CHILDREN ARE OUR MINISTRY!
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.
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)
Available for 1 month to 23 months of age
Available for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds
Available for 5-year-olds to 5th graders
Upon arrival, all parents are encouraged to check in their children at Children’s Check-In Center (near the west building entrance).
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.
New attendees should go to the Check-In Center where a 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 Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC) 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.
Nursery – Sing songs, read books & pray over them
Preschool – Worship, Bible story, offering and crafts
Elementary – Bible Study, live worship with a full band, Boys’ and Girls’ Missionary Offering (BGMC) and memory verse
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Come join the Fun!
For kids 3 years old to 6th grade
Ending Date: May 20, 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, and theme nights): $25.00 per child
Cubbies and Sparks (ages 3-5 & K-grade 2)
Total Cost (includes registration fee): $46.00
T&T (grades 3-6)
Total Cost (includes registration fee): $51.00
What is Awana?
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; and
- earning badges for their uniforms.
For more information, please contact Michael Keating – email@example.com
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, and question & answer time.
Small Groups for Grades 3-5
In the weeks to come, our themes will be:
A Candy Curriculum (March 14 – 28); and
Farmers’ Market – Gifts of the Spirit (April 4 – May 30).
Junior Bible Quiz (JBQ)
JBQ for kids in Kindergarten through grade 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Children are welcome to start JBQ at any time from now through March.
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. The kids will receive biblical teaching about purity, relationships, and God’s plan for marriage. Sign-up will be required. There will only be 6 children per class, so please sign up as soon as possible by contacting email@example.com .
Water Baptism – Wednesday, April 11, Pastor Michael Keating 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leading Children Into The Baptism In The Holy Spirit will be the theme for a class offered to 4th and 5th graders. Pastor Michael Keating 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 email@example.com.
Wednesday Nights 6:30 – 7:45 PM
For children in kindergarten through 6th grade
Registration is required
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 include 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?
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, 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!
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.
March 23-24, 2018
SURGE 2018 will be held at the Jamestown First Assembly of God Church (1720 8th Ave. SW, Jamestown, ND) on March 23 – 24. First Assembly in Fargo will not be participating as a group, however, families are welcome to register on their own. Each family will need to arrange for their own transportation. Brochures with all the necessary information for registration are available at the resource table in the Atrium.
Good Friday Service
March 30 / 6:00 PM
During the 6:00 PM Good Friday service, the nursery will be available for children from infancy to age 4.
April 1 / 9:30 & 11:00 AM / No 6:00 PM service
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. There will be no 6:00 PM Shift service this evening. Enjoy your family time. Have a blessed Easter!
Annual Church Business Meeting
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 nursery, preschool and elementary children whose parents/guardians are attending the meeting. The kids really enjoy this special time together and look forward to the food, games, and fun.
May 13 / 9:30 & 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM
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 / 11:00 AM
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 Michael Keating at KidsMinistries@firstassembly.fm.
AWANA Awards Party
Sunday, May 20th / 6:00 PM
AWANA kids, invite your parents to our Awards Party on Sunday, May 20th! Yearly achievements will be awarded and we will PARTY!
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 Junior Bible Quiz (JBQ) leader.