Children and Youth Ministries
The Awana Ministry serves children ages 2 – 18.
Tuesdays, 6:15 – 8:00 p.m. (Dinner served at 5:00 p.m., with a donation of $3.00)
Awana is a Bible-based, Christ-centered program for families and children. Awana stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, and comes from the Bible verse II Timothy 2:15: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” The goal of Awana is to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ, and to train them to serve Him. In this ministry, children grow in their relationships with God and each other in six based clubs, built around a three-part program.
Learn more about Awana at ASBC here.
Boys – Grades 7-12 (ages 10.5-18)
Third and fourth Friday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Boy Scout Troop: A boy can be a Scout if he has completed the fifth grade and is at least 10 years old or is age 11 or has earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but has NOT reached age 18. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is to prepare young boys to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law, and to help them develop into honorable men.
“Kids’ Street” Children’s Church
Children ages 4-12
Classes meet first, third and fourth Sunday, 11:30 a.m. (September – June)
Children’s Church provides age appropriate worship services for children ages 4 -12. The mission of this ministry is to make available opportunities for children to praise and worship God as well as learn about God and come to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. In addition, fellowship opportunities are provided along with follow-up sermon activities, and mission outreach activities that are all designed to promote the spiritual growth of children. Children are encouraged to participate in all worship service components, including, but not limited to: music, dance, scripture reading, prayers, and ushering.
Boys – Grades 1-6 (ages 6 – 10.5)
Third and fourth Friday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cub Scouts is a fun and educational program concerned with values. The Cub Scouts program provides a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities, focusing on building character, improving physical fitness, learning practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service.
Girl Scouts is for girls (grades K-12).
Girl Scouts Troop meetings are held every third and fourth Fridays.
The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girls achieve this by participating in activities to develop life skills and by actively applying what they learn through hands-on community service and leadership opportunities. Currently, we offer six troops to engage girls from Kindergarten through grade 12. Meetings usually take place at the church although there are times when special events or activities take place away from the church or on other days/times of the month.
Gospel Inspirers Choir
Gospel Inspirers choir members must be between ages of 13-18.
Practices are held on the second, third, and fourth Saturday, 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
The Alfred Street Baptist Church Music Ministry serves the church and the larger community outside these walls as God continues to use many committed and dedicated singers and instrumentalists to lead the congregation in praise and worship, and serve the church whenever needed. Our utmost motivation and desire is to see the congregation enter into God’s presence.
The Gospel Inspirers serve as one of ASBC’ youth musical aggregations to bring forth musical ministry in boldness to reach both young and old through means of Gospel, Spiritual and Sacred Music.
“Higher Ground” Senior Youth Ministry
Age 13 – 18
First Friday 7:00 p.m., Multipurpose room, October – June. (The season can end in May, depending on summer activities.)
The Senior Youth Ministry dedicates time, love and energy to foster the personal spiritual growth of the teens at ASBC. Our main mission is to lead the youth to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, empower and equip them to be Christian examples and leaders everywhere they go, and to build fruitful relationships as their mentors.
Jacqueline Henry-Green Orchestra
Jacqueline Henry-Green Orchestra age group is 10 and up.
Rehearsals are held on the second, third, and fourth Saturday, 11:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
The orchestra and guitar classes provide both an opportunity to praise the Lord and spread the good news of Jesus Christ through music and service while simultaneously developing the student’s musical ability and maturity. “Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord.” Psalm. 150:6 (NLT)
Members must have completed at least one year of school band or orchestra or one year with a private tutor, and must have basic music reading skills. Any student younger than 10 who has had private lessons may be considered based on skill level as determined by Min. Perkins. Guitar class is open to beginners and novices on acoustic, electric, or bass guitar ages 10 and up. Participants must either rent or own their instrument unless they are percussionist or keyboardist.
Junior Gospel Inspirers
Junior Gospel Inspirers choir members must be between the ages of 9-12.
Thursday, 6:15 – 7:30 p.m; and other days as announced.
