“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17
Children and youth of all ages at First Baptist are welcomed and loved as disciples and teachers among us. There is an abiding sense of mutuality in our ministry to and with children and youth; for even as our adults teach and nurture our children and youth in their Christian faith, they do so with an openness to the insights and understandings of our youngsters.
And so, our children and youth join the whole church in being taught and nurtured in Christian faith through worship, Bible study, service and fellowship. Our children and youth regularly lead us in worship, lighting candles as acolytes, reading scripture and offering prayers as lay-leaders, singing as our Cherub Choir, and giving/receiving the Children’s Message as only children can. Together in Sunday school we use a diverse curriculum to study the Bible and engage its stories, nurturing hearts and minds for faith in God. We join the rest of the church in putting our faith into practice in local and out-of-state service/mission projects.
An essential part of all that we do is time spent together, which is especially true for our Jr. and Sr. High youth. Therefore, we have Baptist Youth Fellowship groups that gather on a regular basis for food, silliness, games, movies, Bible study, and service/missions. At the heart of our ministry to and with children and youth is a relationship to God and one another that is genuine, compassionate, and alive.
Rev. Jason Alspaugh is our Associate Pastor for Children and Youth. For more information on our ministries with children and youth please contact him through the church office at (937) 222-4691 ext. 406.
Children’s Sunday School
Children’s Sunday school is held during worship, following the Children’s Message. Children (grades preK-6) will be led down to their classrooms by their teachers. Parents should pick up their child(ren) shortly after morning worship.
Early Elementary (PreK-1) – Room 4 (Lower Level)
Middle Elementary (Grades 2-5) – Room 3B (Lower Level)
Our elementary school children continue this fall with Deep Blue. Deep Blue incorporates Bible stories, science activities, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games into a lived-faith experience that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today!
The Deep Blue kids—Asia, Edgar, and Kat—lead the children through the Bible using animated videos that tell the story. The student resources—the Bible Story Stuff, the Kids Activity Stuff, and the Deep Blue Kids Bible—are colorful and engaging, encouraging the children to “dive deeper” into the Bible and explore their faith in fun and age-appropriate ways.
Jr./Sr. High Youth (Grades 6-12)
Sunday Mornings @ 11:30am-12:15pm
Youth Fellowship Room 1 (Lower Level)
Our youth will continue their study of scripture passages in the Revised Common Lectionary this fall using the SeasonENCORE curriculum. However, during the first four Sundays, we’ll go “off-lectionary” to focus on the themes of Creation— Forest, Land, Wilderness/Outback, and River. With all of the concern these days about climate change, the environment, and stewardship of our natural resources, it’s good to take time to reflect on God our Creator and the gifts of Creation.
In October, we’ll return to the readings for the Season after Pentecost. Along the way we’ll have space to share what’s going on in the world and in our own lives. We’ll have room to question, challenge, and grow. And we’ll have a good time, while we’re at it!
Children’s Music & Activities
Sunday Mornings @ 11:30am-12:15pm
Room 3A (Lower Level)
During the 11:30am-12:15pm Sunday school time for adults & youth, there is music and activities for children in grades preK-5. Parents should pick up their children at the conclusion of their Sunday school class.
For more information regarding Christian Education at First Baptist please contact Rev. Jason Alspaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Charron (Chair, Board of Christian Education).