We make every effort to provide a safe and loving environment for children Newborn - 5th grade.

"But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,

for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Luke 18:16


Kids' Ministry​​​​​​​​

We are committed to loving and nurturing our little ones with the love of Jesus Christ. For the safety of our children, all nursery caregivers are church members or regular attendees who have completed a voluntary background check​​​​​​​ processed and filed through the church office​​​​​​​.

Our loving and dedicated staff and volunteers would like to let you know that we consider your children precious gifts from the Lord, and we look forward to ministering to them throughout the year both on Sundays and Wednesdays!


We receive children 4 years old through 5th grade.

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Awana Year!  We hope you are as excited as we are!  Here are a few things you may find helpful:

  1. The 2019-2020 Awana Calendar can be found here.  Please note: The calendar is always correct.  If we have to cancel for any reason, the lessons planned for that evening are skipped.  That way, if your child was working on lessons over the week, they can still work on new lessons for the next week.  And we never have to guess "What lesson are we on?"
  2. Do you have any other questions?  Check out our information packet here.  This has also been printed out and will be available at our registrations and Open House.
  3. Call Ben or Kristine Ruetz if you have any questions.  Our numbers are at the bottom of the information packet.



During the school year at 6:00PM on Wednesday evenings, we host our Awana Clubs program.


Please note that Wedesday programming is cancelled if school is closed.

2-3 years of age 

The 2 years prior to Kindergarten ages

Kindergarten through 2nd grade

3rd grade through 5th grade. 


The children's church program happens during the church service. Children will be dismissed after worship songs.

Nursery Program

The nursery of First Baptist Church is committed to loving and nurturing our little ones ages 0 to 4 with the love of Jesus Christ. 

Illness Policy

Nursery is for well children only.

Children cannot be in the nursery if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever within the last 24 hours
  • Vomiting/diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Any unexplained rash
  • Any skin infection
  • Pink eye or any other eye infections
  • Head lice

Check-In Procedure

  • Children must be dropped off by a parent or guardian.
  • The parent/guardian will need to fill out the sign-in sheet.
  • Parent/guardian will then be assigned a numbered pager.
  • Volunteer will write child’s name and pager number on a sticky label and affix it to the child’s back.

Check-Out Procedure

  • When parent/guardian arrives, the volunteer will match the pager number with the number on the child’s back.
  • Children cannot be released to any person who does not present the corresponding pager.

Snack Time

Snack includes apple juice and graham crackers/puffs.

Volunteers Needed

  • Must be approved by FBC Pastoral Staff.
  • Must be a church member or affiliated with the church for at least 3 to 6 months.
  • Must be a regular church attendee.
  • Youth volunteers must be 12 years old to serve


  • There is a camera located in the infant room, check in station, toddler room, and snack room.
  • Adults must have a criminal background check every 2 years.
  • Infant room is 1 adult per 2 children.

   Children are placed in the infant room until they are steady walkers.

  • Toddler room is 2 adults per 6 children.

   Children are placed in the toddler room if they have learned how to walk.

Nursery Leadership Team

Libby Tuck and Ashley Johnson

(231) 360-7534


Ways you could help us care for your little ones.

  • Event Leader
  • Small Group Leader
  • Door Greeter
  • Nursery worker
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Check-In Attendant
  • AWANA  Helper
  • Crowd Control Volunteer
  • Teacher
  • VBS Director 

You can pick up a background check in the church office or click here to print off a PDF version. We are grateful you are going to help!

or click here to complete this form electronically.