Our Mission and Vision
The vision of Children and Family Ministries and Youth is to know and share God’s story through compassion and conversation.
The mission of First Evangelical Free Church is to make urban disciples by experiencing life in Jesus.(Acts 2:42-47)
The mission of Children and Family Ministries and Youth at First Free is to equip children and youth through the church family to follow Jesus Christ and share His love.
The Marks of a Young Disciple
Receives God’s grace daily through faith in Jesus
Nursery: hearing Jesus loves me and being exposed to the modeling of Christ’s love
Preschool: understands basic concepts such as “Jesus loves me” through adult modeling of love and acceptance; can learn God made them, Jesus wants to be their friend forever
Elementary: identify and accept God’s grace
Junior High: differentiate between grace (God’s economy) and performance (the world’s economy) and claim God’s grace for yourself.
Senior High: Claim God’s grace over the world’s economy. Share God’s grace with others.
Listens to God’s Word
Nursery: hears the story of the Bible
Preschool: listens to the story of the Bible
Elementary: knows the story of the Bible, building familiarity with the Bible. Learns to navigate the Bible; learns to personalize Scripture (memorize and apply); feels more confident dialoguing with God (in public and private).
Junior High: builds a deeper understanding of the Bible. Understands what a world view is.
Senior High: has wisdom and knowledge of the Bible and claims a Biblical world view for themselves.
Serves God, His church and others through generosity and sacrifice
Nursery: observes service being modeled around them
Preschool: participates in weekly offering, can participate in some family service projects, is learning to help others in simple ways such as picking up things and putting them away, doing chores
Elementary: willingly participates in service projects, learning more about the concepts of money – weekly offering, doing chores that help the family
Junior High: apprentices/shadows others in serving in various ministries within church. Can participate in family service projects. Participates in weekly offering
Senior High: Willingly serves/commits to various ministries within church. Can participate in family service projects. Participates in weekly offering
Builds relationships with others for disciple making and mission
Nursery: observes relationships being modeled
Preschool: begins learning social skills that lead to friendships
Elementary: begins sharing their part in God’s story with others
Junior High: begins inviting their friends into God’s story
Senior High: continues sharing their part in God’s story while inviting their friends into God’s story
Loves by proclaiming God’s truth and living compassionately
Nursery: hears God’s truth and observes compassion being lived out
Preschool: begins to articulate basic Biblical concepts, begins to feel sympathy for others
Elementary: knows how to articulate faith. Feels empathy towards others
Junior High: knows how to share faith. Begins to take steps toward compassion
Senior High: knows how to defend faith. Demonstrates compassion
Worships through the use of gifts and talents
Nursery: invited into worship in the nursery
Preschool: participates in worship through creative arts, begins to understand God’s creation
Elementary: actively participates in congregational worship, begins to think of talents/gifts as a means to glorify God
Junior High: continues to actively participate in congregational worship, and begins to regularly implement the ‘marks of a young disciple’
Senior High: worships God by daily implementing the ‘marks of a young disciple’