childrens

Free Christian Church believes very strongly that our children are the next generation of leaders. Whether your child is Early Childhood or Elementary, our goal is to equip each child with life-changing truths that will last a lifetime.

Children’s Sunday Mornings

Children’s Ministries at Free Christian Church are dedicated to laying the spiritual foundation that, in God’s timing, will lead children into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We strive to foster a love of His Word, teach Bible truths with relevant application to everyday life, empower children to share God’s love with others and involve them in age-appropriate service.

Grades Ages Type Time
Cuddle Corner Infants – Age 2 Childcare 9:00 & 10:45am (A)
11:00am (NA)
Early Childhood Ages 2 – Kindergarten Sunday School 9:00 & 10:45am (A)
11:00am (NA)
Primary Grades 1-4 Sunday School 9:00 & 10:45am (A)
11:00am (NA)
Preteens Grades 5-6 Sunday School 9:00 & 10:45am (A)
10:00am (NA)
Junior High Grades 7-8 (A)
Grades 6-8 (NA)
Sunday School 9:00am (A)
11:00am (NA)
Senior High Grades 9-12 Worship 10:45 (A)
Cuddle Corner, our nursery, is a safe, clean, and friendly environment designed to allow parents to worship or serve on Sunday mornings. Infants and young toddlers are given loving care by our dedicated nursery staff, which places a special emphasis on security. A silent paging system is available to reach parents during the service if needed.

Each child in our nursery will begin to associate God and the Lord Jesus with loving people and enjoyable activities; to develop an awareness of the name of Jesus and associate Him with being loved; to feel secure and loved at church by having physical and emotional needs met by caring adults.

Nursing room available across the hall from the Cuddle Corner for nursing mothers. Moms can listen to the service while attending to their infants.

Cuddle Corner is offered at both locations and worship services.

Our Early Childhood program lets children know that God loves and cares for us; that God sent Jesus to show His love for us and that God’s Word helps us learn about the greatness and goodness of God and the Lord Jesus. Children are taught and teachers model how to demonstrate love for God through kindness, helpfulness and thankfulness and by talking to God in prayer.

By the time a child completes the Early Childhood program he or she should
be able to:

  • Understand that the stories in the Bible are true
  • Know that the Bible is God’s message to us
  • Recognize by sight Bible words such as “Jesus” and “God”
  • Listen with understanding to Bible stories and verses
  • Name everyday actions that show obedience to Bible verses
  • State in his or her own words Bible truths about ways to love and obey God.

Early Childhood Sunday School is offered at both locations and worship services.

252 Basics is our curriculum for our elementary Bible teaching. 252 Basics is published by The reThink Group.

252 Basics provokes discovery in the heart of a child. The curriculum is designed to shape identity through planting these truths in the heart of every elementary age child:

  • I need to make the wise choice (wisdom)
  • I can trust God no matter what (faith)
  • I should treat others the way I want to be treated (friendship)

We will be using bible stories to teach core virtues, because the big story of God reveals the character of God.

Each principle is supported by a weekly Bottom line–a short phrase so easy to remember that it can be reinforced at home and through the week.

Our primary goal is to help kids grow in faith, wisdom and friendship like Jesus in Luke 2:52. “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”

252 Basics builds on a child’s experience of community by creating opportunities for life-change through the small group experience.

At this stage, children want a consistent group of peers led by a caring leader each week. These safe environments allow children to process truth in a safe place and develop strong relationships.

The program also helps the church partner with parents in the spiritual formation of their children by providing Parent Cues, take home notes for parents to extend the lesson at home and GodTime cards or weekly devotionals for the kids to do with their parents(1st-3rd grade) or to do on their own(4th-6th grade).

Elementary school kids are growing up in a bigger, more connected world than their parents. Our program lays a solid foundation for a Christian worldview by offering serveral local and global ministry projects in which kids give of themselves as well as emphasizing practical ways they can serve everyday in the world around them. Our children’s offering, for instance, sends children in Mexico to school every year.

Primary Sunday School is offered at both locations and worship services.

We use 252 Basics as our curriculum for our elementary Bible teaching. 252 Basics is published by The reThink Group.

