First Steps (Preschool)
‘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:
There are resources to help support this ministry and they are all available from Salvation Army Supplies and include:
For information on how to use these resources please see below links:First Steps Materials ExplainedFirst Steps Key QuestionsFor single parent Dedication and Thanksgiving certificates please click here:Single Parent Dedication CertificateSingle Parent Thanksgiving Certificate
For the Dedication Prayer Text Template please click here:Dedication Prayer Text TemplateIf 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 Thanksgiving Certificate
Traditional Dedication Certificate
Welcome to First Steps Ministries Certificate
First Steps Prayer For You Frame
Birthday Card Pack
First Steps Birthday Card for One Year Old
First Steps Birthday Card for Two Year Old
First Steps Birthday Card for Three Year Old
First Steps Birthday Card for Four Year Old
First Steps Birthday Card for Five Year Old
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
What's in a Story?
Thank You Prayer
God and Me