Children are our most precious gift from God. The early years are important years in the life of every child, as they are growing physically and spiritually, learning academically, and exploring their world socially. Our children's ministry offers programs, activities, and events that are designed to encourage children to build a strong spiritual foundation in their lives.
“ Kids at FBC have many opportunities to learn about Jesus. We have Sunday School every Sunday morning, choir on Sunday afternoons, and RA's and GA's on Wednesday nights where we learn about missions, pray about missions, and do missions. I enjoy making Blessing Bags and Suncatchers, and visiting the home-bound. I also love doing children's musicals and attending choir and GA camps.” Candalyn Roberts, age 12Pre-School Program
The Pre-School Department helps lay Christian foundations for birth through kindergarten age children. Our goal is for each classroom to be Christ-focused and child-centered. We believe in providing a safe and clean environment for the children to explore their faith. Even infants learn about Christ's love through the care they receive. Age-appropriate instruction occurs in classes Birth, Ones, Twos, Threes & Fours, and Kindergarten during regularly scheduled church services and special church-wide programs.
Sunday School/Bible Study
Your children will be given first-class attention by adults who love children and consider them their ministry. The children of First Baptist Church Hillsborough learn of the love of Christ in their own language, by teachers who not only teach with words but who demonstrate love by their actions.
Vacation Bible School
Each year we have a week long program with games, food, fun, crafts, and learning about the Bible and God's will for us. Come on down and you'll find yourself back in Old Testament times, in the middle of a spy thriller, or who knows what!
RAs (for boys) and GAs (for girls) are our weekly mission education organizations for children in the 1st through 6th grades. For our younger friends, infants through 5 years of age, we offer Mission Friends. These programs provide opportunities for children to explore Baptist mission endeavors nationally and internationally. These classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm, from September through May.
The Royal Ambassador Program here at First Baptist Church is a vital, Bible-centered, church-related, mission education program for boys in the first through sixth grades, sponsored by the Baptist Men's Brotherhood.
Where did we get the name "Royal Ambassadors"? 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 describes the purpose of Royal Ambassadors. While the RA motto is found in verse 20, the other verses sum up Paul's declaration of why we need to be ambassadors for Christ.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
The RA Motto, "We are Ambassadors for Christ," not only gives the organization its name, but also gives the boys and leaders a lifestyle goal. The Royal Ambassador program reaches boys for Christ and leads them to become Ambassadors for Christ through the following components.
- Chapter Meeting
A Chapter Meeting is when a group of RAs and their leaders meet: To encourage boys to live out their RA pledge commitment and to personally challenge a boy to do his best to fulfill that commitment. The meeting also involves following a meeting plan using resources that reinforce the pledge.
- Advancement System
The advancement system is an age-level progression of activities and strategies to help develop a lifestyle that reflects the RA Motto, RA Pledge, and Biblical Virtues. Each year an RA is expected to complete 12 missionary stories/related activities, memorize 12 bible verses, and participate in 12 mission projects/activities. Achievement awards are given to symbolize the work completed.
- Mission Projects/Activities
Through mission projects and activities, RAs and their leaders help communicate Jesus and His love to people.
- Interest Activities
Royal Ambassadors incorporate fun into the learning process. Interest activities help make RAs fun. Interest activities include games, play, drama, crafts, camping, fishing, sports, hiking, trips, and hobbies.
- Meaningful Relationships
The best gift an RA leader can give is his time, his love, and his guidance. The best gift an RA can return to a leader is his time, his love, and his followership. Loving each boy for who he is and guiding him where he needs to be is the task of the RA leader. Loving him involves: praying for him daily; listening; sharing encouragement; letting him do it, too; giving clear directions; showing him how; being a real friend; and sharing God's love.
GA's (Girls In Action)
What is Girls in Action?
GA is a missions organization for girls in grades 1-6 that helps girls:
- Learn a biblical worldview with an emphasis on missions learning and missional living
- Develop leadership skills to serve God and share His love with others
- Grow spiritually in their understanding of God and His mission, including how they are a part of God’s plan.
Go forward is the motto for Girls in Action. GAs learn to move ahead in their world carrying the love of Christ to everyone they meet. In weekly meetings the girls learn how people around the world share Christ’s love with others. We learn we can pray for missions, give to missions, do mission and participate in the work of the church. We can be missionaries wherever we are!!
The verse GAs model to the world is: “Give thanks to the Lord. Worship Him. Tell the nations what He has done. Announce how honored He is” (Isaiah 12:4)