Grove Kids | Children's Ministry

Grove Kids seeks to partner with parents to make disciples who know Jesus, grow in Jesus, and then go share Jesus with others!


We strive to help kids know who God is. We desire to 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 share with others who God is and what He has done in their lives. This could involve proclaiming the glory of God through words or actions, with the ultimate goal of making disciples who make disciples. 

VBS: SCUBA | June 10-14, 2024

Children entering Pre-K - 5th Grade in Fall 2024 are invited to dive into friendship with God this summer at Vacation Bible School! Scuba VBS gives kids the opportunity to grasp that God is real and wants to show us His love and trust in a relationship with Him.


Online Pre-Registration: Now - May 31

Register at the Door: June 10-13


We have several ways for you to serve and be a part of what God is doing at VBS. If you are interested in being a Teen or Adult Volunteer, click below to learn more!

Sunday School & Children's Church

First Baptist Church of Downers Grove offers nursery care and programs for kids who are in preschool through 5th grade. Your children will be in a safe environment where they will learn about Jesus and have fun with other kids!


If your kids are 1st through 5th grade, they worship with us in the sanctuary. During the worship service, they are dismissed to their classroom for the remainder of the service.

If your family attends the 9 AM Sunday School hour, the nursery, 2's and 3's, and 4's and 5's classes remain in their classrooms during the transition from Sunday School to Children's Church.


Visiting us for the first time? No fear! One of our ushers or staff members will direct you to our Kids Check-In when you arrive. Kids check-in starts at 10 AM for the 10:30 AM service. You can save some time by pre-registering your child below!


We will meet your family, check your child into class, and answer any questions you may have. We can't wait to meet you!


Grove Kids volunteers are trained to create an atmosphere where families can confidently leave their children while they are in service. Every volunteer is screened with a background check and DCFS certified. Don't worry parents - we've got this! If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office or our Children's Ministry Director.

Awana Clubs


Awana is a gospel-centered children's program for preschool - 5th grade (Sept - April). Awana revolves around children memorizing the Word of God while having fun! It is an amazing opportunity for your child to engage with children and learn the Word of God.


Awana stands for "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed" (based on 2 Timothy 2:15). Awana offers a curriculum that reaches kids and their families with the gospel. 


We host special "theme nights" throughout the year like Pajama Night, Hawaiian Night, and Sports Team Night. At the end of the year, the kids enjoy Carnival Night, and parents are invited to celebrate Awards Night.

Meet our Children's Ministries Director

Mike Leonard

Mike and his wife have been members of First Baptist Church since 2017 and have two young children. Mike has volunteered in AWANA, VBS, and Youth Group. He has also served as a Trustee and is currently on the Deacon Board.


Before coming to First Baptist, Mike and his wife led children’s programs for 10 years at their former church. For Mike, it has been an absolute blessing to watch people, young and old, grow in Christ.