Your kids are important to us! It is our desire to come alongside parents in order to supplement their God-given task of raising their children to personally know and love Christ, and then help them live a God-centered life.

This is accomplished through our our Children’s programs (click for more info): 

(pre-K through 5th grade)
Good News Club
 TARA SWIST, CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR 
 

My name is Tara Swist and it is a privilege to serve as the Children’s Ministry Director at Raymond Baptist Church. Having a heart for children and a love for sharing the Good News of Christ, I serve alongside my husband Ken, of 20 years, on the worship team, directing Vacation Bible School and serving in various ministries throughout the church.

Raised in a Christian home, I accepted Christ’s gift of salvation at a Billy Graham Crusade in Boston my junior year of high school.  Upon graduating high school, I enrolled at Gordon College, in Wenham, MA, earning my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

This led to a 15-year teaching career in both private and public schools, and 7 summer’s directing summer camps. After adopting our 5 children, I have had the privilege of being a stay at home mom, as well as, homeschooling them.

As the Children’s Ministry Director, my desire is to Reach, Teach, and Serve families in equipping them to grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, walking alongside them and their children as they “grow in wisdom, in stature and in favor with God and Man,” as proclaimed in Luke 2:52.

Mission Statement

To supplement parents in their attempt to lay down a spiritual foundation that, in God’s timing, will lead a child to becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ.

Values

Child Targeted: We will plan activities that are age-appropriate and engaging to children. The décor of the classrooms will communicate that children are valued here. First-time guests will “light up” with excitement when they enter the children’s area.

Have Fun: Children are wired for fun!! Having fun allows us an avenue to nurture and teach spiritual values to kids.

Relevant to Kids: Every lesson, activity, or example must be relevant to kids in their lives TODAY. This value will let kids know that God’s Word is for them and can be applied to their very lives.

Intentional Shepherding: Kids don’t care what you know until they know that you care. We will share the Gospel with kids through actions and behaviors as well as words. Our leaders will be shepherds to these sheep as we look to care for, encourage, guide, and genuinely believe in them.

Safe: We will offer an environment that is safe physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Physical safety means that we will hold to the very highest standards in selecting volunteers to work with children. Emotional safety means having leaders who are positive, welcoming, and sincere. Kids are accepted and affirmed for who they are and nurtured through kind words and actions. Spiritual safety understands that all kids will be at different places spiritually. Newer kids will not be put on the spot to know Biblical concepts. The environment will allow children to ask hard faith questions. We will never coerce children into making spiritual decisions.

Teach the Bible Creatively: You can only be considered a teacher if someone learns; otherwise, you are a talking head. We will use various forms of learning styles to communicate to children. Our children will become so fascinated with the Bible lessons that they will desire more. Drama, videos, puppets, music, and games will all be incorporated to relay God’s Word in a powerful and engaging way.

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Sandy Courtemanche

Sandy Courtemanche

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Norma Boynton