KIDS at First Melissa

"Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.' "

In Matthew 19:13-14, Jesus himself demonstrated how important kids are. We believe every age is the right age to start learning to love Jesus. That's why our children's ministries help introduce kids to Jesus and the Bible through age-appropriate curriculum, stories, scriptures, and activities that help them learn who God is and what it means to have Him in our lives and hearts.

First Melissa Kids is where kids learn about God's love for them in a safe, exciting, and encouraging environment. An amazing team of volunteer leaders teach, challenge, and encourage children (kindergarten through grade 5) each week, using age-appropriate lessons from the Bible, applicable activities, and games that are more than just fun. We hope to see your kids every weekend as together we raise the next generation to know and serve Jesus and others.

Guest Information

First Melissa is open for in-person small groups and worship at 9:00, 10:15, and 11:30 am for children in kindergarten through 5th grade! For maps, parking protocols and other great information, visit our PLAN YOUR VISIT page.  If you are a first time guest, you can CLICK HERE to register your children before your arrival. When you arrive, check in all your children at one of our manned check-in stations located in both Building A and in Building B. We look forward to meeting you and will have volunteers waiting to assist you! 

PINE COVE CITY

Pine Cove is loading up all the fun activities and great staff of summer camp and bringing it right to First Melissa! Campers will experience Jesus through Bible study, worship, and time with their counselor as well as participate in tons of great camp activities! Your upcoming 1st-6th grade camper is sure to have a blast dancing, cheering, and jumping each and every day, Monday through Friday, July 11-15!

REGISTER HERE

 Parents' Night Out

We are hosting a Parents' Night Out where your kids will have a great time while you take the opportunity to catch a movie, do some shopping, or take care of things around the house! Children ages birth through fifth grade are welcome. Parents' Night Out drop off begins at 5:00 pm and pick up is at 9:00 pm. The cost is $10 per child. Your children will enjoy games, crafts, recreation, and much more. A meal is provided for Kindergarten – Fifth grade, but we ask preschool age to bring a packed dinner.

June 10 - SUPERHERO Theme

Dress like your favorite Superhero.

JUNE 10 Registration

JULY 8 - HAWAIIAN Theme

Dress like you are attending a fun luau.

July 8 REGISTRATION

CHEER CAMP

Cross Cheer's cheerleading camps provide a chance for girls to learn the fundamentals of cheerleading in a fun, Christ-centered atmosphere! Camp activities include cheers, chants, stunts, jumps, dance and tumbling and a special Bible verse cheer. Camp dates are June 13-16 from 9 am - 12 pm for girls ages 4-12 years old. Register today!

REGISTER

KIDS CAMP at MT. LEBANON

Summer time is here which means Third – Fifth Graders have the opportunity to attend Mt. Lebanon, in Cedar Hill, Texas. This camp is full of activities like zip lining, rock climbing, gaga ball pits throughout the whole camp, massive water slides and so much more. Kids also get to participate in worship, camp wide bible sermons, and bible studies with their age groups led by their leaders. We can’t wait to attend Mt. Lebanon kids camp again this year. Sign your child up today for a week they will not forget!

REGISTER

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

In this wet and wild VBS, kids learn that what they do today can change the world around them. When we put your trust in Jesus, we can “make waves” because of His Spirit living inside us. Through fun activities, engaging lessons, and God’s Word, we’ll help kids understand how they can share God’s love with the people around them.

VBS is July 18-21 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm for children 3 Year Old – Fifth Grade (Registration is age by July 18 or grade completed in the 2021-2022 school year).

REGISTER HEREVOLUNTEER HERE

Resources

Conversations about Jesus

We encourage young families to live out your faith daily; leading your children by example is the first step to introducing them to Jesus. Moms and dads can teach their children to understand their sin and need for a Savior. Share stories from the Bible at every opportunity! Teach them that God loves them and is always there for them! As we do this, we are laying the foundation for them to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus.

Studies show that if a person is presented with the Gospel message before the age of 14 they are 80 percent more likely to trust Jesus as Savior. At First Melissa, we are excited to walk alongside families and teach children about the Lord. At very young ages, children are like sponges soaking up the love of Jesus and spiritual truths. Their innocence and humility open the door to the Holy Spirit. God can make His truths about Jesus comprehensible to all irrespective of age.

For children to put their faith in Jesus, they should be able to communicate a basic understanding of the following:

  • Their sin and need for a Savior
  • Affirmation of Jesus’ death and resurrection
  • Confession of sin and God’s forgiveness

Baptism

Baptism is a symbolic portrayal of us burying our old selves and being raised to new life in Christ. Just as little children can come to a saving knowledge of Jesus, they can also understand baptism. What would a child understand from reading the story of the baptism of Jesus? Luke 3:22 tells us that Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit descended upon Him “in bodily form like a dove,” and a voice came from heaven saying, “This is my Son with whom I am well pleased.” A child can understand from this story that God was pleased with the baptism of Jesus and make the decision that they want to do the same.

We explain to children that baptism is an opportunity to express to others the faith they have placed in Jesus and that it is a symbol of that faith but not a requirement for salvation.

Just as each child as unique, each time a person comes to faith in Jesus is unique. If a child can communicate the simple truths about salvation and baptism, then we praise God for His work in their young lives. First Melissa does not set a pre-determined age to which a child can be baptized because we do not presume to tell God at what age He can begin His work in the hearts of his children.

Baptism Interest Form

Serve

There are so many ways you can use your giftedness to make a difference in our church! From helping guests find their way on our campus to sharing about Jesus with our littlest worshipers, to discipling kids and students, serving others through prayer and support ministries – even behind the scenes on our production team – you are valued and needed in the body of Christ.

Interested in finding out more?

Fill out our interest form, and a ministry leader will contact you.

Interested in Serving

Ready to dive right In?

Fill out our application form, and a ministry leader will contact you.

Adult ApplicationStudent Application (6th-12th Grade)

Events

Kids' Camp

Monday, June 27, 2022
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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