childrenCore Values

Modeling Christ for children through caring, involved adult and youth participants

Connecting children’s everyday lives to the biblical story and life of the congregation through intentional teaching and discipleship and opportunities to encounter God

Encouraging children to bring the fullness of their creativity, imaginations and questions before God in prayer, encounters with scripture, worship, and service

Inviting children to use their gifts and abilities as full members of the faith community

Supporting families in their role as children’s primary faith shapers

Integrating children into the entire community, including Worship (space, content, rituals, symbols), education, and ministry.

 

Sunday Mornings

9:15 to 9:45 – Handbells for all ages of Children and Youth, meet in the Choir Room

9:45 to 10:15 – Children’s Choir, meet in the Chapel

10:15 – 10:45 – Sunday School Classes

Sunday School

Nursery for ages birth to 3 years old meet in Williams Hall, room #103.  They are exploring simple Bible Stories through the use of visuals and song.

Preschool for ages 3 to 5 years old meet in Williams Hall, room #102.  They are using the Shine curriculum to explore the Bible.

Children for grades K to 5th grade meet in Williams Hall, room #203. They are using this time to explore the different elements of our Vision Statement, incorporating elements of service, discipleship, worship, and building relationships.

Nursery Care during Worship

During worship children (birth through preschool) meet in classrooms located on the first floor of Williams Hall. Each room is equipped with toys and activities planned for that age group.  Each parent is given a pager just in case we need to reach you during services.

Children in Worship

Here at Freemason Street we seek to integrate children into our worship services in ways that are beneficial and nurturing to our children and our entire faith community.

One way we integrate children into our Sunday morning worship is through Children’s sermons.   After the Children’s Sermon, the children are led to our chapel where they participate in a time of Children’s Worship.  Children’s Worship provides an opportunity for children to encounter the scriptures in a worshipful manner on their unique developmental level.

 

Children & Youth
Protection Policy

Youth & Child Protection Policy Final 2012

 

Called to serve?  Want more information?  Contact children@freemasonstreet.org

FSBC - Freemason Street Baptist Church

(Our Lenten journey through Jesus' last words from the cross are proving transformational for this pastor. Walking this way with you is a gift from God for which I am grateful. -bg)

“THE DISCIPLE WHOM JESUS LOVED” (You, too)
-Bob Guffey

There it was again: “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”

I was reading the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus from the cross, and had come to the Third Word – “Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother” – and there it was again.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.” (John 19:26)

The common assumption is those words have come from the writing voice of John the Apostle, the author of the gospel in which we find these words repeated several times.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.”

Usually when I read those words in the setting of a bible study group, someone will remark, “Well, that John sure thought a lot of him himself, didn’t he?”

The longer I have read that passage though, I do not think so.

This is John – John, as in the brothers, James and John, who Jesus named “Sons of Thunder.” (Mark 3:17)

This is John who, with his brother, came boldly to Jesus demanding to sit in authority with Jesus in his kingdom. (Mark 20:37)

This is John who wants to call fire down to consume a Samaritan village that has rejected Jesus. (Luke 9:54) This is John who gets it wrong again and again.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.”

I’ve come to read these words differently, especially if this is, indeed, the apostle John.

What I hear now is this.

I hear John writing: “The disciple whom Jesus loved? Can it be? After all I have gotten wrong? The disciple whom Jesus loved! Can it be? Jesus loves even me!”

That’s me, too. I see my life and all that I have done and left undone.

I see hopes fulfilled, and dreams left empty. I see successes and failures.

I see where I have not lived up to the standard set by Christ resident in me, Christ, “the hope of glory.”

I look in amazement at his face at the cross and say, “The disciple whom Jesus loved?”

Yes, even me.

Even you, too.

Grace and peace,
bg

3/24/2017

Robert Guffey

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There will be a Congregational Meeting & Potluck this Sunday immediately following Worship.

Congregational Meeting & Prayer Retreat

Congregational Meeting & Prayer Retreat

To seek to transform lives by worshiping God building relationships developing disciples and serving our neighbors

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