Children's Ministries

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 

Children's Ministries exists to multiply committed followers of Jesus Christ by reaching boys and girls with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We do this through partnering with parents in their God-given responsibility to raise their children in the way of the Lord. We seek to teach children to know, value, and apply the Word of God, nurturing a biblical worldview in children through prayer, teaching, and godly role models. We equip children to live out their faith in the world.  



 

Join us on Sunday Mornings in Children's Ministries!

Sunday mornings in Children's Ministry are great! There's something for everyone; we invite you to discover what might serve your family's needs best!

Nursery - Infants & Toddlers

A well-staffed nursery is available for infants through toddlers during each of our Sunday morning worship services. Our nursery staff consist of caring parents, grandparents, and adults who are fully screened and background checked to ensure your child's safety.

When you check in, you are welcome to leave a diaper bag, snacks, or other comfort items for your child, although our nursery is well-stocked with toys, books, snacks, changing table, and toddler restroom.

Nursing Room

We also provide a Nursing Room for mothers who need a private space during our services. This room is adjacent to the nursery and is available to give newborns and nursery-age children a little more wiggle room (and noise level) while providing the opportunity for parents to have a private place to go if needed.

 

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Children who are ages 3 to kindergarten enjoy Bible stories, activities, and playtime to foster community and relationships while learning about following Jesus. These classes lay a biblical foundation in the lives of our little ones through Bible stories from throughout the Old and New Testaments.

The Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms are located on the main level, just down the hall from the Multi Purpose Room, on the North side of the building.

 

Elementary Classes

If you have a child who is in grades 1-6, we would love to have them join our Sunday morning groups at 10am! Students have a time of large group worship and gathering before breaking out into classrooms by grade level. We use Bible stories, activities, scripture memorization, and classroom discussion to dive deeper into the topic for each week.

In Grades 1-4, children work chronologically through the Bible and see the gospel unfold from Genesis to Revelation. In Grades 5-6 students study how the Bible applies to everyday issues as they solidify a biblical worldview.

The classrooms for Grades 1-6 are located along the lower level hallway.

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FAQ

I'm new! Can my kid(s) come to the nursery or Sunday school?

If you are visiting eFree, your children are more than welcome in our nursery and Sunday programs! We just ask that you register them when they get to their class. For nursery, register outside the nursery at the check-in desk. For Preschool through 6th grade, each new child will register at their classroom. If you know you'll be visiting and would like someone to walk you through your first time here just email us and we can set that up for you!

What are the check-in procedures for children? 

On your child's first visit with us, we will ask you to fill out an informational card with your phone number, address, and any pertinent medical information or allergies your child might have. We value your privacy, and will not share this information with anyone. 

For children between birth and Kindergarten, you will be given a pick up tag when you drop off your child that coordinates with your child’s name tag. You will return this pick up tag when you come to pick up your child from his or her classroom.

What if my child has been ill?

Please, if your child shows any symptoms of illness, keep them home. We will look forward to seeing them when they are well! We are doing our part to provide a clean and healthy environment, though it is a team effort!

Some things parents can do to help:

1 | If possible, have only one parent (preferably the same parent) drop off and pick up your child on Sunday mornings. This will help limit foot traffic and the number of people gathered at classroom entrances and exits before and after the service.

2 | Please have your child wash their hands before and after they attend class.

What if my child has special needs?

Children with special needs are warmly welcomed at eFree! If your child has a special need, please reach out to us so we can come up with an individualized plan on how we can best minister to your child. If you have an older child or family member with special needs (7th grade through adulthood) we would love to invite him/her to our Sonshine Equip class, which meets during the 9:30 service.

Who can I contact if I have a different question or concern not addressed here? 

Please feel free to contact Gwen MacDonald, Director of Children's Ministries, or Mike Vaszily, Elder of Children's Ministries, with any questions or concerns you have at any time! We love to hear from you and appreciate your partnership in keeping lines of communication open.

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Children's Ministry Newsletter

Our newsletter features updates for each quarter of the year, including upcoming events, resources, and dates to keep in mind. This is also where you can find upcoming Sunday school topics!

 Fall 2022 Newsletter

 Because Kids Matter to God!

