FBC Helena opens newly redesigned children’s ministry

By NATHAN HOWELL | Special to the Reporter

HELENA – As churches have started to hold in-person meetings again, First Baptist Church Helena decided it was a great time to redesign and renew their children’s ministry.

Jackie Champion and her husband Jeff Champion, who is now the senior pastor, came to FBC Helena back in November. When the former children’s minister decided to leave due to COVID-19, Jackie took over the children’s ministry.

“We created a volunteer group who banded together to create a fresh new start for the ministry,” she explained. “We have got each age group separated for Sunday school and children’s church now.”

The church also made improvements and redesigned the upstairs area where they meet for children’s church. The improvements have also made way for the children to meet in a safely separated environment where they can all still worship together.

“We are being very cautious about cleaning every pencil, pen and crayon that the kids touch,” Champion said. “We do not want to be contributing to anyone getting sick, and the children are being very understanding about the distancing. They are really practicing for when they go back to school.”

Among cleaning measures, there is also separated seating so that no one is too close to anyone else. The groups are split up by age so there are not any large groups in a room at any given time.

According to Champion, the children are getting to learn, sing and play in their own little church, and it seems to be working very well.

“We are just really trying to create a neighborhood vibe with this ministry,” explained Champion.