Children and Youth Events

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Vacation Bible School 2022 Starts!!


Discovery on Adventure Island invites children to arise and shine because the light of God’s love has come and is shining on them! At Discovery on Adventure Island VBS, children will explore ways God shines great light in the world, and learn how they can also shine God’s light by reflecting what they’ve learned. Through stories in the Old and New Testaments, this program will show students how connection with God brings the invitation to shine God’s light in the world that needs it now more than ever.

From the front of the whimsical lighthouse on tropical, enchanted Adventure Island, students begin their quest in search of lanterns that never go out: Infinity Lanterns. In each session, children – called Explorers – with the guidance of the brand-new Lighthouse Keeper and Adventure Island expert, Beacon the Puffin, will read Professor Lumanari’s Journal and discover clues from their Reference Book (the Bible). In the Bible lesson, they’ll discover map coordinates that reveal the location of each Infinity Lantern. Explorers will also learn ways God’s great light shines in the lives of familiar Bible characters, and explore how the same light can be shining in their lives serving God and others. Through this VBS, Explorers can learn many ways of living in God’s great light and shining it by sharing God’s light everywhere they go!

The students will expand on what they’ve discovered by participating in a variety of activities: making their own art projects at the Craft Station, singing new songs at the Music Station, exploring wonders at the Science Station, playing games at the Recreation Station, and enjoying tasty treats at the Snack Station. Along the way, the Explorers will hear about our mission project.

Our Quest for God’s Great Light is based on Isaiah 60:1 – “Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD’S glory has shone upon you.”

Join us at First Presbyterian Church of Willmar
on Sunday, June 12th through Wednesday, June 15th
from 5:30pm (Meal) To 8:00pm

Children and Youth Educational Opportunities

Sunday School

Sunday Mornings at 9:00am
Family Cafe`-Lower Level

This class is a one-room-schoolhouse model of Sunday School where there is a time for story, activity, and prayer with a variety of age-appropriate options available. The younger and older students learn side-by-side and help each other along the way – a model of how the whole church shares its life together. Please note: we would prefer a familiar adult to stay in Sunday School with very young children. If parents would prefer to attend their own class, childcare will be available upon request. 

Sunday School has resumed for the
Fall Season

Gospel Rock

Wednesday Nights at 5:30pm
Art Room-Lower Level

Active, engaging faith formation for elementary age students. For more information, contact Jill Boeyink.

Gospel Rock has resumed in person.

Youth Group

Wednesday Evenings at 5:30pm
Youth Group Room-Lower Level

This group is a time of fellowship for our students in Jr High/Middle School. This is a time for fun and meaningful conversation. Students this age have the opportunity for more structured learning during Confirmation Class on Wednesday nights.

 Youth Group has resumed in person



This class is for students who are preparing to be Confirmed into active membership in the church. For more information, contact Pastor Leanne.

No Confirmation this year!
(Fall 2021-Spring 2022)


"Discovery on Adventure Island"

First Presbyterian Church of Willmar invites children ages 3 through 5th grade to an island adventure – the Quest for God’s Great Light at Discovery on Adventure Island Vacation Bible School! This adventure includes exciting new music, amazing science, creative crafts, fun recreation, and memorable Bible stories that will help children know and share the light God shines in the world.

The adventure runs from Sunday, June 12 through Wednesday, June 15 from 5:30-8 p.m.