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.

We believe it’s important to have a strategy for what we will teach your kids. Our strategy ensures kids receive a full and holistic view of God. Our goal is to help kids grow spiritually, by teaching and discussing Scripture in developmentally appropriate ways.

If you have any questions, please contact me.”

Amy Drehmel
Director of Children and Family Ministry
Call/ text Amy at 815-980-9633

Programming & Teaching

Nursery | Sunday AM AWANA | Kids Church | Midweek Kids


Runs throughout the year during Sunday morning service at 10:30AM

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 Morning AWANA
  • Sunday 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.

Kids’ Church

For babies through 5th grade

Sunday mornings throughout the year at 10:30AM during the worship service.
(except on Family Sunday, the 1st Sunday of each month, when families worship together in the sanctuary).

We are starting a new series called The Greatest Story Ever Told, walking through the BIG story of the Bible and seeing the overarching theme of God in relationship with His people. We will walk through the life of Christ, the birth of the church and the spread of the gospel.


(for babies through 12th grade!)

Sunday mornings during the school year at 9:15AM

Our Awana program runs during our Sunday School hour at 9:15AM. Our Awana program will cover children from nursery through high school.

At the end of Awana/Sunday school each week, kids will be brought to the BBC Kids room for Kids’ Church.

You can register for Awana online. You can also register your children (or just visit for a week) at the church on Sunday morning.


Wednesdays at 6:30pm except the 1st Wednesday of the month. (Read below for more information on what happens April 5 and May 3rd). This program is open to Preschool – 5th graders.  We will meet Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8PM!  No cost to attend but please sign up HERE.

Our current series is called PAGE-TURNER.

Page-turners are exciting books, the kind you don’t want to put down, the kind you would stay up extra late to read. Books are exciting when we can find ourselves in the stories and imagine being a part of the adventure. We are going to look at some of the page-turning stories of the Bible. Each of these stories has something valuable to teach us about our patient and powerful God who prepares us to fight temptation and celebrates us, the heroes in our own real-life adventures!

Special Events

Check out our upcoming special events

Join us for an Easter Family Craft Night

Wednesday, April 5th, 6:30-8PM

Join us for a non-traditional midweek night together for fellowship, an easter craft centerpiece, and food. Each family that pre-registers will get a centerpiece to create for their home for Easter. See the picture example above! Please RSVP as soon as possible by clicking the button below!

Midweek Connect Together

Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:30-8PM

Kids, students, & adults will be together for dinner and fun discipleship-themed activities.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL "Twists & Turns" where following Jesus changes the game!

Mon.-Thur., July 17-20, 2023 from 9AM-Noon

More details coming soon!  Subscribe your email to join the VBS Prayer Team now via the WELCOME CENTER (scroll to bottom of that page).

Quarterly Discipleship Event

If you’re an adult, the idea of spiritual habits is probably pretty familiar to you. Spiritual disciplines, quiet time, devotions –whatever you call it, you’ve probably established at least a few rhythms that help you grow spiritually. (Or, at least you’re working on it.) The kids in our ministry, on the other hand, need a little help to figure out how, exactly, to grow spiritually. That’s why we offer activities throughout the year to help them discover 4 habits that can help them grow spiritually – SPENDING TIME WITH GOD (Spring), SPENDING TIME WITH OTHERS (Fall), SHARING YOUR STORY (Summer), & USING YOUR GIFTS (Winter). We hope these activities will set them up for a lifetime of spiritual growth!

Parent Resources

Pastor Nate’s current sermon series is titled ABIDE so we have a simple resource available, Family Guide to Abide which uses the principle of John 15:4 – “Abide in me” – to encourage families to spend time in God’s presence without a formal ‘devotional plan.’

Here’s a quick synopsis:

A – Ask God to show up during your day!
B – Spend time in the Bible in a unique way (ex. Listening to the Bible)!
I – Investigate, or look for God’s presence during your day!
D – Dwell in God’s presence for at least two minutes each day.
E – Everyone participates!

Copies are available for each family at the Welcome Center.

Did you know that on the very first Easter Sunday, Jesus took a walk? With the Easter Week Walk Family Devotional, you and your family can take a walk with Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24) with daily family activities designed to help you connect with each and with our Savior.

Printed copies of the Easter Week Walk family devotional are available for you at the BBC Welcome Center beginning March 5th through Easter.   

This simple devotional is a great way to make the truth of Easter come alive in your home! It even comes with a daily step tracker to help encourage you to finish each day’s devotional.

Sacred Parenting
Parenting is complicated. The lessons we teach (and lessons we learn) are not always what we expect. There are many resources that discuss how parents change their children, but SACRED PARENTING turns the tables to talk about how God uses children to change their parents.
Download the Parent Cue app
Listen to “Pardon the Mess” Podcast on Christian Parenting
Listen to “Jesus Storybook Bible” Podcast


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.