Preschool Ministry


Our mission is:
To love children the way Jesus does and to teach them what Jesus wants them to know.

 When Jesus walked the earth, 
 Children were precious to Him...
 ...and they still are!

 "Telling the generation to come the praises of the Lord,  and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done."  Psalm 78:4

We Offer Your Child Many Opportunities To Learn and Grow
This ministry offers a variety of Bible-based activities designed especially for infants through kindergartners to help them experience the love of Jesus and teach them what Jesus wants them to know.

Bible and Life Groups - Bible and life application are taught using hands-on learning activities including music, puzzles, books, home-living, art, blocks, nature, and Bible stories. Kindergartners learn to worship with their parents one hour and attend a Bible and Life Group one hour. Preschool Bible and Life Groups meet on Saturdays at 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM and Sundays at 9:30AM and 11:00 AM.

Praise Kids Choirs - Children in Pre-K4 and Kindergarten are invited to explore the Bible through music on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30. Play and Praise focuses on music education, performance, and worship in a fun environment designed for preschoolers.

Island Kidz - This is a fantastic worship experience designed exclusively for kindergartners. It incorporates songs, movement, drama, and Bible content that teach truth.

MOPS Kids - Infants through four year olds are welcome while their moms attend MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).

RefresHer Kids - RefresHer Kids supports the total development of preschoolers through movement activities, games, music, and art. Kids learn about God, Jesus, and the Bible through fun experiences. This program is available for all preschoolers while their moms attend RefresHer Women’s Bible Study on Tuesday mornings. 

Awana - Children in PreK-3 through kindergarten learn to apply the Bible to their daily lives on Wednesday evenings from 6:20-8:00 PM. Games, puppets, music, art, Bible stories, and Bible memory are all part of making Awana one of the highlights of your child’s week.


Parent Dedication - Following a one-hour Parent Dedication class, parents come before the church body during a Worship Service and dedicate their child to God while dedicating themselves to raise their child in a Christian home.

Big Enough Bible Presentation - Children who are enrolled in a Kindergarten Bible & Life Group in August are invited to participate in our special Big Enough Bible Presentation. Children are pre-registered to receive a Bible from Pastor Wicker in the Worship Service and attend a family reception to celebrate that they are now big enough to attend big church with their families. Pictures of children are taken with their new Bible and Pastor.



Preschool Parents
Frequently Asked Questions About Preschool Ministry and Your Child

What are Bible and Life Groups?

Because pre-schoolers learn best by doing, practical Bible and life application is taught to babies through kindergartners using learning activities including music, puzzles, books, home-living, art, blocks, nature, and Bible stories.  

When are Bible and Life Groups offered?
Saturday Nights:     Babies - Pre-K4     6:00-8:30      Kindergarten*   7:30-8:30
Sunday Mornings:   Babies - Pre-K4     9:30-12:00    Kindergarten*   9:30-10:30 OR 11:00- 12:00 

*Kindergartners learn to worship with their families one hour and attend a Bible & Life Group one hour.

What time do preschool classes open?
Preschool classes open fifteen minutes prior to regular church-wide activities and services.

What do I do when I arrive?

We will ask you to complete a Preschool Information and Security Slip.

A receptionist at the Preschool Information Desk will assist you in completing a Preschool Information and Security Slip for each child.  For your child's safety, you will need to complete this form each time your child attends.  This slip gives us important information about your child, where you will be located, and also assures that only you or the person you appoint can pick up your child. The slip is a carbonless, two-copy, numbered document.  The top white copy will be given to your child's teacher as you drop your child off.  The bottom yellow copy will act as your "claim ticket" when you return for your child.  You will find nametags and allergy alert stickers at the reception desk as well.  Please be sure to put a nametag on your child, label his or her belongings, and alert the teacher to any allergies.

We will give you a Vibrating Pager.
A vibrating pager will be offered to you while you are at church.  You can rest assured that if your child does not settle or needs you for any reason that we will page you wherever you are located on campus. Upon receiving the pager, the receptionist will write your pager number on your Preschool Information and Security Slip.  This is the number we will use to page you if necessary.  The receptionist will then retain your yellow copy of the slip.  Because the pager does not beep, please attach it to yourself so you can feel it should it vibrate. When you come for your child, please return the pager to the receptionist who will give you your copy of the Preschool Information and Security Slip to give to your child's teacher.

To what class should I take my child?
We closely grade the ages of the children in each room to provide the safest and best possible learning environment for your child.  For that reason, we ask that you take your child to the class that the Preschool Receptionist has selected for your child. If you have any concerns about a specific class, please ask to speak to a Supervisor.

What is the process for leaving my child in class?
Your child must be escorted to the class by their parent or adult guardian.  Your child will not be received from or released to a sibling under 18 years of age.  Upon arriving, slide the top white copy of the Preschool Information and Security Slip under the door, knock, and wait for your child's teacher to open the door.  Allow your child to walk into the room unaccompanied.  To provide a secure environment for all the children, parents are asked not to enter the room.  Children adjust best when parents reassure their child, say good-bye, and  leave quickly.  If your child does not settle down or needs you for any reason, we will page you. 

What should I bring for my child?
Please include the following items in your diaper bag:  bottles, pacifier, diapers, diaper wipes, large zipper bag (for wet clothes or cloth diapers, if needed), and extra clothing, just in case.  Please be sure that ALL items, including the diaper bag itself, are clearly labeled with your child's name.  A Sharpie permanent marker is great for this purpose, and masking tape is available at the Preschool Information Desk. Please keep personal toys at home so that they do not get lost or broken. 

What if my child needs to be fed?
We are pleased to feed your baby a bottle; however, due to the care required of all children, we are not able to spoon feed children. If you nurse your baby, we will page you when your child needs to be fed.  We invite you to use our private nursing room available in the preschool hallway, room 154, located next to the baby room. 

