Children’s Ministries


The focus of the Children’s Ministry at First Baptist Athens is…JESUS!! From the Sunday School small groups to KidSing Choirs, to AWANA, to special events throughout the year, it’s all about Jesus!

Our desire is to

partner with parents in training up children in the Lord (Prov. 22:6). Therefore, we strive to offer the best programs in the safest environment to teach children the Bible and what following Jesus is all about.


SonRock Kid’s Camp 2017

Our children’s ministry is based on these verses:


Deuteronomy 4:39-40. “Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and earth below. There is no other. Keep His decrees and commands, which I am giving you today. Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and their children after them.


Our Leadership Plan: Leaders will prepare, love and pray that our children be directed to Jesus!


Thank you for allowing us to partner with you in training up your children to know and love the Lord.

Here are just a few of our children’s programs:

  • Annual Fall Festival
  • Full-service Weekday Pre-school for 3-5 year-olds and
  • Parents Day Out for 9 month – 4 years Any questions or needs, please contact Karen Ellis at the church office


  • Sunday School Small Groups
  • 9:30 am We offer classes for newborns through 6th grade
  • Worship Care
  • 10:45 am Birth-3 years (Worship Care)
  • 10:45 am Ages 4- Pre-K (Worship Care)

June 17 – 20, 2019 at Camp Cherokee

Day Camp (Grades 1 & 2) – $100

(8:30 – 3:30, Mon. – Wed., 8:30 – 5:45 Thurs.)

Overnight Camp (Grades 3 – 6) – $145

(Monday – Thurs.)

Over-night Camp ends on Thursday when families are invited to Family Night Dinner/Celebration – 5:45 p.m.


Make reservations at the church office or on-line:

SonRock Kid’s Camp 2019 Registration

305 Ingleside Avenue Athens, TN 37303 423/745-5441


We had a wonderful week at Vacation Bible School as we had encounters with Jesus In the Wild.

Cross Training

Cross Training is our new experience for children at FBC Athens on Wednesdays! We are seeking to provide a well-rounded and grounded FUN time of learning, community, fitness and fellowship. Since the world in which our children are growing up is increasingly hostile towards things of God, they have the need to be better grounded in their faith than you were at their age. They need to know WHAT they believe and WHY they believe it and be able to express (live) those beliefs to an unfriendly world. We as Children’s Ministry leaders are coming alongside you to strengthen and fortify the foundation you are building at home by providing a “balanced meal approach” to their spiritual training we are calling “Cross Training”, which will take place each Wednesday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The first course of Cross Training is KidSing at 4:30: we will strengthen their thinking, musical, and physical skills as we learn that music is a wonderful way to memorize and internalize the Word of God as well as express depth of feeling that is sometimes difficult with just spoken word. The goal of KidSing is to train your children to become life-long worshippers of Jesus Christ and to proclaim His love confidently through music and the arts. Please understand that KidSing is NOT just singing – we learn instruments, play games and have many fun activities that reinforce the concepts of the songs we are learning – which this year, will co-ordinate with the Bible verses we are learning in the rest of Cross Training!

The second course is Family Night Supper – we encourage you to eat as a family together – everyone needs physical nourishment and fellowship time!

The final course of Cross Training is a combination of AWANA, Bible Skills (a combination of New City Catechism, Bible drill, and books of the Bible), Missions and Recreation. This will be divided into 4 segments each week which are cumulative in nature and highly dependent on you as the parent to give this the proper priority in your family’s life – by regular attendance and encouraging (checking up on) their work.

There are so many benefits for our children with a well-rounded schedule like this: first, they are introduced to and interact with so many different adults who are willing to invest themselves weekly; second, some aspects of the schedule will appeal more to some than others, but it is all essential to the depth of their learning; third, they’ll meet new friends and develop relationships with others who are also on the journey as young Christians – some may be ahead of them in that journey and others may be helped along by your child. As you begin to settle your schedule for the new school year, please pray about and give consideration to this weekly commitment to enhance the spiritual life of your children and your family—just as their physical health and well-being is dependent on you, their spiritual health is also… We challenge you to become more involved as a family by participating in one of the adult studies that will be on-going or even by helping in one of these Cross Training groups as a leader or helper!



4:30 – Preschool (3 yr.—K in E-105) and Older Kidsing (1st—6th gr. In E-215)

5:15 – Preschool KidSing parent pick-up (in room)

5:30 – Older KidSing dismissed to supper

6:00 – “Homeroom” begins (Preschool – E-105, K-2nd – E-215, 3rd/4th – E-206, 5th/6th – E-208)

6:25 – Rotations begin (for K—6th only – see attached schedule)

7:30 – Parent Pick-up in Atrium – CHILDREN WILL NOT BE RELEASED EXCEPT TO PARENTS (or approved other adults)