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Children’s Ministries programming available at 9:00 & 10:45am for Birth—5th grade.

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We provide a broad spectrum of care and nurture to children from birth through fifth grade. Childhood is an adventure all its own. We wish to equip and support families to follow a course to shape both their minds and souls in a posture that will result in a life of worship.

Every developmental and grade-level room provides an intergenerational experience as adult leaders, youth helpers, and children all journey together through a grand metanarrative of the Big God Story. Our goal is to help children understand they have a part in God’s Story and this faith community. When the church supports the family no one ever journeys alone. Collectively, we embrace a collaborative effort between the body of Christ, the gifting within, and the power of God’s Spirit.

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Children’s Ministries during In-Person Service

Beginning September 20 we will be offering Children’s programming for Walkers-5th grade on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. We know there are many different comfort levels regarding sending children into classrooms right now. If you do not yet feel ready to send your child to class, that’s ok! We hope you don’t feel any pressure. That being said, we do want you all to know what steps we will be taking in each of our rooms.

REGISTRATION

Register your child(ren) for programming when you register your family for the worship service. All registration (Sunday service and children’s programming) will be on the same form. There are a limited number of spaces available for each room, so please make sure you register! If you register your child and a classroom is full, that child will be asked to sit with you during the worship service. Because our space is limited and our volunteer capacity is not at full strength, there may not be a spot for your child each week. Thank you in advance for your grace as we figure this out together.

PROCEDURES

  1. Check In: There will be no self-check. You will receive your family name tags and your child’s safety tag at the Registration Table before entering the building.
  2. Drop Off: All families will enter the main north door (66th Terrace side) and only one parent will be allowed downstairs to drop off/pick up. Be aware that classrooms have shifted. You reenter the sanctuary from the south stairs (by the women’s restroom) after drop off to keep traffic flowing in one direction.
  3. Pick Up: After the service, one parent should immediately come downstairs using the north staircase (near the men’s restroom). You will exit up the west stairs (leading up to the driveway behind the building) after pickup.
  4. Masks: All children entering kindergarten or older will wear masks. ALL volunteers serving in Children’s Ministries will also wear masks.
  5. Hand sanitizer: All children and volunteers will sanitize their hands upon entering their room. If you would prefer your child to use soap, you may go to the restroom prior to bringing them into the classroom.
  6. Snacks: We will not serve snacks or allow children to bring in their own snacks during this time. Since our services run about 50 minutes, children will only be with us for an hour or less.
  7. Personal Belongings/Diaper Changing: We will not change diapers as we relaunch, so diaper bags should stay with the adult. If your child needs to be changed, we will send a text during the service. For all children that are potty trained, we ask that you take them to the restroom prior to dropping them off in the classroom. We also ask that all personal belongings stay at home or upstairs (coats, fidget spinners, special lovies, pacifiers etc).
  8. Congregating: We know we’re all excited to be back together and catch up! However we ask that families not congregate in the Children’s Ministries areas, but we invite you to visit in the driveway and on the lawn before/after services.

OTHER INFORMATION

Classrooms:
We will have the following rooms open:
Walkers, 2s/3s, 4s/5s, Ks-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade
We have decided to not reopen the nursery at this time. 

Cleaning:
All volunteers and families will be asked to leave the Children’s Ministries space immediately after the service, so we can wipe down all of the hard surfaces in the gathering space and restrooms. Toys that have been placed in mouths will be immediately picked up by volunteers and placed in a tub to be cleaned. All toys will be cleaned after the service. 

Positive Test Procedures:
If we learn that a child or a volunteer tests positive for COVID, those who were in contact with that person will be notified by email.* All those who came into contact will not be allowed to return to Children’s Ministries for 14 days. 

Family Worship Online:
If you’re not comfortable coming back in person, we will continue to offer our online Family Worship on Facebook each Sunday. We hope you’ll continue to join! Also during the week, we will post a preschool and elementary activity that corresponds with the Sunday content. Starting September 20, we will have a Faith@Home activity for both preschool and elementary. We will place these activities in a tub at our alley door for easy pick up during the week!

Finally we have some exciting news! During lockdown, things continued to happen at church and we are excited to announce that we were able to add another large group space in the lower level. This room will be used for worship, a classroom, and adult classes in the future. For now, our 2s/3s will be using this room on Sundays to provide extra space for social distancing! We can’t wait for you to see this new space. 

Also, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Children’s Ministries at this time (annalynnr@christcommunitykc.org or 816.810.0872).

Be sure to check out our Children’s Ministries Facebook Group for some Family Worship resources.

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), that the faith community needs to play a supportive role in this endeavor (Ephesians 4), and that we must remain dependent on the Holy Spirit to bring about spiritual growth and formation when and as He chooses (Philippians 2:13).

Legacy Milestones

The passing of a baton of faith from one generation to the next is the role and responsibility of godly parents. It is our joy as a faith community to join with families in an intentional partnership that helps equip parents in their role as spiritual nurturers of their children’s faith and celebrates milestones in the parent-child spiritual formation journey.

The following legacy milestones are recognized and celebrated: Child Dedication Service, Baptism, and 5th Grade Recognition. Check out the tab to find out more details.

The church also equips parents by providing materials for families to use in the home to develop their faith in Jesus as a whole family.

What We Teach

The curriculum we use for two year olds through the 5th Grade is a dynamic, spiritually-forming, and family-empowered ministry philosophy that offers a vibrant weekend experience, as well as other family resources that meet the specific needs of today’s generation. Our curriculum is uniquely developed to inspire, equip, and support parents and volunteer/leaders in their ministry to children.

We strongly believe that spiritual development can and should begin from the earliest age with parents as the primary nurturers of their children’s faith. With this in mind, our resources support both the church and home with a focus on knowing God personally, igniting a passion for Christ, learning to listen to His Spirit, keeping biblical content true to context, and cultivating a concern for people’s needs in our communities and the world.

If you have questions about our ministry and programming or how you might get involved as a parent, please contact the Children’s Ministries team. From helping in small ways, to getting in the trenches as a classroom lead teacher, we would love to have you on the team.

About Sunday Mornings

Drop-off / Pick-up Procedures

Beginning 15 minutes prior to the service, parents may drop off their children. Sign-in takes place at the bottom of the north east stairs.

Parents pick up their children immediately following the worship service. All classrooms are labeled and there is also always someone in the halls to answer questions.

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 classrooms to be a healthy place 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 coming to class.
NOTE: Children’s Ministry Volunteers cannot administer any medication.

About Sunday Mornings

Drop-off / Pick-up Procedures

Beginning 15 minutes prior to the service, parents may drop off their children (Birth through Kindergarten at 9:00am and Birth through 5th Grade at 10:45am) Sign-in takes place at the bottom of the north east stairs.

Parents pick up their children immediately following the worship service. All classrooms are labeled and there is also always someone in the halls to answer questions.

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