Covenant-First Presbyterian Church

For Families

Covenant-First Presbyterian is blessed with a large number of children, ranging from newborns to teenagers.  Our staff and members are dedicated to creating a loving, Christian community to ensure our young ones are exposed to Bible-based teachings and positive influences to empower them to make good decisions and be faithful servants in the future. We are thankful for the saints of our past and humbled how the Lord has used all who have worshipped Him at Covenant-First for the past 220 years.

All current events, programs, and opportunities are regularly publicized in our Sunday worship bulletin, our newsletter (The Covenant Courier), and on our website and Facebook page.


The nursery is open on Sunday from 9:00 to 11:30 AM and is available for infants and toddlers through age 3.  You must register your child and complete our Covenant-First Safety Sticker before leaving your child.  Each parent receives a beeper and will be paged if your child needs your attention.  For additional information, a Nursery Manual is available to all parents for review. 

Our nursery is staffed with CPR/First Aid certified workers, and all adults working with our children have completed thorough background checks.

For the comfort and convenience of families with infants, a quiet room adjacent to the nursery is available for changing diapers and giving bottles or nursing.  We also have a drop-down changing station in the handicapped stall of the ladies room on the first floor.

Sunday School – 9:15-10:15 AM, September through May

Covenant-First offers Sunday School classes for children ages 4 and up.  Our hour-long classes are designed to be age-appropriate, Bible-based and fun.   We have a team of dedicated teachers that bring a wealth of experience and Christian faith to the classroom. 

Jr. and Children’s Church – 11:00-11:30 AM

Children ages 3 and up are dismissed from the adult worship service during the doxology to attend their own age-appropriate worship service.

Jr. Church – ages 3-4

Age-appropriate bible lessons are taught using crafts, music, movement and play.  Children age 4 often go back and forth between Jr. and Children’s Church until they find their comfort level. 

Children’s Churchages 4-10

A simple children’s Liturgy, including hymns and corporate prayer is followed each Sunday.  The sermons/lessons are taught using age appropriate activities, crafts, music and movement, play acting, memorizing bible verses and bible games.

Once a child is comfortable to sit through the adult worship service, we encourage and welcome this, as they are an integral part of the family of God.

Fellowship Hour

The Covenant-First Family welcomes all friends and guests to join us for Fellowship Hour in Metzger Hall following every Sunday morning worship service.  Hot and cold snacks and refreshments are available for everyone as compliments to good conversation, laughter, and Christian fellowship. 

Parents’ Night Out

This Friday evening program is designed especially for families with young children.  Children are dropped off at 5:30 and picked up by 8:00 PM.   Parents may enjoy an evening out for dinner, shopping, or maybe just a long walk around downtown.  Please check our calendar or Facebook page for updates.

American Heritage Girl Troop 6802

Our Troop meets twice a month, 6:30 - 7:30 PM.  Girls ages 5 and up are welcomed to join. 

Children’s Music – September to May

Children ages 5 and up may join our Chapel Choir.  Practice is held during Fellowship Hour on Sundays from 11:50 AM - 12:15 PM.  This Youth Choir joins their voices in praise during our worship service every 6 weeks during the school year.  They also participate in worship at Llanfair Retirement Community as schedules permit.

Family Evenings
Special family events are scheduled throughout the year.  Please check our calendar or Facebook page for updates.

As a Bible-based church, we invite every believing family to have their children baptized, obeying the word of God, which says, “Repent and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you and your children.” (Acts 2:38-39)  Children are an integral part of any community, and at Covenant-First we honor God’s work in and through them by emphasizing this sacrament.  Since baptism is the sacrament that brings us into the church, and because the congregation plays an integral role in the ceremony, all baptisms are normally a part of a Sunday morning worship service.

Vacation Bible School/ Summer Bible Institute

A Bible-based church, Covenant-First is happy to offer some of the best Christian learning opportunities in the area each summer.  Children have the opportunity to learn the Word through fun games, songs, and activities, and adults have a variety of classes to choose from.  Classes are free and open to the public. 

Annual Church Picnic

Our church picnic is typically held on a sunny, summer Sunday at an area park.  Park swings and slides are available for children and horseshoes and cornhole are available for adults looking for some fun competition.  This is a great opportunity to spend time with your friends and visit with new friends outside of church while we enjoy a potluck dinner together.

Sundae Sunday

Following worship each year on the Sunday closest to Independence Day, join us across the street in Piatt Park for Sundae Sunday. It's a great day for socializing with family and friends, featuring ice cream sundaes and homemade cookies.   Kids may even get a chance to pet a Cincinnati Police horse!