Milestones

Entering kindergarten is a faith milestone celebrated at CPC

As God’s family, we need to pause at moments to acknowledge God’s presence and celebrate as a community how God is at work. One of the ways we do that at CPC is by marking the milestones in each others’ lives, particularly those focusing on our faith journey. Celebrating faith milestones gives us an opportunity to directly relate our individual stories to the story of God’s people from Scripture.

Please note that ALL of these milestones include parents and young people together in the learning sessions (one parent is requested, but both parents are welcome).

Faith Milestones celebrated at CPC:

Starting School – for KINDERGARTNERS –  A “Blessing of the Backpacks” is offered for all children returning to school, with special emphasis on our kindergarten children as they reach this Milestone. The blessing coincides with Rally Day (Sunday school registration) and is during 11 a.m. worship.

Prayer Milestone – for FIRST graders – This two-session introduction to praying and specifically to the Lord’s Prayer culminates in leading the congregation as Jesus taught us to pray.

Preparing Children for Worship – for SECOND graders and their PARENT(S) – Children are always welcomed and encouraged to be in worship at Cary Presbyterian Church! However, the sights, sounds and other senses of the sanctuary, while good, are not always understandable. 

This three-week class is held during the Sunday School hour and introduces the order of worship, how to use the bulletin, special worship vocabulary, learning about the worship space, and the sacraments. The Milestone concludes with recognition in worship.

Getting to Know My Bible – for THIRD graders and their PARENT(S) – CPC presents an interactive child’s edition of the Common English Bible to each of our third graders each year. Because we don’t want just to hand the children a Bible without help, and because research shows that the single most important part of a child’s faith development is parental involvement, we offer this special three-week unit during Sunday School, generally in September or October, to help third graders get to know their Bibles.  

Confirmation – a major Milestone for EIGHTH graders, is held on Sunday mornings from September through May. See more in the Youth section.

Driver’s License Milestone – for those who have or will receive their driver’s license during the year from September to September. This one-time class is held in the Spring, often on the Saturday of the rehearsal for Youth Sunday, followed by this Milestone recognition in worship that next day, or very soon thereafter.

For more information about Milestones at CPC, contact Medora Hix, Director of Christian Education at medora.hix@carypresbyterian.org.

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