Our Future. Our Responsibility. Our Opportunity.

First Baptist Estero places high priority on our kids by providing them age appropriate bible teaching in a safe environment.


You are never too young to learn about Jesus.

Our mission to change lives through strong and rooted families starts with our youngest members. On a weekly basis we offer ministry in age-appropriate classrooms that feature programs that are designed to teach biblical principles on a level they understand.  

Carissa Yarnell

Carissa Yarnell

Children's Minister

My name is Carissa Yarnell. My husband, Greg, and I have 5 kids. We have lived in Fort Myers for 14 years. We have been fortunate to be part of the First Estero family for 5 years. I love kids and love teaching them about Jesus and His love for them.

“Our Children’s Ministry isn’t just babysitting. Our team teaches our youngest members about the importance of living a life for Jesus”

– Pastor Frank Brand

Weekly Events

Truth Seekers is our Wednesday night program for kids in grade school. Each Wednesday we meet from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. During this time we will play games and have fun, but most importantly we will have a lesson where we seek to learn the truths of the Bible and how to apply them to everyday life. We believe this time will help build a foundation of faith that they can build on their whole life.

Kids Worship is presented on Sunday morning. The children will have a time of praise and worship and then we will learn a lesson from the Bible. The lessons are from the Old Testament and New Testament, but ultimately they are all pointing towards a personal relationship with Jesus. Walking daily with Jesus changes lives. We want to help the children establish roots in Christ Jesus. “Keep your roots deep in him and have your lives built on him. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught. And always be thankful.” Colossians 2:7


Frequently Asked Questions

Are there multiple classrooms?

We currently offer two options for children.  Our early childhood room is for birth through 4 years old.  We have a team of people who love children and love the Lord ready to serve you. The children will have the opportunity to play, sing and learn through hands-on activities. We believe that children of all ages can learn that God loves them and has a special plan for their lives.

Our elementary room is designed for Kindergarten through 5th grade. These children get the chance to dive into God’s word and learn in a fun and exciting environment. We believe that children remember what they are taught when they sing, play active games and do hands-on activities related to the lessons. We want the children to develop strong roots in Jesus and the Word of God.

Is my child safe?

At First Baptist Estero, your child’s safety is a top priority. All of our leaders and volunteers are screened and background checked. We also use a computer check-in system that prints a label for each child as well as a corresponding label for the parent or guardian. This label must be given to the leader when the child is picked up.

What will my child learn?

First Estero Kids is focused on teaching children about Jesus Christ through the study of the Bible. We are using the FaithWeaver program which teaches kids to weave their faith into their everyday lives.

My child has an allergy. What do I do?

When you arrive at FBCE, the check-in team will assist you. They will get information about your child including allergies or physical limitations. This information gets entered into the computer system and when an allergy is present the label will be colored different to make sure that the leader is aware of the condition.

What if my child needs me during service?

If a situation arises where a parent needs to be contacted, we will send a text message to the phone number which was provided. If the parent doesn’t respond, a helper will be sent into the service to discreetly notify the parent that they are needed.