Welcome to First Church! Thank you for choosing to learn more about the Sunday school program here. You should find it to be inviting, interesting and fun. This page will help you and your parents become acquainted with the Sunday school, one part of a Christian education ministry which also includes nursery care, confirmation, youth fellowship and adult studies.
There are four simple ways to register for Sunday school:
- Print out and complete the Sunday school registration form and mail it to First Church Nashua, 1 Concord St. Nashua, NH 03064 Att: Diane Matthes
- Call the church office during the week, 882-4861
- Stop in to the Sunday school office (on the 2nd floor of the Walker Building) any Sunday morning
- During the month of September, stop by the Christian education table in Chapel Hall right after morning worship.
You will be asked for the following: Parents’ names, address, home and work telephone numbers, your name, date of birth and grade, and whether or not you have been baptized. There is a space to write any other information that the teachers should have, such as allergies, special concerns, who can pick you up after class (other than your parents), etc.
You register only once in your life. Each year, your records are moved up to the next class. If something changes, your address, allergies, etc., please call the church office.
What Class Will I Be In?
First Church follows the Nashua public school system, with September 30 as the cut off birth date for children entering the next class.
There are thirteen classes from 3-year-olds through grade 9.
How Will I Find My Classroom?
First Church is a big place! You may want your parents to show you to your room the first Sunday or two. A list of classes follows and you will find a diagram on the insert. All classes meet in the Walker Building, except grades 6,7,8, which meet in the stone church.
2½ -3 Year Olds Meet twice a month for Pre-3 class in the nursery
3 Year Olds Room 8, second floor
4 Year olds Room 9, second floor
Kindergarten Room 12, second floor
Grade 1 Room 11 second floor
Grade 2 Room 13, second floor
Grade 3 Room 7, second floor
Grade 4 Room 14, second floor
Grade 5 Room 15, second floor
Grades 6 Room 10, second floor
Grade 7 and 8 Meet in Nauss Hall and divide according to activity
Confirmation Meet in the dining room for scheduled classes
What Will I Be Doing ?
Age 3-Grade 2: Your parents will bring you to your classroom between 9:45 and 10 AM. Your teachers will help you put on your nametag and choose a carpet square to sit on while you listen to the Bible story, worship and pray. You will have activities and a snack (called “feast”.) On the first and third Sunday of each month, your whole class will go to the Shaw Chapel for singing with Mr. Steve Blunt. Your parents will pick you up at you classroom at 11:15.
Grades 3-6: You will go to the Shaw Chapel when you arrive at church. There is supervised, informal Worship Warm Up beginning at 9:45. If you arrive before 9:45, ask your parent to stay with you. During Worship Warm Up, you can talk quietly with your friends or sing along with the music. At 10:00, you and your class will worship in the chapel. After worship, you go to your classroom for the morning lesson with activities. Classes are dismissed at 11:15. You may meet your parents at a clearly predetermined place inside the church buildings.
Grade 7 and 8: You will go to Nauss Hall when you arrive. At 10am, your teachers will discuss with you the activity for that day. Depending on the nature of the activity, you might spend the rest of the class time in an apple orchard, at a bakery, at the Soup Kitchen, the Norwell, or the Pastoral Care Center doing various projects.
*Grades 7&8 Be sure to return your completed, signed permission form so you won’t miss out on any of the fun filled field trips and other off site activities.
Who Will Be My Teacher?
First Church is very proud of its large, competent and caring Sunday school staff. There are about 80 people who work with the thirteen classes mentioned here. There are close to 200 volunteers in the total Christian education program. A complete list of volunteers is available in the Sunday school office.
Each Sunday there are at least two volunteer teachers in each classroom, at least one of whom is an adult. Volunteers are trained by the Minister of Christian Education and must fill out a confidential screening form in accordance with First Church’s Youth Protection Policy.
I Still Have Some Questions
If you or your parents have questions, comments or concerns that are not covered in this brochure, you are welcome to call Diane Matthes, Sunday School Superintendent, at the church office, 882-4861.