KIDS MINISTRY

FOR BIRTH – 5TH GRADE

Leading kids into a meaningful and active relationship with God!

“Welcome to BBC Kids!

Our aim is to get kids excited about church each week, knowing that they will be able to connect with their friends, and most importantly, grow closer to Jesus. Everything we do has a focus on teaching them about God in a relatable and accessible.

If you have any questions, please contact me.”

Amy Drehmel
Director of Children and Family Ministry
Call/ text Amy at 815-980-9633
amy.drehmel@beckerbaptist.org

Amy Drehmel

Amy Drehmel

Director of Children and Family Ministry

FAQ’s and More

If you are planning on joining us in person, read through our frequently asked questions, download our Welcome Packet, and register your child for BBC Kids.

BBC Kids Programming & Teaching

Nursery, Sunday School, Children’s Church & Awana

We believe it’s important to have a strategy for what we will teach your kids. Without a strategy, we run the risk of missing important ideas, teaching only the topics that personally interest us most, and ultimately failing to give kids a full and holistic view of God. Our goal is to help kids grow spiritually, by teaching and discussing Scripture in developmentally appropriate ways.

Nursery

Sunday School

Children's Church

Awana Clubs

Nursery

In our nursery, caregivers lead children ages birth–3 years in age-appropriate activities, including play time, God-centered stories, songs, and verses. Each session in the nursery includes prayer for each child by name, and a simple snack is provided for children over 12 months.

Nursery care is available during:

  • Sunday School
  • Worship Service
  • Midweek Programs
  • Some special events

We also take safety, security, and wellness to heart to give you the confidence that your little one is in good hands. Parents check in at a kiosk upon arrival to print a security and nametag for each child.

Sunday School

Runs throughout the school year (September – May)

Our Sunday School classes provide age-appropriate Bible lessons and learning activities that are both fun and spiritually rich. The children learn about the character of God, the work of Christ, and the means of living in right relationship to Him. This is accomplished by presenting the whole counsel of God and demonstrating to children the unity, consistency, and sufficiency of the Scriptures for their lives. Classes are led by teachers who are committed to communicating the truth of God’s Word clearly and applicationally so that they may enter the child’s world for the sake of the gospel. Each one strives to live a life of devotion to Christ so that he or she can set an example that is consistent with the Godly standards taught. Our ultimate goal is to come alongside parents in fulfilling the command “to tell the generation to come the praises of the Lord and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done . . . that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children” (Psalm 78:4, 6).

The following classes meet on Sunday’s at 9:15am: 

Infants to 3-year-olds
Location: Church Nursery
Teachers: Dustin & Heidi Weege
Even our littlest “flock” need to know that Jesus loves them! In this class, our little ones will take their first steps in learning about God. 

PreK – 1st Grade
Location: Room #123
Teachers: Lori Shafer & Suzanna Hoover
Kids will learn that the Bible is true and that Jesus is our Creator and Savior by going chronologically through the Bible in 4 years using the Answers in Genesis curriculum.

2nd – 5th Grade
Location: Room #138
Teacher: Laura Slack
Kids will learn that the Bible is true and that Jesus is our Creator and Savior by going chronologically through the Bible in 4 years using the Answers in Genesis curriculum.

 

Children’s Church

For ages 4 through 5th grade

Sunday Mornings throughout the year at 10:30am during church service.
(Except for 1st Sunday of the month when families worship together in the sanctuary.

Legacy

November Series – ROAD TRIP

Have you ever been on a road trip? When we think of road trips, we might think of gas station snacks, singing along to our favorite songs, and taking in the sights — but when the Israelites went on a “road trip” of their own through the wilderness, it was a little less glamorous. Okay, it was a lot less glamorous. In this series, we’ll introduce kids to some of God’s “rules of the road,” from Moses and the ten commandments all the way to what Jesus called the Greatest Commandment — to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Together, we’ll discover that we can love God and others by putting God first, worshiping God, loving our families, and loving everyone.

AWANA Clubs

BBC uses the AWANA curriculum and meets on Wednesday nights throughout the school year 6:30-7:30pm.  AWANA is an acronym from 2 Timothy 2:15 – Approved Workers Are Not Ashamed.

AWANA is a fun approach to making the Bible alive and relevant with caring leaders who invest time, love and wisdom into shaping children’s lives. While kids are having fun together each Wednesday night, they’re learning about Jesus and growing in their faith in Him, too, by learning Bible verses and spiritual truths.

