Children

At First Baptist we agree with David: “Children are a gift from God” (Psalm 127:3).
And we welcome them as an important part of our gathered family.
 
We believe it is our privilege and responsibility to share the goodness and the love of God with boys and girls of every age.

Safe Church Policy*

First Baptist Church, Dover, DE
 
It’s a fact. Good guys don’t wear superhero capes, and bad guys don’t always have shifty eyes and devious-sounding chuckles. In real life, discerning the heroes from the villains often requires more than a visual assessment.
 
In truth, you can’t know whether someone is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ simply by looking at them when they walk through the front door of our church and volunteer to serve. That’s why our church has recently developed a policy and procedure for screening all FBC employees and all volunteers working with children and youth.
 
According to a 2005 study conducted by researchers at the University of New Hampshire, one-in-twelve youth aged 2 to 17 nationwide experienced sexual victimization, including sexual assault and attempted or completed rape. Grievously, of all the crimes against children in the U.S. every year, thousands will occur within the walls of churches and youth centers. With crime and abuse at an all time high, churches must develop hiring programs that work to prevent dangerous situations before they occur.
 
In a ministry that serves children and youth, First Baptist Church has the obligation to exercise “due diligence” with regards to protecting its members, especially the children. By performing background checks on our volunteers our ministry at First Baptist is…
 
Putting up a safeguard at the “doorway” of our church that will, in most cases, eliminate sexual predators.
Offering peace of mind to discerning parents when choosing a church, by knowing our ministry is being pro-active in trying to protect the children.
Under the direction of the Board of Christian Education, a “Safe Church” Committee has developed a policy and procedure for screening, including the national criminal database and national sex offender registry. Working through Protect My Ministry, background checks and child safety training is required of: (1) all FBC employees, and (2) all volunteers working with children and youth.
 
 
At First Baptist we agree with David: “Children are a gift from God” (Psalm 127:3). And we welcome them as an important part of our gathered family. We believe it is our privilege and responsibility to share the goodness and the love of God with boys and girls of every age. In the midst of our ministry, we are committed to their protection.
 
*All employees screened by September 1, 2011
*All volunteers screened by January 1, 2012

Sunday School

Christian Education opportunities for children are held each Sunday morning at 9:30am. Our teachers bring the Bible to life, as students learn God’s word. The following classes are offered:

Crib & Nursery
3s – 5s (Preschool)
Grades K – 5
Grades 6 – 8
Grades 9 – 12

Preschool Class (ages 3-5)
An extended class period designed for Preschoolers is held each Sunday. Beginning at 9:30am and continuing through the worship hour, classes include lessons, crafts, and lots of fun!

Nursery Care

We provide Nursery Care for infants and toddlers during our Sunday School (9:30am) and Worship (11:00am) hours, and other services, as needed. Our Noah’s Ark is a clean, cheerful, safe place for your little ones.

In addition, our Lullaby Lounge is a “quiet room” at the back of our sanctuary, where parents can still be a part of our worship service while tending their infants.

Daniel’s Den

Daniel’s Den is our FBC Children’s Library where we have a large collection of books and videos for loan. Stop in and find a story about God’s creation, a great Bible character, a modern day life lesson, or a fanciful story just for fun.

Sundays in the Sanctuary

 
Kids Time
Each Sunday, there is a special time during the Worship Service for our kids. This is a one-on-one time that they get the message on thier level, because they are very important at First Baptist. They are not only our future, they are the present.
 
Lofty Places
Each Sunday morning, we offer a children’s worship program for elementary ages. After the opening portion of our worship service with adults, children are dismissed to be part of this kid-friendly, Bible-based worship and learning experience.
 
Kidz Choir
Kidz Choir is for all those youngsters who have turned four and have not yet reached fourth grade. The Kidz sing at our worship services on the 2nd Sunday of each month, September-June. They also present a Christmas musical in December. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday nights, 7:30pm, as part of our Pioneer Club program.