Children’s Ministries

In Matthew 18, Jesus says, “Whoever welcomes a child, welcomes me.” At Bartlesville First Church, we seek to not only welcome children, but to encourage them as members of the body of Christ.  We believe that each child is an important part of God’s plan and that God has a purpose for each child.  In all of our programming, we aim to encourage children to live up to their full potential as sons and daughters of God.


Children of all ages are invited to attend worship services in the Sanctuary with family and friends.  The 11:10 Traditional service includes a special children’s moment followed by Children’s Church for three-year-olds through third graders.  Worship Worksheets are provided on clipboards under the front row for 4th and 5th grade children to complete during the second half of worship.  We want worship to be fun and inclusive for your family. Jesus invited children, with their wiggles and giggles, to come to him.  He invites them still!


It’s never too early to introduce children to Jesus! The nurturing foundation of his love can begin in the nursery! We work to engage young hearts and stimulate little minds with colorful posters, simple Bible stories and verses, playful activities, and lively music.

Nursery care for your little one is available during all worship experiences on Sunday mornings, on Wednesday evenings, and during church events. Sunday morning nursery is located in Room 132.  Our nursery is equipped with pagers for parents, certified staff, and age-appropriate toys and gear.  It is important that parents take a pager or leave a cell phone number when signing in your little one so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

Sunday School

Children 3 years old – 5th grade are growing in their faith every week with relevant and engaging Sunday school lessons.

9:30 a.m. – Sunday school begins with choir in the open play area

10 a.m. – Children attend Altared Worship for praise & worship time

10:15 – 11 a.m. – Age level groups with a lesson and activities meet in the children’s wing

Children are divided up in by age groups.  Sunday school groups meet in the following rooms:

Preschool: Room 134

Pre-K and Kindergarten: 147

1st and 2nd grade: 146

3rd-5th grade: 144

If you are interested in attending an 11:10 Sunday School class, we will transition your child from Sunday School class to the 11:10 Worship service.  Your child (ages preschool-3rd grade) will join Children’s Moment and then attend Children’s church in room 148 next to the Children’s play area.

Kanisa Camp is an engaging, exciting, Bible based day camp open to all children in our community. Kanisa Camp provides daily hands on experiences through which campers encounter God in surprising and fun ways. We focus on developing the body, mind, and spirit  of participants to help them reach their full potential as children of God.



Students of all backgrounds are welcome to attend. You are not required to be members of First Church.  We welcome all children!



You may submit registration forms for your child(ren) through out the summer (or until we have reached capacity)  by turning in the appropriate paperwork to the church office. Applications will be available online, at the church (4715 Price Road), or by mail (call Laura 918.336.3361 to request one) in March 2018. Registrations received after we have reached capacity will be put on a waiting list.


There are two camp options:

A monthly fee of $300 to be paid before the first day of camp each month.


A weekly fee of $100 to be paid before the first day of camp each week.


Schedule and Attendance

Camp dates will be announced in March 2018. Please indicate on the registration form or by emailing laura.Painchaud@nullbartlesvillefirstchurch.com which days your child will be absent. On days where there are regularly scheduled field trips, the buses will leave at promptly 9:30am.

9:00 Campers arrive, sign in, and have breakfast

9:30 Depart for field trips, or begin morning activities

12:00 Lunch and Outdoor Free Play

1:00 Campers rotate between four 30-minute sectors

  • Craft or Science
  • Games or Music
  • Bible Story
  • Outdoor Activity or Service Project

3:00 Campers are dismissed

Project Transformation is a high quality, structured summer literacy camp with an emphasis on reading for underserved children in the Bartlesville community. We focus on developing the mind, body, and spirit of participants and help them reach their full potential.


Project Transformation at First Church is staffed by three site coordinators, two of which are volunteers, and six college-age interns.  The site coordinators are responsible for oversight and making sure the program runs smoothly, while the interns are responsible for  modifying and teaching the statewide curriculum for to fit the needs and interests of the children at our site.


Please see Project Transformation for more information.



Students of all backgrounds are welcome to attend.  (You are not required to be members of First Church.) We are a reading camp, so those who read at or below their grade reading level or who are at the highest risk of dropping below grade level without literacy support are given priority enrollment.  Campers must have completed Kindergarten -4th grade by June 2016 to be considered for acceptance.



