Children of all ages are invited to attend worship services in the sanctuary with family and friends. Our young members experience song and praise every Sunday in Altared modern worship. Occasionally, our 11 a.m. traditional service includes a Children’s Moment with a special message for the youngest Christians. First Church’s children’s choir offers music to all services several times a year.

All kids are welcome at Children’s Church from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. each Sunday where they learn about following Jesus through lessons and games.

Jesus invited children, with their wiggles and giggles, to come to him. He invites them still!





Sunday School



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



  • 10 am a.m. – Sunday school begins with children checked in and with their groups
  • 11 a.m. – We begin worship with the Altared service, and then process to the children’s area for a worship service of our own, growing in faith as we learn stories and teachings of Jesus.



Children are divided up in by age groups. Sunday school groups meet in the secure children’s area. We take our commitment to safety seriously, so please be sure to personally check your child(ren) in and out each time you bring them to children’s activities.



If you are interested in attending an 10 a.m. Sunday School class, we will transition your child from Sunday School class to the 11 a.m. worship service.






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, loving 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.


Each summer, First Church hosts Project Transformation, a high-quality, structured literacy camp for underserved children in the Bartlesville community. First Church also hosts Kanisa Camp, a Christian-themed summer day camp, open to all children. As we prepare for this year’s camps, check here for news and application information.

Club 456

Club 456 is just for kids in fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Tweens get together on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings to learn about the faith.

Jena Barber

Director of Children and Family Ministries

Jena Barber comes from Dewey United Methodist Church, where she has been assisting her husband, the pastor, with children’s and multi-generational ministries. Before that, Jena spent years in different United Methodist churches serving in a wide range of capacities from preschool ministry to women’s ministry and everything in between. Jena was educated at Lyon College and is currently working toward an elementary education degree online. Her work experience, centered on nonprofit development and event planning, lend creativity to her work; her years as a yoga teacher keep her centered. Jena and her husband Jinx have two daughters, Kali and Cadence, three dogs, a cat, and a bearded dragon. When she’s not working with kids, you’ll find Jena cooking or reading.

CJ Shell

Children’s Ministry Associate (Volunteer Leader)

CJ was raised in Gilmer, Texas where she spent loads of time learning and worshipping at First United Methodist Church. Her college years were spent at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M Wesley Foundation. She says that the Wesley Foundation taught her about service projects and true acceptance by the church. After college, CJ taught junior high and high school math in Center Point, Bandera, LaGrange and Giddings, Texas.  She also worked in Christian education in United Methodist churches in Boerne, Bandera, Kerrville, La Grange, and Mason, Texas.  CJ was very active with United Methodist Women while living in Texas—she served as a conference officer for eight years and a district officer for four years. She learned about the International Christmas Market through UMW and has been continuing that ministry for over 25 years. CJ moved to Bartlesville in 2005 to teach math at Nowata High School. She now teaches Geometry at Bartlesville High School. She joined Bartlesville First Church in July 2006 and began working with the children’s music in August 2006. She now works as an associate in Children’s Ministry helping in many different ways.  She has been a site coordinator/supervisor for  Project Transformation since it started in Bartlesville. CJ is part of the missions committee, children’s council, United Methodist Women, and the Sanctuary Choir at Bartlesville First Church. CJ’s family includes her cats Milo and Tenny.