Your children will have a blast in our KidZone
program designed just for them!
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When you arrive, our welcome team will help guide you through Kidzone Central (our computer check in system) where you and your child will receive matching security tags. Then, it’s on to Ittybitty Kidzone (infants to 3 years), Little Kidzone (3 years–kindergarten) or Kidzone (1st–5th grade) where your child will be greeted by smiling adult leaders. Kidzone runs simultaneously with all of our weekend services at all campuses:
St. Joseph Campus Sundays 9:30am & 11:00am
Benton Heights Campus Sundays 11:00am
Stevensville Campus Sundays 9:30am & 11:00am
background checks are performed for all volunteers who work with children
Kidzone for All Ages
We need volunteers for KidZone! Click here to sign up.
ittybitty kidzone INFANTS UP TO 3 YRS OLD
Our Nursery Staff loves babies. Sit back and relax during services knowing that your baby is being well cared for. There’s no need to wonder if your child is ok because we’ll issue you a pager so we can contact you should your child need you!
We also know that children grow so quickly and have very different needs. To this end we have a curriculum for our littlest members of the family of God. The Crickets sries is for children 18 months to 3 years old. Using this curriculum we begin to teach children three primary truths: God Made Me, God Loves Me, and Jesus Wants to Be My Friend Forever. We sing, play and pray with your children as we present exciting stories from the Bible in a way that draws these youngsters closer to God.
little kidzone AGES 3 – KINDERGARTEN
Everything we do and teach in Little Kidzone is carefully designed to help your child creatively learn three primary truths: God Made Me, God Loves Me, and Jesus Wants To Be My Friend Forever
Your child will learn their value in God's eyes through interactive lessons, music and hands-on activities. The Curriculum we use is called First Look which uses the following key strategies to make Jesus come to life for little kids:
- Teach less for more – repeats the one truth all month long.
- Engage the senses – master the main concept through creative instructional activities.
- Teach with the end in mind – helps connect the kids with the three primary truths.
- Experience worship - encourages kids to talk to God any time, any place.
- Connect with home - when it’s time to go home, we offer parents a colorful take-home summary to enable you to share together what your child learned in Kidzone.
kidzone AGES 1st – 5th GRADE
Children must be dropped off and picked up from the Kidzone Clubhouse.
It all begins in the Kidzone Clubhouse. Kids hang out together in this space designed for fun and friendship. The Kidzone Clubhouse opens 20 minutes before service begins, so parents have plenty of time to get some coffee and do some visiting yourselves before heading off to service. A variety of games and activities are available to help connect the kids to other caring adults and small group leaders in their lives.
During this Large Group time, kids participate in interactive games, a meaningful time of worship, and experience the zany storytelling antics of the Kidzone team. Meetings are fun, engaging, exciting and often crazy! One thing is for sure, the leadership in Kidzone love God and seeks to relay the Love of Christ to the kids through powerful stories from the Bible.
During this time each week we make it our goal to create an experience that is the truly the ‘best hour' in a kids week! In everything we share with your kids we stress “growing up the right way” with Jesus as our example. Luke 2:52 it says, "and Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." Luke 2:52 The curriculum we use is called 252Basic and is built around three Basic Truths every child should embrace according to what Jesus modeled. The 3 basic truths that we learn:
- I can trust GOD no matter what
- I need to make the WISE choice
- I should treat OTHERS the way I want to be treated
Finally, the kids exit the Kidzone to go to their Small Groups. This is time for building relationships and for unpacking the monthly virtue through discussion, activities and prayer. Each of these activities is centered on “the Bottom Line” of the Bible story for the week. You will find the Bottom Line along with the monthly virtue definition and the Bible verse on your child’s take home paper which we call the Refrigerator Door. We look forward to meeting you and your child this weekend!
Kidzone Wow A midweek program
Worship on Wednesdays | September to May
KidZone WOW is for ages 3 yrs-5th grade (and our nursery, ages 0-35 months, is also available during this time). Our midweek program at the St. Joe Campus is designed to magnify and explore the Bible each and every week in creative, upbeat, exciting and dynamic ways!!! Both Little Kid Zone and the Kid Zone Club house opens at 6:15 p.m. for drop off. Your Kids won’t want to miss a single week of WOW!
Moms and Dads, have you heard about the Wednesday evening meals at the Community Cafe'?
It's a great way to start kids and adult programs. Enjoy a
family meal together. We cook and clean up for you! Each week offers
a different menu, and there's always pizza and hot dogs for the kids. The cafe opens from 5-6:15 p.m. downstairs at First Church. Click here for our weekly menu.
Play Songs | 3 yr olds through kindergarten
The littlest of our WOW kids will enjoy PLAY SONGS up to the Little Kid Zone on Wednesday Evenings. Our goal is that the kids will enjoy God, gain a deeper understanding of His love for them, and share their love for God with others through telling God's Word in story and song!
