Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Beginning January 11, 2009

Your family is about to have more options than ever to worship Jesus and attend Bible study than ever before. Beginning on January 11, 2009 we will have 3 worship services and Bible study hours. The time schedule will be: 8:15, 9:30 & 10:55.

At 8:15 we will have 2 small group options for your kids. We will also continue to have the same great worship and small group experience for your kids during the 9:30 & 10:55 services. I hope that 2009 will be a year when your family will fall more in love with Jesus and His church than ever before!

Coming January 11

FAITH CLUB will be help on January 11, 18, 25 at 10:55 AM. This is a three week new Christian's class for kids. If your child has made a commitment to follow Jesus please sign them up to learn more about what it means to be a Christian, why be baptized, what is the Lord's Supper and why the church exists. To sign up please respond by email to

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sundays in November

Every good thing comes from God (James 1:17), so gratitude is a proper response toward Him. In fact, if we didn't express gratitude, we wouldn't be recognizing who God is and what He's done for us. Plus, Jesus modeled gratitude for us (Luke 9:16). And He had something to say about it directly.

Read Luke 17:11-19, about the ten lepers meeting Jesus. This encounter shows that the opportunity to demonstrate gratitude occurs every time someone meets a need for someone else. Unfortunately, only one of the ten chose to express gratitude. We don't know why the other guys didn't return. Maybe they were so caught up in celebrating with family and friends they didn't even think about it. Or maybe they thought that what was given to them was something they'd earned - sort of an entitlement mentality.

This month we are going to explore how to stop the busyness and "you owe me" excuses and REWIND AND REMIND ourselves exactly what has been done for us. We will take time to just say thank you. We will remember how others have helped us. We won't let an entitlement mentality infect our thinking, causing the wrong attitude to spoil our gratitude. We are going to make sure we let others know we see how they've helped us and take time to celebrate what God has done. So, in November we'll be talking about GRATITUDE, letting others know you see how they've helped you.

Week 1 is about Jesus healing 10 men with leprosy (Luke 17). Bottom Line: Take time to just say thank you.

Week 2 is about the list maker: Paul, making a list of those he's thankful for (Romans 16). Bottom Line: Take time to remember how others have helped you.

Week 3 is Jesus' parable of the vineyard workers (Matthew 20). Bottom Line: Don't let the wrong attitude spoil your gratitude.

Week 4 will focus on the main feasts celebrated in Old Testament days (Exodus 23). Bottom Line: Take time to celebrate what God has done.

And for the 5th Week: A 252 Basics special edition on one of five "faith skills": Give to God (serve and invest). This is a "bridge" lesson, spanning gratitude (in November) and generosity (in December). You don't want to miss this one!

I can't wait to see you every Sunday in November!

Scenes from October 2008 KidzStuff

Gordo & Vinny are Determined to Use Great TEAMWORK!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


The next FAITH CLUB will meet on Sunday mornings at 10:45 on October 26, November 2 & 9. This will be a three week class and your child must attend all three weeks. If your family has a conflict please let me know.

FAITH CLUB is the children's new Christian's class. Please RSVP by email to or sign up at the Kids Registration Station.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ever Wonder Why Every Weekend is so Important!

KidzStuff Tomorrow Night @ 7 PM

Moms, Dads, Boys & Girls you don't want to miss this weeks KidzStuff. KidzStuff is the first of every month and is designed to help parents and kids understand the new virtue for the month. But moms and dads I want you to know if you have never been to KidzStuff. You don't know what your missing. Your kids will love it, but rumor has it that adults have been caught laughing harder than the kids.

This month's edition could be one of our best storylines. We are talking about determination. Determination is deciding it's worth it to finish what you've started.

Gordo, Vinny & Tyler will be there this week. As well as our new featured virtue song as well as a new kid favorite "Boom Chakalaka laka Boom." Its going to be high energy and fun so make sure to bring your child tomorrow night at 7 PM.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sundays in October

Jesus says, "In this world you will have trouble." No ifs, ands, or buts. You will face sickness, death, divorce, temptations, failures, rejection, peer pressure. You will have trouble that you won't see coming. And no one is exempt. Not the young, not the old, not the good.

Even Jesus had trouble. He was tempted, persecuted, beaten, crucified. He could've taken an easy way out, given up, and gone back to heaven. Instead, He decided it was worth it to stay and finish what He'd started, being "obedient to death—even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:8, NIV). Despite His trouble, Jesus had the determination needed to keep doing what God said. If our attitude is to be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5), we will need that same determination.

