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Children are our ministry!!!

Pastor Vicki Juve

We believe our Children’s Ministry is a vitally important aspect of our church, and we want your family to feel welcome and valued the moment you step through our doors! We have age-specific classrooms ranging from newborn through elementary-aged children, so that we can best meet the needs of each age group.

Each service is designed to give your children a place to have fun, as well as learn about God and grow in a relationship with Him. We encourage your children to grow in their gifts and abilities, and create an environment for healthy relationships between both their peers and leaders.

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Dear Parents of 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds and Kindergartners,

Blessings to you and your families!

We are excited to share with you that on Sunday mornings, we have begun practicing a special Christmas presentation for Sunday, December 3.  This Christmas gift to you will be presented at both morning services.  Please make sure that your preschooler is here each week, so they will be well-prepared for December 3!  Please dress them in their Sunday best in honor of Jesus our Savior.

Love,

Pastor Vicki
Children’s Pastor

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KIDS: PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION
During the 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM services on Sunday, December 3rd , our preschool and kindergarten children will provide a special Christmas presentation.
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KIDS: JBQ

Every Wednesday night, JBQ (Junior Bible Quiz) practices their questions using the buzzer boxes, plays games with the questions, has a short lesson or Bible story, and includes an activity or craft. Generally, we have a  loud, crazy and fun time with these kids! Come on and join the fun!! JBQ Kick-off is upstairs in the Kids’ Church at 6:30 PM on Wednesday nights. For more information, please contact Pastor Sharon Ona at  – http://sharono@firstassembly.fm. Register for JBQ

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KIDS’ MINISTRY: AWANA
Awana is a program we will be offering each Sunday night at 6:00 PM, beginning September 10. This excellent program for children age 3 through grade 6 is geared toward discipleship and focuses greatly on scripture. Our goal, as always, is to reach our kids with the Gospel and train them to be followers of Jesus Christ. Your kids will enjoy … FRIENDS!    GAMES!   AWARDS!   SMALL GROUPS! PRIZES!   BIBLE TEACHINGS!   THEME NIGHTS!   STORE! For kids:  3 years old to 6th grade; Beginning Date:  September 10, 2017; Ending Date:  May 28, 2018; Meeting Time:  6:00 - 7:30 PM. Registration is required, please click here. For more information, please contact Michael Keating - mkeating@firstassembly.fm

Sunday Morning: 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Nursery through 5th Grade classes (Year Round)

Sunday Morning: 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Nursery through 5th Grade classes (Year Round)

Sunday Night: 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. – Nursery through Age 2 (Year Round)

Sunday Night: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Age 3 through Grade 6 (September through May)

Wednesday Night: 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. – Nursery through 5th Grade classes (September through May)

Nursery: 
Available for 1 month to 23 months of age

Preschool Classes: 
Available for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds

Elementary Classes: 
Available for 5-year-olds to 5th graders

Upon arrival, all parents are encouraged to check their children in at the Children’s Check-in Center.

Returning families can go to one of our check-in computers and enter the last 4 digits of their phone number.  Two labels will print for each child.  One, the child will wear.  The second label is what the parents will need to present when they wish to pick up their child.  For new attendees, a check-in volunteer will help with the necessary registration, and the parent will receive two labels as listed above.

Please take note of the side screens in the sanctuary.  If parental assistance is needed during the sermon, it is on those side screens that we will post the last 4 digits of the cell phone number the parent provided when they registered. If parents do not respond to the phone number on the screens, we will text them. Please check your phones! Thank you.

Our nursery is a place where newborns can receive care while their parents enjoy the Sunday service. Nursery volunteers spend time with the babies by reading, singing and praying for them.

Our preschool-aged area is designed to help them develop through expressive worship, Bible stories and craft time. They are given free time to play with each other and interact with the leaders. The curriculum titles being presented each week will be posted for your convenience.

Our elementary-aged area is a service run by leaders with help from the children themselves. Creating an encouraging and creative place for children to grow in their gifts, abilities and love for the Lord is our goal. Each week, a biblical theme is presented to the kids through expressive worship, scripture reading, activities and teachings. We desire that children leave each service knowing they are loved by God, valuing their peers, and confidently walking in and serving others in their gifts.

In addition to our corporate gathering, the group leaders meet with smaller groups of kids to do activities that reinforce what was taught in the corporate gathering.  This provides an opportunity for the group leaders to make a deeper connection with the kids to encourage them to grow in their relationships with God and each other.

