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First Steps

Vision Statement

‘First Steps’ is a ministry where every child between 0–5 years of age is valued and nurtured in a loving and caring Christian community.

The first five years of a child’s life is a time filled with firsts: there’s the first smile, the first word, the first tooth, and also the first steps. ‘First Steps’ represents a child’s first steps into a Christian community through the ministry of The Salvation Army. It may also be the first steps for many parents into a Christian church. ‘First Steps’ has been designed to help people in your church who are passionate about connecting with young families. It’s about making a positive difference in the spiritual development of children, and supporting and resourcing parents during this journey.

The key aspects of this ministry include:

  • Pastorally caring for families with young children;
  • The recognition of key milestones;
  • Supporting families through joys and difficulties;
  • Celebrating dedication or thanksgiving services.

First Steps Dedication/Thanksgiving Materials

There are resources to help support this ministry and they are all available from Salvation Army Supplies and include:

  • Dedication and Thanksgiving Certificates
  • Welcome to First Steps Ministries Certificate
  • Prayer for You Frame
  • Birthday cards for ages 1 - 5

For information on how to use these resources please see below links:
First Steps Materials Explained
First Steps Key Questions

For single parent Dedication and Thanksgiving certificates please click here:
Single Parent Dedication Certificate
Single Parent Thanksgiving Certificate

For the Dedication Prayer Text Template please click here:
Dedication Prayer Text Template

If you would like more information regarding this ministry and how you might be able to use it at your church, please contact your Divisional Children’s Ministry Representative.

First Steps Dedication Certificate

First Steps Dedication Certificate

First Steps Thanksgiving Certificate

First Steps Thanksgiving Certificate

Traditional Dedication Certificate

First Steps Traditional Dedication Certificate

Welcome to First Steps Ministries Certificate

First Steps Welcome Certificate

First Steps Prayer For You Frame

First Steps Prayer For You Frame

Birthday Card Pack

First Steps birthday card pack

First Steps Birthday Card for One Year Old

First Steps birthday card one

First Steps Birthday Card for Two Year Old

First Steps birthday card two

First Steps Birthday Card for Three Year Old

First Steps birthday card three

First Steps Birthday Card for Four Year Old

First steps birthday card four

First Steps Birthday Card for Five Year Old

First Steps birthday card five

First Steps Curriculum

The First Steps Curriculum is interactive, has great Christian learning, is easy to use with a variety of activity choices and equips families to engage with their children's spiritual development. It can be used in in any program that you have for pre-school aged children. It has great new ideas for ministry to pre-schoolers in a variety of settings; a clear, proven framework for engaging with 0-5 year olds and their families, and a range of developmentally appropriate, interactive activities.

Below you will find supporting documentation to get you started in using First Steps in your program. You will find the welcome section which outlines how and where you can use First Steps and a description of the spots to assist you in understanding why each section of the curriculum is included.

First Steps Curriculum Welcome Document

First Steps Decription of Spots Document

Children's Week First Steps Curriculum

Christmas First Steps Curriculum

Easter First Steps Curriculum

Father's Day First Steps Curriculum

Giving Thanks First Steps Curriculum

Let's Have a Party - Birthday First Steps Curriculum

Mother's Day First Steps Curriculum