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
Our children Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade experience discovering God through the Workshop Rotation Model during the Sunday School hour. 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.
Our children infant through 3-year-olds are taught and cared for each week by loving, consistent teachers. Their curriculum is hands on and developmentally appropriate. Click here for the 2017-2018 outline of topics we will explore along with timing.
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.
Brownie Bear Preschool Choir: Age 3 – Pre-K 4’s children
Music Makers: Kindergarten – Grade 2 children
Joyful Singers: Grade 3 – Grade 6 children
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:
Kindergarten and Grade 1
Grade 2 and Grade 3
Grades 4, 5, and 6
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.
While children are in the worship service they have the opportunity to pick up a worship bag (hanging by the front pulpit side of the church). The worship bag contains the following: A “What do I experience in worship” sheet encouraging them to look, listen and experience various aspects of the service. There are stickers in their bags for them to use to put on the various items when they experience them. Also there is a “my worship experience” sheet for them to draw or write on. There is model magic for them to create with. There is a book to read and also a pen, pencil and crayons.
Vacation Bible School
Each year, FBC invites all children in the Athens-Clarke County area for a week of activities, music and Bible Study. This year’s theme was “Lights, Camera, Action!” Over 80 children participated in VBS this year. A big shout out of thanks goes to all volunteers and participants. Watch FBC publications and this space for information about VBS 2019!
PASSPORT KIDS CAMP will be held at Converse College in Spartanburg for children in grades 3-6 from July 11-14. The cost is $235/child (scholarships are available). Email Janet Cleland to sign up. Space is limited!
Fine Arts Camp
Our FINE ARTS CAMP on July 16-19 from 8:00 am to noon is open to children who have completed Kindergarten through rising seventh graders. The cost of the camp is $25/child or $20/sibling if more than one sibling attends together. Scholarships are available. Online registration is now closed for the camp. Should you wish to register your child, please contact the church office.
Our annual Fall Festival is held in late October and is open to the community. The Fall Festival features games, trunk-or-treat and great food. The entire community is invited, so please come and join us for the festival and welcome our community to our campus!
There are two separate tracks for Pre-K 4’s through Grade 2 children
Track 1: Pre-K and Kindergarten
Children in Pre-K (age 4 by September 1) and in Kindergarten (age 5 by September 1) attend the beginning of worship with their parents (or grandparents). Parents are to come to their child’s classroom at the close of Sunday School (10:45 a.m.) and pick up their child to take to worship with them for the first 15 minutes of worship. These children leave worship at the appointed time in the service with their leaders to return to the preschool area as a group. We encourage parents to sit at or near the front of the sanctuary (this way children can see better, and be closer to the door for exiting).
Children have a snack when they return to their room. A brief story time is led by the Extended Session workers.Children also have opportunity for center play & learning.
Track 2: Grade 1 & 2
Children in Grades 1 & 2 attend the beginning of worship with their parents (or grandparents). Parents are to come to their child’s classroom at the close of Sunday school (10:45) and pick up their child to take to worship with them for the first 15 minutes of worship. These children leave worship at the appointed time in the service with their leaders. Children will experience a lesson from the Spark Bible that is from a Scripture reading used in the worship service.
Acolytes: Children in Grades 1– 6
The children in grades 1 – 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. Children are scheduled in pairs to take their turn as acolytes on Sundays.