Children and Youth

Jesus Squad – YOUTH GROUP
Youth in grades 7 through 12 are invited to join in for food, fun, fellowship, and worship supported and led by a team of adult leaders. At Sunday evening meetings the kids eat dinner together, then divide into groups for age-appropriate lessons using the Bible, workbooks, and activities. Meetings close with a youth-led worship service with our youth band leading music. Our service and outreach projects include:
Christmas Gift Buying Outreach
Spring Service Project
Super Bowl food in-gathering

NURSERY & TODDLER CARE
On Sunday mornings at the 10:00 am service, children from newborn up through age 3 are cared for by trained childcare providers, supervised by an adult staff member. Children in the nursery may stay until the end of the service. Nursery and preschool care is also offered for special events as announced.

PRE-K/K
In this class, children age 4 through kindergarten learn about the God of the Bible and explore their relationship to God through various guided activities including stories, arts and crafts, music, prayer and free play. Our teachers are supported by an assistant. Class begins when the church service begins; children are picked up by their parent for Communion.

CHILDREN’S CHAPEL
Children in grades 1-5 are excused from the worship service before the Song of Praise and return at the time of Communion.

First through Fifth Grade Class
Children in these classes learn the structure of the Bible and how to locate the book, chapter and verse of the day’s lesson. Discussion time, games, and projects are all a part of their experience. The children learn, through a familiarity with God’s actions in Scripture, to understand God’s nature and to develop their individual relationships with God.

JUNIOR HIGH (grades 6-7)
Students in this age group focus on applying the lessons of the Bible to their daily lives. There is an emphasis on respect for self and for others, mutual support and creating a place to ask the questions that are a part of spiritual growth. The ultimate goal is that youth will become more fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.

AFTER CHURCH ACTIVITIES
Cookies and juice are provided after morning services. Children up through Kindergarten age are invited to enjoy the playhouse and climbing toys in our enclosed play yard. Toys for lawn play are provided for the older children. There is basketball playing area to the side of the church.

CHILDREN’S SPECIAL EVENTS
The purpose of these are to provide times of fellowship for our children; most activities are designed for those in grades K-5. Each event is made possible by a team of adult and teen volunteers. Past events include:

Operation Christmas Child
Trunk or Treat
Advent Wreath Making
Gingerbread House Party
Christmas Pageant
Seasonal children’s choirs
Easter Egg Hunt

CHILD SAFETY
The safety of children during their church experience is very important to us. All teachers are required to have been actively attending Faith Church for at least six months, provide personal references, have a criminal background check, and attend a training class on the awareness and prevention of child abuse. Our church building has been designed with child safety and parent comfort in mind; all our rooms have glass panels to the hallway. Parents are encouraged to drop in and observe class at any time.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
For a week in early summer, Faith Church is transformed – past themes include the Serengeti, a fiesta, and a southern bayou! Our kids and their friends are off on an adventure of discovery of Jesus’ love. The program is open to kids from age 4 through 5th grade, with opportunities for leadership for older kids and adults in these areas: drama, music, games, arts and crafts, bible stories and snacks.

If you are interested in helping with one of these programs please consider a First Serve opportunity, a way to try out your interests and gifts for ministry without a long-term commitment. Contact the church at (530) 676-5348 or send an email.