Inspire Kids

IGNITE KIDS (Wednesdays)

 WEDNESDAY PreK-1 group 

PreK, Kindergarten and 1st Grade kids gather together each Wednesday night for programming from 6:00-6:50 pm. Our kids' leaders will be guiding them through the GROW KIDS Curriculum where they will focus on these spiritual habits: spending time with others, using their gifts, spending time with God, and sharing their stories. The kids will be having fun with games, crafts, and engaging videos. The Bible lessons each week will help your child grow spiritually, by teaching and discussing Scripture in developmentally appropriate ways.

Sign up for Wednesday PreK-1 Here

WEDNESDAY 2nd-3rd Grade Group

2nd and 3rd Grade kids gather together each Wednesday night for programming from 6:00-6:50 pm. Our kids' leaders will be guiding them through the GROW KIDS Curriculum where they will focus on these spiritual habits: spending time with others, using their gifts, spending time with God, and sharing their stories. The kids will be having fun with games, crafts, and engaging videos. The Bible lessons each week will help your child grow spiritually, by teaching and discussing Scripture in developmentally appropriate ways.

Sign up for Wednesday 2-3 Here

WEDNESDAY PRE-TEEN | 4-5th grade

4th and 5th Grade kids gather together each Wednesday night for programming from 6:00-6:50 pm. Our kids leaders will be guiding them through the GROW KIDS Curriculum where they will focus on these spiritual habits: spending time with others, using their gifts, spending time with God and sharing their stories. The kids will be having fun with games, crafts, and engaging videos. The Bible lessons each week will help your child grow spiritually, by teaching and discussing Scripture in developmentally appropriate ways

Sign up for Wendnesday 4-5 here

INSPIRE CHILDREN'S CHURCH (Sundays)

Children in PreK through 5th grade can learn the same age-appropriate lessons the congregation is learning via preaching. The curriculum is custom created for Inspire Kids and is fun, relevant, and bible-centered. Kids are dismissed from worship right before the sermon and return at the end of the service.

Sunday Kids will be walking through stories of the Bible in an age-appropriate approach with engaging lessons that include: object lessons, fun crafts, energetic games, and videos. All of the activities will have the overall key scripture and story that the adults are hearing in the Pastor's sermon each week. By doing the same key scripture and stories we are bridging that gap and helping families win. Everyone in the family can visit in the car on the way home or at the lunch table that same day about what they heard - each taking away something different but yet all the same scripture. 

Meet Miss Kate

Director of Children and Youth

Hey everyone, my name is Kate Little! I just graduated this past May of 2021 from Minot State University with a degree in social work. I am currently working here at Inspire Family Fellowship full-time with all of you amazing people while studying to take my licensing exam for social work. I love playing yard games, board games, sports, etc. I will play pretty much any and every game put in front of me! I love hanging out with my friends, going exploring outside, and lake days where I enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing, surfing, and swimming. I also LOVE going to concerts. I have seen over 100 people in concert! Now that you know a little bit about me, I am excited to get to know you all more too in this coming year!

Contact Miss Kate at

701-220-8247

kate@inspirefamily.org

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Meet Miss Carole

Director of Curriculum and Team Buidling

Aloha everyone, my name is Carole Jacobsen! I have been the Kids and Youth Director at Inspire since we opened. I am originally from Williston, ND, and graduated from UND with a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I have been working with kids and teens for many years in a wide variety of experiences; such as preschools, clinic settings, elementary & high schools, and running a home daycare/preschool. I am a mother of two amazing and busy kids; Joycee and Jettler, and our dog Zuri, a half border collie/husky. I enjoy playing volleyball, reading, journaling, sunshine/heat, kayaking, listening to music and I’m always up for a good conference. I am looking forward to another fantastic year at Inspire with the kids - teens and all the parents!!! 

Contact Miss Carole at

701-214-0783

carole@inspirefamily.org

Nursery

Inspire's fully staffed nursery is available at all of our Sunday, Wednesday, and special services.  The Nursery is located in the first room of our Children's wing.  Kids are so important at Inspire, and we know they can get a little wiggly during sermons. 

 

Check out our large nursery with built-in bathrooms and LOTS of great toys.  This is a great place for those littles that are just not ready for children's church and are able to be away from mom or dad for a short time while they worship in the sanctuary.  Don't worry... if they miss you too much, we will just text you. 

