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Vision and Mission of FBCG’s Children’s Ministry

Mission Statement:

Do everything for God, and tell everyone about Him.

Our mission is to reach out to children with the gospel of Christ and disciple them in such a way that they choose to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love their neighbor as themselves. (Colossians 3:17, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Luke 10:27)

Core Values for Ministry:

Purpose for Core Values — These five values are used as a guide when deciding if an activity will be used in any aspect of FBCG’s Children’s Ministry. These are a filter for ideas and the question, “Does this honor or violate one of the core values?” should be asked.
 
  1. Christ-Centered — Is Jesus glorified by this activity? Teachers and leaders should model a life committed to Jesus by showing up excited to be with children, actively listen to children, consistently participate in activities, and expect God to work in the lives of the children. (1 Timothy 2:5; 2 Timothy 4:2; Philippians 4:9)
  2. Age-Appropriate Bible Teaching — Are we using teaching methods that help children internalize Biblical truth? Each lesson should contain a Bible truth that can be applied to specific circumstances children face. The goal is for children to take the truths they hear and do what the Word says. (Psalm 119:11; James 1:22)
  3. Supplement the Family — The Bible clearly teaches that parents are to train their children in the ways they should go. Children’s ministry can and will supplement the family by providing Biblical teaching to children, training for teachers, and training for parents. Our goal is for parents to be primary, and the church to be secondary. (Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 6:7; Psalm 78:4, 6-7)
  4. Safe Environment — Is the learning experience environment safe for all children? Parents and children can expect physical safety, emotional safety, and spiritual safety at FBCG. Our church should be a safe place where kids can wrestle with tough questions and expect loving guidance from adults (Philippians 2:1-5)
  5. Fun Activities — Are we leading activities that kids actually enjoy? Are we singing songs that kids enjoy singing? Do children want to invite their friends to our children’s ministry? Lessons should be taught creatively so that kids engage with the teacher and internalize the truth. This allows children to be active participants and find value in church. (Philippians 4:4; 1 Chronicles 16:31)
 
 

NURSERY

Glorifying God and making disciples of all nations begins in the earliest years of life!
Located in the Sanctuary building, our nursery is set up with a room for bed babies, a separate space for more mobile infants, and a toddler room for one and two-year-olds separate from the baby nursery.

We take very seriously our call to love and minister to the needs of parents and infants that worship with us. All of our nursery workers have demonstrable hearts for Jesus and for working with children, and we take special care to ensure that all of our volunteers receive background checks and child safety training before serving in the nursery.

Nursery is for newborn infants through 2 year olds.

Nursery is kept during all of our regular services.

If you would like to serve in our nursery, contact our nursery manager, Becky McAbee.

 
 

MISSIONAL MUSIC & MUSIC MAKERS

Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30pm 
 
Missional music opportunity for 1st through 6th graders as they learn about missions and prepare for a Christmas musical to be presented  Sunday evening December 10th at 6pm. A Church Family Fellowship will follow in the Family Life Center.
Music Makers for 3-5 year olds.
 
 
 

AWANA

Sundays 6-7:30pm 
 
Let your child experience a program many of you are familiar with called AWANA. AWANA stands for
Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, and as the name indicates is centered on hiding the Bible in the hearts of children. Not only is Scripture central each Wednesday night, but it is also the most exciting 90 minutes of your child’s week! 
Each age group has its own club,
 

AWANA Puggles is an enriching program for older 2- and younger 3-year-olds that presents basic biblical concepts:

We are a unique creation of God. God loves us very much.

AWANA Puggles teaches toddlers simple lessons through teaching cards, activities, music and more. Awana Puggles leaders have a leader’s guidebook to help them plan and direct club time and communicate the lesson.

Then parents—an Awana Puggle’s first and best teacher—can step in to reinforce the lessons with take-home cards that include ideas to point out God’s work each day.
 

AWANA Cubbies for preschoolers is built on two premises:

*Young children can and should receive spiritual training,

*The home is the primary place for spiritual training.

Our preschool program meets these needs through…

FUN – and lots of it! AWANA is fun with a purpose – to reach and train kids for Jesus Christ. Games, puppets, crafts, awards and other activities transform our preschool program into a lively weekly experience where fun and learning go hand in hand. Cubbies will learn scriptural truths about who Jesus is and what He has done for us.
 

Children kindergarten through 2nd grade are involved in the Sparks program. The Sparks program is firmly grounded in Scripture. The three handbooks feature:

  • Basic truths about God, Jesus Christ, salvation, and the Bible
  • A clear and consistent presentation of the gospel message
  • An increased emphasis on Scripture memory.

Children 3rd–5th grades are involved in the Truth and Training program (T&T). The name Truth in Training reflects the passion of AWANA to teach 3rd-5th grade boys and girls the truth of God’s Word and to train them to follow Christ in their daily lives.

Our goal is that many of today’s young people will become tomorrow’s church leaders. T&T is the program that trains the leaders of tomorrow.

 
 

LIFESPRINGS BASKETBALL

 

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“ … but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
 

Mission: 

To provide children within the local church and the community the opportunity to participate in a low-cost basketball league with Christ as the focus.
Goal:
Our goal at Life Springs Basketball is to get the message of Christ in as many households as possible through the medium of sports, particularly basketball. Life Springs is committed first to the message of salvation and a personal knowledge of Christ before the idea of winning or competition.
 
Directive:
Children participating in Life Springs Basketball will have weekly devotions at the end of every practice. Throughout the season children will be given the opportunity to accept Christ as Lord and Savior and receive counseling for this decision. If a child makes a decision, his/her their family is visited at home by a representative from Life Springs Basketball and church sponsors of the program. Parents and fans of Life Springs players will also participate in weekly devotionals. During halftime at all games, a devotion will be delivered by a coach or church leader. These devotions will occur throughout the season with all participants being given the opportunity to make a decision for Christ and receive counseling.