Kid Connection

 
First Free’s Kid Connection team does more than keep track of children while parents are in the main service. They provide opportunities for children to begin growing into mature disciples who are capable of modeling a Christian life and faith by serving others and sharing their faith with friends. They have fun, make new friends, and learn to love God, love others, and live wisely. Kid Connection is open Sundays during both the 9:00 am and 10:45 am services. Children can come for one or stay for both (each service in Kid Connection is totally different)!
 
When You Arrive
The Kid Connection area is right inside of the west entrance to the church. When you arrive, if you are a guest, you will need to register. You will be asked to complete a registration form, which includes any special needs or allergy information about your child. View the registration form here.
 
If your child is 6 weeks-2 years of age, you will register at the Nursery Registration Desk, located on the west side of the 2nd floor, directly outside of the main auditorium. If your child is over 2, please register at the Kid Connection Registration Desk located in the 1st floor Kid Connection area.
 
Every child must be signed in by a parent or guardian to be admitted to their class. The parent receives a security badge that is matched to the child at the time of pick up. Parents are also asked to leave a cell phone number with the Kid Connection team in the event that the parents needs to be contacted during service. Please view our full safety policy here.
 
Nursery (6 weeks – 2 years)
Our goal in the nursery is to provide a safe, clean, and loving environment where babies and toddlers grow to associate the name of Jesus with being loved and feeling secure. 
 
When packing a diaper bag for your child, please include the following items: disposable diapers (no cloth diapers, please), a complete change of clothes, bottle/cup of milk, and formula, juice, or water. Please label all personal items (including pacifiers and sippee cups) with your child’s first and last name.
 
Early Childhood (2-5 years)
In our early childhood classrooms, we desire to communicate basic biblical truths that help lay a foundation for a personal relationship with Jesus. The children also participate in a variety of other activities designed to engage their imaginations and energy.
 
Elementary (1st-3rd grade)
Children in the elementary program experience small group and large group class time. In their small groups, children learn to apply God’s word. In the large groups, children worship together and learn the Bible in fun and creative ways. Children are encouraged to attend both sessions.
 
Fusion (4th & 5th grade)
The first hour is designed to help children connect to the heart and Word of God through a larger group teaching time followed by small group interaction led by an adult leader. During second hour, our kids come together for an upbeat time of worship and large group teaching that mixes in real-life application.
 
KC Friends
KC Friends help children age 3 through 5th grade with special needs participate fully on Sunday morning. 
 
Our KC Friends work individually with each child, providing the extra support each child needs to enjoy and benefit from the variety of opportunities presented in Kid Connection. Your child’s KC Friend will meet your child at the KC Registration Desk when you check in.
Because of the nature of this one-on-one ministry, advance registration is necessary. In order to ensure that a KC Friend is available for your child, please contact Kelli McGill (kmcgill@efree.org) prior to bringing your child. We will then confirm with you when we have a volunteer KC Friend available to provide Sunday morning assistance. At that time, we will look forward to having your child join us.
 
AWANA

AWANA welcomes children 3 years of age through 6th grade. In a relaxed atmosphere of fun and caring, the children are challenged to hide God’s word in their hearts, build friendships, and learn positive ways to work with and encourage their peers. 

The program is broken down into age appropriate groups:
Cubbies: 3 to 5-year-olds
Sparks: K-2nd grades
Truth and Training: 3rd-6th grades, divided by grade and gender

Time and Location
Wednesday evenings, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m.
FIRST AWANA CLUB MEETING: SEPTEMBER 19, 2018.

Online registration for the 2018-19 school year will open August 1, 2018
 
To access the Sparks handbook companion files, please click here.
 
If you have questions concerning Awana, please contact Brad Heuiser (bheuiser@efree.org or 636.779.2152).
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
 
Kelli McGill, Director: 636.779.2155 or  kmcgill@efree.org
Robin Vierling, Early Childhood Supervisor: 636.779.2154 or rvierling@efree.org
Brad Heuiser, Elementary and AWANA Supervisor: 636.779.2152 or bheuiser@efree.org