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Meet Your Leaders

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Michelle Nyhus

Wednesday Preschool-1st Grade Leader

 

Hi everyone, my name is Michelle Nyhus! I am one of the preschool-1st grade leaders for Wednesday nights. I have been helping with Wednesday nights since Inspire opened! Outside of helping at Inspire, I work at Nyhus Tax Services. I am married to my husband Chris, and together we have three awesome kids. We have one kid in middle school and two in elementary school, and we also have a Golden Retriever named Penny. Some of my favorite things to do are watch my kids at their various sporting events, go camping with my family, running, and spending time outdoors whenever I can. I look forward to having another awesome year of Ignite, and I cannot wait to get to know you all!

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Amy Helgeson

Wednesday Preschool-1st Grade Leader

 

Hello everyone, my name is Amy Helgeson! I am one of the preschool-1st grade leaders for Wednesday nights. I am an Associate Professor at BSC, where I teach programming, web development, and intro to computer courses. I also teach at Verge Fitness. I have been married to my husband Sean for 25 years, and we have four children together. Jenna is 20 and a junior at the University of Mary, Nathan is 17 and a senior at Shiloh, Kaleb is 14 and a freshman at Shiloh, and Levi is 12 and a sixth grader at Shiloh. My hobbies consist of down time, Netflix, and camping in the summer. My journey with Jesus continues to grow thankfully, and I credit him 100% for my brother Doug surviving covid last fall. He was vented for 40 days, hospitalized for 83 days. On day 30, he should have passed away, but two angels visited him. The power of prayer is unbelievable! Our church, friends, and mother never gave up. I look forward to a great year of Ignite with you all!

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Tania Schroeder

Wednesday Preschool-1st Grade Leader

 

Hi! My name is Tania Schroeder! I graduated from the University of Mary with a Master’s Degree in Education. I have been a classroom teacher for 23 years! I just transitioned to a new school and am now teaching at Silver Ranch Elementary School. I am married to Tom, who is a deputy for the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department. Together we have two beautiful daughters - Aspen, who attends Legacy High School, and Autumn, who attends St. Mary’s Academy. I enjoy watching my girls play sports and being their #1 fan! As a family we enjoy summers at the lake and trips to our favorite place which is Arizona!

“Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times.”

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Anja Fritz

Wednesday Preschool-1st Grade Leader

 

Hey everyone, my name is Anja Fritz! I am one of the preschool-1st grade leaders on Wednesday nights this year. I am attending BSC for a major in education. I currently work at Century High School as an instructional aid. I live with my parents , two siblings, and two lovely cats named Holly and Margo. I love singing, playing guitar, art, reading, and playing various sports like golf, running, and basketball. I am excited to get to know you all this year and am looking forward to an amazing year of Ignites!

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Eli Fylling

Wednesday 2nd-3rd Grade Leader

 

Hi everyone, my name is Eli Fylling! I am one of the 2nd-3rd grade leaders for Wednesday nights. I work at Saulsbury when I’m not helping out at Inspire. I am married to my wife DeAnn, and we have three beautiful girls together. Their names are Olivia, Emily, and Eliza. I grew up on a farm, and enjoy spending time outdoors with my family whenever I can. In my free time, I enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, and playing sports. I look forward to getting to know you all this year!

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Sarah Johnson

Wednesday 2nd-3rd Grade Leader

 

Hello everyone, my name is Sarah Johnson! I am one of the 2nd-3rd grade leaders for Wednesday nights this year. I am a mom to three kids whose grades are 7th, 5th, and 2nd. We also have a huge dog, and five fish. My college major was Norwegian, and when I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut (too short)! In my spare time, I love to read, watch movies, play games with my family, and hang out with friends. Can’t wait for an awesome year of Ignite!

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Janice Liudahl

Wednesday 4th-5th Grade Leader

 

Hi everyone, my name is Janice Liudahl! I am one of the 4th-5th grade Wednesday night leadersI was born and raised in Williston. I  graduated from Williston High School and Williston State College. In 2008, I moved to northeast Bismarck where I currently reside with my husband Marshall. Together we have a blended family of five adult children and 11 grandkids. I retired from the State of North Dakota - DHS in 2015, and I currently work part time at a local greenhouse. We have attended Inspire Family Fellowship, and I have taught Sunday/Wednesday school since the very beginning. We love our Inspire family! In my free time I like to ride horseback, pontoon, read, play racquetball, go to movies, travel, and follow all my grandkids activities. 

