KidStrong is the new and improved children's ministry department here at the church! Led and organized by Noelle Barefoot and Michelle Gibbs as department heads, KidStrong aims to provide children ages 6 months to 12 years with a biblical foundation that parents trust and kids can enjoy!
Our three main goals through KidStrong is to:
Firstly, Teach your children the Word of God through engaging and fun age-appropriate lessons.
Secondly, encourage spiritual growth. We teach all about prayer, worship, intimacy with Jesus, being molded into His image, and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
And lastly, base everything we do on loving God and loving each other. We build relationships with the kids so they can build a relationship with God
Sunday Morning - Nursery Open's at
Praise and worship in the sanctuary
Jesus League kids are dismissed and are escorted out of the sanctuary.
KidStrong worship, prayer requests and praise reports
Armor of God
Discussion / Activity / Game / Video / Snack
Parent / Guardian check out and pick up
Check in @7pm
Prayer requests and praise reports
Break into age groups for the lesson (Video, Discussion, Activity)
Parent / Guardian check out @8pm
Noelle Barefoot - Director
Noelle Barefoot grew up in Hampton, Virginia. She moved to Smithfield after the birth of her second child. She is married to her husband: James and together they have three children. She has been a Hampton City School elementary teacher for many years and has been a Math Interventionist at Bryan Elementary for the last ten years. Noelle has worked with children in ministry for over 25 years. She is a graduate of Christopher Newport University. She continued her education and graduated from Life Christian University in 2020, with a degree in Theology.
Noelle believes that building relationships, building a strong biblical foundation, and having fun in Kids Ministry are key to helping kids learn to love Christ. If you can’t find Noelle at church or school, look for her at the beach reading a good book, walking a trail with her family, or visiting her oldest daughter and son-in-law in Goochland, Va. She has been known to keep a filled coffee mug handy and carry goodies in her tote bag. Ask nicely and she is always willing to share!
Michelle Gibbs - Nursery
Michelle Gibbs has been a part of our church for almost 10 years and has been working with nursery age children for over 20. She is a wife to her husband of 30 years, Mike and a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 8. She is passionate about her work that she does in children's ministry. She is famous here for being the most loving and kind hearted spirit around. She loves everyone as her own family and every child as her own child.
Michelle is a graduate of Life Christian University with a bachelors degree in theology. She also makes sure our church is spic and span every week from top to bottom.
Michelle is a passionate worshiper. She loves her special time in the presence of God. If she's not around the church cleaning, preparing for class or "foofooing" up the place, you an probably find her at home enjoying her quiet time, or under a tree on a warm sunny day with a Dr. Pepper.