You may submit applications for your child(ren)  from March 1- May 12 by turning in the appropriate paperwork to the church office. Applications will be available online, through your child’s reading teacher, at the church (4715 Price Road), or by mail (call Laura 918.336.3361 to request one) beginning in March 2018.  Applications received after May 12 will be put on a waiting list.  Parents of accepted children will be notified by May 16.


Family Fun Nights

Dates for two family fun nights will be announced the first week of camp.  The first will be an open house style evening where parents will experience an abbreviated day at camp with their children.  The second will be a final concert by the children and award ceremony.  A free family dinner will be served at both!



There is a one-time $5 supply fee for families who are able to pay, but scholarships are available upon request.


Schedule & Attendance Policy


Camp dates will be announced in March 2018.  Please understand that in order for your child to fully benefit from this  program, regular attendance is required.   Your child may not miss more than eight (8) days of camp.


9:00 AM Campers arrive, sign-in, and have breakfast.

9:30 Harambee: A time of games, songs, values lessons, and expectations for the day

10:00 AM Rotations:  Campers rotate between four sectors (30 minutes each):  Reading out loud one-on-one with an adult, Computers/Science, Crafts, and Recreation

12:00 PM Lunch and Outdoor Free Play

1:00 PM Afternoon Enrichment Activity:  Campers are given the opportunity to explore local museums, play at the park, swim, listen to guest speakers, attend local festivals, and many other activities.

3:00 PM Campers are dismissed.

Summer Camps

Each summer, children entering 1st-5th grade have the opportunity to attend three different overnight outdoor camps at Camp Egan Retreat Center located at 26633 Highway 62 Talequah, OK.

  • Sonshine Camp occurs July 8-9 and is for children entering 1st and 2nd grade at Camp Egan. The camp code to register is 2S2.
  • Growin’ In Grace Camp occurs June 26-28 and is for children entering 3rd-5th grade at Camp Egan. The camp code to register is 2G1
  • 6th Grade Camp occurs June 26-30 and is a camp for children entering 6th grade at Camp Egan. The camp code to register is 2X1

Register for all camps online at okcamps.campbrainregistration.com. Registration deadline is April 30th. Please select “I’m paying through my church” on the online registration form. Scholarships are available for all camps.

Vacation Bible School

First Church loves VBS! Over 100 children and 40 adults spend the week learning about God in amazing settings with the craziest cast of characters allowed. Dinner begins at 5pm each night, followed by singing and dancing, jumping for joy, powering up with prayer, and getting crafty. VBS at First Church will be July 31 – August 3 from 5-8pm. This year’s VBS theme is Hero Central! We are excited to have our VBS mascot Flame the Red Panda to take us on an epic adventure alongside biblical heroes and discover the qualities that make them truly heroes in God! Register your children here.

Register to volunteer here.

Contact Laura Painchaud for more information on the above events.

Every Wednesday evening during the school year, children age 3 and up gather for Bible study, games, choir, bell choir, dancing, and art.

We meet in the children’s wing for dinner, beginning at 5 p.m., followed by rotations of age-appropriate faith-building activities, ending at 7:15 p.m.

Bible-based day camps are offered during Bartlesville Public Schools’ Fall Break and Spring Break.  Children will experience Bible stories, crafts, game and more in this four day program. Children ages 4-12 are invited to participate. Breakfast, lunch, and snack will be provided for children daily.  Contact Laura Painchaud.

Fall Break Camp

October 19-20 from 9 am – 3 pm, children in grades Pre-K through 5th grade have the opportunity to participate in Fall Break Camp at Bartlesville First Church.

At Fall Break Camp 2017 we will be focusing on helping those in need and following God’s call to love and serve others. We will be working on a service project for Hurrican Harvey and Irma victims as well as learning more about God and the bible, making crafts, and making music.

Breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided each day.

suggested donation of $5 per day.

Register here!

Each semester, the children work on a Bible based musical that they present to the community. These are directed by Callie Rivera, Director of Children’s Music. Children’s choir practices on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:00 a.m. and Wednesdays during midweek activities rotations.

First Church has an opportunity for children to learn more about the Bible and how to serve others through our Many Mini Missions groups.   Children learn the importance of serving others by participating in local and international mission projects.  Previous opportunities to serve have included preparing birthing kits to be sent to women in third world countries, making cards for homebound members, sorting clothes at Mary & Martha Outreach Center, and picking up trash.