Junior Gospel Inspirers provide strong spiritual opportunities for youth ages 9 -12 through sacred music and to promote positive development of self-esteem and serious study of religious music.
Junior Youth Ministry (JYM)
The Junior Youth Ministry age group is ages 8-12.
Second Friday, at 7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. for dinner); Multipurpose Room.
The purpose of the Junior Youth Ministry is to provide an age – appropriate spiritual and recreational program that meets the needs of children ages 8 – 12. This ministry actively encourages youth to know and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. JYM offers discipleship training and promotes spiritual and personal growth. It offers children in upper elementary and early middle school age groups, the opportunity to fellowship and build Christian character. Our theme is “We are building FAITH in Christ through FUN while enjoying FELLOWSHIP with one another.”
Junior Usher Board
ASBC Junior Usher Board is for children ages 7 – 13.
Bimonthly rehearsals, Friday, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
We serve during Children’s Church, which convenes every first, third, and fourth Sunday, 11:00 a.m. worship time. If there is a fifth Sunday in the month, the Jr. Ushers serve with the Women and Men Ushers in the main Sanctuary.
The Junior Usher Board allows those children who want to be of service to God and their fellow parishioners an opportunity to serve during Children’s Church. Members of the Junior Usher Ministry serve as doorkeepers, maintain decency and order throughout each service, and enhance the worship experience by providing direction and assistance to worshippers and visitors. The ministry operates through well- trained ushers who serve by creating an inviting and Christ-centered atmosphere for those who enter the House of the Lord. The Jr. Ushers learn skills that will allow them to transition to either the Men’s or Women’s Usher Board in the future.
Kindermusik classes are for children ages newborn to 5 years old and their parents.
Class session dates vary throughout the year. Classes are on Saturday mornings.
The Kindermusik Ministry seeks to provide children and parents of Alfred Street Baptist Church with a fun and enriching music and movement class experience. Class activities will support young children’s brain development, language acquisition, pre-literacy skills, gross / fine motor ability and musical awareness. Classes will also strengthen family bonds through in-class parent-child activities and the use of home learning materials.
King’s Kids Choir
King’s Kids Choir is for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade..
Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Room 311/312 (September – June)
Sing for Children’s Church worship service, fourth every Sunday, at 11:00 a.m. (September – June)
The mission of the King’s Kids is to create an atmosphere where children learn to worship the Lord through music; to promote spiritual growth; to give its members the opportunity to experience the joys and discipline of singing with a choir; to foster poise and confidence in each singer; and to contribute spiritually to the worship services of Alfred Street Baptist Church.
Liturgical Youth Dance
The Liturgical Youth Dance Ministry is for children, grades 1-6 and teens, grades 7-12.
Children & Teens – Saturday, 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
Dance is a powerful and expressive tool to exemplify worship, praise, warfare, and celebration. We use dance to minister all that God is to His people and to develop a spiritual path to His righteousness through interpretive movement. To enhance the dance worship experience, we sometimes use flags, banners, and streamers. We always seek the Holy Spirit to guide this ministry and to fulfill our mission of drawing people closer to Jesus Christ.
The Tutorial Ministry serves students in grades 2–12.
Monday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (a light meal is served at 6:30 p.m.)
The purpose of the Tutorial Ministry is to assist youth of the Alfred Street Baptist Church and surrounding communities in enhancing self-esteem, motivation, study habits, and to encourage students to take responsibility for “learning” which is commensurate with their ability to perform in academic settings. We incorporate the motto of Pray, Prepare and Perform through weekly student-led devotionals. Participants must attend every Monday in accordance with the Alexandria School calendar for the entire academic calendar year October–June.
Vacation Bible School
Monday– Friday, one week in June every year
Vacation Bible School (VBS) provides a unique approach to learning the Bible and retaining an understanding of Godly principles presented in the Word of God. The programs of VBS increase excitement and participation in the church, evidenced by the consistent growth in attendance and resources used since 1999. VBS allows an environment for early spiritual growth, produces a great opportunity for outreach, and gives members of the Alfred Street Baptist Church a greater opportunity for fellowship.