This cool kids’ program is for:

Cubbies — Preschool (Age 4 by September 1)
Sparks — Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2
T&T (Truth in Training) — Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6
(6th grade students can choose to either attend AWANA or BBC Students.)

What to Expect at AWANA:

Opening Time

Kids meet in the BBC Sanctuary at the beginning of each AWANA night to learn and sing songs about God and His grace. It’s a time to focus on why we have AWANA, “to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him.”

Class Time

Kids will join together in their classrooms to learn the weekly lesson and memory verses. They will learn about character traits that honor God and stories from the Bible to coincide with each week’s Handbook Section. Leaders will help kids understand key Bible verses and teach them how to know and follow God. Oftentimes, they will have snacks, make a craft and or learn teamwork and sportsmanship through various classroom games, etc.  Awards are given out at the end of the year.

REGISTRATION FOR AWANA

Register online and then, for your child’s safety, please come inside each night to get an identification sticker and then return with the sticker to check them out. For more information about AWANA, visit www.awana.org.

Upcoming Events

Check out our upcoming special events

Events are a pretty big deal for most kids ministries. They’re a way to have fun, connect with kids, get new people in the door, and create some excitement. Events matter, but we’ve got to keep things in perspective. That’s why we’re fans of keeping our event strategy really simple, because we can make a bigger impact each year if we choose to do fewer events with more intentionality.

Discipleship

When planning our year, we always start with a discipleship strategy. That’s because we believe spiritual growth should be the lens through which we see everything else we do in our ministries. We believe there are four spiritual habits that help kids (and adults, too) grow closer to God. These four habits aren’t anything new. They’ve been talked about countless ways, by countless numbers of people. We believe these four spiritual habits are the behaviors that help kids grow closer to God so our strategy is to help kids engage in these four spiritual habits on a regular basis, year after year. So, here they are:

SPEND TIME WITH OTHERS:
In the fall, we focus on developing the spiritual habit of Christ-like community when kids are beginning a new school year, making new friends, and getting plugged into new classes and groups at church. 

USE YOUR GIFTS:
In the winter, we focus on helping kids develop the spiritual habit of knowing and using their gifts to serve God and others, because during the holidays, there are lots of service opportunities available. In the past, we’ve done many things from adopting a foster child at Christmas, to preparing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, to raising funds for Bibles for kids in Haiti, etc.

SPEND TIME WITH GOD:
In the spring, we go deep into the spiritual habit of spending time with God through personal spiritual disciplines, when Easter is on the way and the unpredictability of school and the holidays will have leveled off into some stability for our families and our ministry. Last spring, families were given instructions for a fun labyrinth style prayer station to do together about the importance of talking to God.

SHARE YOUR STORY:
In the summer, we focus on helping kids develop the spiritual habit of sharing their stories while our ministry prepares for VBS and a new school year. Over the last summer, we did a KIDS TAKEOVER during our family service each month.

This quarter, our focus is: SPEND TIME WITH OTHERS

This year, we are providing a really fun devotional called Good News Feed to help kids engage in deeper conversations with their families or a small group of friends and build more strategic relationships with others.  Download or pick up a print version of the devotional at church. As you and your family make your way through the devotionals, we’d love you to share your stories and wins from your family devotional time with us. You can do so in person, through email or on social media. If you post on social media, we encourage you to hashtag #GoodNewsFeed #BBCKids #beckerbaptist with your post photos or videos. 

Volunteer with BBC Kids

We know that if we want to be effective, we need to be really serious about investing in and empowering the volunteers we lead. When we do that, we multiply our influence, increase the capacity of our ministry, and give kids a better shot at building a lifelong faith. Research shows that young people need not just one pastor, but a community of adults who are all investing in them and in their faith. So, we know it’s important to invest in your first so that you can better invest in kids.

Parent Resources

We want to engage with parents in our ministry. We have several ways and opportunities throughout the year. Here are a few ways we hope to do that. It is our hope to provide some events each year that connect you with our ministries and other families in our church.

Let’s Stay Connected:

Communication is a huge part of staying connecting so we hope you will subscribe to our mailing lists and social media sites. 

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Parent Monthly Resource for November:

Your kid’s use of social media technology impacts their developing identity in a big way. But have you ever talked about that? This month, try out some of the tips in THIS VIDEO. It’s a great idea to develop some healthy values and practices together as a family that empower kids to make better choices when it comes to the time they spend online.