Welcome to Friends Kids…a fun, creative and interactive places where kids and families embark on a journey to becoming authentic Christ-followers! Our staff and screened volunteers guide kids through the Bible in our age appropriate room destinations as the parents attend our main Worship Gathering. Your kids will love our newly renovated Kids Space, with interactive classrooms for ages Birth-5th grade…take the ramp down to our lower level to check it out!
Child Dedication Information will be shared at the end of the “Foundations of Parenting” class. All parents who want to dedicate their children must attend the Foundations of Parenting class and stay for the Child Dedication portion. Our Child Dedications are a public, parent commitment. Parents will stand with their children in front of the congregation as a promise to offer their child to the Lord. It is also a public commitment to dedicate themselves to rearing their child for the glory of God. Parents should regularly attend Friends Church weekend services as they will be standing before the congregation who will help support, encourage, and hold them accountable on their parenting journey.
We want to minister to you as a parent. We value you as the primary spiritual nurturers of your children. We strive to support you in this role by encouraging and equipping you to spiritually lead your families. In light of this, we came up with some simple goals and resources to help you on your journey.
READ the Bible with your child everyday.
PRAY with and for your child everyday.
TALK with your child about God throughout the day (Deuteronomy 6).
Be INVOLVED with your child at church, don’t just bring them to church:
Bible stories are taught each weekend, using a variety of age-appropriate methods aimed at helping young children understand God loves them and God made them.
2 – 3 Years:
Kids participate in Large group time which is a fun, interactive, multimedia-based curriculum that takes them on a Bible Adventure as they explore God’s Word through creatively taught Bible stories on DVD. Kids also sing, jump, shout, move and worship through song. The kids break up into small groups where they do Bible learning activities or crafts that reinforce the lesson objective.
4 Years – Kindergarten:
The Bible is taught over two years through a large group/small group format called Pt. Discovery. Kids start out in small groups doing an activity together, then transition to large group time for high-energy, engaging and age-appropriate Bible teaching and worship. Kids then have small groups where they participate in activities to reinforce the story.
- Anticipate/Small Group:
Check-In Anticipate is an energizing time for parents and kids to start engaging with the material that will be presented in the lesson. It is intentionally designed to spark curiosity about what they will be experiencing.
- Celebrate/Large Group:
During the Celebrate portion of the lesson, kids get to be a part of the community of God’s family. They participate in celebratory worship, connect through fun and interaction, and experience The Big God Story through storytelling right out of the Bible.
- Respond/Large Group:
During our large group Respond time, kids worship through silence, prayer, singing, giving, sharing, and gratitude.
- Respond/Small Group:
The small group Respond time is a time to engage in relationships with other kids and their leader (this is why it is SO important for kids to attend the same service each weekend!), reflect on the lesson, and create a collaborative project or piece of art. During the time of reflection, kids are encouraged to explore personal responses to God and grow in their relationship with Christ.
- Bless/Small Group:
The Bless portion of the lesson provides a time for leaders and parents to bless their students or children. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement.
HomeFront Monthly is for all ages. You can download by clicking on the link below for this month’s HomeFront. It includes: storytelling, God’s Word, new family traditions, fun games and recipes, family blessings, prayer, a marriage section and more!
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Friends Kids would not be possible without our amazing volunteers! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer to help develop the next generation, or have any questions, please email Becky.
Students 7th Grade and up are invited to join their parents in the main Worship Gathering on Sundays.