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What is D-NOW?

D-NOW, or Disciple Now Weekend (kids edition), is made for kids to grow closer to God. It consists of small groups, worship, games, food, music... and lots of fun!

When is it?

Check-in is on Friday,  August 5 from 5-5:30pm in the FLC. Pick-up is on Saturday, August 6 from 7:30-7:45pm.

Who can sign up?

Any child that JUST COMPLETED 1st - 6th grade can come!

What do I need to bring?

Please bring extra clothes, a Bible, personal hygiene products, a towel and washrag, a sleeping bag and pillow, and most importantly: DEODORANT.  Also, hippopotamuses are not allowed. Please leave them at home.

*Any medication must be turned into an adult leader upon arrival; please leave instructions.

Please label everything!

How much does it cost?

This event is FREE of charge, however, donations are always accepted!

More Info:

Trustworthy hosts have offered to open their homes for the night. Kids will be separated by age and gender. If you have any reservations about the overnight stay, please contact us to make other arrangements. All d-now adult volunteers have had background checks.



Mission Trip to Panama

Come to Panama and work alongside local believers to share the love and truth of Jesus Christ through prayer walking, gospel distribution and working in local school ministries that support the outreach ministries of a local Baptist church. During the week there will also be an opportunity to minister in an orphanage and participate in community events with opportunities to share the gospel. Our goal is to connect and equip national and US church partners with opportunities in Central America and the Caribbean to share the Gospel, make disciples, meet human needs and plant and empower healthy churches to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
April 2-9, 2022
Cost:  $925 + airfare, insurance, and visa costs
The Missions Committee will help you with the airfare, and will have a fundraiser if needed.  If you are interested, apply for your passport today.  Contact Ruth Cardoza, Tresa Timpa, or Bill Armstrong for more information.



Diane Edwards – Teacher

Diane is married to Ricky and they have 10 children and 16 grandchildren. She graduated from NSU with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Diane started her teaching at Central School in Jennings. After having her first child, she decided to stay home to raise her family. She has taught at FBC School for 16 years! She is a member at OLHC and has taught CCD for 39 years. Diane’s favorite thing about teaching is to get to know each child and helping them learn and grow to the best of their ability. She loves learning and growing with them! One of her favorite verses is: “love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:8





Debi Fontenot –  Aide

Debi is married to Josh and they have 3 sons. She has been an aide for 6 years and has prior teaching experience at St. John’s and Bethel. She is a member at FBCJ. Debi is a JHS graduate and attended McNeese and Sowella where she received her CNA/LPN. She likes to fish, craft, photograph, learn new trades and spend time with her family. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching the excitement on the kids’ faces when something “clicks”! She enjoys listening to them read after they realize that they actually read. Her favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.”





PreK 4

Sonja Owers – Teacher

Sonja has been a teacher at FBCJ for 21 years! She loves to read, travel and shop. She loves traveling to Disney World and enjoys the smell of candles in her home. Sonja is also a member at FBCJ. She was married to her late husband, Lane, for 20 years. She has 2 adult children, Christian and Brianna. Her favorite scripture is, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33







Jolaine McCluer – Teacher

Jolaine and her husband, Robert, have been married for 28 years. They have 3 children: Jacob, Ali and Mia. This is Jolaine’s 5th year teaching PreK 4, but has been an aide since 2007. She enjoys spending time with her family and running. She runs various races and distances each year. She attends Our Savior’s Church. Jolaine’s favorite thing about teaching is seeing the excitement  in a child when they learn something new. Her favorite scripture is: “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭




Pat Clifford – Aide

Pat is married to Jake and has 3 children and 11 grandchildren. She has been an aide since 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Louisiana College. She retired after working for 33 years for the State of Louisiana. Pat enjoys doing puzzles, cross-stitching, crafting, and playing board games with her grandkids. She was born and raised in Jennings and her parents attended and served at FBCJ. She has also been a member, since the age of 7, after accepting Jesus and being baptized. Pat attended the very first Kindergarten at FBCJ. Pat loves craft-time in the classroom and her favorite scripture is: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In All your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6





