our kids ministry

Our kids ministry is for infants - 6th grade. We provide an environment for your child with volunteers who are passionate about what they do and trained to care for your kids as they teach about the love of Christ. We have Connection Groups for all ages on Sunday mornings at 10:45 AM and our AWANA program for kids age 3 thorugh 6th grade is on Sunday nights during the school year.

We believe kids of all ages must come to learn that Jesus Christ is the ROCK on which they can build their life. He is the ROCK that will guide their decisions. He is the ROCK that will impact every single relationship they will ever have. He is the ROCK of truth and should they determine in their ways to acknowledge His truth, He will direct their paths for a life time.


We want to create an atmosphere that attracts children and provides meaningful interactions with the Bible as they grow in their knowledge of who God is and who they can be in Christ.


Our mission is make disciples of children, leading them to faith in Christ, then teaching them to live lives of worship, live life in Christian community, and live life on mission.

Below are listed several special activities and/or programs associated with our KIDS ROCK ministry.

If you have any question, email our Children's Minister, Sara Keller by clicking HERE.

Kids Connection Groups

meet Sunday mornings at 9:30

Preschool Connection Groups - Infants, 1 Yrs. Old, 2’s & 3’s, Pre-K & K use “Hands On” Bible curriculum.

Grade School Connection Groups - 1st-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade use a Jesus centered, Gospel transforming, missions driven curriculum called the Gospel Project.


AWANA is a program for children from 3 years old to 6th grade that incorporates Bible teaching and Scripture memorization with tons of fun. The word "AWANA" is an acronym that stands for "Approved Workers Are Not Ashamed" taken from 2 Timothy 2:15

Our AWANA Clubs meet weekly from 5 to 6:30 PM on Sundays during the school year. Our breaks also coincide with the school calendar. Kids are divided into age groups: Cubbies (3 & 4 year olds); Sparks (K - 2nd Grade); and Truth & Training (T & T) (3rd - 6th Grade). Each night begins with an opening ceremony in our Fellowship Hall, then the kids are dismissed according to the club they are in.

During club time, kids go through a workbook that leads them to memorize Scripture at an age appropriate level. Each club also has a large group time where they are taught a Bible lesson and enjoy game time. The evening ends with each kid who has completed a level in their book being recognized and a concluding prayer.

Young Lives Ablaze

All of our 3rd - 6th graders are invited to join us each Spring for this special state-wide event. It involves an overnight stay in Albuquerque. We usually leave on Friday, do something fun in the city and then attend the conference with kids from all over the state of New Mexico, then head back to Portales that afternoon, arriving thome that evening. All accomodations and meals are provided. Families are only asked to pay the $30 conference fee.

mega sports camp

First Baptist Church partners with the Baptist Children's Home in Portales in leading a coalition of local churches in providing this unique experience for the kids of our community. They learn about a variety of sports, from baseball, to soccer, to football, to volleyball, to rodeo, to cheerleading, to basketball, and of course, they learn about Jesus and the difference He can make in one's life. Watch the video below about our 2019 camp to get a better idea.

Mission CAmp

Mission Camp is held at Inlow Baptist Encampment every July. The camp is for kids who have completed 2nd - 6th Grade. cost is $50 per child, but scholarships are available.

Safe Trick or treat

We partner with our community around Halloween each year to offer this safe event for families. We set up bounce houses and distribute candy in our church parking lot. In 2017, we had over 1300 people attend our Safe Trick or Treat event.

AWANA Christmas program

Our AWANA clubs like to celebrate the Christmas season by practicing and performing a Christmas musical for their families and our church family.