The children’s department of the church designed to cater for the needs of the children became operational in March, 2002 upon the founding of the New Bodija Baptist Church. The children of New Bodija House fellowship of Orita-Mefa Baptist church whose parents attend the church were the first members of the department. The children teachers were mainly some members of the New Bodija House fellowship of Orita-Mefa Baptist church and their names are Sis. Funmi Ajibade, Bro. Femi O. Akingbola Sis. Kemi Adesina, Sis. N.Helen Ajala, Sis. Yinka Akinpelu, Sis. Bola Oke, Sis. Oyelere (member of the Missions Committee of the mother church). Other members of the teachers’ team include Sis. Rachael Adebayo, Sis. Desola Ogunleye, Sis. Abiola Shodipo, Sis. Tomi Lamikanra and Sis. Towobola Dairo both of whom were medical students then.
Vision and mission of the department
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it; our children will be taught of the Lord and great shall be their peace this is our vision and mission for all the children in the department. This is strongly maintained by nurturing the children to accept and know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, to study the word of God in order to grow in spirit. Their salvation remains of paramount importance to all the teachers by and large. The department has increased tremendously since inception both by the number of the teachers and children Praise the Lord. The previous heads of department were Sis N. Helen Ajala, and Bro. ‘Femi Akingbola. The following joined the department when they became members of the Church in 2006 till date: Sis. Bolaji Adeniyi, Sis. Atandare, Sis. Nike Adelakun, Sis. Abimbola Oladejo, Sis. Onyewuotu(Late), Sis. Yemi Ande, Sis. Folake Tubi, Bro. Kunle, Adedoyin, Sis. Moji Kolade (Sunday School), Sis. Yemi Arinola, Sis. Teniola Oladosu, Sis. Jumoke Fasheun – Motesho, Sis. Lara Larinde, Sis. Sola Ejiade (Sunday School), Sis. Nike Olakunle, Bro. Tunji Onipede, Sis. Josephine Adekunle, Sis. Bola Oke (Sunday School) and Bro. Tunji Oladosu. There are at present twenty two children teachers 22 and 4 children Sunday school teachers. The average population of the children attendance at worship services is two hundred and thirty (230). The current officers serving in the Department are: HOD -Sis. E. Adenike Adelakun, Asst. HOD -Sis. Kemisola Adesina, Secretary/Programme Officer -Sis. Racheal Adebayo, Prayer Chairperson -Sis. Abimbola Oladejo, Treasurer -Sis. Omolara Larinde. The present officers assumed office in February 2011 after prayer of dedication to the Lord, they are to serve for four years. The following classes hold during each service:
Crèche I -Ages 3month 3yrs
Crèche II -3yr to 4yrs
Jnr Primary -5yrs to 6yrs
Snr Primary -7yrs to 10yrs
Jnr Bible Class -11 to 14yrs
Snr Bible Class -15 to 17yrs
Yoruba Class -All ages
In June, 2009 there was the need to create the Yoruba class to cater for house maids and aged parents who prefer worship in Yoruba. This was inspired because they felt left out in the main worship service. Their number has increased significantly since inception and much has been gained by them spiritually, socially and intellectually.
Activities and meetings
Quarterly retreat is held to improve members service to the Lord. Yearly some children are promoted to the big church after completing their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE). Discipline is maintained wherever the children misbehave. The children participated in several events which included Sword drill, Bible quiz etc. in and outside the church. To the glory of God some of them made the church proud by winning awards and laurels notable among which are Tobi Kolade’s bronze medal in the Mathematics competition for Primary school pupils and Nike Babalola of the Bible class who came fifth in the National Essay Competition of the UBA one of the big banks in the country. The weekly preparatory meetings hold every Sunday after morning worship. Every second and last Wednesday of each month teachers gather for prayers and departmental meetings. A major activity of the department is the Holiday Bible School, a weeklong programme held third week in August from 3pm 6pm daily. This programme attracts children from the community. In 2011 it recorded two hundred and fifty participants excluding teachers and parents. Other activities of the department are Easter picnic, Children’s Day of Emphasis and Christmas celebration. Each year two or more teachers undergo the children Evangelism training for nine months sponsored by the church.