Childrens and Preschool ministry
Anchoring Children's Faith that they may learn to navigate the waters of life.
Looking for more information on attending St. Andrews
for the first time with children? Read more here.
One of the most critical concerns for parents is finding a church family to help build great moral character and values in the lives of their children. Here at St. Andrews Baptist Church, we provide a safe environment where boys and girls can learn principles from the Bible that will help them make wise choices, and give them anchors for life. Our teaching team of caring adults is committed to making children’s experiences fun and exciting, but also meaningful and relevant to their everyday lives.
On Sunday mornings at 9:15AM children are involved in hands-on Bible learning activities appropriate for their age group. During these activities, teachers communicate the biblical message through the Bible story, Bible verse, and song. Each Sunday teachers help children make life applications and lay spiritual foundations in the children's lives.
On Sunday nights starting at 5pm, children ages 4 through 6th grade attend Children's Choir and then one of our mission classes starting at 6:30 pm. Children attend different classes according to their age based on curriculum designed specific to their age.
Music is where your child can participate in a children's choir learning the basics about notes, rhythm and singing. Children also perform during Sunday Morning services at different times throughout the year to share with the congregation what they are learning. We are very proud of our children at any time our children's choirs perform is a special treat.
During mission groups children not only learn about what participating in missions looks like, they actually do mission activities. These groups learn about others around the world who serve and do things to help others with needs as well as learn about God. They also learn how they to can help others right where they are at their young age.
The three mission classes of SABC are:
Mission Friends for preschoolers
As preschoolers grow and begin to develop a biblical worldview through missions discipleship, they move from a focus on self to a focus on others and begin to learn how they can help others in need and share God's love.
Royal Ambassadors: Boys in grades 1-6
Royal Ambassadors (RA's) is a missions organization for boys in grades 1-6 that helps them develop a Biblical worldview with an emphasis on missions learning and missions doing. RA's utilizes activities that are designed to help boys learn about missions and get them personally involved in practical missions experiences while having fun.
The Purpose of Royal Ambassadors is to involve boys in missions. Involvement in missions is living one's faith daily: personal experience in witness and ministry, and giving and praying to support persons involved in missions. The Royal Ambassador program helps boys to become aware of the needs of people around the world and to respond to those needs. The organization seeks to lead boys to a personal commitment to Christ and assist them in their Christian growth experience. Through Royal Ambassadors, boys are led to an awareness of their responsibility to Christ and encouraged to become His ambassador. This purpose is outlined in the Royal Ambassador Pledge:
As a Royal Ambassador I will do my best:
To become a well-informed, responsible follower of Christ
To have a Christ-like concern for all people
To learn how to carry the message of Christ around the world
To work with others in sharing Christ
To keep myself clean and healthy in mind and body
Girls in Action: Girls in grades 1-6
Girls in Action (GA) is an exciting and fun-filled missions education organization for girls in grades 1-6. Through GA, girls gain a greater understanding of God's work in the world and how they can join Him in His work.
As GAs meet and learn together, they "travel" to various places around the world learning about the work of missionaries, praying for others, learning what the Bible says about missions and serving others, and learning what they can do in their own communities to serve and share Jesus with others. GA helps girls gain a biblical worldview that challenges them to live a missions lifestyle everywhere they go and in whatever they may do.
In GA, girls learn:
a biblical worldview
ways to demonstrate Christ's love to others
how God is working around the world
their part of God's plan
GA is designed with girls' unique characteristics in mind. GA helps girls grow spiritually, recognizing the varying developmental stages of girls in each grade. GA materials are designed to help both younger and older girls have missions experiences that lay a foundation for coming to faith in Christ as Savior and make missions an important part of their daily lives.
Pray for missions
Engage in mission action and witnessing
Learn about missions
Develop spiritually toward a missions lifestyle
Participate in the work of the church
GA MOTTO, PLEDGE, AND VERSES
GA Motto: Go Forward
GA Scripture Verse: "Give thanks to the Lord. Worship him. Tell the nations what he has done. Announce how honored he is" Isaiah 12:4.
GA Lifestyle Verse: "The Lord has shown you what is good. He has told you what he requires of you. You must treat people fairly. You must love others faithfully. And you must be very careful to live the way your God wants you to" Micah 6:8.
GA Pledge: "As a GA, I will do my best to live a missions lifestyle that honors God by learning about missions, praying for missions, giving to missions, doing missions, and participating in the work of the church."
Information for first time guests with younger kids:
These policies have been developed to help us give your child a safe, healthy environment:
What to Bring
Please label your child’s bottle, pacifier and diaper bag. We request that you include disposable diapers. If your child is in training pants, please send extra pants and a change of clothes. Be sure these are labeled.
What NOT to Bring
Since we offer a complete curriculum with all necessary toys and materials, your child should NOT bring any toys to the classroom.
Children with above-normal temperature, colds, a persistent cough, rash or any contagious disease should not be brought to the preschool areas as infection of others may occur. Parents must be sure that their children are free from signs of illness before bringing them. If a child becomes ill while in the preschool area, the parent/guardian will be requested to come to the Preschool area to pick up their child. Teachers do not administer medications.
Security-Keeping our Children Safe
Every child must have a nametag to be admitted to a preschool class room. Only ADULTS are allowed to pick up preschoolers. When you get to the classroom, PLEASE KNOCK AND WAIT FOR A TEACHER TO COME TO THE DOOR. You should not enter the classroom unless you are scheduled to help that day.
• If your child is experiencing difficulties, please do not discuss them in front of him. The teacher will be glad to talk with you when the child is not present.
• Do not leave a child in a room unless a teacher is there to receive him. Stay with the child until the teacher arrives.
• Avoid slipping away from your child. Tell him/her in a kind, firm voice that you are going but you will be back soon, then leave immediately. If your child is upset and refuses to be comforted, someone will come for you.
• Please help us to use our time for teaching, by feeding your older child before you leave home. Infants and babies will be fed formula, juice or water from plastic bottles (please label with your child’s name) as provided by the parents. Older preschoolers may be served a small snack such as crackers or cheerios.
• In order to provide the healthiest environment possible, ALL classrooms, cribs, toys & linens are cleaned and disinfected after each use and foot covers are used in all baby rooms.
• At least two adults are present in classrooms at all times.
• For the protection of all, only women change diapers and assist in the bathroom.
• Birth Announcements: When you enter the hospital to deliver your newest family addition, please contact us at 803-798-7325.
• Parent Commitment: If you would like to participate in a Parent Commitment services, please contact us at 803-798-7325.