The kind of determination that will keep us doing what God says even if it's hard, and even if others don't, so that we don't miss something really good. Yep, we will have trouble in this life, but grit your teeth and don't give up because God will not give up on you. You can be sure that "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6, NIV).

So for October, Sunday mornings are all about DETERMINATION, which is deciding it's worth it to finish what you've started. Here's the line-up:

Week 1 - Keep doing what you should do even if it's hard. We'll be talking about Paul and how he was determined to finish right (2 Corinthians 11:23b-27; Acts 20:24).

Week 2 - Keep doing what God says even if others don't. This week is about Noah and the great flood (Genesis 6:6–7:7).

Week 3 - Keep doing what God says because He is God. The focus is on the Israelites leaving slavery in Egypt (Exodus).

Week 4 - Keep doing what you should do so you don't miss something really good. Sort of a continuation from last week, we'll be talking about 40 years in the wilderness (Numbers 14:1-39).

Teach Less for More

Our Kidz Team is constantly trying to find new ways to help your kids live for Christ. Beginning this week we are fine tuning our Sunday morning experience a little bit. We are going to teach less. That's right we are going to teach less.

Here's what we are going to do. On Sunday mornings, no matter what hour your child attends, we are going to have one Bible story, one memory verse for the month and one main point for your child to learn. Instead of having two different curriculums between the hours, we are going to only teach one truth out of the Bible. Each hour (9:15 & 10:45) will have completely different learning activities so that your kids aren't getting lost in repetition.

Why are we doing this? Because weekends matter! We only have so many weekends to help influence your child to live for Christ and we don't want to take any chances of missing an opportunity. See you Sunday!

October Memory Verse

"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gordopalooza 2 Big Hit

Hey parents, just wanted to let you know this past Sunday was a huge hit. Gordo and friends always leave a big impression on our kids. Thanks for making sure your kids didn't miss out on this great event.

Special thanks to our volunteers that stayed all morning to make sure the kids had a special day. Parents I want you to know that our Kidz Team is second to none. They are as good as it gets. So make sure sometime when you are picking up your child you tell them thank you and maybe even share a something your child has come home and told you from a Sunday.

By the way, check out the slideshow to the left. We are working on becoming more Tech Savy around here. But I am the weak link. I am hoping to have a video online next week that will preview next months virtue.

On Thursday, I am going to be posting some information about some changes that are going to happen in October. Check back on Thursday to get the new scoop and why we are making these changes.

Thanks for allowing us to partner with your family in helping your kids live for Christ!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Gordopalooza 2 this Sunday, September 21

We are only FIVE DAYS to Gordopalooza 2. This Sunday morning is one of those days your kids will want to get out of bed early for. Beginning at 9:15 and ending at 12:00 PM (or whenever church gets out) we are going laugh and learn all about God. The entire KidzStuff gang (Tyler, Vinny, Cammie, Marshall and yes Gordo) will be here. Gordo is writing a song to go with our monthly virtue. The mad scientist doctor from Kids Camp will be here to perform a life altering experiment. We will have donuts, music, large group and small group activities. We have it all. It is going to be huge!

Our theme is Gordo & the Pirates of the Clubhouse. We are going to be teaching kids that "when I make the wise choice, it helps others do what God says." Throughout the morning in a creative, high energy way we are going to point kids to God's Word.

This is a great morning to bring a friend that doesn't normally go to church somewhere. They will want to come back next week after this experience. Let's make the invites and who knows maybe your child's friend will come to know Jesus as their savior on Sunday. Who knows. Just ask!

See you Sunday!

Lock-In a Success

The Kidz Fall Lock-In was a huge success. We had 187 kids attend with a great deal of energy. The evening was filled with food, games, crafts and a movie. Our large room was overflowing with people.

I want to say thank you to all the volunteers that gave of their Friday evening to make that a success. We can't effectively and efficiently help kids live for Christ without your help. You are awesome!

Monday, August 25, 2008

THE NEIGHBORHOOD is the Place to Be

On Sundays THE NEIGHBORHOOD is the place to be. Yesterday we had 245 in attendance. I saw kids singing, laughing, listening and having a great time. We only have 52 Sundays a year to help you develop your child spiritually to stand firm in a crazy world. As a Kidz Team we don't take our job lightly. Please make every effort to be in attendance on Sundays. Our Team stands ready to help your child discover God.

