Children's Ministry

4 yrs - 5th grade

At the heart of children's ministry, we want to teach kids about who God is and how His Word applies to their lives. Through engaging teaching, memorable activities, creative crafts, and supportive environments we guide kids towards a better understanding of what it means to have a true relationship with God. 

The goal of our Children's Ministry is to provide a safe, exciting environment for kids to learn about God (and themselves!), grow in loving Him, and grow in loving others both in our backyard and to the ends of the earth. 

We accomplish this through a great curriculum, terrific volunteers involved with the kids, and through interactive projects. Children can connect and build a community throughout the entire year. 

If you would like more information on any of our Children's Ministry classes, programs, or events, please email our Children's Ministry Director, Kristen Ruopsa, at

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Sunday Morning

Kid Zone

9:30 AM, Service hour

Our children begin in the sanctuary with their families. We feel it is important they have an opportunity to worship with the congregation through music, offerings, and communion.  We will then dismiss the kids to meet their teachers right outside the sanctuary doors and walk down to the classrooms together. Our kids will be split into two classes where they spend half the time in bible story watching videos, doing an experiment or game, and discussing how it applies to their lives. The other half of the time is spent in activity where they either do a craft or strategic games that wrap in to the lesson and then work through our memory verse of the week.

For curriculum, we are currently using *brite.  You can learn more about the curriculums below.

Sunday School

11 AM - 12 PM

At 11 AM, there is Sunday school available for ALL ages.

We have classrooms for PreK - Kindergarten, 1-2nd grade, and 3-5th grade.

You can learn about the curriculum below.


Nursery care is available for children ages 0-3 years throughout the morning. Take time to worship without distraction and attend a Sunday school class if you'd like! We have lots of trained volunteers ready to care for your small children.

Follow the signs down the hallway and check-in at the desk located between the nursery room and the parent child worship room.

We would love to have you come check us out and talk with Kristin Ross, our Nursery Director.

Wednesday Evening


From September - May our children meet for Awana from 6:30 - 8:00 P.M. Please follow the link for more information on how to join us and theme nights!

  • Kid Zone (Service hour)

    *brite powered by Awana

    Scope & Sequence

    Brite is a digital weekend curriculum designed to help kids navigate a changing culture, experience God’s presence, and walk in the ways of Jesus. Brite is centered on the Gospel and engaging for our kids.

    Sunday School

    1st grade - 5th grade

    Rotating Topics

    From September through December we will cover 4 different series. All different  but all equally important in understanding why to follow Jesus and how to be more like him.  1. Lord's prayer  2. Treasured! (Wisdom)  3. Thank-FULL (Thankfulness)  4. Humble Beginnings (Humility)

    PreK - Kindergarten

    Bible Adventure

    During early childhood, kids really can learn relevant Bible truths. Each of the monthly units teaches engaging Bible stories that transfer to everyday application. This curriculum is fully integrated with YouVersion's Bible App for Kids, so your little ones can fall in love with Jesus in church and at home. Within this curriculum, we are using the Bible Adventure 52-week program for churches.


    Truths for Toddlers by Answers in Genesis

    With Truths for Toddlers, children will graduate with five big Bible truths firmly in place:

    • God is good.
    • God is in charge of everything.
    • God made everything.
    • God wants us to pray.
    • Jesus came to save sinners.
  • Kid Zone (Service Hour)

    • 8/6  Creation
    • 8/13  Made in God's Image (Genesis 2)
    • 8/20  The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11)
    • 8/27  Abram and Lot (Genesis 13 - 14)
    • 9/3  Joseph (Genesis 37)
    • 9/10  The Burning Bush (Exodus 3)
    • 9/17  The Wilderness (Exodus 16 - 17:7)
    • 9/24  The Tabernacle (Exodus 25-27; 40)
    • 10/1  The Sun Stood Still (Joshua 10)
    • 10/8  Deborah (Judges 4)
    • 10/15  Eli, Hanna, and Samuel (1 Samuel 1-3)
    • 10/22  David and Johnathan (1 Samuel 20)
    • 10/29  5th Sunday Family Worship, No Kid Zone. Nursery is open.
    Sunday School - 1st through 5th grade
    • 9/10  Lord's Prayer - God's Identity and Character "Our Father... Hallowed be thy Name"
    • 9/17  Lord's Prayer - God's Kingdom and Will "Thy Kingdom Come... On Earth as it is in Heaven"
    • 9/24  Lord's Prayer, God's Provision and Forgiveness - "Give us and Forgive Us"
    • 10/1  Lord's Prayer - God's Guidance and Deliverance - "Lead us Not... but Deliver Us"
    • 10/8  Lord's Prayer - Conclusion - "Yours... Forever, Amen."
    • 10/15  Treasure! - Wisdom! "Worth more than Gold" (Proverbs 3:13-15)
    • 10/22  Treasure! - Jesus! "God's Wise Plan" (Matthew 13:45-46)
    • 10/29  Treasure! - Obedience! "Be a Wise Builder" (Matthew 7:24-27)
    • 11/5  Thank-FULL - F is for Faith "Bread and Drinks" (Matthew 26:26-29)
    • 11/12  Thank-FULL - U is for Understanding "The Turkey" (Acts 8:26-40)
    • 11/19  Thank-FULL - L is for Love "Side Dishes" (1 Corinthians 12:14-20)
    • 11/26  No Sunday School - Happy Thanksgiving
    • 12/3  Humble Beginnings - The Humility of Mary (Luke 1:26-38)
    • 12/10  Humble Beginnings - The Humility of the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20)
    • 12/17  Humble Beginnings - The Humility of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-2, 9b-11)
    • "The Humility of Jesus" (Luke 2:1-7) Lesson handed to families who want to finish at home.
    • 12/24  No Sunday School - Merry Christmas
    • 12/31  No Sunday School - Happy New Year
  • 9:15 - 9:30  Check-in in the commons

