3Children’s Church

Children’s Church is comprised of two ministry groups: “KIDS’ Zone: Church” and “Grapple”.

KIDS’ Zone: Church

Is offered for kids ages 4 through 2nd grade, three to four Sundays of the month during the sermon part of the Sunday service. 

Grapple Grapple, for 3rd – 6th graders, meets twice a month (the 2nd and 4th Sundays) during the worship service in the loft above the kitchen.  This group is led by Jade Goldenstein.  They are currently studying a series on Revelation.  The kids look forward to games and crafts that support the study as well as away-from-church activities they can do together.

What we do:

KZ Church logoKIDS’ Zone Church: 
 We begin each Sunday with high-energy fun during game time!  Following games, we dive into the bible story lesson, then work on a related craft, hands-on activity or video.  KZ: Church finishes with snacks and group prayer.  KZ: Church is a fun place to not only hear God’s word in the stories of the bible, we really dig into how to apply those biblical principles in every-day life.  We also discuss what it means to follow Jesus when we’re not at church and what God expects from us in our home and school life.
logo - greenGrapple: 
Somewhere between leaving childhood behind and treading wide-eyed into the teenage years, lurk a thousand bewildering questions. “Where did God come from?”, “How come I’m not perfect?”, “Why doesn’t everyone go to Heaven?”  The Grapple curriculum used by FBC is based on real questions like these asked by real 10- to 12-year-olds.  Preteens need truth; Grapple helps them find it.  Kids will learn how to search the Bible for answers and build a faith foundation that guides wise choices.

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Each October/November, the Children’s Church facilitates Operation Christmas Child here at FBC.  Last year through this project, the church donated 98 shoebox-sized Christmas gifts to be distributed to children around the world and reach them with the love of Jesus!  The Children’s Church kids present information to the church body about the program, decorate for the event, shop with their families, pack boxes, and perform a song and skit at the end of the project.  The kids are always excited to see the result of their hard work as the pile of shoeboxes grows each week during the collection time.

The Children’s church kids also perform an annual Christmas program.  In the past, we’ve had traditional nativity programs, performed contemporary plays, and even led the congregation in a one-day all-church Christmas pageant.

Why we do what we do:

The goal of the Children’s Church (both KIDS’ Zone: Church and Grapple) is to teach kids to love “Up”, “In”, and “Out” (God, fellow believers, and others). This is really an extension of the FBC mission statement:  to connect intimately with God, to connect deeply with one another, and to connect intentionally with people who need Jesus Christ by touching them with His love.