Our children’s ministry seeks to join with families in the life-changing work of encouraging children as they grow in their knowledge and faith. We strive to provide a place where children can explore God’s world, ask questions, express their faith, and feel loved. Our ministry works to create a warm and inviting place for children, so that they can grow in their understanding of God and develop a personal faith that will last a lifetime.
Sunday School classes for children meet on the third floor of the Education Wing beginning at 9:30am each Sunday. Classes are divided by grade (1st-2nd and 3rd-5th), and are instructed by a regular rotation of caring teachers and parents. If you are interested in finding a class for your child, please see a greeter at the entrance to the Rotunda.
*Children’s Handbells meets on Tuesday afternoons in the Gym after school. Laurens Elementary and E.B. Morse students are picked up in the church mini-bus from school. After snacks and a brief fellowship time, students begin handbell practice. Participating in this ministry is a fantastic way to learn teamwork and music fundamentals. For more information on Children’s Handbells take a look at our Music Ministry page.
*Children’s Choir begins at 5:45 on Wednesday evenings. Your child will learn basics of music including movement, instruments, singing skills, scripture, Bible stories and music fundamentals. The yearly Children’s Musical is the highlight of the year for our Children’s choir—and a treat for parents and church members alike! For more information on Choir opportunities for Children, take a look at our Music Ministry page.
*Kids on Mission meets on Wednesday nights following Children’s Choir. The classes also meet on the third floor of the Education Wing and are similarly divided by grade into two classes. Our missions curriculum and devoted teachers help students learn that they can share Jesus, just as they hear about people who spread the gospel all over the world!
*These programs are offered September-April and will not meet during Summer unless otherwise noted.
Preschoolers to GRAVITOPIA!
Tuesday, June 16 at 8:40am – 10:30am
All children 6 years and under are invited for a morning of trampoline fun! Please go to their website at www.gravitopia.us to purchase your “flight tickets” and sign the “waiver” in advance. When buying your ticket(s), be sure to select 6/16/15 as the jump date and 9:00am as the jump time. You have a choice of purchasing a 90-minute jump time ($12) or a 60-minute jump time ($8). We will be there for 90 minutes, but feel free to choose what suits you best! One parent jumps free with the purchase of a child’s ticket. Children ages 2 years and younger are free. The beauty of choosing the 9:00am jump time is this time slot is only open to children who are 6 years and younger. It gives them a time to enjoy themselves without the fear of bigger kids being in the way. Don’t worry 1st – 5th graders! You will have a chance to go in July!
Deadline to register for PASSPORTkids is May 15!
Age: Children who have completed 3rd – 6th grade
Dates: July 12 – 15, 2015
Location: Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
Total Cost: $254 due by May 15
Click here to print the registration form. PASSPORTkids! is a 4 day, 3 night children’s camp filled with fun faith-building programming and hands-on missions education for children who have completed 3rd-6th grade. At camp, children discover God’s love and practice being followers of Jesus through a jam-packed schedule of Bible studies, missions education, recreation, and worship. At PASSPORTkids!, children grow in their love for Jesus, learn about missions around the world, and have a blast!
FBC will be a cool place to be for VBS!
Sunday, June 21 through Thursday, June 25
5:00pm – 8:00pm
For children ages 3 – 5th grade (child must be potty trained!). Register here or pick up a registration form in the church office!
Fine Arts Institute 2015
Sunday, August 2 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Monday, August 3 – Thursday, August 6 from 9:00 – 12:00
For children who have completed grades 1 – 5. Stop by the church office to complete the Registration form or print the Registration form here. Please return the registration form along with a $40 fee to the church by July 1st! JULY 1ST IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE. No exceptions will be made.
Preschool fun on Wednesday nights in May!
(all children through 5-K)
May 13: “Preschool Play Date” at Thomason Shelter from 6-7pm!
May 20: “Fun on the Inflatables” at Thomason Shelter from 6-7pm!
May 27: “Preschool Pottery Night” with Merry & Keri from 6-7pm in the Craft Room! There is no charge for the pottery. Come and enjoy the fun and fellowship together!
Father/Son Retreat to Camp McCall
June 11 – June 13
This is a 3-day, 2-night camp for boys who have completed 1st-4th grade during the 2014-2015 school year. If you have a love for the outdoors, love for each other, and most importantly, love for God and a desire to grow closer to Him, you will not want to miss this adventurous time! Lots of exciting activities include: swimming, hiking, zip lines, action games, ropes courses, water slides, climbing walls, rappelling towers, fishing, sports,giant swings, campfires, night games, adventure recreation, skill-building and so much more! Cost is $125 per person. Registration begins February 16th so please let Elizabeth know as soon as possible
if you wish to sign up!
PASSPORT Kids! Camp
July 12 – July 15
This is a 4-day, 3-night camp for boys and girls who have completed 3rd-6th grade during the 2014-2015 school year. This camp will take place at Converse College and is filled with fun, Faith-building programming and hands-on missions education. At camp, your kids will discover God’s love and practice being followers of Jesus through a jam-packed schedule of Bible studies, missions education, recreation, and worship. Cost is $254 per person. You may sign your child up now to reserve their spot, with a non-refundable $60 deposit. Final payment is due by May 15, 2015.
Mark your Calendar for Summer opportunities!
Camp McCall June 11-13 (Boys who have completed 1st-4th grade during 2014-2015 school year)
VBS June 21-25 (Ages 3 – 5th Grade, *child must be potty trained*)
Passport Kids July 12-15 (All children who have completed 3rd-6th grade during 2014-2015 school year)
Fine Arts August 2-6 (All children who have completed 1st-5th grade during the 2014-2015 school year)
Strengthening and supporting families is a priority in our ministry. Ask one of our staff members or volunteers about upcoming family programs or resources available for parents, children, and families.
For more information regarding our Children’s Ministry, email Elizabeth Franklin or call 864.984.7500.
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