Kids’ Church – The curriculum titles being presented each week are posted on our website for your convenience.   Regular offerings for BGMC (Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge) are received each time we meet. In addition to this, we are receiving aluminum cans from kids each week to turn in for money in support of BGMC.

Sunday, November 5th

Nursery – Sing songs, read books & pray over them

Preschool  – Theme: I can trust God – Story: Twelve Spies

Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

BGMC Offering: $15.78

5s/Ks class – What’s in the Bible?:

The Historical Books – Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, & Esther.

The children will review the Historical Books.

Elementary 

Lesson: Ignorance (Acts 3:17) Bottom Line: Ignorance can be defined as a lack of information but with our current technology, information is continually at our fingertips. Do you ever experience a lack of information? Or do you experience a lack of awareness? In this lesson we will explore the topic of ignorance as a lack of awareness to the important people and things around us.

Memory Verse: John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

November Verses

BGMC offering September through December 2017: Boys – $252.64; Girls – $276.27

Nursery is available for children ages 0 thru 2 years old.  Nursery volunteers spend time with the babies by reading, singing and praying for them.

AWANA is available for kids 3 years of age – 6th grade!  Pre-registration is required.  E-mail Pastor Vicki at http://KidsMinistries@firstassembly.fm to register.

Come join the Fun!!!!

For kids 3 years old to 6th grade
Ending Date:  May 28, 2018
Meeting Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Your kids will enjoy … FRIENDS!    GAMES!   AWARDS!   SMALL GROUPS!  
PRIZES!   BIBLE TEACHINGS!   THEME NIGHTS!   STORE!

Registration is Required

Registration Fee (includes all awards, prizes, theme nights, etc.):  $25.00 per child

Cubbies and Sparks (ages 3-5 & K-grade 2)
Handbook: $10.00
Vest: $11.00
Total Cost (includes registration fee): $46.00        

T&T (grades 3-6)
Handbook: $10.00
Jersey: $16.00
Total Cost (includes registration fee): $51.00

What is Awana?

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This acronym is taken from the key verse – 2 Timothy 2:15.

Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. It is a fun-filled, Bible-based program with awards/badges, a different game each week and exciting interactive teaching. Volunteers connect with kids through small- and large-group activities, Bible lessons and games.

Kids will have a blast

…earning points to spend at the AWANA store

….earning badges for their uniforms

For more information, please contact Michael Keating – mkeating@firstassembly.fm

Awana® and the Awana logo are registered trademarks and service marks of Awana Clubs International. Used by permission.

Nursery is available from 6:30 – 7:45 PM for children from infancy to 23 months of age.

Preschool Classes are held for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds.

5-Year-Olds/Kindergarten – Grade 2
This group is studying “What’s In The Bible?”  This series will take your child through the Bible from the beginning making use of videos, games, question and answer time and take-home pages.  The themes are:

January  3- 17: Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy
January 24 – February 14: Joshua, Judges and Ruth
February 21 – March 7: 1 and 2 Samuel
March 14 – April 11: Why Do We Call It Easter?
April 18 – May 9: Kings and Chronicles
May 15 – May 30: Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther

Small Groups for Grades 3-5
These small groups meet from 6:30 – 7:45 PM on Wednesdays to apply scriptural principles to everyday events.  This spring our themes will be Arts and Farmers’ Market.

Junior Bible Quiz (JBQ)

JBQ for kids in grades K through 6 is an engaging program that uses lessons, games, and team competition to teach children how to work together to memorize scripture and hide God’s Word in their hearts.  For more information, contact Pastor Sharon at http://sharono@firstassembly.fm.  Children are welcome to start JBQ at any time from now through March.

 

ADDITIONAL CLASSES

Purity – Wednesday, April 4-25, Christa Mellum will address the topic of purity with the girls in grades 4 and 5.  Jonathan Berntson will cover the same topic with the boys in grades 4 and 5.  Sign-up will be required.

Water Baptism – Wednesday, April 11, Pastor Vicki Juve will teach 4th and 5th graders about water baptism.  An application for baptism will be given to each participant, so they can take it home and discuss it with their parent/guardian.  Please sign up for this class by contacting Amanda at http://amandaj@firstassembly.fm.

Leading Children Into The Baptism In The Holy Spirit will be the theme for a class offered to 4th and 5th graders.  Pastor Vicki Juve will teach these sessions at 6:30 PM each Wednesday from April 18 through May 9.  Children will be given opportunities to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit during these classes.  Please sign up by contacting Amanda at http://amandaj@firstassembly.fm.


