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Through the love of Christ, First Baptist Church Children’s Ministry welcomes, accepts, includes, and loves all children and their families.
Faith formation is one of the highest priorities of First Baptist Church. We are passionate about educating children and helping to raise them in a life of faith. On Sunday mornings, we offer age-appropriate classes taught by dedicated persons of faith. Children interact with their teachers and learn Bible stories with their peer’s though interactive play. It is in this classroom setting that children birth through fifth grade begin to explore the concepts of faith and what following Christ means in their lives.
Sunday School Class Offerings
Nursery: The Nursery is located on the ground floor of the main church building to insure easy access for parents and caregivers. The dedicated nursery volunteers care for infants and children through two years of age.
Preschool: Children ages three to five years begin their first adventures through the Bible stories and characters in the Preschool Sunday School Class. The Preschool classroom is located on the ground floor of the main church building right beside the Nursery. Teachers use a combination of teaching styles to explain the story of the day to keep the class interesting and the learning environment entertaining. Once the lesson and activities are concluded, children have a snack of Goldfish and water and then are allowed time for imaginative free play.
Kindergarten to Second Grade: The Kindergarten to Second Grade classroom is located on the third floor of the Children’s Center Building. Students in this class with expand their knowledge of Bible stories and learn how to begin applying biblical concepts to their own lives. Teachers use crafts and manipulatives as well as videos to engage young students in grasping the biblical concepts.
Third to Fifth Grade: Students attending the Third to Fifth Grade Sunday school class will meet on the third floor of the Children’s Center Building. Kids learn about Old and New Testament stories and characters in a fun and exciting ways. Our skilled teachers expound on biblical topics and stories through role play, projects, and interactive lessons. Students build a great foundation of faith before moving into the Youth classes.
Worshipping With Kids
First Baptist Church of Marion recognizes the importance of families worshipping together. Children of all ages are welcome and appreciated during worship. There are a variety of resources available to help each family feel comfortable during their time of worship. Nursery and preschool areas are accessible for families with infants through five-year old, if needed.
Kindergarteners and up are encouraged to participate in service. There are Kid’s Worship Bags located at the annex entrance to the sanctuary. These bags contain a variety of items to peek and maintain attention of children during worship. Children are also invited to participate bi-monthly in the Children’s Sermons offered during worship. Children’s Sermons are five to seven minutes in length and teach the sermon texts in a simpler form that children can relate with. Our preschool children come up and participate in this special time of worship as well. Children go back to their respective places, either to their preschool class or to their families once this special time has concluded.
There are also a variety of resources available for families with special needs children. The black canvas bags located on the Kid’s Worship Bag stations at the annex entrance to the sanctuary contain various tools that may prove helpful to families. There are fidget tools and noise canceling headphones.
Also, there is a Transition Room located on the ground floor of the main church building. This area is designed as a quite space for any child or family who needs help transitioning to the regular worship routine. The room has two rocking chairs, a changing table, and a baby bed, as well as an activity table, blocks, and calming toys for older children. Families and caregivers can still participate in worship through the in-room televised service.
Wednesday Night Children’s Activities
To embrace First Baptist Church’s dedication to God’s mission, our Wednesday night classes teach children how to combine what they read in Scripture with their actions in the world. These interactive classes concentrate on mission education, Bible education, and the spiritual formation of children.
Children’s activities begin at 5:45 with 20 minutes of children’s choir, followed by 40 minutes of missions’ education.
Mission Friends (Preschool, Age 3-5): This class meets on the third floor of the Children’s Center Building. Children learn about missionaries supported by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Global Missions offering and how stories in the Bible connect with the work CBF field personnel do all over the world. Children learn through interactive lessons, creative play, and crafts.
Kids on Mission (Kindergarten – Fifth Grade): This class meets in the children’s library on the third floor of the Children’s Center Building. Children independently move through stations at their own pace that encourage them to build an interior relationship with God as the foundation for how they live. Children work with manipulatives, make crafts, and have immersive, educational experiences in which they learn about missionaries supported by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Global Missions offering. Teachers help facilitate the stations and lead in opening and closing discussion about what the children have learned.
Regularly Scheduled Children’s Events
The Children’s Committee strives to create a healthy and loving environment for children and their families to grow in Christ. We offer a variety of activities for families within our church and community to be a part of. Here is a list of standing activities but be sure to keep your eyes focused on the First Baptist Church of Marion Facebook page for announcements of other fun outings and gatherings throughout the church year.
- Advent Breakfast
- Hanging of the Greens
- Christmas Eve Candlelight Family Service
- Lenten Breakfast
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Summer Kick Off Cookout
- Vacation Bible School
- Sunday School Promotion Breakfast
- Fall Kick Off Cookout
- Fall Family Fun Night
- Family hikes, movie nights, and other opportunities to plug in!