Stay Connected While Gatherings Are Postponed
Our mission is to create a community of kids who are authentic Christ-Followers, and we’re just as committed to building it online and partnering with you at home!
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook (@friendskidsyl) for materials each weekend that help parents bring our kids’ online church experience to your homes. If you haven’t yet, sign up for our Weekly Newsletter and automatically receive all your weekend experience materials every Saturday at 10A.
Fortified families (of 4th and 5th graders) can receive lesson plans by email, or simply click the “Fortified Online Lesson Plan” link below. (Be sure to follow us on Instagram for special updates from Alyssa!)
Welcome to Friends Kids
This is 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!
Sat Nights @ 5P | Sun Mornings @ 9 & 11A | Wed Nights @ 7P
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)
4th & 5th Grade | September 18, 2019 – May 20, 2020
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 – 8:30P in the MPR. 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!
DROP-OFF / PICK-UP MAP
Foundations of Parenting
Sunday, May 3, 11A | Backstage Room
Friends cares about kids, and partners with parents in the spiritual training of your children. This class is required for parents who want to publicly express their spiritual commitment by dedicating their children in the services on Mother’s Day.
Kids Camp 2020
July 12 – 18, 2020
The wait is over, yes it’s true! Friends Kids is going to Hume Lake Wagon Train this summer! 4th and 5th Grade students (as of Fall 2020) won’t want to miss out on campfire worship, hiking, exploring, & sleeping in a real covered wagon! We are so excited to take our kids to this fun, old west experience. It’s going to be a great adventure! We hope you will join us!
Friends Kids VBS 2020
July 27 – 31, 2020
Save the date for Friends Kids VBS 2020! We can’t wait for this awesome time with you!
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10 GOOD FRIDAY 5 & 7P | WORSHIP CENTER
11/12 EASTER SERVICES | SATURDAY 4 & 6P | SUNDAY 8:30, 10, & 11:30A
3 FOUNDATIONS OF PARENTING CLASS | 11A | BACKSTAGE ROOM
9/10 CHILD DEDICATIONS | SATURDAY 5P | SUNDAY 9 & 11A
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 (4th – 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.
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’s journey to becoming a Kids Care Associate came after a series of life changes. Monica comes from a large family and counts the bond between her siblings as a blessing and a source of strength. When she and her husband discovered that having children of their own was not in God’s plan, they prayed for guidance and then turned to Olive Crest. Monica feels they have been blessed abundantly, as they have fostered and adopted all 6 of their children. Monica is a child advocate and has become an Ambassador for Olive Crest.
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.
Kinder – 3rd Grade Associate
Jon is a CSUF graduate who achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. He is passionate about Children’s Ministry and believes that having a strong knowledge of the Bible is the most important foundation for people of all ages. His relationship with God began at an early age and has spent his life spreading the love of God through coaching sports, teaching kids, and ministering to his friends and family. Jon also leads a small group of Junior High students and is a sports fanatic who loves to play and watch Spikeball, baseball, and basketball.
4th & 5th Grade Associate
Alyssa is a Biola University graduate who majored in Christian Ministries and is currently earning her MA in Theology 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 4th & 5th graders to be able to take one step closer to Jesus in a fun and authentic environment!