Suzanne Reece, Minister to Children & Families.


Birth – Kindergarten
Sundays at 10:00 am

Preschoolers at Shades Crest participate in classes where active, hands-on learning takes place. Our youngest children feel safe and secure in an environment where they are lovingly cared for, quietly talked to and sung to about God’s love for them. As preschoolers grow and develop, Bible thoughts and stories are reinforced through activities such as Dramatic Play, Creative Art, Blocks, Nature and Puzzles or Manipulatives.

For preschoolers to face a changing and complex world, they will need a foundation of Biblical truths on which they can build their knowledge of God, Jesus and the Bible. A strong, Biblical foundation will enable them to begin to build their view of the world from a Biblical perspective. A building is only as strong as its foundation. Therefore, we believe a strong foundation is essential to the ability to make a decision regarding Christ in later years.


Grades 1-6
Sundays at 10:00 am

The childhood years are foundational years. Children should not be rushed but allowed to grow and develop as they are ready.  Foundations in structures cannot be rushed and require time to get firm. Because children are in the process of becoming, our desire is to meet them where they are and challenge them to become all that God has designed them to be. It is our hope that each child will ultimately choose to accept and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We strive to help children embark on the journey to becoming spiritually transformed into the image of God. As children become more curious and grow in their faith, learning opportunities are provided for our 1st through 6th graders in weekly Bible study activities as well as month-long projects.

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Child Care

Childcare is provided for all church functions involving the general membership.

Activities for Preschoolers and Children


A spiritual formation opportunity for children in grades 3-5

As we turn out thoughts toward our 2019 emphasis – “Formed in Christ,” we are preparing opportunities for children to learn more of what all of this means for us as we try to become more like Jesus. Becoming like Jesus is a life-long process. It’s not too early for children to begin their journey of letting God shape them into the people He has called them to be.

So…Here’s the Plan:

When: Six weeks in February and March

Dates: February 6, 13, 20; March 6, 13, & 20 (No gathering on Feb. 27)

Time: After School – Children will be picked up from school in the church van by adult leaders and transported to the church. There will be a time of snack and recreation before beginning each week’s study.

Who: Any child in grades 3-5

What’s Needed: A commitment! Children are encouraged to commit to as many weeks as possible in order to enhance understanding and growth as each week will build upon the previous week.

Fine Print: All children participating in Inside/Out must have a permission form signed by a parent.

At the end of each week’s Inside/Out experience, children can be picked up at 4:50 pm, just prior to Wednesday Fellowship Dinner and/or handchimes or handbells.

Parent volunteers are welcomed and needed. Please contact Suzanne at if you are available to assist.

Inside/Out Info & Permission Form

Wednesday Evening Schedule
4:45 – 5:55   Family Dinner
5:50 – 7:00   Preschoolers–M&M’s (Music and Missions)
5:50 – 6:00   C-SALT Gathering for children in grades 1-6
6:05 – 6:30   Children’s music and worship
6:35 – 7:00   Children’s missions

Enroll your children in these activities by clicking on the registration link below. Email your completed form to Please turn in this Wednesday Night Dismissal Form to your child’s leader by Wednesday, August 22. For a detailed calendar of events, click on link below.

2018-2019 Registration Form

2018-2019 Children’s Music and Missions Calender

What is Girls in Action?

An organization that teaches girls in grades 1-5 about missions, develops leadership skills & how they can share God’s love with others.  It is also a group that has a ton of FUN, does crafts, and laughs A LOT! Come and join in!!

What is Royal Ambassadors?

An organization that teaches boys in grades 1-6 about missions, develops leadership skills & how they can share God’s love with others.  It is also a group that has a ton of FUN, does lots of different activities! Come and join in!!

What is Acteens?

An organization that teaches girls in 6th grade about missions and provides them with a deeper understanding of God’s work in the world through mission studies, cultural experiences, and hands-on missions involvement. Girls have the opportunity to learn how God can use them to change the world around them. It is also a group that has ton of fun and laughs A LOT! Come and join in!!

What is M&M’s?

M&M’s is for preschoolers–
ages 2 through 5.
Preschoolers learn about music and missions
and sharing God’s love.

Children Events

Children’s Ministry Week is here. Come join us for the following activities.

Saturday, February 9 – Meet at the FLC at 9:00 am – Mission site & Iron Stone Pizza

Sunday, February 10 – Children will lead in the Majestic service at 11:00 am, picnic lunch in the Fellowship Hall, and family formation

Tuesday, February 12 – Family Dinner at Baumhower’s at Patton Creek. It’s “Kids Eat Free” (with the purchase of an adult entree). See you at 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, February 13 – Regular Wednesday night programming – Inside Out for 3rd-5th graders @ 3:00 pm (permission forms & sign-up required), Dinner @ 4:45 pm, C-SALT for Children @ 5:50 pm, and M&M’s for Preschoolers @ 5:50 pm

Thursday, February 14 – Bowling for 1st-6th graders at Vestavia Bowl @ 3:15 pm. Snacks will be provided. Children will need $6 per person. (If your child will need a ride from school, contact Suzanne at Children should be picked up by 5:00 pm.

Passport Kids Camp

July 10-13 at Camp Boothe

Total Cost is $330.00

Payment Schedule is…

Camp Deposit – $100.00 due by January 30

Payment Two – $100.00 due by March 17

Payment Three – $130.00 due by May 15

Register Now!!!