

    Be a part of a special worship time for children (1st–3rd grade).

    Sunday Mornings

    Difference Maker Rotation

    Preschool & Kindergarten, 1st–5th Grade

    Love on the children (infants–5th grade) and serve and support the LBS teacher (every week, twice a month, once a month). Volunteers can...

    Sunday Mornings

    Preschool and Children's Ministry Leader

    Preschool & Kindergarten, 1st–5th Grade

    Lead and teach God's Word every week with engaging activities and lessons (infants–5th grade). Volunteer Teachers will serve at either...

    Sundays Mornings

    Meet Our Staff

    First Kids
    Erin Ruddle
    ER

    Erin Ruddle

    Director of Preschool & Children's Ministry
    Cindy Wineman
    CW

    Cindy Wineman

    Preschool and Children's Administrative Assistant
    Michelle Valentine
    MV

    Michelle Valentine

    First Friends and First Kids Coordinator
    Eric Cowpersmith
    EC

    Eric Cowpersmith

    Preschool and Children's Ministry Associate
    Sandra Fong
    SF

    Sandra Fong

    First Friends and First Kids Coordinator
    Erin Ruddle
    ER

    Erin Ruddle

    Director of Preschool & Children's Ministry
    Cindy Wineman
    CW

    Cindy Wineman

    Preschool and Children's Administrative Assistant
    Michelle Valentine
    MV

    Michelle Valentine

    First Friends and First Kids Coordinator
    Eric Cowpersmith
    EC

    Eric Cowpersmith

    Preschool and Children's Ministry Associate
    Sandra Fong
    SF

    Sandra Fong

    First Friends and First Kids Coordinator