We LOVE children at First Friends Church. The Mission Statement for our Children’s Ministries is Partnering with parents to lay a spiritual foundation for children that leads the entire family to a relationship with Jesus Christ.” As you browse this info, you’ll learn about the many ways that we strive to do that for every child that walks through our doors.

Sunday Morning Schedule For Kids:

9:15am | Breakfast Bash (downstairs) 9:30am | Sunday School for All Ages (downstairs) 11:00 | Kid Connection (when dismissed from the 10:30 service prior to the sermon about halfway through)

Breakfast Bash is located downstairs just prior to the start of Sunday School lessons. After students have eaten, they are dismissed to the appropriate Sunday School class. While in Sunday school, students learn about God’s Love including stories from the Bible, activities, and projects to help them remember what they are learning, and a time of prayer with their classmates and teacher.

After Sunday School, students are welcome to join us for the first half of our celebration service at 10:30am. Students will be dismissed to the chapel for Kid Connection. At Kid Connection, students will interact with each other and their teachers to cultivate an age appropriate learning environment.


8:00 – No Childcare

9:30 – During our ABF/Sunday School hour, our nursery opens for infants and toddlers while Sunday School is provided for all remaining children.

10:30 – During the celebration service, nursery and child care is available for all ages, and is broken up into three groups: infants, toddlers, and PreK/Kindergarden. Children in grades 1-6 are invited to attend Kid Connection during the sermon portion of the 10:30 service.

**All nursery rooms for children that infants, toddlers, and PreK/Kindergarten are located upstairs in the nursery wing.**

Register below for our current season of “Friends for Christ“! FFC meets on Wednesday nights throughout the school year from 6:30pm – 8:00pm (a free meal is available at 6:00pm for any children who aren’t able to eat at home before coming to the church). Activities include interactive Bible lessons, Scripture memorization, games, crafts, rewards and MUCH more. Each month has its own theme and weekly lessons and activities will relate to the theme. If you have any questions about this new Wednesday night model, call the church office at 330-332-0001 and speak with our Children’s Ministries Director, Cheryl Woolman.

F.A.S.T. stands for Friends After School Time, and is an after-school program open to any students at the neighboring Buckeye Elementary School. Our F.A.S.T. program schedule coincides with the Salem School District Calendar, and students are invited to stay from the time school lets out until 6:00pm. F.A.S.T. has provided an opportunity for students to enjoy a snack, utilize their creative artistic abilities, practice their reading skills, and participate in both indoor and outdoor activities after the school day ends for a minimal cost of $3.00 per day.

The program is directed by Cheryl Kholos, and she would love to hear from you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the church office (330-332-0001).

Hearts 2 Jesus is a children’s music ministry that includes singing, sign-language, and bell-ringing, and occasionally dance!

They are an active bunch performing regularly during our Sunday morning services as well as at area nursing homes! They are directed by Sherry Cvelbar, and would love for you to join them! From September to June, they rehearse on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00.

VBS 2020 will be the week of June 22-28. Mark your calendars now!