Welcome children & families
Welcome, we are so glad you are interested in exploring our ministry with children and families. Whether you are new to town and looking for a church home or just curious about what we do, we have tried to anticipate your questions. After exploring the questions and answers section at the bottom of this page, if you still have questions, please contact Kristen Koger.
The season of Advent is the time that the church sets aside as a way to prepare for the arrival of the Christ child. But it is so easy for us to get caught up in other things during this season.
Join us on Sunday, December 1st following our Hanging of the Green service as we take time as family units to prepare for the Advent season. We will have various stations set up in Carreker Hall for you to create some things for your family or for our church as we journey through Advent together.
This event is intended for people of all ages. There will be a sandwich lunch served, but the cost of the event is free. All we ask is for you to sign up below to help us plan for how many supplies we will need.
Preschool: Our preschool department (ages birth-Kindergarten) uses Cokesbury’s Deep Blue curriculum. After hearing the weekly Bible story, our preschoolers will play games, do crafts, and participate in other sensory activities to help them learn and connect with the story.
Grade School: Our grade school department (grades 1-5) uses the Shine curriculum. This curriculum is more discussion based, but still has activities to help the children deepen their understanding of the stories of our faith. With this curriculum, children will find ways to apply these stories and teachings to their everyday lives.
At First Baptist, we believe that worship is one of the most important things we do. We believe that worshiping together as a family is an important part of a child and a family's spiritual formation. But we also recognize that not every worship service engages children in ways that are developmentally appropriate. So, we do our best to empower and equip families and children so that worship is a meaningful and transformational experience for both the parents and the children.
Children birth-2 years: These children are cared for each week by our wonderful paid workers. Consistency in care is crucial for this age, so we like your child to recognize the faces of those who are caring for them each week.
Children ages 3-Kindergarten: These children will participate in our Fresh Start Kids or Sanctuary Kids programs during the worship service. For our Fresh Start service (8:45am), children will worship with their family for the first 10-15 minutes or so, and then be dismissed to Fresh Start Kids. For our Sanctuary Service (11:15am), children will be taken directly to the worship care room for the worship hour.
Children 1st-5th grade: These children remain in worship for the whole time. We have a lovely worship wagon that has quiet activities, books, coloring sheets, and other materials on it to help your child engage in worship. This wagon can be found at the back of the Fresh Start worship space or on the piano side of the Sanctuary. Your child can take a totebag and fill it with the supplies he/she/they need for the service, and then return the supplies to their home on the wagon following the service.