    9:30 - ~10:05  Worship in the sanctuary

    Dismissal to Kid Zone

    10:05 - 10:25 Class #1 - Kids are split into two groups and either go to Bible Story or to Activity

    10:25 - 10:45  Class #2 - The two groups switch to attend the other class

    10:45 - 11:00  Free Play and Check-out time Those who are not staying for Sunday School are picked up by their parents at this time. Anyone who isn't going home has time to play with their friends.

    At 11 AM the PreK & Kindergarteners go to their classroom. All other children begin in the bible story room.

    11:00 - 11:20  Large Group time & Snack

    11:20 - 11:40  Class #1 Kids are split into two groups and either go to Bible Story or to Activity

    11:40 - 12:00  Class #2 The two groups switch to attend the other class

    12:00  Everyone is picked-up

    Note: PreK & Kindergarteners do not follow a concrete schedule during either class. They start with prayer [and snack during SS] but will move between the bible story, activity, and free play depending on the number of kids and their needs that morning.

  • September
    • 9/10  Kick off Sunday: First day of Sunday School for the fall!
    • 9/13  AWANA begins: The first night is a family night
    • 9/29  Respite Event: 5:30 - 8:30p at the church.  $5/kid or $15 family max
    • 10/18  No AWANA: Fall break
    • 10/29  Family Worship Sunday & Kid's Serve Sunday.


    • 11/10  Operation Christmas Child Pack and Snack: 6:30 - 8:30p at the church.
    • 11/19 Friendsgiving potluck and social, at the church.
    • 11/22  No AWANA: Thanksgiving break
    • 11/26  No Sunday School: Happy Thanksgiving


    • 12/2  Respite Event: 12:30 - 3:30p at the church.  $5/kid or $15 family max
    • 12/3  Christmas cookies and carols: 6p at the church. Live Children's Nativity.
    • 12/24  Morning service with candle lighting. No Kid Zone or Sunday School
    • 12/27  No AWANA: Christmas Break
    • 12/31  Family Worship Sunday & Kid's Serve Sunday. No Sunday School.
  • FIRST STEPS is a course in the Spiritual Basics Series for the Children's Ministry of Buffalo Evangelical Free Church.

    It is designed to aid you (your child) in making a true commitment to following Jesus by going deeper and explaining what the Bible says.

    Who should ______? (believe in Christ, be baptized, take communion)

    What is _______? (salvation, baptism, communion)

    Where can you _______? (accept Christ, be baptized, take communion)
    When do you _______? (ask Christ into your heart, get baptized, take communion)
    Why should you _______? (be saved, be baptized, take communion)

    (And many more!)


    • How can you know if you are going to Heaven?
    • What is SIN?
    • Who sins and what happens to a person who sins?
    • Is there anyone who can take our sin away?
    • What do I have to do to get to Heaven?
    • Can anyone take me away from God?
    • Baptism cannot get you to heaven
    • Act of obedience
    • Picture of Chris's death, burial and resurrection
    • Those who believe in Christ should be baptized
    • Identifies you with Christ
    • Symbol of your belief
    • Must be under water
    • Christ's last supper
    • Observes Christ's death
    • Memory of Christ' broken body
    • Memory of Christ's blood
    • Understanding the symbols
    • Needs to be done in deep respect
    • Important to remember what Jesus did for us
    • Opportunity to thank Jesus for His willingness to suffer for us
    • Never forget what Jesus did
    If you'd like more information or would like to complete this course, please contact Kristen Ruopsa.  763-682-6846 or

children's ministry TEAM

We are blessed by each one of our volunteers in our Children's Ministry.

They selflessly give their time to teach our children about Jesus.

We are seeking 7 more people to join our team. 

Most of our volunteers are there for one hour per month. That's a total of only 12 hours over the year!

  • Bible Story Teacher                  
  • PreK Teacher
  • Craft Teacher
  • Activity Teacher
  • Check-in & Check-out
  • Subs for all areas

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  • Kristen

    Children's Ministry Director

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  • Steph

    Preschool & Kindergarten Ministry Director

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  • Anna

    Craft & Activity Helper

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  • Brianna

    Bible Story & Craft Teacher

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  • Chris

    Bible Story Teacher

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  • Clara Leigh

    Preschool Helper - Youth in Training

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  • Danyelle

    Bible Story Teacher

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  • Dave

    Bible Story & Activity Teacher

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  • Elliott

    Bible Story Helper - Youth in Training

    & Wednesday Afternoon Office Intern

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  • Hailey

    Children's Ministry Lead

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  • Harry

    1st-2nd Grade Helper

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  • Isaac

    Craft/Activity Helper

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  • Isabelle

    Check-in, Activity Teacher, & Craft Teacher

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  • Jen

    Craft Teacher

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  • Kelly

    Bible Story Teacher

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  • Laura

    Preschool & Elementary Bible Story Teacher

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  • Lena

    Craft & Activity Helper

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  • Levi

    Activity Helper & Children's Buddy

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  • Mindy

    Children's Ministry Lead

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  • Stella

    Bible Story & Activity Helper

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  • Sophia

    Bible Story Teacher

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