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NEXT GENERATION 



Our Next Generation Ministry includes groups from babies to college and existS to advance the Gospel
through a biblical strategy collaborating with parents, leaders, and students for their spiritual formation. 

FIRST FRIENDS


MEET YOUR MINISTRY LEADER

Shelly Straher is our director of First Friends. In her spare time, you can find her enjoying an ice cream
from Ronnie’s (yes, the movie theater…we don’t know, just go with it like we do, okay?) and hanging out
with her husband Dale and the rest of her family, who she treasures most deeply. She demonstrates an
incredible care for each of the kids in First Friends and is always looking for a reason to host a tiny
dance party. She can’t wait to meet your family!

FAQS

  • When is childcare offered in First Friends?
    • We can’t wait to minister to your child during Sunday services at 9:30am and 11am.
  • How do I know my child is going to be well taken care of and safe?
    • The safety and security of all children is top priority. 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 team members have passed background checks to ensure another layer of safety.
  • Every week this fall
    • We will be taking temperatures before admitting all our kiddos.
    • We will not be serving snack at this time.
    • Limited contact check in.
    • Bring no items from home with the exception of bottles and diapers.
    • We want to keep your child clean and happy! Please provide the necessary items for diapering your child. These items should be in a bag, clearly marked with the child’s name. For sanitation reasons, we encourage parents to provide disposable diapers. We will check diapers often and change diapers at least every two hours.
  • Bottle fed and nursing babies
    • Infants will be fed formula, milk, juice or water in bottles, if provided by the parent. Bottles must be ready to feed and have instructions for warming. A private nursing area is available.
  • 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, 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.
  • What ages is First Friends for?
    • Children, six-weeks through age five are assigned to preschool rooms based on their date of birth.
  • How do I find First Friends?
    • The map below should help you locate the First Friends lobby.

                

  • How do I pick my child up?
    • To ensure security during pick up times, parents must present the ticket issued at check-in that day.
  • What if I am needed during my small group time or during the worship service?
    • If your attention is required, we will alert you by putting your child’s ticket number on the screen in the main service, texting your phone, or finding you at the room number provided at check-in.
  • What will my child be doing while in First Friends?
    • Our programming focuses teaching toddlers God’s word and that He loves them very much!

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FIRST KIDS


MEET YOUR MINISTRY LEADER


Jeff Russom is our Children’s Pastor here at First Arnold and if you’ve ever attended the 11am Kids Worship,
you know he has the voice of an angel. Jeff spends lots of time with his wife, Shawne and their daughter,
Madison, and they love to hang out at the beach and with their fun pup Sadie! Jeff cares deeply about people
and demonstrates this through thorough planning and great attention to detail in everything! He can’t wait to
introduce you to all his friends in First Kids!

 

FAQS

  • When does First Kids meet?
    • We have two identical one-hour large groups at 9:30 and 11 am on Sundays. Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the service to give us time to sanitize.
    • For those who are not yet ready to gather on our campus, we will continue to equip your family to study the bible at home with the FREE Lifeway Kids at Home online pass experience. Lifeway Kids at Home includes a video session along with a downloadable activity page and conversation starters.  To receive the Kids at Home material, please email us at
  • How do I know my child is going to be well taken care of and safe?
    • The safety and security of all children is top priority. We have secured and monitored areas where our children learn, 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.
  • What ages is First Kids for?
    • First Kids is for children who have completed K-5th Grade!
  • How do I find First Kids?
    • The map below should help you locate the First Kids lobby!
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      • How do I check my child in?
        • All kids must be checked in at the Welcome Counter in the First Kids Lobby and use limited contact with the help of our First Kids Team.
      • How do I pick my child up?
        • You will be given a printed receipt that is necessary to pick up your child.
      • What will my child be doing while in First Kids?
        • In Kids Worship, we worship God in a way that is fun and understandable for your children.
      • How do I stay connected with all things going on in First Kids?
        • We have a parent e-newsletter that lets you know what is going on in First Kids. Click here to join!

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      SEGUE


      MEET YOUR MINISTRY LEADER


      Shane Kopsky is our middle school pastor and is ALL about ALL THINGS Segue. To him, all things
      sports and Marvel super heroes get a big thumbs up. He and his wife Mikaila take lots of hikes
      with their dog and try and catch as many rad views as possible. Shane believes that middle school
      is the time to make your faith your own and everything we do in Segue is geared towards rooting
      students deeply in their OWN beliefs and values. Shane can’t wait to welcome you to Segue!

