Children

We offer a variety of spiritual, educational, social, and recreational opportunities for our students. We strive to nurture a warm, loving, safe, and inclusive environment in which students of all ages can grow and develop in their faith and understanding of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, 'Let the children come to me, and don't try to stop them! People who are like these children belong in God's kingdom' (Matthew 19:14; CEV). We offer a variety of spiritual, educational, social, and recreational opportunities for our children. We strive to nurture a warm, loving, safe, and inclusive environment in which children can grow and develop in their faith and understanding of Jesus Christ. We want our children to learn about God's love in a warm, safe, secure, and caring environment. We have 'Child Protection Policies and Procedures' in place to ensure the safety and care of our children.

Sunday School provides the primary opportunity for children to learn the stories and lessons from God's Word each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Age-appropriate lessons and activities are provided by loving and caring teachers in a clean and safe environment each Sunday morning.

Children's Church meets during the 10:30 am worship services and provides opportunities for children ages three-four to grow and learn more about God's love for them. Extended care is offered and provided during the Sunday morning worship services for infants and children through age two.

Mission Friends is offered to children ages 3 - Kindergarten each Wednesday evening at 7:05 pm (September - May). Mission Friends provides opportunities for children to learn about missions and missionaries.

Girls in Action (GA's) is offered for all girls in grades 1-6 each Wednesday evening at 7:05 p.m. (September - May). GA's provides opportunities to study and learn more about local and foreign missionaries and how we might help these missionaries. GA's also participate in short-term, 'hands-on' mission projects, adopt grandparents, and are sensitive to other needs in our church and community. GA's also participate in a spring retreat and have opportunities to attend a week long summer camp.

Royal Ambassadors (RA's) is offered for all boys in grades 1-6 each Wednesday evening at 7:05 p.m. (September - May). RA's spend time learning about local and foreign missionaries and the cultures in which our missionaries live. RA's participate in short-term, 'hands-on' mission projects such as the CROP Walk and collecting shoe boxes for the Samaritan's Purse ministry. RA's have a pinewood derby car race in the spring and also have opportunities for camping and other activities. Our RA's also participate in a basketball league with other churches in the Raleigh area.

Open Play is offered on Wednesday evenings at 7:45 p.m. (September through May) in our Family Life Center Multi-Purpose Room and provides recreational opportunities for children to play ball and meet new friends.

Children's Day is typically held in the spring and provides an opportunity for children to plan and lead a morning worship service. This service is always a special day in the life of the church family.

Vacation Bible School is a week long, fun-filled annual event is typically held in late June. Activities include: appropriate Bible stories, music, crafts, games, snacks, and tons of fun for children!

Summer Camp is for children in grades 3-6 and is typically held in late June or early July. We participate in the Passport-Kids Camp each summer. Passport-Kids Camp goals: provide encounters with Christ and opportunities for faith expression, building self-esteem in every child, nurturing community, exploring the Gospel through mission interaction, and having fun!

Fall Camp is offered for children in grades 3-6 and is typically held during September. This weekend camp provides opportunities for Bible study, worship, crafts, games, music, food, fellowship, swimming, canoeing and other fun activities.

Overnight Retreat is offered each year for children in grades 1-6. This overnight retreat is hosted at the church and is typically held during the month of January. Children arrive on Friday evening and leave on Saturday afternoon. This 'in-town' retreat provides fun activities and Bible study for children.

Fall Carnival is always held on October 31 from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The Fall Carnival provides a wonderful opportunity for children to have a great time while creating positive memories regarding their church family and faith. Activities include: food, lots of games, door prizes, candy, pony rides, hay rides, trunk-or-treating, and more. It's free!

Other activities for Children include: 'Breakfast in Bethlehem' (Christmas), Winterfest, Easter Party, Wacky Wednesdays (summer months), Skate Parties, and other 'fun' activities throughout the year.

Discipleship Classes are provided for our children in grades 1-3. Children are encouraged to participate in an 'Introduction to Worship' class each year. Children learn about the elements and symbols of worship, worship leaders, hymns, and information regarding the church year. First graders are given Bibles each year. Discipleship opportunities for children in grades 4-6 include special lessons dealing with conversion and church membership, 'What it means to be a Christian' and 'What to do now that I'm a Christian.' Children are also introduced to special studies on prayer and what it means to be a Baptist.

Parent Resources and occasional seminars are provided to help parents grow and enhance their parenting skills. Our Children's Information Center contains a number of pamphlets, brochures, and information sheets dealing with a variety of issues and challenges facing parents and families in today's culture.