If you are interested in joining the Kidz Team please let me know at The Kidz Team is made up of people like you who want more than anything to see kidz live for Christ. We are not group of tired people who dread our jobs. We look forward to Sundays because you just never know when you will see God in action. If you want to be apart of team that works for something bigger and longer lasting than anyone of our life spans, come join us.

See YOU Sunday!

Wednesday Nights This Fall

Wednesday nights are all about children memorizing Bible verses, learning to use their Bibles and discover how the Christian faith is not only head knowledge but how people are involved in serving God. We start at 7 PM in THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

The first Wednesday night of every month is KidzStuff. A funny, Bible based evening designed for the entire family. Many times as adults we bring our kids into our world to experience God. But KidzStuff is the place that kids bring parents to learn about God. September 3 will be our first KidzStuff for the fall. We begin at 7 PM. You won't want to miss Gordo, Tyler & Vinny. You just never know what might happen in the clubhouse.

Next Faith Club

The next Faith Club will be on Sunday mornings, September 7, 14, 28 at 10:45. Please sign up at the Kidz Registration Table. Your child will need to attend all three weeks to complete the class.

Faith Club is the New Christians Class for Kids. If your child has put their faith in Christ or is asking questions this is the place for them. If you have more questions please contact the Children's Ministry office at 667-8221 or by email

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

All Star Sunday

This Sunday is ALL STAR SUNDAY. Be an ALL STAR and bring a friend.

I am looking for THE NEIGHBORHOOD to be packed with kids this Sunday. Let's bring our friends and we will stuff in together.

I can't wait to see you this Sunday!

Remember tonight (Wednesday, August 20) begins our Kidz @ Night. Here is the schedule:

Kidz Jam (Kidz Choir) 6 PM in room 250
Kidz @ Night 7-8:15 PM in THE NEIGHBORHOOD (Children's Area)

There are classes for adults going on during this time. You can log onto the church website to find out more information.

And the winner is......

The favorite soup of THE NEIGHBORHOOD is..........................................................

Cambell's Chicken Noodle.

Was there ever any doubt? Thanks for bringing the cans of soup. They will go to benefit the Maryville Food Pantry. Thanks for getting us started right.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sunday's Comin'

I can't wait for Sunday! Is it here yet? New Grades, New Rooms, New Decor, New Teachers and New Children.

TWO more day or three more bed times. Don't miss out this week!

See you on Sunday with your favorite Soup.

AUGUST 24 is ALL STAR SUNDAY. Be an All Star and Bring a Friend.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Faith Club Saturday, August 23

There will be a Faith Club held on Saturday, August 23 from 9:00 - 11:30 AM in THE NEIGHBORHOOD Children's Ministry area on the second floor. Please sign up by emailing

Faith Club is the new christians class for kids. This class will help kids understand what it means to be a Christian, importance of baptism and how God designed the church to function.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


I want to welcome many new Kindergarteners to THE NEIGHBORHOOD. It is my pleasure to see your big smiles on Sunday and Wednesday nights. This Sunday is promotion Sunday and all kids will move to their new grades. We will have new room assignments for many grades this Sunday so please make sure and watch the signs on the walls or catch a leader in the hall for directions.

This new year is going to be the best yet for THE NEIGHBORHOOD Children's Ministry. I am excited about reaching more kids for Jesus in 2008-2009 and seeing boys and girls live for Jesus.

For new families I want you to know that our vision is to SEE KIDZ LIVE FOR CHRIST! We don't just want smart kids, we want kids to live each day with God's principles in mind.

See you Sunday! Kidz Living 4 Christ

I Can't Wait

I can't wait until Sunday!!!!! I have been out of town in smoldering hot Texas for a week (I did get some great Mexican Food though!!!!) and can't wait to be back with all the kids and Kidz Team members this week. It seems like it has been forever after preaching the two previous Sundays, I can't wait to see big smiles on Sunday.

I want to thank all Kidz Team members for your work over the past month. It has been fast and furious with Vacation Bible School, covering vacations weeks for volunteers and be not being right there. I just love our team. Every week you prepare and BRING YOUR BEST so that kids can learn about the amazing love of Jesus.

