Virtually every adult in the church knows the name of every child.
Babies get passed around from the youngest child old enough to hold a baby up through the teens to the grandmothers and grandfathers.
We all affirm and discipline all the children in Christian love.
We all pray for them and have hopes and dreams
for their lives as followers of Jesus.
At a dedication service for each child born into the church, the whole congregation promises to rear the child in the Christian faith,
in hope that the child will become a baptized disciple of Jesus
and a part of this body of believers.
Children begin serving as worship leaders, both as liturgist and ushers,
as early as second grade.
Worship at AHBC includes a children's story time with the minister at the front of the sanctuary. Children 3-6 then go to Children's Church, a time of learning about and practicing the elements of worship. Children's worship bulletins are provided each week to help kids to participate and remain engaged in worship.
Each year children 3-6th grade go to Children's Camp with other like-minded churches in the Southwest Baptist Camping Association.
We celebrate our children each year in an annual Children's Sabbath service when children and youth lead in every aspect of the worship service, including preaching.
Children play an important role in intergenerational activities such as Hanging of the Greens, Christmas Caroling, the Christmas Cookie Party and Bonfire, Christmas Eve Service, Easter Sunrise Service, Easter Egg Hunt, and more.
Many children in the church feel the holidays would not be complete without these events.