KIDS

Welcome to KidVenture…a fun, creative, and interactive place where kids and families embark on a journey to becoming authentic Christ-followers! The adventure begins with our weekend services. Our staff and screened volunteers guide kids through the Bible in our age-appropriate room destinations!

Meet Our Team

Lori Reedy

Kids Director

It has been Lori’s honor and privilege to be a part of our kid’s staff for 20 plus years! Impacting the lives of not only children but their parents has been an amazing opportunity. What better way to build the kingdom of God than in the hearts and lives of children. She is married to her husband Scott and they are parents of 4 adult children Tyler, Tanner, Coleman, and Katelin. She loves spending time with family, going to the beach, biking, hiking and taking fun vacations!

Carie Morrison

Elementary Director

Carie is a lover of Christ, momma to the cutest little gal Cadence, and a wife to Chris, the man of her dreams. Her roots are from Oklahoma but moved here in 2008 to pursue a job in kids ministry. She has been in kids ministry for 12 years and is loving every second of it. She loves to shop, read, binge Netflix, eat chocolate, and take adventures with her family! She can’t go 24hrs without a Starbucks Refresher!

Alyssa Powers

Elementary Associate

Alyssa is a Biola University graduate who majored in Christian Ministries and is currently earning her MA in Bible Exposition at Talbot Seminary. She loves to have fun, see new sights and is constantly looking for the best taco in town. Alyssa loves creating spaces for 3rd through 6th graders to be able to take one step closer to Jesus in a fun and authentic environment!

Elizabeth Miller

Early Childhood Director

Elizabeth Miller is a proud Pepperdine University graduate. Go Waves! She has always had a passion for early childhood teaching and discipleship – helping children understand what it means to love God and love others. She also finds great joy in connecting with and loving on her volunteers. When she’s not ministering at Friends, she loves to experiment in the kitchen. She also enjoys musical theatre and taking in some culture at local museums. Her four children and her husband, Brian, are a source of great joy and encouragement in her life and you’ll hear her speak of them often!

Krista Ophaug

Elementary Associate

Krista is a graduate of Biola University and has been at Friends Church for 10 years. She loves hanging out with the 1st and 2nd grade kids each weekend and helping them grow closer to Jesus! She is married to Aaron, who is also on staff as the pastor of evangelism. They have two beautiful kids and as a family they love to go for hikes, get donuts, play at parks, and go camping. Krista is grateful for the opportunity to serve the kids and families at Friends Church.

Natalie Washington

Early Childhood Associate

Natalie has her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. She has always loved working with children and is passionate about showing them how to love and live as Christ did. She counts it an honor to care for, pray for, and spend time with the children at Friends. She married her high school sweetheart, Keith, and together they have 3 amazing children who have helped her grow beyond anything she could have ever imagined. She loves animals, sunsets at the beach and watching her children play sports.

Weekly Gatherings

KidVenture Weekend Services

Weekend Services

Saturdays, 5P | Sundays, 9 & 11A

Kids gather together in age-appropriate spaces to connect with others and grow in their relationship with Jesus. They enjoy music and the creative teaching of God’s Word through drama, video, and stories!

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KidVenture VBS

Fortified

Wednesdays, 7-8:30P, Multi Purpose Room (MPR)

Fortified is a weekly gathering where kids are intentionally discipled, taught how to grow in their faith, and shown what it means to use their lives to serve God and others. They meet on campus Wednesday nights from 7 – 8:30pm. This is the perfect opportunity for your preteen to connect and grow with God, peers and leaders who are devoted to their spiritual and relational growth all while having tons of fun! Fortified will kick off September 19th, 2018!

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Upcoming Events

There is always something fun and exciting happening at Friends Church! Click the button below to see all the amazing things happening at Friends.

Friends Kids Summer

4th – 5th Grade

Throughout the summer months we have fun interactive events planned for your 4th & 5th graders. All events are free!

Join us for one of our next events!

Bounce & Burritos | August 1 | 6:30 – 8P | MPR

Fudge Sundaes & Family Time | August 8 | 6:30 – 8P | MPR

VBS

July 30 – Aug 3, 2018
9A – 12P
Kinder – 5th Grade

Vacation Bible School is an awesome week of fun for kids! They’ll enjoy activities like huge water slides and creating cool crafts, plus experience interactive chapels, get to know others and Jesus during small group times, and worship God together.

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Child Dedications

October 13 -14, 2018

Our Child Dedications are a public commitment made by parents. Parents will stand with their children in front of the congregation and make a promise to offer their children to the Lord. It is also a public commitment to dedicate themselves to rearing their child for the glory of God.

All parents who want to dedicate their children must attend the Foundations of Parenting class, if they haven’t already, on September 23 at 11A in the Backstage Room.

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Complete Calendar of Events

JULY

30-3 VBS | 9A – 12P | Worship Center | Kinder – 5th Grade

AUGUST

30-3 VBS | 9A – 12P | Worship Center | Kinder – 5th Grade

1 BOUNCE AND BURRITOS | 4th – 5th Grade | 6:30-8P | MPR | Free

8 FUDGE SUNDAES & FAMILY TIME | 4th – 5th Grade | 6:30-8P | MPR | Free

SEPTEMBER

12 LIFE GROUP KICK OFF

Resources for Parents

Foundations of Parenting Class
This class is designed to encourage and equip parents to spiritually lead their families.
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Child Dedication
A special time where parents stand with their children in front of the congregation and make a promise to offer their child to the Lord.
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The Mom Connection
A place for moms of children of any age to connect and to encourage one another.
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Baptisms
Baptisms are an opportunity for believers to publicly identify with Jesus and serves as an outward confession of an inward change.
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DivorceCare
Become a part of a small group that serves as a support group. This group of people share your experience.
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MOMS of Military
This group meets to support our loved ones with our prayers, love, and friendship.
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Volunteer
If you are a student or an adult and you want to jump in and connect with kids, apply today to help “Kids Become Authentic Christ-Followers!”
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Volunteer Resources
Interested in volunteering? Here is some more information about what it takes.
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Special Needs Ministry
This is a ministry to children from birth to 6th grade who need specialized care and assistance to participate in KidVenture.
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