First Kids

First Kids (Kindergarten - 5th Grade)

Partnering with parents to provide academic, social, spiritual, physical, and emotional ingredients to form a "firm foundation" for life. 

Children are important to God and to First Baptist Church of Arnold. Because of this we offer many quality ministries to meet their special needs.

"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men."

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Volunteer for First Kids

Jeff Russom:
Children's Pastor

Cheryl Costello:
Children's Ministry Assistant
636.296.7729 x124

Stephanie Counts:
Children's Ministry Assistant
636.296.7729 x124

Awana Clubs

The name Awana is an acrostic which stands for "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed" and is taken from II Timothy 2:15. Awana provides a special place for your children to make new friends, play exciting games, compete in rewarding and challenging contests, receive awards as reinforcements for their good performance, and have opportunities to learn and memorize God's Word, the Bible.

First Baptist Church of Arnold's Awana Clubs is for children two and a half years old (born 02/01/2017) through fifth Grade. The goal of Awana Clubs is to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him.

Awana Club Schedule:
Wednesdays, August - May, from 6:15--8:00 p.m.

2019-2020 Awana Child Registration
2019-2020 Awana Volunteer Registration

Resources for Awana Leaders and Clubbers:

2019 – 2020 Parent and Clubber Awana Manual 2019 – 2020 Awana Theme Calendar
Scripture Memorization Helps Booklet First Kids Child Safety Policy Booklet

Resources for Sparks:

2019 – 2020 Suggested Pacing Schedule for Sparks Sparks’ Handbook Progression Chart

Resources for T&T:

2019 - 2020 Pacing Schedule for T&T Clubs T&T Letter to parents


Break Out:

A Wednesday evening program (6 – 8 pm) from May 16th - Aug. 15th for children that have completed K – 5th grade of those who attend a Wednesday evening ministry.

Upcoming Events





14 – First Kids Christmas Caroling (see Special Events tab for more information)
18 – Next Gen Family Night




Special Events


First Kids Christmas Caroling

Saturday, December 14th K-5th graders will minister to several homebound people in our community by Christmas caroling at their house. We will depart FBCA at 9:30 a.m. SHARP and return to FBCA by no later than noon. All participants must RSVP by Sunday, December 8th.



On Sunday mornings First Kids offers two venues for children to know God better.

Small Group Bible Studies - Teaching Bible truths every Sunday morning through Bible studies, crafts, playing games, and other activities are all ways your children will learn of God's love for them. Our teachers are committed to caring for your children by creating a positive and spiritual atmosphere for them.

8 – 9:15 a.m. = Grades K – 6 (broadly graded classes)
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. = Grades 3 – 5
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. = Grades K – 2

First Kids Worship – this is a time for children, Kindergarten – Grade 5, to worship God in a way that is fun and understandable for them. We have two different exciting worship Services on Sunday. 

9:30 a.m. = Kindergarten - Grade 2
11:00 a.m. = Grades 3 – 5

Our Bible study and worship leaders are committed to caring for your children by creating a positive and spiritual atmosphere for your child. The safety and security of all children is top priority at First Kids! We have secured and monitored areas where our children learn and play as well as a security team that is available if needed. All of our adult volunteers have passed background checks to ensure another layer of safety. Children can be checked in by a parent or guardian at the entrance to the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center. Upon picking up your child, parents / guardians must present the receipt issued during check-in earlier that day.

Sick Children

For the protection of all children, parents are asked not to drop off a sick child. Upon the recommendation of the Committee on control of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child should not be taken from home when any of the following exist: A fever, vomiting or diarrhea currently or within the previous 24 hours

Any symptom of a childhood disease such as scarlet fever, measles, mumps, chickenpox or whooping cough

Common Cold-from onset through one week

Sore throat, Croup or persistent cough or green runny nose

Any unexplained rash

Head lice

Pink eye or other eye infection

Hand, foot and mouth disease

If a child develops a fever or other symptoms of illness while at church, he/she will be isolated and the parents contacted to take the child home.


Parent Resources

Along with the rest of Next Generation Ministry, we will be teaching The Gospel Project, which immerses kids and preschoolers in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to mission from Genesis to Revelation. Ultimately, the gospel message changes everything; heart transformation can only take place when a child experiences the gospel. Through The Gospel Project for Kids, kids and preschoolers will understand the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story—God’s story of redemption.


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Jeff Russom - Children's Minister
(636) 296-7729  Ext. 116 





2012 Missouri State Road, Arnold , MO 63010