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.
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
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 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.
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.
Vacation Bible School
Each year, FBC invites all children in the Athens-Clarke County area for a week of activities, music and Bible Study for children who have (or will have) completed PreK through 6th grade by the time VBS begins. Thank you to everyone who made “Camp FBCA” such a great success. Check back next year for information about our 2020 Vacation Bible School schedule.
Each year, we take a group of children who have completed 3rd-6th grade to PASSPORT KIDS CAMP which will be held at Rock Eagle 4H Center in Eatonton, Georgia from July 21-24. This is an amazing 4 days and 3 nights of worship, Bible study, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, a recreation night, a night market for mission emphasis, and a variety show. It is a wonderful week of discovering God and building relationships with one another. The cost is $250/child (scholarships are available). Email Janet Cleland to sign up. Space is limited!
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.