I want to give a special thanks to Cindy Vargo for being my lead person for those three Sundays. I know it takes everyone to make Sunday happen and we can't do it without everyone, but someone has to be the point person. Cindy, you always shy away from credit but these weeks have been crazy with new leaders observing, many leaders on vacation, substitute teachers filling in, new kindergarteners coming for a visit and leading HIGH ENERGY for the kids. I am grateful to your leadership and parents we are fortunate to have Cindy and Steve Vargo working with your kids. Thanks.

Thanks to all team members, you are awesome!!!!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

VBS is Off & Running....

Well the first day of VBS was full of energy. Make sure and bring a friend with you this week. Here's the challenge: If we have 500 different kids come to VBS then you get to turn me and 2 of my closest friends into SUNDAEs. That's right chocolate, marshmellows, caramel etc....

As we begin taking our missions offering, boys and girls will be giving to provide Bible to children in Zambia, Africa. A missions team will be delivering those Bibles in two weeks to those kids who don't have Bibles. We will also be collecting money to help provide children in Madison County that need back to school supplies. It is important for kids to know it is a big world out there and we can help boys & girls learn about God by helping meet their needs.

Don't forget: Friday night is Family Night. The muscial starts promptly at 6:55 and will culuminate in the parking lot with Ice Cream & Inflatible Jumpers for the kids. Don't miss you child performing the VBS Musical on the big stage with over 250 other children. It is quite a site. Don't miss it!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Parent Helpful Hints for VBS!!!!!

Vacation Bible School
First Baptist Church Baptist Church
July 20-25 from 6:30 – 9 pm

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to bring your child to an exciting week of VBS. Living God’s Unshakeable Truth!

· Helpful VBS Hints ·

· Nightly registration will begin at 6:15 pm
· All children attending VBS must wear the “Official Outrigger Passport” with a security number that is assigned to each family. Your child will be given a Passport on the first night and they are to wear it each night they attend. Children will receive marks on their Passport for attendance and bringing friends. Be sure to wear your Passport on Friday Family Night and redeem it for a cool prize.
· Helpful Hint – Once your child leaves VBS hang their Passport on your rear view mirror that way it will be ready for the next day.
· Once your child has their Passport, it is not necessary for you to stop at the
table again unless you bring guests or you lose your Passport. If you lose your Passport, we will not be able to replace your marks.
· All children must be escorted by their parents to the main auditorium and you will pick them up at 9 pm in the same location. Children (ages 4 & Pre K) will need to first check in at the Preschool table first before going to the auditorium and picked up is in the Preschool Department. For your child’s safety we cannot allow them to be drop off at the door.
· When picking up you will be asked to say the security number that is assigned to your child. If someone else is coming in your place, please provide them with the security number.
· If you have any questions regarding picking up or dropping off, please visit the Registration Table in the main foyer
· When you bring a friend be sure to have your Pass Port punched by the staff at the Registration table in the lobby. Please wear shoes that are appropriate for outdoor activities.

How Many Kids Can Fit on THE ISLAND?

How many kids can fit on THE ISLAND? Only 3 more days till Vacation Bible School. Let's get the word out this week so that all kids will get to experience the high energy fun and excitement. Remember there will be a special gift for the child that brings the most friends. So help your child get a head start by bringing a friend the very first day!!!!

T-Shirts & CD's will be available for sale on Sunday morning on the second floor. Also, families that have pre-registered can pick up their Passports on the second floor as well.

The Island is just about prepared let's see how many kids we can put on the Island!!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Pre Register NOW for VBS

VBS is July 20-25 from 6:30-9 PM

Pre Register this week for Vacation Bible School. Just fill out a blue form and turn it in upstairs in the Children's Ministry area. We are moving fast and this year is going to be great. We already have 193 registered for VBS. Get signed up this week.

Also, you can purchase this year's VBS T-Shirt on Sunday. The shirts are $6 and can be purchased on the second floor near the Chilren's Ministry area. The VBS music CD's are also available for $3. Get your VBS gear and get ready for your Outrigger Island!

See you Sunday!!!!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Happy Birthday America! I want to wish a happy 4th of July to your family. Make sure and pray for our nations leaders and military. Also take time to thank God for the many blessings that come with our freedom.

Have a good July 4th and enjoy the fireworks. See you on Sunday!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Pass Out!!!!!

Pass Out!!!! No not you. Pass out tickets and get the word out. Vacation Bible School is only 2 weeks away. We need to get the word out so that family, friends and neighbors don't miss Outrigger Island. The dates are July 20-25 and time is flying by. So pick up a stack of tickets and PASS OUT!


