Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Friendship Church connects with children and youth in many ways, not only through our Sunday School programs but also through several music ministries tailored for several different age groups.
Special child-friendly programs are held throughout the year, especially at Christmas and Easter. Vacation Bible School highlights our summer programs, not only for our Friendship children but also for children in our Bolingbrook community.
First Friends Christian Preschool
As part of Friendship Church’s ministries, First Friends is a non-denominational Christian Preschool located in Bolingrook, Illinois. The preschool strongly advocates and supports the Christian values of caring, sharing, and loving. The Christian aspect of the program is visible daily with Bible stories, simple prayer, and song. Religious holidays are observed with explanations and celebrations. For more information, click here.
Sunday School is available during both services to all children from pre-school through Middle School. Teens attend Sunday school at our 9:00 service. Sunday School children begin their worship time with their family in the sanctuary and following a special “children’s message,” they join their Sunday school teachers for class. Children are divided into age appropriate groups and curriculum is taught specific to each child’s ability. Singing, crafts and Biblical teaching by dedicated and enthusiastic teachers create a spiritual environment for our children as they begin or continue on their faith journey.
On the first Sunday of every month we celebrate Family Worship. This is an important time in the life of our congregation where children, youth, parents and grandparents worship together. There is NO Sunday School on Family Worship Sundays. Brightly colored children’s worship bags containing a book to read, coloring sheets and crayons are provided just outside the sanctuary.
Vacation Bible School is an exciting time for children, youth and adults! We come together for an entire week in the summer and learn about Bible stories and living out our faith in new and exciting ways. Songs, snacks and games are always part of the fun!
The nursery is available for children newborn to age 2. Our mission is to provide a safe, secure environment where our infants and toddlers can be cared for in Christian love as they explore and play.
The nursery coordinator and/or attendants will be available for you to drop off your child fifteen minutes prior to the worship services.
Safe Sanctuary is implemented in all programs involving children at Friendship Church. All those working directly with children have been screened and have taken the United Methodist Church’s Safe Sanctuary program.