Family Life & Schools
At First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, we believe in your family. Children, from birth through high school, are an important part of our covenant community.
SHINE Children's Ministry
We care about the spiritual formation of our children and want each of them to know God and His love for them. SHINE Children's Ministry is designed to spiritually nurture children from birth through 5th grade and equip families to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:34-39).
Join us each week to see what God has in store for for your family!
The First Pres student ministry focuses on middle and high school students, and provides opportunities for students to go deeper in their relationship with God as well as their relationships with others. Most Student Ministry programming takes place in Allen & Yowell Hall.
FOUR12 is a mentoring and tutoring ministry that serves middle school and high school students from Orlando’s inner city schools. The ministry’s daily program is held after school Monday to Friday until 6pm and follows the Orange County Public School calendar.
FOUR12's Middle School Program is focused on Christian character development, to help students build the character and skills necessary to succeed in school, at home, and in life. Career exploration, stewardship, conflict resolution and programs such as Straight Talk (Bible Studies) and Fun Fridays are included. Tutoring and homework assistance are also offered.
FOUR12’s Student (High School) Leadership Program prepares high school students for college, the work force, and life. This intensive program consists of discipleship training, life skills, community service, retreats, and mission trips.
As a mission of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, FOUR12 is subsidized by church funds but relies mostly on donations and outside support.
The Magnolia Preschool
The Magnolia Preschool is a ministry of the church providing full-day care to children 6 weeks through Pre-K. Offering a fun, inspiring and safe environment for children to learn in the heart of Downtown Orlando, The Magnolia Preschool is built on a 40 year history of caring for infants and children.
Monday - Friday: 7am to 6pm | Holidays: Closed 11 major holidays
For more information, to schedule a tour, or future placement, call The Magnolia Preschool office at 407.425.1126.
Weekday School is a part-time preschool for ages two-and-a-half to five years that seeks to enhance a child's spiritual, emotional, social, mental, and physical growth during their most formative years. Their goal is to prepare the whole child for kindergarten and beyond. Established in 1950 as a ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, we acknowledge God as real and present. Qualified teachers provide nurturing guidance, striving to help each child reach their God-given potential.
Monday - Friday: 9am to 12pm (early care and extended-day hours available)
Classes meet August through May.
Founded in 1994, MusikGarten is an internationally known, preeminent early childhood music program available to children ages birth through 9 years old. Classes are informal and structured in a way which is age appropriate. Each lesson includes: singing, dancing, playing instruments, listening, and pattern work. All classes are structured as a group setting alongside parents, and expose your child to the many aspects of music. MusikGarten’s founders are strong advocates of extensive training for their instructors, offering support to each center and their leaders, and provide continuing education through monthly newsletters and yearly trainings.
First Pres offers MusikGarten on a semester basis, in the Fall, Spring and Summer. We facilitate your child’s foundation of basic music skills which are: singing on pitch and keeping a steady beat. Your child learns best through what you model, and our goal is to give each parent the tools to bring music into their child’s life, and ultimately, the family.
For more information, email our Musikgarten Coordinator, Kelli Cummins-Branson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Lisa Booth in the Worship Arts Department at 407.423.3441 x1462.
The Christ School
Housed on the FPCO campus, The Christ School partners with families to provide an academically rigorous and Christ-centered K–8 experience. Their students and graduates confidently pursue excellence in scholarship, service and leadership.
For 20 years, The Christ School has embraced its downtown location and has benefited from relationships with the city business, government, arts, and service organizations. In its founding year, TCS garnered the Golden Brick Award for excellence in education. The Christ School also received full accreditation from Christian Schools of Florida in 1999, the youngest school to ever do so, and has continued to exceed the standards.