Wednesday Nights 6:30 – 7:45 PM 

For children in kindergarten through 6th grade

Registration is required

Register here for JBQ

Volunteers

All parents of quizzers are required to participate in the monthly meets. They work as coaches, officials, judges, or cheerleaders for the quizzers.

Basic JBQ facts

There are 2 leagues: A (Advanced: grades 3 – 6) & B  (Beginner: K – 2nd grade).

576 questions are split into 10-, 20-, and 30-point values.

10-point questions are comprised of short Bible verses and basic Bible facts, such as:  What giant did David kill?  Who was the first person to pay tithes and to whom did he pay them? What is sanctification?

20-point questions cover short Bible verses and some theology, for example: Why did Jesus come to earth? What is the proper method of water baptism? Why do Christians worship on Sunday instead of the Sabbath?

30-point questions are primarily longer Bible verses  and the answers to such questions as:  Who can become God’s children? John 1: 11, 12; Who were the 12 sons of Jacob? What twelve Old Testament books were written by the Minor Prophets?

Our program

A few years ago, our program had 12 students.  This year, we have exploded to 55 students!

On Wednesday nights, we practice the questions using the buzzer boxes, play games with the questions, give a short lesson or Bible story, and include an activity or craft. Generally, we have a loud, crazy and fun time with these kids!

Why we support JBQ?

By hearing these same 576 questions and answers over and over again, the information is firmly planted in their hearts and minds.  They NEVER forget these truths.  Ask any former quizzer and they can rattle off information and verses they learned years before.

These students see each other at quiz meets every year and become friends with other Christian children from all over the state. They see these same friends at summer camp, kids’ retreats, and later, at youth convention and other group events.  It becomes a Group for children and for the parents who see each other just as often!

Quiz Meets

After the quizzing at each monthly quiz meet, all teams are recognized and awarded for personal achievements and the top 5 individuals are announced.  Our quizzers have consistently earned a place in the top 5 rankings! When the regular monthly meets are finished in March, the A league will participate in the state meet which is held annually in Bismarck. The top 4 teams are eligible to attend the Regional Meet in May.  The top teams at Regionals will be eligible for Nationals in June, with one exception: the top team at the State Meet is automatically eligible for Nationals and can skip Regionals.

SURGE
March 23-24, 2018

Friday, March 23, through Saturday, March 24, is a retreat for kids in grades 4, 5 and 6.  This is a wonderful oportunity to get to know kids from nearby Assemblies of God churches.  Please contact Pastor Vicki at http://KidsMinistries@firstassembly.fm for more information.

 

Good Friday Service
March 30

During the 6:00 PM Good Friday service, the nursery will be available for children from infancy to age 4.

 

Easter Sunday
April 1

Kids, join us for a Celebrate Jesus party during the morning services.  There will be a Bible story and games for everyone from preschool through grade 5.

 

Annual Church Business Meeting
April 8

After the morning service on Sunday, April 8th, the church members will have their annual business meeting. During that time, First Assembly will provide lunch and activities for the preschool and elementary children whose parents/guardians are at the meeting.  The kids really enjoy this special time together and look forward to the food, games, and fun.

 

Mother’s Day
May 13

During the morning services, the children will be taught the importance of honoring their moms according to the Bible.

 

5th Grade Promotion Celebration
Sunday, May 20

Sunday, May 20th, during the 11:00 AM service, we will take a moment to acknowledge and pray for the students graduating from the Kids’ Ministry and moving into the Youth Ministry.  If you would like your 5th grader to be included in this recognition and lunch, please notify Pastor Vicki at http://KidsMinistries@firstassembly.fm.

 

AWANA Awards Party
Sunday, May 20th

AWANA kids, invite your parents to our Awards Party on Sunday, May 20th!  Yearly achievements will be awarded and we will PARTY!

Our Staff

Vicki Juve

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vickij@firstassembly.fm

VICKI JUVE
CHILDREN'S PASTOR
Amanda Jantz

CONNECT WITH ME!

amandaj@firstassembly.fm

AMANDA JANTZ
CHILDREN'S ADMINISTRATOR

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Volunteering & Teaching

Our Children’s Ministry exists to identify and develop the gifts God has given each child and to equip them to become everything God has ordained for them. Volunteer opportunities on this team include serving as a group leader, assistant leader, Bible teacher (preschool and elementary), nursery volunteer, check-in center assistant, check-in host/hostess, preschool worship leader, elementary worship leader, worship team musician, worship team vocalist, tech/sound operator, and JBQ leader (Junior Bible Quiz).