Children

Children’s Ministry Mission Statement

We seek to invite children to experience the joy of a “Great Adventure” with God!
Engaging children to discover God and empowering parents to Guide their children in their discovery.

At FBC we believe that children learn about having a relationship with God by being involved in relationships with people who have a relationship with God. As we live lives that are being transformed before our children; they experience the power and presence of God. We provide consistent leaders who connect with our children on a regular basis and guide them in their discovery of God.

At FBC we believe children learn and retain the most through experience. We desire to give children an adventure in learning that will impact them for eternity. We provide an experience that is developmentally appropriate, one that involves and engages them in the learning process. We use the Workshop Rotation Model in our Sunday morning adventure which enables us to teach in all the ways in which God created us to learn.

At FBC we believe in partnering with parents as they discover God with their children. We desire to provide resources for spiritual development and tools for parents that will help them have spiritual conversations with their children. We believe it is important to provide family activities and intergenerational opportunities for parents and children to grow in their discovery of God.

Connected Not Canceled

Dear Families,

We are connected and not canceled during these challenging days. We know there are many challenges you are encountering. Perhaps you are working from home or not working at all. We know your children are at home with lessons to continue and none of their regular activities to attend. Many difficult adjustments are having to be made in our homes. Please know that our church family wants to and needs to stay connected to one another. Know your family is being prayed for. If you have a need during this time, please let us know so we can help.

While there will be no activities at church on Wednesdays or Sundays, we will provide some ideas for things you can do at home as well as resources and links.

Learn more about Compassion Camp, our Virtual VBS. Sign up for our Summer Virtual Bible School here. Click here for the Week 2 Compassion Camp resources. Follow this link for Week 3 resources.

Our Sunday School unit for June is on Ruth.  Read the story of this remarkable woman here. 
 
Ruth made unleavened bread.  Click here for a recipe to try with your children.
 
Click here for a crossword puzzle about Ruth. Here is a coloring page about Ruth.
 
Here is a coloring page about the Great Commandment from Sunday, July 5 for your children to enjoy.
 
For our Sunday School unit, we are learning about Joshua and Joshua 6:1-20.  Here is a word search about Joshua and the Battle of Jericho for your children to do. 
 
If you are wondering how to talk to your children about race and the issues facing our country, click here for a short video from NPR that might be helpful. Here is a compilation of resources that might be helpful. 
 

Sunday Morning Adventure

Sunday School Hour

Children infant through 3 years old enjoy learning from “Deep Blue Nursery” curriculum. This curriculum is developmentally appropriate for our babies, toddlers, 2 and 3 year olds. Our children are taught and cared for by loving, consistent teachers.

Children Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade experience discovering God through the Workshop Rotation Model. This educational model is based on the work of Howard Gardner, known as Multiple Intelligences. Rotational learning is based on how God created us to learn and it is exciting for both students and teachers. Children experience Bible stories in the ways they learn best and it builds on the advantages of repetition. The more ways children explore a story or concept, the more it is reinforced in their memories.

Children in the 5th and 6th grades discover God through our “Submerge” curriculum. They dive deep into God’s word in all the ways that are appropriate for preteens.

Wednesday Night Adventure

Children’s Choir

First Baptist Church provides a graded choir program for children on Wednesday evenings for ages three through sixth grade. Our experienced and gifted choir teachers, helpers, and accompanists utilize the Celebrating Grace curriculum for children’s choirs, a dynamic and effective material. In children’s choir, our children learn how to express their love for God through singing, listening, moving, and playing instruments. The children’s choirs meet from 5:45 – 6:30 pm. from August through May.

Brownie Bear Preschool Choir: Ages 3, 4. 5, and Kindergarten
Music Makers: 1st – 3rd grades
Joyful Singers: 4th – 6th grades

Mission Kids

Mission Kids is an opportunity for children to learn about missions in our community and our world. The children hear about various missionaries, learn about different cultures and tradition, discover the work of mission in our own city and church, and to listen for how God is calling them to daily serve others in love. We use SPARK, the missions education material published for elementary children by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Mission Kids meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:15 pm following children’s choirs. The children are grouped as follows:

Pre-school ages 3, 4, 5, and Kindergarten
1st through 3rd grades
4th through 6th grades

Please register for Children’s Choirs and Mission Kids by following this link to our online form.

 

Worship Hour

Our church mission states that First Baptist Church is a thriving community in Christ where we all participate in worship and are transformed by mission. We are intentional about including regular opportunities and appropriate experiences for our children to be participants and leaders in worship. Our children’s choirs are scheduled throughout the year to sing in worship. At other times our children lead us through scripture reading. Children also have opportunity to engage in worship learning experiences that are age appropriate in their own learning spaces which occur simultaneously with worship.

Babies through 3 year olds stay in their Sunday School class during the worship hour. Their Sunday School lesson is extended to include the worship hour.

Children in Pre-Kindergarten through the 6th grade attend the worship service with their parents. Children have the opportunity to pick up a worship bag filled with a variety of activities to help them better experience the worship service. About 15 minutes into the service during a hymn,  Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd grade children are dismissed to go to children’s church. They will experience a lesson from the Spark Bible that is from a Scripture reading used in the worship service. This will include a hands-on learning activity as well.

Children in grades 2 – 6 serve as Acolytes in our church. This is another way our children have the opportunity to serve as worship participants and leaders. Acolytes bring into worship the Bible, the word of God and the Light, representing Christ’s presence as the light of the world. 

Special Adventures

Vacation Bible School

We will be offering a Virtual Vacation Bible School beginning the week of June 21 and ending the week of July 19. In the weekly newsletter you will receive the resources for activities to do at home. Each Wednesday, beginning June 24, we will connect on a  Zoom call and participate together in music, movement, missions and an activity related to the week’s theme. 

Register below today! 

Virtual Vacation Bible School

Please fill out one form per child.
  • Enter one child's name here. If there are additional children, please fill out a separate form.
  • Please enter a number from 4 to 12.
    Please indicate your child's age
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
    What is your child's birthdate?
    Please check the box next to the grade your child has just completed in May 2020.
  • Please list the number where we can reach you during VBS.
    Please indicate whether or not you authorize First Baptist Church to publish photographs taken during VBS for use in FBC publications. I understand that my child's full name will not be named in any publications.

 

 

Passport Camp

Passport is offering an opportunity to participate in a virtual Passport Kids Camp. This is open to all children who have completed the third, fourth, fifth or sixth grade. If you have attended Passport before you will be familiar with the virtual offerings. You can participate in any or all of the following: an energizer challenge, the question of the week, the verse of the week or in the variety show.

If your child is interested in participating in any or all of these opportunities please email Janet Cleland to sign up..

Children’s Christmas Musical

Our Children’s Choirs work all fall to prepare for their Christmas Musical and it shows. They always do an amazing job, leading us to worship the newborn king.

Easter Egg Hunt and Family Lunch

Every year on Palm Sunday, we have an Easter Egg hunt for all of our children and then provide a lunch for the families.  Most recently, it was an intergenerational lunch with those in our senior Seekers ministry joining us.

First Grade Bible Mentors

As the new school year begins in the Fall, we take time in a worship service to present our new first graders with a children’s Bible. It is also our desire to match each child up with a mentor who will walk with them through their growing up years in our faith community.