Spark Church

Year round, barring some holidays, we offer Spark Church during worship.

What is Spark Church?
Spark Church is a part of worship where kids learn about the bible.  Kids explore the same Sunday readings as the adults, but at their own level.

Why Spark Church instead of Sunday School?
Spark Church is not separate from worship, it is part of worship.  Children are a vital part of the congregation, and should not be made to feel separate from it.  Spark Church allows children to worship with their families, learn about the bible, and then continue that learning at home.

Ok... so how does it work?
Families start in the sanctuary together with their big church family (aka, the whole congregation).  Soon, Pastor will welcome the kids forward to share a message with them, then invite to Spark Church.  Kids will rejoin their families soon after the sermon concludes.  Currently, Spark Church is offered during 9:30 AM (or 10:00 AM in the summer) worship.

Who can attend?
Spark Church is designed for kids in preschool through 4th or 5th grade.  Younger children may also attend, but we ask that a parent/guardian comes with them.  We also encourage a parent/guardian to attend with their special needs child, at least for the first few sessions.

How can families continue learning together at home?
We distribute "Family Pages" with fun and easy bible-based activities to do at home.  More resources will be made available during special church seasons.

Still have questions?
Please contact Renata Conger, who prayerfully runs all children & youth ministries at First English, if you want to know more.

Events for the Whole Family!


  • Rally Day:¬†our "back to school" kickoff, complete with youth-led worship, a bounce house, and potluck.
  • Oktoberfest:¬†a catered German feast complete with live oompah band, polka lessons, kids' games, crafts, and much more.
  • Carol-A-Long: where everyone sings their favorite carols, while¬†kids retell the story of Jesus' birth, and a special visitor from the North Pole makes an appearance.
  • Vacation Bible School:¬†a week-long day camp centered on learning about God and having tons of fun at the same time.
  • ... and so many¬†more!

Renata's Office Hours

Renata Conger, your friendly neighborhood Spider Man Education and Youth Coordinator, handles programming for just-born through college-age youth.  She is in the office Sunday-Thursday each week.  Her office is located right next to the sanctuary and she would love to chat with you anytime!  She is often in other parts of the building (or on trips with the youth) so it's best to contact her before you'd like to meet.
313-884-5040, ext. 13