We love our children! Salem First offers a great place for kids and parents and have an amazing team of leaders focused on sharing God's love and providing security and safety to our children
PromiseLand, our children’s area, is a safe place for kids to learn about God and how to live their lives for Him! Children’s Church meets every Sunday morning for nursery through 6th grade. 6th-8th Graders are invited to a special gathering in the Library on Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:45am, before the main service!
1st-6th graders begin in the main church service with their families and are dismissed to class around 10:20. Nursery, toddler, and preschool children (up to 5 years) may be dropped off at the check-in counter before service begins at 10:00am. Classes continue until service ends, usually between 11:20 and 11:30, and each class is taught by a wonderful volunteer teacher and adult or teen helpers.
Our theme is "I'm A Child of God: I Know It! I Live It! I Love It!"
We use our ministry resources to help our kids understand that God loves them, how they can live their lives for His glory, and rejoice in the love He gives us!
We take the safety of our kids seriously. All volunteers are background checked, without exception, every two years (most recently in 2015). The check-in desk and central lobby are never left unsupervised. Access to classrooms is restricted to those who have applied and been approved to volunteer in our Children's Ministry.
Volunteer applications are only accepted from those who have been attending SFFMC for at least six months. Children must be claimed by parents or by the guardian who dropped them off; they cannot be released to siblings or family friends unless previously arranged.
Volunteers are each provided with a handbook of Children's Ministry policies, which cover a variety of subjects from volunteer qualifications to emergency procedures. Procedures such as Classroom Lockdowns and Fire Evacuations are practiced yearly, most recently in May 2017 (Lockdown Drill) and October 2017 (Evacuation Drill). We also provide volunteer trainings on subjects such as Reducing the Risk of child sexual assault, Red Cross First Aid, and Successfully Including Children with special needs.
Special Events include Summer Camps, a Christmas Pageant, the fundraising Spring Dinner Auction, Family Movie Nights, Easter Celebrations, and more!
Coming Soon...Holiday Events!
Along with our exciting Sunday Morning classes, kids Are Invited to participate in lots of special events for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Kids Month of Giving - Every Sunday in November
Kids can bring in donations from allowances, chore money, birthday gifts, etc. to raise funds for the purchase of farm animals, which will be given to families in third-world countries. In the past we've purchased chickens, goats, rabbits, pigs, and even a cow! Animals are purchased and sent to families through ICCM - International Child Care Ministries, a Free Methodist organization. Follow this link for more information http://www.childcareministries.org/give/animals.php
Kids Christmas Pageant! Rehearsals start Sunday November 5th, 8:45-9:45am. The Pageant will be presented in a special service on Sunday December 17th at 10:00am. Children in 1st-8th grades can attend rehearsals to play Mary, Joseph, Angels, Shepherds, and others! Preschoolers will be learning special program songs in their regular Sunday morning classes. Dress rehearsal Saturday December 16th, time TBA.
Advent Sundays: December 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th
Advent is a season of preparation, when we spent the four weeks before Christmas anticipating the arrival of Jesus and the fulfillment of God's plan to save us! Each Sunday features a time in service when the Advent Candles are lit, and will be hosted by a group of our kids. The 3rd will feature the nursery babies (and their families), the 10th will feature the 2 years through 5 year olds, the 17th will feature the elementary students, and the 24th will feature the middle and high school students.
Some Past PromiseLand Events:
June 2017 - CEF 5-Day Club
January 2017 - "It Starts At Home" Parent Class
October 2016 - Family Pumpkin Party
August 2016 - Fir Point Overnight Camp
March 2016 - Stations of Christ Good Friday Event
December 2015 - Kids Classic Christmas Pageant
September 2015 - Fall Open House
June 2015 - Outback Rock Overnight VBS
May 2015 - 5th Annual Dinner Auction Fundraiser
March 2015 - Sons, Dads, and Grandpas St. Patrick's Lunch
January 2015 - Family Movie Night featuring "Frozen!"
December 2014 - Kids Christmas Musical "Christmas in Reverse" October 2014 - Fall Fun Fest!
July 2014 - CEF 5-Day Jungle Adventure Club
April 2014 - Easter Musical "Good Fish for Easter Day"
February 2014 - Girls, Moms, and Grandmas Valentine's Lunch