Kids, enjoy these faith-filled stories read by staff, volunteers and parents.
Bobbie DeYoung, Shakopee Campus Elementary Director reads the story, Noah, from the Usborne Bible Stories book.
Listen to more stories on YouTube.
BLAST into summer with an EXPLOSIVE family experience like you’ve never had before with the first at-home, parent-led VBS. Explore the world of science – from building towers to designing boats — while engaging with the Word of God.
Awana combines fun and games with Bible memory and lessons that help children understand scripture.
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.
Anna is the Early Childhood Director for our Prior Lake Campus. She is married to Shawn and has two children. She started attending Friendship in 1986 and accepted this position in 2009.
Lysa Terkeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries. I would love to hear how she balances life as a wife, mother, and career with this great ministry.
I love to digital scrapbook. It is what I do to help me relax.
“We must exchange whispers with God, before shouts with the world.” - Lysa Terkeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries
A sunny day up North on the boat with all of my family.
Paul, he had such incredible faith even in the darkest of times.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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)
Gen is Friendship’s Family Ministries Admin. She is married to Dan and they have four kids. She started going to the Friendship youth group in seventh grade when her family moved to Prior Lake. She was the grade 5 and 6 director for several years and left in 2012 to be a full-time stay at home mom. Now that her kids are all in school, she was excited to jump back into ministry.
I have two that are equaling my favorite: The Anne of Green Gables movies (1985 version) and Pride and Prejudice (2005 version). I love the uniqueness of the lead female characters. Anne and Elizabeth weren't afraid to be different than what society expected of women at the time. And Mr. Darcy and Gilbert need no explanation.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia! I grew up there and have always dreamed of going back. They just recently opened the country to tourists- so maybe one day my dream will come true.
A hot sunny day - 95 degrees - blue skies - at the beach with family and friends. Good food and drinks, a good book, sitting in a float in the water.
From Good to Grace by Christine Hoover. This book is for those who struggle with always trying hard to do good things and live up to Christian expectations - but feel like you're missing out on the joy that Jesus offers. I tend to lean into my works in order to please God and of course I always fall short. Hoover refers to the mindset as the goodness gospel. This book points you to the gospel of grace and the freedom that Jesus offers.
"I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages." - Charles Spurgeon Someone gave me this quote at a time in my life when I was really sick. We had a lot of trials hit us that year. But I learned that each wave made me lean more into God, and so when the waves came, I could be grateful.
"Anything that makes me need God, is a blessing." - Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.