Welcome to Friends Kids…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!
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!
Wednesdays, 7-8:30P, Multi Purpose Room (MPR)
Life Group Winter Kick Off: January 16, 2019
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 – 8:45P. 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!
*We currently have spots open for specific age and gender groups. Please register on our wait-list or email our admin, firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to open up all groups again as soon but are waiting on more leaders to keep to our safety ratio numbers.
May 11 & 12
Our greatest desire is to support you as you lead your children to become authentic Christ followers. Friends Church gives an opportunity for our parents to publicly express their commitment to the spiritual training of their children through a child dedication in one of our three services. Parents who want to dedicate their children must attend our Foundations of Parenting class (April 14 @ 11A), which is your first step of partnering with us in the spiritual formation of your child.
JUNE 9 is the date all students UPGRADE in Student Ministries. It is our goal that every student is excited to continue to be a part of student ministries. Transitions can be a challenge for some students, so we have lots of ways to help them learn, feel comfortable and get excited about moving up. Click below for important dates and more information!
June 23 – 28
4th – 5th Grade
Join us as we head up the mountain to Forest Home. Your child won’t want to miss out on the campfire worships, hiking, swimming and other fun activities that will create memories that last a lifetime! We only have 40 spots available so sign up today!
July 29 – August 2
Kindergarten – 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.
20/21 WORSHIP TOGETHER WEEKEND (3rd Grade On Up)
5 JHM TAKE OVER SERVICE 3rd – 5th Grade
18/19 NEXT GEN TAKE OVER WEEKEND | Worship Center
8/9 UPGRADE WEEKEND
23-28 SUMMER CAMP (4th & 5th Grade)
29-2 VBS “The Lion King”
Meet Our Team
Lori has been a part of our kid’s staff for 20 plus years! It is her honor and privilege to have the amazing opportunity to impact the lives of not only children but their parents as well. 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!
Early Childhood Director
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.
Elizabeth 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!
Monica has worked in several areas of customer service and management but has always had a love for children. She comes from a large family and counts the bond between her siblings as a source of blessing and strength. When she and her husband discovered that they could not have children of their own, they prayed for guidance and then turned to Olive Crest. God has blessed them since with 6 adopted children. Monica is now an Ambassador for Olive Crest and she witnesses to many churches. She is a child advocate who believes the commandment as given to us by our Lord in Matthew 19:14.
Early Childhood Associate
Alexa is currently a student at California State University of Long Beach and majoring in design. She also has a degree form FIDM for visual communications. Besides school, Alexa loves to travel, hang out with friends and family, and serve the community. She has grown up at Yorba Linda Friends and is so excited for the opportunity to bring children closer to God, and be apart of the ministry that shaped her into who she is today.
1st & 2nd Grade Associate
Jon is a student at California State University, Fullerton who is achieving his BS in Health Science. He is passionate about Children’s Ministry and has been serving for a couple of years. He believes that having a strong knowledge of God’s Word is the most important foundation for people of all ages. His love of God began early in his life and he has spent his life spreading the love of God by coaching sports, teaching kids, and ministering to his friends and family. Jon is usually playing Spikeball, eating at his favorite restaurant, In-n-out, and is a die-hard Yankees, Ducks, and Real Madrid fan.
3rd – 5th Grade 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 5th graders to be able to take one step closer to Jesus in a fun and authentic environment!
Resources for Parents
Foundations of Parenting Class
This class is designed to encourage and equip parents to spiritually lead their families.
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.
Baptisms are an opportunity for believers to publicly identify with Jesus and serves as an outward confession of an inward change.
Become a part of a small group that serves as a support group. This group of people share your experience.
The Mom Connection
A place for moms of children of any age to connect and to encourage one another.
Worship Together Weekends
Worship Together means that children (3rd – 5th grades) and students (6th – 12th grades) have the opportunity of joining their parents in the Worship Center rather than have their own programming.
Special Needs Ministry
This is a ministry to children from birth to 5th grade who need specialized care and assistance to participate in Friends Kids.
MOMS of Military
This group meets to support our loved ones with our prayers, love, and friendship.