Children & Youth Ministries
Our goal in all of our children's programs, and our passion at First Evangelical Free Church, is "to joyfully display God through Christ-Centered, Spirit-Empowered instruction, so that all might set their hope in God as evidenced by humble obedience to Jesus."
To that end, we ask that if you are planning on your child attending any program run by First Evangelical Free Church, you complete this registration form as accurately and completely as possible.
Children’s Sunday School
Sunday school is available for 3-year-olds through 5th grade. Teachers and rooms depend on the age and grade of the child. Speak to someone at the Welcome Center or contact the church office to find out what room to bring your child to.
Sunday school classes are held from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, after the worship service. For small children during this hour, the nursery is open for 0-2 year olds.
The FEFC Youth Ministry's purpose is to come alongside the parents of FEFC in disciplining their junior high and senior high-aged children. We do this by calling young people to be lifelong disciples of Jesus and committed members of his church. More specifically, we provide consistent and relevant Bible teaching, purposeful relationships with more mature disciples within the church, effective service and outreach opportunities, and fun community-building times together.
Middle School Sunday School
All 6th graders are together for their own Sunday School class. 7th & 8th graders are split into guys and girls classes, but both walk through the Westminster Catechism over the course of two years. All 6-12 graders are welcome to hang out in the youth room after the main service until Sunday School begins at 10:30 am. We will gather together at 10:30 am for a few quick announcements before the 6-8 graders depart for their classes.
High School Sunday School
Sunday School is our opportunity to take a deep dive into different parts of our Bible. The entire hour is dedicated to Bible teaching meant to deepen each High Schooler's understanding of God, ourselves, God's word, and the gospel. Traditionally, we study one Old Testament book in the fall and one New Testament book throughout the winter and spring. Every few weeks we switch it up with a “culture café”. On these mornings we discuss a pressing cultural topic, attempting to gain a biblical perspective.
mIddle School Youth Group
All 6th – 8th graders are welcome on Wednesdays nights from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. We meet downstairs in the youth room. A typical night begins with games and snacks. At 7pm we break up into small groups and walk through a specific bible passage. These groups are led by adult volunteers and are meant to give each student a deeper understanding of how God's word guides their life and the life of the community around them. Around 7:30 we all regroup for a closing lesson.
High School Youth Group
All 9th-12th graders are welcome on Sunday nights from 7 to 8:30pm in the Youth Group. This follows a similar format as the junior high group and also meets downstairs in the youth room. After a time of snacks and games, we usually break up into our small groups before closing with a time of worship and concluding lesson.
(See the events calendar for other non-weekly youth events.)
Approved Workers Are Not Ashamed
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15
AWANA is a fully integrated evangelism and discipleship program. Our program runs from September to early May of the next year. The start time is 6:25 pm each Wednesday. Leaders are Craig and Chris Herman. Contact them with questions at (605) 951-5771.
AWANA registration for Fall 2021 is now open! Please visit this link to register your family today.
We will be posting a calendar for 2021-2022 in the near future. Thank you!
"The greatest need of the next generation is to know and cherish the infinite value of God. Therefore, we want them to become so saturated with the Word of God that they treasure Jesus alone as the One who saves and satisfies the heart. The goal of our children's ministry is to fuel spiritual desire by exalting the greatness and worth of God and His glorious work through Christ!"
Children Desiring God by John Piper