Can you believe it? Only two more weeks to Vacation Bible School. I am so excited and can barely wait. We are making final preparations. We're growing palm trees and building beach huts. VBS is one of the biggest events during the entire year for First Baptist Church.

Many people are making preparations and clearing their schedule to be here. Don't miss out. Don't let your kids miss out. Because if they are not here they will miss out on a complete blast. The music, drama, games, crafts, snacks, mission stories and Bible teaching.

VBS is filled with a bunch of fun and games, but I want you as a parent to value the fact that your child will encounter each day a Bible truth that will help build them into a spiritual champion.

Don't let other things get in the way of your schedule during this week. Mark it off. Bring your kids and while you are at it-- why don't you come join the fun as well!!!! We still have a place for you. Contact the Children's Ministry office at 667-8221 or

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

July 20-25 is Vacation Bible School

Don't miss Vacation Bible School this year! We start on Sunday and end with a big musical production with drama, singing, lights and video. It is really cool to see and hear a 250+ kids choir sing and move.

There are still volunteer spaces available. Email Rich at for more information. VBS T-Shirts go on sale Sunday, July 6 and they will be $6. You can visit the registration table on the second floor beginning on July 6 to register your child(ren).

More info to come. The Island Awaits Us!

We're Back on the Blog

Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay on the blog, but it seems to be back and working again. Kidz Camp was an absolute blast. We are now less than one year away for Kidz Camp 2009 so mark your calendar now. The dates are June 8-12, 2009. It doesn't hurt to start planning early.

Vacation Bible School is only four weeks away. The dates are Sunday, July 20 - Friday, July 25. We are gearing up for the best VBS we have ever had. Make sure you invite a few friends to come with you. We'll set a goal and if you reach it you will make me (Pastor Rich) and a few of my closest friends into a Human Sundae. Yuck!!!!!!

See you on Sunday morning!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Here are the long awaited results for week 2 of the World Famous Game of SKITTLES:

Kindergarten 256
1st Grade 311
2nd Grade 214
3rd Grade 246
4th Grade 281
5th Grade 283

This is an incredibly close game. I don't think there is one grade out of contention. The friend points can add up quickly. So bring your friends this week. Also, Perfect Attendance points can add up fast.

See you on Sunday with all your friends!!!!!

Monday, April 21, 2008


Okay, here are the results for week 1 of our First Annual Game of Skittles.

Kindergarten= 133
1st Grade= 148
2nd Grade= 108
3rd Grade= 113
4th Grade= 117
5th Grade= 138

It's a close race after week one. First Grade is in the lead by a small margin. Here's a hint in how to win the game of Skittles. 1) Bring a friend. 2) Perfect attendance points will total up fast so come for 2 more weeks.

Help your team win the much anticipated Skittles Pizza Party.

See You Sunday!!!!!!!

Monday, April 14, 2008


The next Faith Club will be on Saturday, April 26 from 9-11:30 am in THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Please sign up and let me know if your child will be attending.

To sign up you can email or let someone at the registration desk know this Sunday morning.

The Faith Club is our new Christians class for kids. We will talk about salvation, baptism, why attend church and the Lord's Supper.

Lock IN this FRIDAY NIGHT 6-10 PM

Remember the Lock-IN is this Friday night from 6-10 pm. Sign up no later than Wednesday.

We will eat pizza, play games and watch a movie. It will be a blast.

You can sign up by emailling

SKITTLES Starts this Sunday, April 20

Make sure your child is here this week so he/she can help their class earn SKITTLES.

Here's the breakdown of how to earn SKITTLES:

2 for Attending
5 for Bringing their Bible
10 for Brining a friend
20 for Perfect Attendance

Skittles will be placed in a jug for the appropriate grade. The Skittles will be counted at the end of the three weeks and the winning team will earn a Skittles Pizza Party!

See you Sunday Morning and I will be ready to count those Skittles!


Attention All Parents:

There is a Kidz Camp Meeting this Sunday night (APRIL 20) at 5:30 in room 224 (the large area in the children's ministry area). Please make sure to attend this meeting. We will pass out what to bring (what not to bring), talk about basic guidelines, give a synopsis of Bible teaching for the week and have a time of Q & A.

See you this Sunday night at 5:30!

Kidz Camp is 8 Weeks Away!!!!

Can you believe it? There are only eight weeks until camp. Now is the time to sign up. Remember your deposit of $75 is due with registration and total amount is due by May 20. The cost goes up after May 20 so sign up today.