       

      FAQS

      • What ages is Segue for?
        • Segue is for middle school students grades 6-8.
      • How do I find Segue?
        • The map below should help you locate where Segue meets!
      • Sunday Meeting Time
        • Segue gathers on Sunday mornings in the Upper Fellowship Hall at 11:00AM to join together in corporate worship, and we end in the Lower Fellowship Hall in small groups, which are divided by grade and gender. 
      • Wednesday Meeting Time
        • Segue meets on Wednesday evening in the Lower Fellowship Hall from 6:30PM-8PM for a time of games, fellowship, worship and teaching. 
      • Do I need to check my student in/out for Segue?
        • We do not require parents to check their middle school student in for Segue on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights. We do check the student in, but parents do not have to be present or show a receipt in order for their student to leave when the service is over.
      • What if I am in my small group during 9:30am, where does my student go?
        • Most of our Segue students sit together in the 9:30am service. Below is a picture on where our middle schoolers usually sit together.
      • What will my student be doing while in Segue?
        • On Sunday mornings, we meet in the Upper Fellowship Hall for a time of student led worship as well as interactive teaching and and we end in the Lower Fellowship Hall in small groups, which are divided by grade and gender. 
        • On Wednesday evenings, your student will participate in a night of fun and looking at God’s word. We talk about biblical topics that students are wrestling with and have fun stuff like games, videos and theme nights!
      • How do I stay connected with all things going on in student ministry?
        • We have a parent e-newsletter that lets you know what is going on in student ministry. Click here to join!
      • Segue promotion
        • For students moving into 6th grade for the 2020-2021 school year, Segue can’t wait to welcome you! August 30 will be the first Sunday that you will be in Segue the entire day!  We can’t wait to get started!

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      SYNERGY

      MEET YOUR MINISTRY LEADER

      Tom Bell is our student pastor and covers all things student ministry as well as leading out in
      Synergy. 
      If you can’t find Tom in the office, he’s probably with his wife Ashley and their sons,
      Grayson and Landry, in their super swag minivan, rocking out to Rend Collective. And if you
      strike out there, then they’re at home watching reruns of the 2016 World Series Championship
      game because apparently if you’re from Chicago, the Cubs are good??? Not sure………………….


      Anyway, Tom knows how important it is for high school students to connect with Jesus and to each
      other and he works hard to make sure Synergy is a place where that can happen.
      Synergy can’t wait to have you!

      FAQS

      • What ages is Synergy for?
        • Synergy is for high school students, who are currently in grades 9-12.
      • How do I find Synergy?
        • The map below should help you locate where Synergy meets!

                        

      • Sunday Meeting Time
        • Synergy gathers on Sunday mornings in the Upper Fellowship Hall at 9:30AM for worship together and then ends in the Lower Fellowship Hall in small groups, which are divided by grade and gender. 
      • Wednesday Meeting Time
        • Synergy meets on Wednesday evening in the Upper Fellowship Hall from 6:30PM-8PM for a time of games, fellowship, worship and teaching. 
      • Do I need to check my student in/out for Synergy?
        • We do not require parents to check their high school student in for Synergy on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights. We do check the student in, but parents do not have to be present or show a receipt in order for their student to leave when the service is over.
      • What if I am in my small group during 11am, where does my student go?
        • Most of our Synergy students and leaders sit in the 11am service. If your student needs someone to sit with, we would be happy to find a family or group for them!
      • What will my student be doing while in Synergy?
        • On Sunday mornings, we meet in the Fellowship Hall for a time of hanging out and community, followed by small group Bible study led by our adult leaders. On Wednesday evenings, our time together is focused on topical teaching, hanging out and playing games!
      • How do I stay connected with all things going on in student ministry?
        • We have a parent e-newsletter that lets you know what is going on in student ministry. Click here to join!

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      REVIVE


      The collegiate ministry is a part of the Next Generation team and is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of college-aged young adults, ages 18-25.
      We do this through a variety of experiences that help college-aged young adults nurture a relationship with Christ in a loving community,
      as they navigate the challenges of this pivotal life-stage.

      MEET YOUR MINISTRY LEADER

      Tyler Skrobonja leads our collegiate ministry, Revive. Tyler and his wife Taylor spend lots of quality time with
      their son Waylon, whether that’s admiring the great outdoors, fishing and hunting, or jamming to some good
      tunes. Tyler is a jack of all trades (one time he had a dance blog) and in addition to leading our college ministry,
      he works full time at a financial planning office in town. We are grateful for Tyler’s heart for the college aged
      young adults and he is focused on providing a safe and supportive community for students as they navigate
      their new stage of life. The Revive Tribe is excited for you to join us!

      FAQS

      • What ages is Revive for?
        • Revive is for young adults, ages 18-25.
      • What if I am college-aged, but not in college?
        • If you are not enrolled in college, you are still more than welcome to join us in Revive if you are between the ages of 18-25. If you are over 25, check out the our Resolve ministry by clicking here!
      • How do I find Revive?
        • The map below should help you locate where Revive meets!

                     

      • Sunday Meeting Time
        • On Sunday mornings, Revive meets in the College Building (located between lot H and G) at 9:30AM for a time of community and Small Group Bible study. This is a great place to enjoy a coffee, meet peers and study God's word in a small group.
      • Wednesday Meeting Time
        • On Wednesday evening, Revive meets in the College Building (located between lot H and G) at 9:30AM for a time of community and large group worship and teaching.
      • What does Revive study?
        • Revive studies The Gospel Project on Sunday mornings, in small group settings, divided by gender. We want to help students nurture a relationship with Christ in a loving community as they navigate the challenges of this life-stage.
      • How do I stay connected with all things going on in college ministry?
        • We have a Revive e-newsletter that lets you know what is going on in college ministry. Click here to join!

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      FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

      Jason Ervin

      Next Generation Pastor

      office: 636.296.7729 x143