Awana is a place where lives are changed and children are reached with the transformative message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, each Wednesday night! 

It is a fun approach to making the Bible alive and relevant with caring trained leaders who invest time, love and wisdom into shaping children’s lives. While kids are having fun together each Wednesday night, they’re learning about Jesus and growing in their faith in Him, too. They learn Bible verses and spiritual truths. They encounter life lessons that feed their soul. They participate in games and activities that train their bodies.

Your child and his/her friends won’t want to miss out on this wonderful blend of Bible teaching, Scripture memorization, and tons of fun! Each night of club will be filled with irresistible excitement for kids, divided into three segments:

Awana Registration for the 2022-23 school year is open!

Register for Awana 

More info and FAQ

Cubbies | Preschool 

Provides foundational teaching for preschoolers, ages 3 (by September 1 and potty-trained) and 4. Games, puppets, crafts, awards, and other activities create a lively weekly experience where fun and learning go hand-in-hand.

Sparks | 5K - Grade 2

Offers fun with God’s Word for grades 5K-2. The evenings are filled with fun games, music, teaching, and Bible memory.

Truth and Training (T&T) | Grades 3-6 

Leads students in grades 3-6 through a deeper dive into the Bible. T&T engages kids by answering their questions about God and the Bible, while we study the meaning of God’s grace.

Dates, Times, and Theme Nights

Awana runs Wednesday evenings from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, starting on 9/7/2022  for the 2022-23 school year. Students can join-in anytime by registering. Just click on the registration button at the bottom of this page to get started!  2022-23 Theme Nights

What does Awana mean?

Awana is an acronym that stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed and is based on 2 Timothy 2:15 - Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

What is the cost?

There are registration and book/uniform costs as follows: $18 registration per year (or $9 for half a year) and a $12 per handbook. Additionally, uniforms are not required but are encouraged and have their own individual costs.

Please note that we never want costs to keep a child from attending Awana. If you are unable to afford some or all of the Awana expenses, please email   for a scholarship.

Registration, Medical Release Form, and Payment

1. Register for Awana online here! Awana 2022-23 Registration

After registering online, you will be asked to complete the medical release form and submit your payment.

2. Medical Release Form

This form can be emailed to Cora Mason, or you can bring it to the church office.

3. Submit Your Payment

Payment can be submitted online or you can bring cash or check to the church office. 

 

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Vacation Bible School

 

For kids who have completed grades K through 6

 

eFree Kids had fun in the sun with Mystery Island!

Our week of VBS, Mystery Island, took place June 20-24, 2022. VBS runs from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM daily. 

Is there just one God? . . . Who is God? . . . What is God like? . . . Does God love me? . . . Can I know God?

Our kids grapple with questions like these every day. At Mystery Island, we’ll uncover the truth about our Creator God! There’s a sea of confusion about who God is and what he’s like, so we’ll track down the one true God and learn how amazing he is through the pages of Scripture.

Mystery Island VBS is packed with teaching that connects the Bible to the real world and gives kids a better understanding of our awe-inspiring Creator and the salvation he offers through Jesus Christ.

Each day, kids will learn more about one of God’s amazing attributes (great, almighty, ruler, Emmanuel, trustworthy) and how that applies to their lives.

Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a taste of paradise as you track down the one true God at Mystery Island!

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Children's Ministry Team

 

Michael Vaszily

Elder of Children's Ministries

It’s a blessing and honor to serve with the Sheboygan eFree Children’s Ministry team as we set out to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We see our role as supporting parents in accomplishing this ever important mission.  As a parent of three, I understand the challenges families face today. I also know the amazing impact the true living God can have in helping us (parents) love, teach and train these children in the way they should go.  Stop in and check us out.  We look forward to partnering with you!

Contact

 

 

Cora Mason

Children's Ministries Coordinator

As the Children's Ministry Assistant I am responsible for assisting the Director of Children's Ministries in promoting, planning, organizing, staffing, and leading Children's Ministries. I am in charge of all the record keeping for our weekly Awana nights and I help promote the reaching, teaching, winning, and maturing of children all for the glory of God. I look forward to you and your child visiting us at eFree!

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