Our desire at First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids is to come alongside parents as they seek to introduce, train and disciple their children to be true members of the body of Christ.
Sunday School Hour (9:30am)
Babies-PreK Sunday School (Newborn to 5yo)
In the babies and toddlers Sunday School we expose children to scripture memory and praise songs and include a time of play and crafts. Pick up is at 10:30am whenever parents get out of the Adult Sunday School class (or if parent's choose to have their child participate in the toddler/pre-K service during worship hour, children may remain in class and do not need to be re-checked in)
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. The curriculum being used in this class is from Generations of Grace. Pick up is at 10:30am so children can worship alongside their parents in Worship Service.
Worship Service (10:45am)
We welcome and encourage all ages to participate in the Worship Service, but we also understand that sometimes parents might welcome a helping hand during this time. It is up to each family whether they choose to take advantage of the children's ministry during Worship Service or keep their children with them to worship alongside them. Either option is great and we encourage parents in whichever choice works best for their family.
0 - 2 years old
Our Nursery is staffed each Sunday with loving volunteers. The nursery has a large screen TV where the service is live streamed, so if moms would like to come in and nurse, or drop their little one off with our volunteers - your little one will be exposed to the music, scripture and prayer that is happening in Worship service.
*Our volunteers stay in the nursery for the first 20 minutes of service and if no baby is brought in to be dropped off, they head out to Worship service. If you have plans to bring your baby in at a later part of service and would like our volunteers to stick around, please let us know by notating your request on the child registration form.
Kid's Service (PreK-Kinder)
3 years old - 6 years old
Children in this classroom are led in a time of worship through song, scripture reading and lesson, and craft and activity to reinforce the lesson. The curriculum being used in this class is a mixture of curriculum by Truth78 Ministries and Generations of Grace.
10:30-10:45 – Drop off, Bubbles and Music
10:45-11:00 – Table Activity
11:00-11:05 – Clean Up
11:05-11:15 – Bible Songs / Worship
11:15-11:35 – Scripture / Passage
11:35-11:50 – Snack and Review
11:50 – Pickup – Coloring Sheet
*Many parents opt to bring their children into the classroom right before the sermon after they have participated with them in the praise through song portion of the service. If this is your desire we ask that you please come to the room prior to service beginning so you can check in your child so our volunteers know to anticipate your child.
Kids in Worship Service
1st - 6th grade
While many churches hold a separate worship service for children in this age bracket, we believe it is more valuable in the spiritual development of our children to incorporate them into the main Worship Service and train them from a young age in the sanctity and priority in cross-generational worship. We encourage parents to prioritize family devotions in each of their homes throughout the week and then when the church gathers together, train and allow their children to bear witness to their own heart-felt worship through all aspects of the service in hopes that their children too might one day become true worshippers of Jesus Christ.
We provide a number of different resources to help parents in their commitment to training and discipling their children through worship service.
- We provide a "Kid's Sermon Note Taking Sheet" that our Pastor creates for the children each week to follow along with the sermon he has prepared (at the end of the service, children can line up at the front to show their notes and receive a little prize).
- We also have a special service week each month for kids and plan various get togethers and activities for children to participate in throughout the year in order to help children develop friendships and build community with the other children in the church body.
*If you would like to look at some additional resources regarding the importance of worshiping alongside your children and helpful tips for training your children to participate in the worship service, we recommend two articles. The Family: Together in God’s Presence by John and Noel Piper and 10 Ways to Make the Sermon Much Less Boring (How to Thoughtfully Listen to a Sermon) By Deepak Reju
Please click the button below to receive updates of the various kid's activities we have planned throughout the year and to register your child to participate in the Children's Ministry at FBC
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