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Childhood is an adventure full of energy, exploration, lessons, and laughs. Our hope is to equip and support your family as you navigate through the ages and stages of childhood. We believe that parents have the primary role in discipling their children because they are the people right by their child’s side day in and day out. We hope to equip and support parents by creating resources, spaces, and moments to model a life of faith. When the church supports the entire family, no one ever journeys alone.

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Parents

We believe that to grow spiritually healthy families, parents must be equipped to be the primary nurturers of their kid’s faith (Deuteronomy 6), the faith community needs to play a supportive role in this endeavor (Ephesians 4), and we must remain dependent on the Holy Spirit to bring about spiritual growth and formation when and as He chooses (Philippians 2:13).

On Sunday mornings, every developmental and grade-level appropriate space provides an intergenerational experience as adult leaders and children  journey together through the Bible. Our goal is to help children understand they have a part in God’s Big Story and in this faith community.

In addition to Sunday morning programming, we also seek to equip parents by providing resources and by hosting  events throughout the year focused on family fun and togetherness.

Safety

The safety of your child is a priority to us.

Parents are provided with an alphanumeric code for their children at check-in so they may be picked up only by those adults with the code. Our adult volunteers are screened with a background check, and we secure our Children’s Ministries areas during worship services.

Wellness

We want our Children’s Ministries spaces to be healthy places for children. Please do not bring your child to their classroom if they have any of the following:

  • Fever within last 24 hours
  • Runny nose that is not clear
  • Questionable rashes
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Impetigo
  • Active chicken pox
  • Measles/mumps
  • Pinkeye

Any child on antibiotics should have been on the drug for at least 24 hours before checking in to Children’s Ministries

NOTE: Children’s Ministries volunteers cannot administer any medication.

Nursery (6 months – 2 years)

Welcome! The nursery is the perfect space for our youngest church family members. Here children are given loving care during our worship services. Children in our nursery space are read to, played with, and given snacks to ensure they are content.  Please stop by and see the smiles as each child first experiences Christ through the love of our leaders.

 

What to Bring

  • When packing a diaper bag for your child, please include the following items:
  • Diapers, a complete change of clothes, and a bottle or sippy cup.
  • Please label all personal items (including pacifiers and sippy cups) with your child’s first and last name. Labels are provided at the entrance of your children’s class.
  • Toddlers will be offered a snack of Goldfish.

Elementary (3 Years – 5th Grade)

In our Elementary programming space, our caring leaders build spiritual truths into the lives of our children. Biblically based, fun, and age-appropriate learning occurs in both large group and small group settings. Children will be offered a snack of Goldfish. We try to avoid snacks that may trigger food allergies. You may at any time request to see ingredients for the snacks and items used in class.

Bible-Based Curriculum

We use a curriculum called Tru that teaches God’s Big Story, showing children how the Bible is connected and written as one Big Story, beginning to end.

TRU Blessings (2s & 3s)

      At this early age, repetition is essential, so each Bible story is shared for two weeks.

 TRU Wonder (4/5s & Ks)

      TRU Wonder piques the natural curiosity of children and invites the wonder of who God is.

      TRU Wonder is a two-year curriculum, so different stories are told over the years.

For more information about this curriculum, click here.

Respond and Blessing

Respond

After storytelling, time is carved out for your child to respond in worship to what they’ve heard. This creates space to speak to God and listen for His voice. 

Blessing

A blessing is spoken over all children before they are dismissed. A blessing is offered in order to ask God’s Spirit to overflow in such a way to bless others, as well as declaring God’s protection, joy, or wisdom.

Safety and Staying Healthy

Safety

In order for a child to feel comfortable in a space, they must first know they are safe physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The safety of your child is a priority to us. This includes a computer check-in system, background checking all our adult volunteers, and securing our Children’s Ministries area during services.

Staying Healthy

It is our goal to provide a safe and secure environment for children. In order to ensure the health of our children and staff:

  •       Children who have had any of the following symptoms and/or illnesses within the past 24 hours will not be admitted into class: fever, runny nose (anything but clear), questionable        rashes, coughing, diarrhea, impetigo, active chicken pox, measles/mumps, pinkeye, vomiting, open sores, and any contagious virus.
  •       Any child on antibiotics must have taken it for at least 24 hours before attending.
  •       Leaders will not administer any medication.

Worship Together

We encourage children to participate weekly in age-specific programming, as well as worshiping side-by-side with their parents in weekly gathering. We believe the worship service is an important way to promote spiritual formation in your family. Studies have shown that a vital indicator in a child retaining faith into adulthood is their participation into the full congregation.

We welcome and encourage children of all ages to participate in any worship service.

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