Next Gen Ministries

Next Gen Ministries

Seattle First Baptist Church is a vibrant, intergenerational community that welcomes people of all ages. For each stage of life, we offer age-specific faith formation resources and opportunities for learning about the Bible, becoming a follower of the way of Jesus, and acting to make the world a more just place. Seattle First Baptist is a welcoming and affirming place for people of all gender identities, sexuality expressions, economic statuses, and faith backgrounds. We welcome all families to be partners with us in providing for the spiritual welfare of your children.

Sunday Mornings
  • Nursery, on bottom floor next to Fellowship Hall, opens at 9:30
  • Children’s Music, in the Wiggle (Brawley) Room, 9:30-10:15
  • Adult Learning (Sunday school), in the Parlor, 9:30-10:30
  • Family Fellowship Breakfast, in the youth room on the 3rd floor, 10:15-10:50
  • Godly Play on Zoom 10:30 – 11:00

Godly Play Zoom Meeting Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88310605913
Meeting ID: 88310605913

Tuesdays

Pastor Anita Kids Office Hours
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Drop in and say hi, have a quick check-in chat or stay for a while! Let’s have some unscheduled time to hang out together.

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81430035049
Meeting ID: 814 3003 5049  

(Adults are also welcome to make an appointment by emailing or phoning Pastor Anita.)

Wednesday Nights

At 6pm each Wednesday during the school year, the church gathers to share dinner together. Our fabulous Chef Rick provides nourishing meals, we gather and pray together and sometimes share in a program. Children and youth have the opportunity to stretch their creativity with art, crafts and projects following the meal time. Nursery care is available from 6pm-9pm, so that choir members can bring their young ones to church with them.
On the first Wednesday of each month, the community is invited to gather together for an intergenerational “Y’all Come” music time, with guitar provided by our Children’s Music leaders and with other instruments welcome to join in!

Worship
Children are always welcome to worship in the sanctuary! For children who choose to stay in worship, there are Worship Adventure books and handheld fidget tools available at the back of the sanctuary (ushers are glad to help you locate what you need).
    For families who wish to worship together in a more informal setting, worship may be seen and heard from the Wiggle (Brawley) Room, which has comfy rockers, tables and chairs for the youngest churchgoers, and worship-related activities to keep busy and stretch creativity.
    During worship, we have a Time with Children, where all those “young in age and young at heart,” as we say, are invited to come up to the front of the sanctuary to get up-close with the worship experience. Sometimes there are object lessons, sometimes we read Bible stories, sometimes we play a game that helps us learn about how God loves us. After the Time with Children, elementary-aged children leave the sanctuary and go to Godly Play.  
Safety Information
  • All children who are involved in church activities and programs must have a medical release form on file with Pastor Anita. For all field trips and church-related events off campus, children and youth must have a guardian sign a field trip release form and return it to Pastor Anita.
  • As much as possible, we attempt to have a nut-free environment and provide snacks devoid of common allergens.

For more information about any of these programs, contact Pastor Anita at

 

Download the Medical Release form and email it to Pastor Anita or bring it in on a Sunday.

Intergenerational Experiences  
Intergenerational experiences are very important to the Seattle First Baptist family. We believe that church is one of the only places outside of family spaces where the generations can mingle and learn from each other and play together. Here are some of the intergenerational offerings we have:

 

  • Snow Retreat at Cascade Meadows Retreat Center, every Presidents’ Day Weekend
  • One-Day Intergenerational Retreat, September 21, 2019 at SFBC
  • Monthly Y’all Come Music nights
  • Game nights
  • Halloween Party (the weekend closest to Halloween)
  • Christmas Breakfast
  • Do-It-Yourself Christmas Pageant (during worship on the Sunday before Christmas)​
  • Good Friday Services for children and adults
  • Easter Breakfast and Festivities (art, games, age-specific egg hunts)
  • Summer Picnic on Harvard Ave (music, games, bouncy house, face-painting, caricatures)
  • Homecoming (our church holiday! We celebrate with a big lunch together!)
  • Summer picnics in local parks
  • Pizza Nights hosted in homes
  • Field trip to the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley

…and so much more!

Age Specific Programming

Early Childhood

Children aged 0-3 are welcome in the nursery whenever it is open. The nursery is staffed by professional child educators who work for Bright Horizons Spring Street preschool, which shares our building. Nursery is available on Wednesday nights from 6-9pm and on Sunday from 9:30am-12:00pm. These youngest children are always welcome in the sanctuary for worship, and the Wiggle Room is available for them and their families as well.

The nursery includes:

  • Caring, professional nursery workers
  • Healthy snacks
  • Simple, natural educational toys
  • Age-appropriate art materials & books related to our faith
  • Music
  • Cribs, changing tables and extra diapers
  • A child-sized bathroom

Note: All guardians who bring a child must sign in with a phone number so the nursery workers can reach them if needed.

Elementary
Elementary-aged children (pre-k through fifth grade) are invited to participate in the Godly Play Sunday school class. Godly Play meets during the last half of worship in room 212. Godly Play is a Montessori-style environment where children experience Bible stories in tangible and reflective ways. Each Bible story leads into a time of responding to the story, guided by “wonder” questions. Pastor Anita and several other trained volunteers from the congregation take turns facilitating Godly Play each week. At the end of each Bible story time, children follow their interests to “work” with the story in various artistic ways.
On Wednesday nights, children in this age range have the opportunity to work on art and projects after Wednesday night dinner. A couple times a month we have a program after dinner, and children are always welcome to participate. Pastor Anita supplies “busy boxes” for programs that might be on the quieter side, so children can occupy their hands and keep their bodies calm.
Young Adults

Young Adults (the under-40 crowd) at SFBC meet for group studies, sometimes a Bible study or a book study, most Sundays after worship. Young Adults also meet in homes for dinner and for first Sunday Young Adult lunches. Past Bible studies have included All the Bible Ladies: meeting the women Jesus encountered in his ministry, during Lent 2019. Young adults are invited to participate in all aspects of congregational life, wherever they feel their gifts may be used. Our community of Young Adults is dedicated to supportive fellowship during the many transitions that come in the 20s-30s and welcomes people of all faith backgrounds to get to know this socially- and theologically-progressive community.
Contact Pastor Anita at  for updates on Young Adult programming, and for requests for childcare during YA programs.

Faith Milestones

Marking milestones is an important way a community of faith recognizes how children are growing and becoming themselves. We observe the following faith milestones at SFBC, and the pastors are always open to discussing these with children, youth and families.

  • Dedication of new babies born and adopted
  • Giving children Storybook Bibles (ages 4-7)
  • Giving children their first Bible (age 8)
  • Believer’s Baptism (a public declaration to the community of wanting to live following the way of Jesus, following a baptism class)
  • High School graduation
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