To sign up all you have to do is pick up a bright green Events Envelope from the registration desk. And it is okay to bring friends but they need to follow the same registration steps.

Prepare for camp as we JOURNEY BELOW THE EARTH!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Let's Play SKITTLES!!!!!

All right we are about to begin our game of SKITTLES on Sunday, April 20. We will play on Sunday, April 20, April 27 & May 4. The rules are simple and the prize will be unbelievable.

Each grade will compete against the other grades. Kids earn Skittles for their team's jar:

For attending
For bringing a Bible
For bringing a friend
For Perfect Attendance over 3 weeks

Each grade will get to eat the Skittles they have earned on May 11 and the winning class will win a SKITTLE Pizza Party!

Let's earn the Skittles and fill up the jars. SKITTLES, SKITTLES & MORE SKITTLES!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Already 30

We already have 30 kids signed up for Kidz Camp. Please sign up now if you are interested in camp. Deposits are due with sign up so please act quickly. If you have questions let me know at

There is a Parent Meeting on April 20 at 5:30 in room 224 (the large room in the children's area). If you would like to be a sponsor please fill out a Volunteer Application with the Kidz Camp logo on top. I need that information so we can make plans.

It is also okay for you to bring friends but please sign them up ASAP.

It's going to be fun so plan now to attend!


Please make sure you sign your child up for the Spring Lock-In on April 18 from 6-10 pm. It will be alot of fun. Kids will be divided up by ages: Kindergarten & 1st Grade, 2nd & 3rd Grade and 4th & 5th Grade as they rotate through the evening. We will eat pizza, play outside and play in the gym. We will also watch a movie and eat snacks. More information on the movie that will be shown will come the week of the lock in.

But please make sure and sign your child up so that we can plan for the right about of food and drinks.

We also need adults and teenagers to help with the lock in. If you are interested please let me know at


Faith Club April 26

The next FAITH CLUB will be on Saturday, April 26 from 9 am to 11:30 pm. FAITH CLUB is the new Christian's class for children. If your child has asked Jesus in their heart or has been asking questions for an extended period of time please sign them up to attend. Children must complete Faith Club before they can be baptized. Some children have taken some of the sessions but have not completed the entire class, please send them on this day so that they can complete the entire class. Sign up at the Children’s Ministry Registration Counter or by email at

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Camp Sign Up Going On NOW!!!

Don't forget Kidz Camp sign up is going on now. All you have to do to sign up is fill out the bright green event envelop, provide deposit money and return to the Kidz Check IN Station upstairs. Camp is always a highlight of the summer.

Kidz Camp is filled with lake activities, major slip n slide action, water balloons, snow cones, Bible study, Kidz Worship and much much more. Sign up to reserve your spot now!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Can you smell it? Well not quite yet. But the smell of fresh cut grass and spring means it's baseball season! This Sunday we have encouraged the kids to wear their favorite baseball shirt or sports shirt (last years VBS shirt would be great also) and we will be getting ready for baseball. We'll celebrate with fresh popcorn.

This week we are also talking about some crazy stories in the Bible. And trust me their are some unusual stories in the Bible. Make sure your child is here this Sunday at 9:15 or 10:45. They don't want to miss this special week.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring Lock IN Coming FAST

The Spring Lock-In for kids is coming up fast. Friday, April 18 from 6-10 pm your kids will eat pizza, play indoor and outdoor games and watch a movie. We are expecting over 150 kids this year. So mark your calendar now and sign up. You can sign up two ways. 1) At the check in station on Sunday mornings or 2) By email Pastor Rich at

It's gonna be good so bring a friend (but please sign them up too so we don't run out of pizza) and prepare for fun!!!!!

April 18, 6-10 PM

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Easter is Coming!!!!

Celebrate Easter Sunday with us on March 23 at 9:15 or 10:45. We are planning to tell the story of Jesus' resurrection in memorable way on this Sunday. Remember Easter is a Sunday that people will come to church if you invite them. Make sure to invite them on this day to join you at First Baptist Church. See you there!!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Kidz Camp is Coming!!!!

Okay, here's the deal. Many of you have been asking about Kidz Camp 2008. Well Camp info is finally here. On Sunday, March 2 you can pick up registration forms, fliers and volunteer applications if you want to attend as a volunteer.

Our Kidz Camp meeting dates are April 20 & May 18 at 5:30. Also the parent and camper meeting is June 1 at 5:30. Mark these dates and don't miss out.

