Our goal is to create a safe and secure environment for your little ones so that they love their experience from the very beginning. We view ministry to this age group as foundational in building a child's trust in a loving Heavenly Father.
Preschool kids enjoy learning in interactive ways. Our goal is to bring the teaching of Jesus to children through puppetry, games and object lessons.
Your children will learn how to weave faith into life through meaningful activities, great discussions and personal challenges. Each week after a worship time full of songs and prayer, kids break into grade-level groups to learn how to apply biblical truths to their daily lives.
VBS is a free program held for a week in June for children who have completed kindergarten through grade 3. Kids always have a blast during this action-packed event filled with songs, games, arts and crafts, while learning more about Jesus and biblical truths.
Skip the fright and spend the night in His light. It’s a celebration with giant bouncers, games, prizes galore, lots of great food, a special glow-in-the-dark room, and of course, lots of candy! There is a small entrance fee.
This is a childcare program held specifically for moms who are attending MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). MOPS is a place for moms to gather for a much needed break – to make new friends and share the joys and struggles of raising kids.
A dedication is a covenant by the parents to raise their child in the ways of the Lord until the child is old enough to make his or her own personal commitment. When we choose to have our child dedicated, it gives parents, as well as extended family, friends and the church an opportunity to thank God for the birth of the child.
Parents dedicate their children back to God, asking for His blessing. They promise to nurture their children in a Christian home and environment, and are challenged to guide and teach their children in spiritual development. There is no water involved, and the child is not automatically saved, or in the faith, because of the ceremony. Faith is passed on to our children by helping them develop their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
You can view our events page to find upcoming child dedication dates.
Bobbi is the Elementary Director for our Shakopee Campus. She is married to Chad and has three children. She began her position in 2016.
Besides the birth of my children, my fondest memories are any that we spend together as a family.
For The Love, by Jen Hatmaker. I love the humor she brings to the reality of life situations.
All of my years of long hours at my jobs have prepared me for His work. He always knows what is best if we just allow Him to be in control!
There is so much love and kindness at Friendship Church. So many peoplewho are willing to make sacrifices to help others whenever they can.
Christine is the Early Childhood Director for our Shakopee Campus. She has seven children. She started attending Friendship in 1997 and came on staff in February 2003.
Christmas as a child. We had fabulous traditions that made it so special.
Camping on Lake Superior with my family.
Being used by God to impact children and families.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It's a life-changing story of God's unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.
Esther. She was a "nobody" that God used to change history. She had to believe that God had a plan for her and trust that He would pave the way in difficult, scary circumstances.
"The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)
Melissa is our Prior Lake Campus Children’s Ministry Assistant. She is married to Kyle and they have two children.
The birth of my kids. What an amazing miracle!
Maine – You still get all four seasons. It is beautiful with mountains, coastal views and yummy seafood.
Esther – She was a God-fearing and courageous woman.
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path (Psalm 119:105).
That he is faithful through good times and bad.
Everyone is so welcoming and encouraging. Really feels like home.
Jody is our Shakopee Campus Children’s Ministry Assistant. She has two children.
God’s Not Dead – How one person can make a difference and stands up for God.
Ninety Minutes in Heaven – It’s a true story about one person’s experience in heaven.
Wyoming – I am a country girl at heart.
Spending a day with Abraham Lincoln.
A quiet person: less talking and more active listening.
The children’s programs.
Michelle is our Administrative Assistant. She is married to Mark and they have two children. They started attending Friendship in 2010 and she began working at the church in 2012.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. I love travel, history and humor. His adventure through the Appalachian Trail is both humorous and educational.
I enjoy walking. It helps clear the head.
A morning walk in the woods with my husband, an afternoon nap, then an evening out in downtown Minneapolis for dinner and a play.
Cruise through Norway and a river cruise through Europe.
A good leader is willing to serve with the team, even the small tasks, to get a job done, but also trusts those that have been assigned to the task. If a leader is focused on unity, trust and being a good example, the whole team will be empowered to excel.
He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless. Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)