252 Basics provokes discovery in the heart of a child. The curriculum is designed to shape identity through planting these truths in the heart of every elementary age child:

  • I need to make the wise choice (wisdom)
  • I can trust God no matter what (faith)
  • I should treat others the way I want to be treated (friendship)

We will be using bible stories to teach core virtues (for example: honesty, trust, friendship), because the big story of God reveals the character of God.

Each principle is supported by a weekly Bottom line–a short phrase so easy to remember that it can be reinforced at home and through the week.

Our primary goal is to help kids grow in faith, wisdom and friendship like Jesus in Luke 2:52. “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”

252 Basics builds on a child’s experience of community by creating opportunities for life-change through the small group experience.

At this stage, children want a consistent group of peers led by a caring leader each week. These safe environments allow children to process truth in a safe place and develop strong relationships.

The program also helps the church partner with parents in the spiritual formation of their children by providing Parent Cues, take home notes for parents to extend the lesson at home and GodTime cards or weekly devotionals for the kids to do with their parents(1st-3rd grade) or to do on their own(4th-6th grade).

Elementary school kids are growing up in a bigger, more connected world than their parents. Our program lays a solid foundation for a Christian worldview by offering serveral local and global ministry projects in which kids give of themselves as well as emphasizing practical ways they can serve everyday in the world around them. Our children’s offering, for instance, sends children in Mexico to school every year.

5th and 6th graders are encouraged to participate in Club 365, which meets monthly for service projects and relationship-building social opportunities. Participants attend a weekend spiritual retreat every January. This group meets the third Friday of every month and is a building ground for Christian relationships and fellowship for kids as they prepare for our 7th and 8th grade youth ministry program.

Preteen Sunday School is offered at both locations and worship services.

On the third Sunday (No. Andover) and fourth Sunday (Andover) of each month, children ages 3 – 4th grade will join their families for the first part of the service. Following praise and worship, children are invited to sit up front with one of our pastors. One of the children, selected the previous month, presents a box containing an object he or she has chosen to the pastor. He then shares a teaching moment based on the object and prays for the children. Students are dismissed to their Sunday School classes for the remainder of the service.

Club 365

Club 365 is a youth group that serves 5th and 6th grade students. They gather on the 3rd Friday of every month for food, fellowship, and service. The goal of Club 365 is to shine Christ’s light in the community and to form Christian friendships that will last a lifetime. Each night offers an different format, including:

  • Playing active (and sometimes messy) games
  • Serving a meal at a local shelter
  • Singing or playing games at a local assisted living facility
  • Enjoying popcorn and a movie together
  • Assembling care packages for college students
  • Playing a game of miniature golf, laser tag, or roller skating together

Club 365 was named by its participants: The “3” stands for the third Friday of every month when the group meets; the “6” and “5” represents the 5th and 6th graders who participate in the group; and the “365” collectively stand for the group, which is devoted to Christ 365 days of the year.

Students are encouraged to invite their neighborhood and school friends to Club 365.

Wednesday Evening Small Groups for Kids 1st-5th Grade, 6:00-7:30pm:

Christ-centered children’s groups  integrate spiritual and personal development to help children build healthy relationships with Christian adults and peers, and most importantly, Jesus Christ. This program is open to children of the church and the surrounding communities. We encourage kids to invite their friends. Small groups for children offer many advantages:

  • Provides children with a place to belong and an opportunity to experience God’s love.
  • Allows opportunities for Bible exploration and memory work, tied to life application skills and fun activities that bring God’s Word into the heart of a child. This combination plants the seeds of lifelong spiritual transformation.
  • Is engaging and fun for both the children and volunteers, including a large group time with music and bible teaching live skits, followed by small group time.
  • Takes place on Wednesdays which is also Family Night so parents have the option of enjoying small group time with other parents while their children participate in their Christ focused program: one night, one time, one location.

Vacation Bible School

A weeklong summer Bible camp for children ages 4 through 6th grade. The camp is run in cooperation with other local area churches involving over 150 teen and adult volunteers. Participants enjoy games, crafts, music, a snack and a Bible story all planned around a central scriptural theme.

When: July 31-Aug. 4, 2017
Registration: Opens May 2017

For More Information

Kathy Shannon
Children’s Minister
 978.475.0700
 kshannon@freechristian.org

Robyn Cotta
Children’s Ministry Assistant
 978.475.0700
 rcotta@freechristian.org

Jane Mulcahy
Children’s Ministry Assistant
 978.475.0700
jmulcahy@freechristian.org

 

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