Remember your child can bring friends, but they need to sign up and attend the meetings too. This year is going to be another great experience for your family. If you have questions please send me an email at

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Kidz Camp Sign Up

Kidz Camp registration will begin on Sunday, March 16.

The camp dates are June 9-13 at Lake Williamson near Carlinville, IL. If you are interested in attending as a volunteer please let the Children's Ministry office know ASAP, complete and return a Camp Volunteer Application in early February and begin praying about how God can use you to help a child live for Christ!

Space will be limited for campers and volunteers so please consider your calendars now and sign up when registration opens.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sunday, February 3

Attention All Families:

Please don't miss Sunday, February 3. We will have an exciting large group, including a friend from the past. Don't miss this great day!

The reason we do Connect Sunday every year is because we know it is so easy to miss connecting with a Small Group Bible Study. There is so much value to spending an hour each week with other adults in the same life stage to listen/discuss how the Bible answers real life questions like family, money, job and many other topics. Make this a time where you, as moms and dads, connect in a Bible Study.

This is so important becasue the best thing you can give your child is a mom or dad that wants to know more about God. If you have questions about what Bible Study to attend please send an email to for more specific information.

Don't let another year pass without attending a Small Group Bible Study (Sunday School)!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Sundays ROCK!!!!!

Sundays in THE NEIGHBORHOOD Children's Ministry are rockin. Come join the excitement each week at 9:15 or 10:45. We are talking about ORDERLINESS (arranging your day to make it easier).

We have just discovered that God created the world in a specific order for a purpose. This Sunday we are going to be talking about what Jesus said was the greatest commandment. You know when you put God first everything else falls into place.

Don't forget FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT this Friday at 7 PM. Parents bring your child and enjoy watching Charlotte's Web the updated children's classic. We will have popcorn and lemonade. No drop off of children. This event is for kids and parents.

Make sure and bring your child this Sunday so you won't miss out on anything going on in THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

Thank You!

I want to say thank you from Angie and myself. Many of you have asked, prayed for and have volunteered to help. You truly are an amazing team. Thank you for helping me, but most importantly thank you for using your talents & time to serve God. We will keep you posted as to when the new baby is here. But as for now we wait patiently (sort of!).

Monday, January 7, 2008

KidzStuff this Wednesday at 7 PM

This Wednesday night is KidzStuff. KidzStuff is where families get to worship and learn about God together. Kids can't wait to have their parents with them on their spiritual growth journey. KidzStuff will help parents know the virtue we will be teaching during the month so that it can be talked about at home.

This month we are talking about ORDERLINESS. What a way to start the year! I am guessing that is something that can be talked about at your house. Gordo and the gang will be there this week and there something to do with the Wizard of Oz.

See you this week at 7 PM!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Family Movie Night January 18

Our Annual Family Movie Night is January 18 at 7 PM.

We will be watching Charlotte's Web. We will show the movie in the large area of THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Come on, bring the family and enjoy some popcorn. This will be a fun night for the entire famly!

Kidz Team Meeting

January 15 at 6 PM will be our next Kidz Team meeting. This is for all volunteers in the Children's Ministry. We have two team meetings per year, one in January and the other in September. These meeting are vital to the strength of our team. It takes many people to make the Children's Ministry effective and efficient. Don't miss this meeting!

6 PM Eat Dinner (Bully's BBQ, please RSVP, Childcare is Provided)

6:40 Pastor Fred will speak about exciting opportunities for 2008

7:00 Kidz Team in ROOM 224 (the large group area)
We will cover:
a. Upcoming dates, Super Sunday in March and additional classes
b. Sharing the Gospel with Kids
c. The Missing Link in Kidz Ministry Today & Why it Matters to You!

Please RSVP so that we can plan appropriately for food and childcare. You can do that by filling out a form that is upstairs and turning that in at the greeter station or by emailing Pastor Rich at

Please make this meeting. We all need to be on the same page because we have many kids who are sponges for Jesus right now. Remember, it is about Kidz Living 4 Christ!

Next Faith Club

The next Faith Club will be on Wednesday, January 16 & 23 from 7-8:15 PM. Your child will need to attend both weeks to complete the class.

Faith Club is the new Christians class for kids at FBCM. If your child has become a Christian and is asking questions about baptism please bring them to be apart of this classs. For more information or if you have questions please email them to Pastor Rich at