PreK 3

Kendra Laidlaw – Teacher

Kendra is married to Max and they have 2 sons (Christopher and Devin) and 1 daughter (Alexandria). She has 1 granddaughter. She is an active member of FBCJ. Kendra attended La. Tech and Jeff. Davis Vo-Tech and has a secretarial degree. Her hobbies are: traveling, hiking, going to estate and garage sales, collecting antiques, oil painting, knitting, crocheting and flower gardening. Kendra has been teaching for 30 years! She loves watching the kids learn and grow throughout the year. Her favorite verse is: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5






Ann Robison – Aide

Ann is a lifelong resident of Jennings and a graduate of Jennings High School.  Ann has been married to Roy Robison for 45 years and together they have 2 adult children (Cason and Ashley) and 4 grandchildren.  Ann has been a member of First Baptist Church of Jennings for 32 years.  Ann has been a pre-k teacher’s aide for 12 years.  Prior to that, she was the church secretary for First Baptist for 14 years.

A favorite verse is Ephesians 1:13:  And in Him having heard and believed the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.





Photography by Aimee Benoit

Wednesday Groups

On Wednesday Evenings, during the school year, there are small groups for all kids! They meet from 6-7 pm.

Mission Friends is for girls and boys in PreK 4 and Kindergarten. They meet in the Education Building. In Mission Friends, preschoolers develop a missions heart as they move from a focus on themselves to a focus on others. Preschoolers grow toward God as they become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love.

Children In Action is for girls and boys in 1st – 3rd grade. They meet in the Education Building. Children in Action (CA) is a coed group designed for boys and girls to come to faith in Christ as Savior while making missions an important part of their daily lives. They learn what it means to live a missional lifestyle while they participate in Bible studies, missions projects and engaging activities. They also have a lot of fun as they “travel” to various places around the world when they learn about and pray for the work of missionaries.

Girls In Action is a missions discipleship group for girls in grades 3–6. They meet in the Eduction Building. The GA Motto is “Go Forward!” and Girls in Action do just that—they grow closer to God as they discover their part in His plan and practice what they learn through hands-on missions opportunities. GA leads girls to a lifelong commitment to Christ, His mission, and His church.

Royal Ambassadors is a missions discipleship group for boys in grades 3–6. They meet in the RA room next to The Refuge. RA provides an opportunity for boys to grow spiritually, physically, mentally, and relationally with others through missions involvement and character development.

Connect Groups


Connect Groups meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00. With the exception of 2 and 3 year olds, whom meet in the nursery area, all kids meet in the Education Building. Small groups vary by age and gender. Someone will be there to welcome you and lead the kids into the correct room.

The current curriculum is The Gospel Project. The Gospel Project is all about the gospel because the gospel is all about Jesus.

It’s more than a story—it’s good news!

The Gospel Project is a weekly Bible study that helps kids dive deep into the big story of the Bible—God’s plan to rescue His people through His Son, Jesus Christ

But he said to them, ‘It is necessary for me to proclaim the good news about the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because I was sent for this purpose. Luke 4:43

Children’s Church

Children’s Church is for all kids in grades PreK 4 – 4th Grade. They start off in “big church” on Sunday Mornings. The kids are dismissed at the beginning of the service and they will head to The Refuge (youth room).

They will learn biblical truths and real life lessons that they can apply to their lives. Our FBC kids Leadership Team use scripture, short videos, worship music and other fun activities to engage with them and teach them about Jesus.

They can be picked up in The Refuge after the Worship Service is over.

Kidz Konnection

Kidz Konnection, also referred to as KK, meets on Sunday evenings from 5 – 6:30 in the Education Building. Kids are separated into two classes by grade, PreK 4 – Kindergarten are in one group and 1st – 6th Graders are in another. They eat a light supper at the end of class.

Our aim in KK is to teach kids how to connect to God through personal worship. To learn how God has created them individually and provided everything they need for life in His Holy Word encourages them to know God and trust Him. We have a variety of teaching methods – music, drama, Bible stories, special activities, fellowship. All things point to God’s love for us!


Our nursery can be found on the south side of the campus. It is open during our morning and evening worship services and on Wednesday evenings. Children, from birth – age 3 are welcome to attend. Someone will greet you as you walk in and guide you to sign in your child. Please inform them of any allergies or feeding times for your baby.