The Bible makes clear that it is a parents' responsibility to teach their children the word of God and build in them a solid Scriptural foundation and worldview (Deut. 6:6-7). Our desire at First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids is to come alongside parents to encourage and equip them in discipling their children and raising up the next generation of believers for Jesus Christ.
Babies & Family Room
We welcome and encourage all ages to participate in the Worship Service. Hearing little noises is part of the joy of worshipping together cross-generationally. But for those whose young ones are being a little too rambunctious, a cozy and quiet room for parents with fussy littles is provided where parents can sit comfortably and view the service via live stream.
Toddler & Pre-K
Toddler & Pre-K (2ish-young 5s) Sunday School is at 9:30am and Worship Hour at 10:45am. Toddlers & Pre-Ks can be dropped off during Sunday School hour and do not need to be picked up until Worship Service ends (It is up to each family whether they choose to take advantage of this ministry during Worship Service or pick them up after Sunday School and keep their child with them during service).
Children's Sunday School (Kinder - 6th)
Begins at 9:30am. Children are encouraged to bring their Bible every week as they will be looking at different passages of scripture in fun, interactive lessons (that also often include crafts).
The curriculum being used in this class is Grace Community's Generations of Grace curriculum.
Pick up is at 10:30am so children can worship alongside their parents in Worship Service.
Kids in Worship Service (K-6th grade)
We believe that one of the most valuable discipleship opportunities for parents in the life of their children is the time in which they worship God with their family and allow their children to bear witness to their commitment to gathering and engaging in heart-felt worship through singing, giving, praying and sermon listening.
We recognize that listening to a 45 minute sermon is often a new thing and can be intimidating for some though, so in order to help train and engage children in how to focus in and listen to the sermon, we provide a "Kid's Sermon Note Taking Sheet" on the back counter that our Pastor creates for the children each week to follow along with the sermon he has prepared. The sheet includes fill in the blanks from the Pastor's power-point with the answers noted in red. At the end of the service, children can line up at the front to show their notes and receive a little prize.
This is just one way we seek to come along side parents as they seek to train and disciple their children in participating in corporate worship.
*A great resource regarding training children to participate in Worship Service is John Piper's "Should Children Sit Through Big Church"
"Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." - Matthew 10:17
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