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Tim Jacobsen

Wednesday 4th-5th Grade Leader

 

Hey everyone, my name is Tim Jacobsen! I am one of the 4th-5th grade leaders for Wednesday nights. I’ve been helping lead kids programming since Inspire opened! I have two kids, Joycee and Jettler and two lab retrievers named Ash and Blu. I work at Century High School as a gym and weights teacher, and I coach boys cross country and track. I enjoy going to my kids' various sporting events. In my spare time, I enjoy hunting, running, biking, unicycling, and spending time with my family. I look forward to getting to know you all and to another great year!

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Marilynne Reiner

Wednesday 4th-5th Grade Leader

 

Hi everyone, my name is Marilynne Reiner and I am one of the 4th-5th grade leaders for Wednesday nights! I was born in Washington, Iowa 72 years ago. I was actually one of the first kids to be born in that hospital. I have six siblings, five sisters and one brother. This December I will be married to my husband Don for 53 years now. We have one son, one daughter, and four beautiful grandchildren. I love cats so much that I have one of my own named Kato. I do volunteer work with my husband Don for hospice care, and we go around town filling food boxes as well. Over my years of doing this, I have learned that there are so many people out there that need help, and when you do an act of kindness towards them, it helps encourage them to be kind towards others as well. I love kids and I love being a church leader. I used to teach for 22 years and now I have continued my teaching with Inspire for the past four years. I look forward to this coming year with the kids again. We have a lot of great plans in store!

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Aundrea Peterson

Wednesday Game Room Leader

 

Hello! Welcome! My name is Aundrea Peterson, and I am the kids Game Room Leader for the second year in a row now! I am 34 years old. I have been married to my amazing husband for almost a decade (10 years!!!) and we have five beautiful children who keep us busy daily. My main job is parenting, but you can also find me hosting at the local Olive Garden Monday through Friday. In my spare time, I enjoy going on walks, reading, being outdoors, date nights with the hubby, and any family activities. 

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Cassie Jiras

Wednesday Snack Shack Leader

 

Hi everyone, my name is Cassie Jiras and we are excited to launch the kids snack shack leader this year in the game room! I work at Dakota Home Care as a client resource coordinator and support systems. I also started at BSC to get some IT certificates. I am married to a guy with a red beard whose name is Corey. I have an 11 year old son named Ethan, who’s helping me with the snack shack, and a 10 year old daughter named Kensi, she’s that redhead that talks to everyone! We have one dog, three cats, and one bearded dragon. I love outdoorsy stuff like camping, fishing, and swimming. We camp almost every weekend during the summer. I also love photography and do a few side gigs here and there. Candid photography is my favorite, so if you see me running around with my camera, just pretend that I’m not there! Fun facts? Jurassic Park movies are my jam, I love them all. I’m also a roller coaster junkie and turn into the biggest kid at the amusement parks. I love animals, Thai food, and hoodies. One can never own too many hoodies!

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Whitnie Olsen

Wednesday Kids Hall Mom

 

Hey everyone, my name is Whitnie Olsen! I am the Wednesday Kids Hall Mom again this year. I am the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Administration Department for the City of Bismarck. While at work, I help prepare meeting agendas/minutes, process several different types of licenses, and provide help where needed. Along with work, I am pursuing a degree in Business Administration. This degree will help further my career within the City and provide me with new opportunities. I am a wife and proud mother of two amazing daughters, Maddie and Kinley. We had an addition to our family two years ago named Frank who’s an American Bully. He brings lots of love and laughter to our home. Being a working and student mother keeps me very busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love watching my girls do the things they love, and I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends. I am not a naitive North Dakotan. I am originally from Casper, Wyoming, but I have come to consider Bismarck my home over the last 13 years. I’m looking forward to an awesome year!

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Emma Walz

Wednesday Nursery Leader

 

Hey everyone, my name is Emma Walz! I am the nursery leader for Wednesday nights. I currently work at Shiloh as an after-school and summer school teacher for third through fifth graders. I have five brothers. My three oldest brothers are all happily married and I still live with my two youngest brothers. My favorite thing to do is travel for shopping, hiking, and skiing. I’m so excited to meet and hang out with your little ones this year!