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.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION: FBU Kids Begins godly play
“Godly play” is a term coined by Jerome Berryman to describe an approach to children’s spiritual formation that is based on creating a sacred space in which to present the stories of our faith, wonder about them together, and then allow the children open-ended opportunities, usually with art supplies, to engage the story on their own terms.
The stories are told very simply, with simple props (see pictures to the left), and without interpretation or moral instruction. After a story is presented, the children and the storyteller wonder together about aspects of the story that draw their interest. For instance, with the parable of the Good Shepherd, they might wonder together how the sheep felt as they followed the shepherd. Or whether the sheep have names. Or how it might feel to be inside the sheepfold. Finally, the children choose art supplies and create pictures, sculptures, or other projects that represent what they most related to in the story during a time of personal reflection and response.
This is play. It is Godly. It is meeting God along with children rather than teaching them what we adults think they ought to know. Our faith stories are very powerful and offer plenty to think about even without our elaboration on what they “mean.” You and your children are invited to join us as we sit and wonder together.
Children who are PreK-5th grade will participate in this program. Younger children (infants-3 year olds) will be in nursery care. Contact Kristen Koger if you have any questions.
We've Got Answers!
We Know how difficult it can be when looking for a new church home? When you add children to the search, it can be downright difficult to know which place is right for you, especially since there are so many wonderful churches in the Decatur area. We've tried to anticipate your questions in order to help you discover if First Baptist Church of Decatur might be the place for you and your family.