Children’s Ministry

Young Explorers is a Christian ministry that helps young people to strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ. Young Explorers meet on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Memorial Baptist Church. Young Explorers engages young people to develop their creativity and imagination by developing and designing fun projects, such as, building ginger bread houses, robots with Lego, musical instruments, etc. Each activity incorporates technology and video to bring the contemporary message of God to today’s young people.

Young Explorers:

  1. Inspiring young people to live an exciting life for Jesus
  2. Enabling today’s youth to be tomorrow’s Christian leaders
  3. Planting seeds of discipleship to grow great Christians that will be ready to share the Gospel with everyone and to help in the community
  4. Provide a safe and loving environment that excites, inspires, captures, and ignites young people for Jesus

Some people brought their children to Jesus so that he could bless them by placing his hands on them. But his disciples told the people to stop bothering him.

When Jesus saw this, he became angry and said, “Let the children come to me! Don’t try to stop them. People who are like these little children belong to the kingdom of God. I promise you that you cannot get into God’s kingdom, unless you accept it the way a child does.” Then Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them by placing his hands on them.

– Mark 10: 13-16


Children's Ministry Leaders


Renee Simonin

Renee grew up attending MBC with her family. She attended youth group here as a teen and assisted in starting the Young Explorers program when she was about 18. In 2000, Renee moved to Oakland, California to participate in a yearlong inner city missions program. Once her time in Mission Year was complete, she stayed in California. In 2010, she earned a BA in Psychology with a minor in Bible and Youth Ministry from Patten University in Oakland. She went on to receive a MA in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis in Children at Risk at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California in 2013.

While studying, Renee also continued serving in children’s ministries at many churches and also served on the campus ministry team at Patten.


Destiny Bonollo

Destiny is a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, RI and has attended MBC since 2004. In May 2016 she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Destiny is inspired by the mentoring she has continually received from our congregation, from this impact came a strong desire to serve others in hopes that their lives would also be changed by Christ through experiencing God’s unfailing love. The main goal is to connect with the youth and see them develop and deepen their relationships with Christ as well as each other. Destiny loves to demonstrate to kids that knowing, following, and serving Jesus is a life-long adventure!