First Friends is first and foremost dedicated to preparing the next generation to serve in God’s Kingdom. We are partnering with parents to provide the spiritual, social, physical and emotional ingredients necessary to form a firm foundation for life.

Children, 6 weeks through age 5 are assigned to preschool rooms based on their date of birth. They are loved and cared for in their classroom allowing their parents to attend Bible Fellowship and Worship without worry or concern. For more information call 636-296-7729 ext.146 or email us at shelly.straher@fbca.us

First time visitors please print this card and bring it with you on your visit.

Click here to Volunteer for the Preschool Ministry


Awana Clubs


The name Awana is an acrostic which stands for "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed" and is taken from II Timothy 2:15. Awana provides a special place for your children to make new friends, play exciting games, compete in rewarding and challenging contests, receive awards as reinforcements for their good performance, and have opportunities to learn and memorize God's Word, the Bible.

First Baptist Church of Arnold's Awana Clubs is for children two years old through sixth Grade. The goal of Awana Clubs is to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him.

Awana Club Schedule:
Wednesdays, August - May, from 6:15--8:00 p.m.

2016-2017 Awana Volunteer Registration 2016-2017 Awana Child Registration FBCA Awana Parent and Clubber Manual
Sparks-A-Rama and T&T Awana Games Sparks Handbook pacing Schedule T&T Clubbers Handbook pacing Schedule 2016 Awana Calendar

Calendar




Sunday


All parents of children ages 6 weeks to pre-K are required to check in at the First Friends lobby area. First time visitors will be helped through the check-in procedure by one of our staff. You will be given labels to put on the child, their belongings and a receipt that is required for pick up. If your child has any food allergies, notify the staff at this time. We are equipped to handle your child during all 4 services at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00am and 6:00pm.


Parent Resources


Along with the rest of Next Generation Ministry, we will be teaching The Gospel Project, which immerses kids and preschoolers in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to mission from Genesis to Revelation. Ultimately, the gospel message changes everything; heart transformation can only take place when a child experiences the gospel. Through The Gospel Project for Kids, kids and preschoolers will understand the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story—God’s story of redemption.

Download The Gospel Project

Diapering Policy



We want to keep your child clean and happy! Please provide the necessary items for diapering your child, in a bag, clearly marked with the child’s name. For sanitation reasons we do encourage parents to provide disposable diapers. We will check diapers often and change diapers at least every two hours.

Bottle Fed/Nursing Babies

Infants will be fed formula, milk, juice or water, if provided by the parent in bottles. All bottles must be ready to feed, with instruction for warming methods. A private nursing area is available.

Snacks

This area is a nut free zone. We offer an age appropriate snack during service times. If your child has an allergy to certain foods, please notify us at check-in. We will attach special stickers on the child with proper instructions. We do offer gluten free snacks upon request.

Sick Children

For the protection of all children, parents are asked not to drop off a sick child. Upon the recommendation of the Committee on control of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child should not be taken from home when any of the following exist:

A fever, vomiting or diarrhea currently or within the previous 24 hours

Any symptom of a childhood disease such as scarlet fever, measles, mumps, chickenpox or whooping cough

Common Cold-from onset through one week

Sore throat, Croup or persistent cough or green runny nose

Any unexplained rash

Head lice

Pink eye or other eye infection

Hand, foot and mouth disease

If a child develops a fever or other symptoms of illness while at church, he/she will be isolated and the parents contacted to take the child home.

 


Frequently Asked Questioins


Q: What should I expect when I arrive on a Sunday morning?

A: All parents of children ages 6 weeks to pre-K are required to check in at the First Friends lobby area. First time visitors will be helped through the check-in procedure by one of our staff. You will be given labels to put on the child, their belongings and a receipt that is required for pick up. If your child has any food allergies, notify the staff at this time.

Q: When is childcare provided on Sundays?

A: We are equipped to handle your child during all 4 services at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00am and 6:00pm.

Q: What is available on Wednesday evenings?

A: Puggles is for children 2 1/2 - 3 years old and born before 2/1/2013. This is an Awana program that focuses on teaching toddlers God’s word. We also provide childcare for ages 6 weeks-3 years from 6:15-8:00 pm. During the summer, we provide childcare for ages 6 weeks-pre-K from 6:15-8:00pm.

Q: If there is an issue and you need to contact me, how do get a hold of me?

A: We will alert you by putting your child’s ticket number on the screen in the main service, texting your cell phone, or finding you at the room number provided.

Q: What security measures are in place for my child?

A: The safety and security of all children is top priority at First Friends! We have secured and monitored areas where our children learn and play as well as a security team that is available if needed. All of our adult volunteers have passed background checks to ensure another layer of safety. To ensure security during pickup times, parents must present the ticket issued at check in that day.

Pastor

KENNY QUALLS

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