As students attend Little KidZone here’s what you can expect…
|6:30 - 7:15pm
|Music & Movement
|It's time to sing and praise God! Our littlest kids will be working on a musical to share God's Love with everyone on Wednesday night.
|Everyone needs a snack!
**If your little one needs to get home, this is the First Pick-Up Point!
||Crafts & Games
|Your kids will be engaged in crafts, games and scripture memorization all surrounding the theme of the musical.
8:05 p.m. Pick-up time for Little KidZone worship room - "The Tree House"
Bible Max for 1st through 5th Grade
During Bible MAX, there is never a dull moment for our Elementary Kids! With our Hands-On Bible MAX your child will get MAXimum Bible Exploration, MAXimum Relationship Building, MAXimum Worship, and MAXimum Fun!
So… what’s in store for my elementary child during WOW?
|6:00 - 6:30pm
||Worship Team Rehersal
||Calling all kids, 1-5 grade, who are interested in joining the Joyful Noise Worship Team. Our kids prepare to lead worship during the coming weekend.
|6:30 - 6:50pm
||The Big Opening
||"What's happening tonight" exciting opener!
|6:50 - 7:20pm
||Kids are mastering Bible facts, learning to turn to God's word when making choices, and growing in their relationship with Jesus!
7:25 - 8:05pm
|Game Time & Wrap-up
||Kids then head off to games and have a chance to play and have fun with friends. Then its back to the Club House where kids will receive achievement awards for accomplishing their WOW goals. Achievements are earned through scripture memorization, participation and much, much more!
8:05 p.m. Pick-up time for Little KidZone worship room - "The Tree House"
We recognize that you, as parents, are the single most important spiritual influence in your children’s lives. This is your God-given role and responsibility and we don’t want to interfere in any way. We do however want to help you in every way we can in this very important primary role. That’s why we have designed KidZone with the mission of “partnering with parents in leading their children to pursue Christ for a lifetime.”
We do this by
- impacting kids
- equipping parents
- bringing families together
Just how are we impacting your kids?
This is what our weekend KidZone program is all about! We use crazy sets, fun drama, high energy music, interactive worship, and exciting Bible stories told by incredibly creative teachers to engage kids’ minds and hearts. And, we have committed small group leaders who truly care about your kids. These loving mentors provide that important second adult voice in your child’s life saying the same things about God that they are hearing at home.
How can we equip you as parents?
With relevant resources that speak to the challenges of today’s families.
- Take Home materials for Moms and Dads – These are provided each week so you know exactly what your kids are learning in KidZone and Little KidZone. In KidZone this resource is called Refrigerator Door. In Little KidZone, the take home is called Small Talk.
- Family Times Virtue Packs – This resource kit corresponds to the KidZone virtue for the month. The packet provides activities to be used once a week during each of these four family times – MealTime, DriveTime, BedTime, and MorningTime. All of this is designed to give parents simple ways to help their kids grow in faith and wisdom. Available at www.familytimes.org.
The next Child Dedications are scheduled for October 11th at the St. Joseph Campus and November 22nd at both the Benton Heights Campus and the Stevensville Campus.
A Child Dedication service is an opportunity for parents to publicly declare their intent to raise their child in a way that honors God and also give the child the opportunity to eventually have a personal relationship with Jesus. In many ways a "child dedication" service is truly a "parent dedication" service, as parents publicly declare to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. It's also a time for family, friends, and the church body here at First Church to say we will partner with you, as best we can, to see that this takes place.
If your heart is in agreement with the purpose and the motive of a Child Dedication, then we invite you to participate. We consider this a sincere promise to God that flows out of your commitment to Jesus Christ.
Mandatory Parent Meeting - September 29, 7pm in Room 8 of St. Joseph Campus
Parent meeting attendance is required for all parents dedicating a child. The only exception is if parents have attended a Parent Meeting in the past. Any questions, please contact Pastor Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Verse and Photo
You will need to choose a life verse for your child. A life verse is a verse from the Bible that you have chosen for your child that he/she can call his/her own for a lifetime. This verse must be brought to class. You will also need to submit 2-3 photos of your child/family at the time of the meeting to be used in a Parent/Child Dedication Video
How does Child Dedication differ from baptism?
Child Dedication is not infant baptism. It does not indicate or assure salvation. While baptism or christening are a significant rites of passages for infants in a variety of faiths, we believe the Bible teaches that baptism is reserved for those who have already made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, and are old enough to grasp the role of baptism as an outward symbol of their faith.
Do I need to be a member of First Church to participate?
No. Child Dedication is an opportunity for any parents to stand before God and dedicate themselves to raising their child in a Godly environment with the understanding that you are asking First Church Partners to join with you in the process.
Where in Scripture is there a precedent for the dedication of a child?
•Hannah presented her son, Samuel, to the Lord in Shiloh. (1 Samuel 1:11)
•Jesus was dedicated to God. (Luke 2:22)
•Jesus allowed little children to come to Him for His blessing. (Matthew 19:13-15)
Child Dedication Certificate
Parents will receive a Child Dedication certificate for their child following the dedication service.
Register your child for a child dedication service