Grand Rapids First wants to be a part of teaching your children to love God with all of their heart.

The high-energy Kids’ Ministry is led by a remarkably creative staff that provides an environment that your children will love. They’ll have so much fun that they won’t want to miss a single Sunday! Kids get to hang out with children their own age, learning and growing, all while having a fun time in a secure environment. Whether they’re having a blast on Moose Mountain in our Kids First Nursery area or enjoying the multi-media environment with friends in the Kids First Auditorium, our purpose is to creatively ignite their imagination to the truth of who God is and teach them to live out that truth in their lives.

Sunday Morning

Kids First Nursery  |  Newborn – Kindergarten

Every week, our Kids First Nursery team of trusted, joy-filled, loving parents and volunteers teach our newborn through kindergarten-aged children the fun and simple message of Jesus in a safe, kid-friendly and educational environment.

Kids First  |  Grades 1-6

Kids First is our high-energy kids’ ministry for 1st through 6th graders. Each week, our team of enthusiastic and passionate leaders help teach our elementary kids through lively, engaging worship music, how to have fun learning about the Bible.

My wife, Josie, and I along with our two children are excited to be able to engage hundreds of kids each week, bringing the Bible to life through the creative use of set design, props, music, video, animations and storytelling.  We intentionally structure our weekly Sunday morning fun around a multi-media environment. Whether you like cool set designs, energetic music, funny stories and videos or just hanging with friends, Kids First is where you want to be every Sunday at 9 or 11.  Our dedicated team of volunteers and leaders is committed to showing you just how much God loves your kids and so do we.

– Pastor Troy Picou

Wednesday Nights


Kids First Nursery  |  Newborn – K
Kids First Nursery
Every week, our nursery team of trusted, joy-filled, loving parents and volunteers teach our newborn through kindergarten-aged children the fun and simple message of Jesus in a safe, kid-friendly and educational environment.

Mpact  |  Girls K – 5th Grade
Rooms 1-4, 16
For our elementary girls, we have our Daisies (K), Prims (1st and 2nd graders) and Stars (3rd, 4th & 5th graders). Through a variety of games, stories and fun activities, our goal is to build up and encourage these wonderful girls so they experience and recognize the love of Jesus in their lives.

Royal Rangers  |  Boys K – 12th Grade
Royal Rangers is our program for boys K-12 who love the outdoors and have an adventurous side and is designed to train them in what it looks like to be boys with a heart for God.

Kids Connections  |  Boys & Girls Grades 1 – 5
Kids First Auditorium
Wednesday nights for our 1st through 5th grade boys and girls are both exciting AND impacting! With kid-friendly worship music time as well as age-specific small groups, we teach them how to apply Christian principles at both home and in school.

If you have a child between kindergarten and fifth grade, we would love to have him/her experience our Kids First Wednesday night ministries.  During each Wednesday service we can get into the heart of the Bible; teaching children about baptism, communion, being a servant of Christ and many other wonderful topics. Our goal is to find a good fit for each child so they can experience Jesus in a deeper more intimate way.  Our volunteer staff and I look forward to meeting you and helping your children get connected.

– Pastor Sharon Barnsdale

Children with Special Needs

The Friendship class is offered each Sunday at the 11 am service in Room 157. This class is specifically for children and young adults with special needs. The Friendship class nurtures relationship with Jesus as well as with one another. Please contact the church office at 616-531-2100 for an application.

March 21

Mommy and Me Time

March 21 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2027

Are you a mom with young kids? Join us for Mommy and Me Time every...

March 25

Pinewood Derby

March 25 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Pinewood Derby is open to boys and girls grades K-12, as well as siblings,...

May 14

Mother’s Day Child Dedication

May 14

This special Mother's Day dedication will be in the Worship Center at the 11:00 am...