Children's Ministry

Partnering with families to help the next generation establish their faith

Children's Ministry at First Christian Church

At First Christian Church our kids (birth through 5th grade) experience safe, age-appropriate environments as they learn about Jesus in a creative and relevant way. Our kids connect with a small group so they can develop friendships to encourage their faith. Their small group is a place where they review the Bible story and truths and talk about how they can apply it to their own lives.

Safety is very important to our children's ministry. We follow a check-in policy for all kids and all children's ministry volunteers are screened. Background screening is conducted by Accufax (

Your first visit

Here's what to expect when visiting the children's ministry for the first time:

First, stop by our Children's Welcome Center. There we will meet your family, check your child into our system, and then one of our volunteers will lead your child to their age-appropriate room.

Upon checking in for the first time, we will ask for the following personal information (NOTE: We value your privacy and will not share this information with anyone):

  • Parent/guardian name(s)
  • Child's name
  • Child's birthdate
  • Home address
  • Cell phone number
  • Any special instructions (allergies, special needs) for your children

How check-in works

Before Service: You can check-in your child at any available kiosk. Enter your phone number to find your family in the database and select the group your child will be attending. After choosing the text message recipient (we will text you if your child needs you), you and your child will be given label tags that are exclusive to your family and your visit. Your child will need to wear the name tag portion while you hold on to the matching family tag.

After Service: After the service is complete, you will return to your child’s room and show your family tag in order for your child to be released back to you.

During Service: In the event that we need to contact you during the service, we will send a text message to whoever you chose as the text recipient(s). We ask that you report to the children's ministry area immediately and head to your child’s room.

Mom's Room

You'll find our Mom's Room right next to the Children's Welcome Center. This room is reserved exclusively for mothers with young children. You can sit in one of the gliders with your child for a more private and quiet environment. A changing table is also located in the Mom's Room.

Vacation Bible School

Our 2024 theme for VBS will be Scuba as we dive into friendship with God! Join us for lots of fun Sunday through Thursday, July 14-18 from 6-8 PM as we experience Bible stories, songs, games, crafts, and videos. Vacation Bible School is for three-year-olds (must be potty-trained and 3 before the start of VBS) through 5th grade (those entering 5th grade in Fall 2024). Pre-registration is now closed but we will take registrations onsite. If you are doing walk-in registration, please plan for some extra time (especially on Sunday night).

Summer Blast Camp

We had an amazing week of Summer Blast Camp at Dickson Valley Camp in Newark, IL!! Make sure to check our children's ministry Facebook page to see some pictures and videos. 2025 dates for Summer Blast Camp will be posted later this fall.

Meet our Kids Director

Tim Henson joined the FCC Morris leadership team in 1999 as the children's minister. He is married to Teresa and has three kids. Tim loves soccer, Star Wars, and ice cream, particularly mint Oreo.

"In children's ministry, the most important thing we can do is to partner with parents and families to help children grow spiritually." - Tim Henson, Children's Minister

Got questions?

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