Grove Kids seeks to partner with parents to make disciples who know, grow, and show the living God. 



We strive to help kids know who God is! This means that we teach God's Word, pointing them to the character of God, and the gospel. By the time a child graduates from the children's ministry program, they will know who God is, the big story of Scripture, and that Christ died for sinners. 


Our mission is to make disciples. This means we want the information to lead to transformation. We don't want kids to just know God, but to grow in their relationship with Him and others! This is accomplished by providing tools and fostering relationships that encourage and equip kids to love God!


We are all called to be evangelists, even kids. We want to equip kids to show who God is and what he has done in their life. This could be showing God through words or actions, with the ultimate goal of making disciples who make disciples. 


At Grove Kids our kids (infant through 5th grade) experience safe, age-appropriate environments where they learn about Jesus in a creative and exciting way. We show how wonderful God's Word is, and help kids grow in their faith! We would love to see you visit First Baptist Church of Downers Grove, and we'd love to welcome your kids into Grove Kids! 

  • You will be met at the front door and shown where to go
  • Check-in at the classroom (keep the nametag you are given)
  • Enjoy the Service!
  • After service talk with your child about what they learned


Safety is important for us at First Baptist Church of Downers Grove. Please keep these 3 check-in policies in mind. 

Step 1: Information
Step 2: Name Tag
Step 3: Check-Out



AWANA Clubs is one of our longest standing ministries at First Baptist Church. AWANA focuses on engaging kids and helping them memorize God's Word. Our club runs ages 3 - 5th grade. Please click below for more information!

Family Craft Night

This is one of the best events of the year! You can bring your whole family, and we have amazing crafts that you can do with kids of all ages. Information for this event is coming soon, and we cannot wait to share what is coming up!


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Christian Abbott

Christian has been serving at First Baptist for over 3 years. He currently serves as the children's pastor and young adult pastor. He is a graduate from Moody Bible Institute where he majored in Children's Ministries and Biblical Studies. He is passionate about pointing kids to Christ! In his free time Christian enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing games with friends.