What about snacks?
A simple snack of Club Crackers and iced water will be served to your child.  Sometimes our lessons include cooking, so please indicate any allergies on the Preschool Information and Security Slip each time, and place an allergy alert sticker on your child.  Also, tell your child's teacher about the allergy.  We ask parents not to put personal snacks in diaper bags because of allergies of other children in the room.

How should I dress my child?
To help your child have the best experience at church, dress him or her in comfortable play clothes that are appropriate for painting, sandplay, and outdoor play. Smocks are used when children paint; however, accidents do happen, so allowing your child to wear play clothes is a good idea.

How do I pick up my child?
Only you or the adult guardian you have appointed on your Preschool Information and Security Slip can pick up your child.  Your child will not be released to a sibling under 18 years of age.  Return your vibrating pager to the Preschool Information Desk, and we will give you your yellow copy of the Preschool Information and Security Slip. Upon arriving at the classroom, slide the yellow copy under the door, knock, and wait for your child to be brought to you.  To provide a secure environment for all the children, parents are asked not to enter the room.

What if my child is not feeling well?
To provide a healthy environment for all preschoolers, we ask that you not bring your child if he or she has a cold, a fever (currently or within 24 hours), diarrhea, sore throat, pink eye, unexplained rash, or any symptoms of illness.  We do not administer medication of any kind.  Please arrange to administer your child's medication, if applicable, before bringing your child to church.  If we work together, all of our children and teachers will have healthier, happier times at church. 

What curriculum do you use?
LifeWay curriculum, a quality Bible-based curriculum that focuses on activity teaching, is used for children of all ages. This curriculum has been chosen because it provides meaningful, biblical lessons and activities for each age group based on proven child development research. There is a foundational scope and sequence of learning that progresses each year of your child's life. We will be happy to give you a copy so you can see what your child is learning, and we also invite you to observe in a class to see how activities are used to teach your child.  

 

Welcome

From the Preschool Ministry Staff 


When you enter the Preschool Ministry area, you will immediately be pulled into our Preschool Ministry Mangrove Island theme with our very own Timmy the Turtle mascot.


Our theme of "Mangrove Island" was selected for the parallel between how God uniquely designed mangroves to provide safety and nurturing for little animals, to how the church is a safe haven for little ones to grow spiritually. As the mangroves stabilize and protect the land, so applicable are the similarities that the church provides a safe stable place where little ones can be rooted and grounded in this love.

We strive to provide a fun, safe and exciting experience for your child each time they come to First Baptist Church Naples (FBCN). The first five years of a child’s life are so important in building character, love, and Christian values. Because children learn best by doing, we provide practical Christian education through various learning activities appropriate for your child’s age and experience.

The NIV is easy to understand, and more people read it than any other English Bible.

The NIrV is even easier to read, because it uses shorter words and explains words that might be hard to understand.

The sentences are shorter, and each chapter is separated into shorter sections. A title is given to almost every chapter and even to some sections so you understand what it’s all about.

Sometimes the writers of the Bible used more than one name for the same person or place. The NIrV uses the most familiar name.

Sometimes people are referred to without their names given; the NIrV puts their names in the text. Instead of just saying “The River” it says “The Euphrates River” to make it clearer.

The writers wanted the NIrV to say just what the first writers of the Bible said, so they kept checking what the best and oldest copies of the Hebrew and Greek texts said to make sure they were giving us the actual Word of God.

Guiding Children Through the Bible

In Deut 6:5-6, the Bible makes clear that the responsibility for spiritually guiding children rests on parents. Paul told Timothy, “You have known the Holy Scriptures ever since you were a little child. They are able to teach you how to be saved by believing in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15)

Preparing children for Christian conversion is a process of laying spiritual foundations.

As children grow, they need ongoing opportunities to relate to the Bible in positive ways. We are to teach as we go. In everyday life, parents and teachers should look for opportunities to focus a child’s attention on biblical truths.

Seeing the same pictures, hearing the same stories, and beginning to read the same Bible verses can help a child realize that the Bible is a book for a lifetime.

Each meaningful moment with the Bible prepares the way for salvation.

Preschoolers are concrete thinkers, so the Bible message must be put in terms children can relate to in their daily lives.

Using Bible Stories and Illustrations

Telling Bible stories is the most basic technique of Bible teaching.

The Read to Me Bible contains 30 Bible stories and illustrations.

Realistic illustrations help reinforce that Bible stories are real, not pretend.

The BOLD print is a briefer portion of the story for younger readers with shorter attention spans. When reading the Bible story to babies, ones, or twos, use this bold version.

Use the FULL story, including the bold print, when reading the Bible story to children older than two.

With each Bible story read, mention that the story is about real people.

Open the Bible to the Scripture reference and show the children where the story is found in the Bible.

Using Bible Phrases and Verses

Bible phrases and verses chosen for preschoolers are meaningful to them and contain foundational elements for spiritual development.

Open the Bible to the Scripture reference and say the Bible phrase.

Write the Bible phrase on strips of construction paper. Place in the Scripture reference and use them during activities with children.

Older preschoolers can begin to read the Bible phrases and can use stickers to decorate Bible markers.

Foundations of Laying Faith with the Bible  

  • God wants children to know Him.
  • The church and the home need to build the foundation of faith when children are young.
  • Christian growth best occurs through encounters with the Bible.
  • Relationships with others who love the Bible is the greatest influence.
  • Children need to be able to read the Bible for themselves to grow in faith.
  • Children need experiences through applying the Bible to their lives.
  • The child’s reading level needs to be considered when choosing a Bible.
  • Daily application prepares children for lifetime experience with the Bible.