“But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’” —Matthew 19:14
Preschoolers are a unique and wonderful gift from God, and we believe that they are an integral part of our church family. Our preschool ministry seeks to nurture the growth of preschoolers and offer love and support to their families during these important years.
We desire to provide children with a loving and caring environment so they can learn of God, the wonderful world God created, and God’s love for them. Our mission is to share the message of God’s love, and through this message develop in children a young faith that can grow in the knowledge of God and God’s special plans for each life.
We strive to provide many opportunities throughout the year for children to learn, serve, and experience worship, as well as special activities for preschoolers and Kindergarten students that create an atmosphere of fun and learning with friends. Information about these special events is posted by semester below.
We hope you will visit our Preschool Ministry page often for the latest information about special events and happenings for your family!
Baby dedication is a special part of worship at First Baptist. We take seriously our responsibility to love and care for children, as well as to support and encourage parents in the ministry of parenting. If you would like us to recognize your commitment to raising your child in Christian community, please call 864.984.7500 to get details from our staff about baby dedication.
Sunday School for children 5 and under meet on the first and second floors of the Education Wing beginning at 9:30am each Sunday. Classes are divided by age, and are instructed by a regular rotation of caring teachers and parents. If you are interested in finding a class for your pre-schooler, please see a greeter at the entrance to the Rotunda.
Nursery is provided for children ages birth to three during the worship hour. The Nursery is located on the first floor of the Education Wing. Please see a greeter at one of our entrances if you need assistance finding our Nursery classrooms.
Extended Session is a designated worship time for four and five year olds during the worship hour. Children participating in Extended Session are dismissed during the worship service and are led to the classroom by a teacher.
*Pre-School Choirs meet on Wednesday nights at 6:00 on the second floor of the Education Wing. The 2-3yr. old choir and 4-5yr. old choirs learn and perform music that reinforces themes of God’s love, God as Creator, and following Jesus. The choirs perform a free program for parents and members of the community at least once a semester.
*Kids on Mission meets on Wednesday nights following Pre-School Choir. The classes also meet on the second floor of the Education Wing and are similarly divided into groups for 2 year olds, 3 year olds, and a combine 4& 5 year old class. 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.
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, preschoolers, and families.
For more information regarding our Preschool or Children’s ministry, email Elizabeth Franklin or call 864.984.7500.