"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

We are excited to welcome your child and introduce him/her to Jesus Christ. We offer age appropriate classes in a safe environment with fun, creative activities and screened volunteers. 


Why are kids important?

Your child is not the "church of tomorrow" but the church of today! God loves kids and wants a personal friendship with them. We count it a privilege to help introduce them to Jesus.

Our Purpose:

-To Support you as your child's spiritual hero and enable you to participate in you Sunday School class and worship

-To expose your child to attitudes, actions and an atmosphere that will begin to help form their spiritual foundations

-To present age-apprapriate activities, equipment and materials

-To create an inviting, inclusive church experience for your child with an opportunity for them to serve

-To help your child know and understand that God loves them and created them for a unique purpose

How do we choose our Children's Ministry Team? 

All Children's workers are volunteers with the exception of our KidZone Pastors, Gretta Nash and Cheryl Sherwood. They are employed at Pekin First and oversee all volunteers. All 70+ Children's workers who are regularly scheduled go through a screening class, fill out an application, have 2 reference checks, are interviewed, and have a background check. To remain eligible to work with Pekin First children, each person must go through the screening procedure every other year.All KidZone Team members meet with the KidZone Pastors 4 times each year for training and to remain organized. Terri Trueblood acts as Early Childhood Director, helping with all ministries having to do with birth through Kindergarten children. If you are interested in serving on the KidZone Team, contact Cheryl Sherwood at 309.346.3053 or at sherwoodcheryl@yahoo.com.

 How does my child stay safe at Pekin First Church of the Nazarene?


It is our goal that your child enjoys their time with us AND that you are comfortable leaving them in our care. The following happens at Pekin First Church of the Nazarene regularly:

-Each child has a registration form filled out by parent/guardian with specials needs, emergency contacts and authorized pick-up people listed

-Each child is checked in at their Registration Area and has a name tag. Early Childhood (Birth-Kindergarten) and KIDZONE Guests have a security card that is given to the parent/guardian and must be turned in before the child is released to the pick-up person

-All Children's areas are cleaned after each service including toys, sheets, tables and chairs. All rooms are "child-proofed" with safety latches and outlet covers. First aid kits are available in each room

-2 Adult Rule - every class will have at least 2 adult workers ALWAYS. Screened workers wear ID badges

The following information is posted in each Children's classroom:     

-Tornado/fire emergency procedures (each room has a binder with each child's information if an emergency were to occur)

-Special needs lists for that classroom's students

-Medical/CPR certified helpers 

-List of all children and their pager numbers

-"Ouch" report forms for accidents



 Sunday School - 9-10:30 AM

Children will meet together in small groups as workers direct their minds and hearts to the Lord through Bible Study. 9 AM staffing and Sunday School classes are different than the 10:30 AM service.

Early Childhood Sunday School

-Nursery (0 - 18 months): Room 326

-Toddler (18 months - 2 yrs.): Room 330

Children promote to Preschool in March, June and September after child is 3 years old AND potty-trained

-Preschool (3 - 4 yrs.): Room 332

-Kindergarten (5 - 6 yrs.): Room 335

KIDZONE Sunday School

-1st & 2nd grade: Room 322

-3rd & 4th grade: Room 325

-5th & 6th grade: Room 324

Children's Worship 10:30 AM - Noon

Children will experience fun, creative and meaningful worship designed just for their age and abilities! 10:30 AM staffing and worship experiences are different than the 9 AM classes.

KIDZONE worship - Family Life Center

1st - 6th graders will worship God with a community of their friends and explore topics that are meaningful to their lives. KIDZONE is action-packed with Bible lessons, memory verses, games, crafts, missions, music and much more! 10:30 AM staffing and the worship experiences are different than 9 AM classes. In June KIDZONE Kids may apply to be a part of J.V. Ministries (Junior Varisty) where they discover their special interests in ministry and spiritual gifts. We then allow kids to serve with "kid size" opportunities throughout the year in KIDZONE and in Church.

 Children's Quizzing

Children ages 1st - 6th grade will be a part of an in-depth Bible study with Q & A time

-Sundays at 6 PM in Room 322

Nursery/Toddler Church in Room 330

Children ages birth - 3 yrs will engage in meaningful crafts and games that teach the Bible and inspire

-Sundays at 6 PM in Room 330

-Wednesdays at 6:45 PM in Room 330


-Wednesdays 6:45 PM (Sept. - May) upstairs of the Family Life Center

Caravans is an action-packed night of friendships, spiritual growth and discovery. Your child will work through badge requirements learning life skills and earning honor citations. Caravans is "scouting" with a Christian purpose. Your child will form new friendships with other kids and leaders.

-Benson Buddies (4 - 5 yrs.): Room 333

-Searchers (1st & 2nd grade): Room 322

-Explorers (3rd & 4th grade): Room 325

-Adventurers (5th & 6th grade): Room 324

 Wonderful World of Wednesdays

-Wednesdays 7 - 8 PM (June - August) at the playground

4 yrs - 5th graders will have a blast with Ms. Cheryl and Mr. John outside - playing games, getting dirty, eating popsicles and learning about Jesus.


Lunch with Ms. Cheryl

Ms. Cheryl will eat lunch on a Sunday afternoon with each grade level

-Fall Quarter - 1st & 2nd Graders

-Winter Quarter - 3rd & 4th Graders

-Spring Quarter - 5th & 6th Graders


Summer Camp

June 30 - July 3, 2013 at Lake Williamson

Each summer Northwestern Illinois Church of the Nazarene hosts a week long summer camps for 8 - 12 year old. They will experience crafts, outdoor activities, cabin devotions and making new friends. More importantly, children will experience amazing chapel services where they will strengthen their relationship with Jesus.


Think BIG (Believe In God) Mission Trips

-3rd & 4th Grade June 8, 2013

-5th & 6th Grade June 14-15, 2013

Each summer our 3rd & 4th graders Think BIG about our community with a one day mission trip in Pekin. Our 5th 7 6th graders Think BIG about our Nazarene District by ministering to another Nazarene church for 3 days over a weekend. Applications for Think BIG trips are available after Easter and through Mother's Day.


 Vacation Bible School

July 29 - August 2, 2013

Each summer we host Children's Crusade where children will learn about Jesus and His grace, love and mercy, play games, sing great music and have snacks. For children who have completed Kindergarten - 5th Grade.


Early Childhood Christmas - December 8, 2013

KIDZONE Christmas - December 14 & 15, 2013

Each Christmas our children perform a play sharing the amazing story of Jesus' birth. Special parts, great music, costumes and sets are a great way for your child to get into the Christmas spirit.