What to expect: We will keep your child safe and healthy!
We hold your child’s safety, as well as their spiritual development, in the highest regard. To ensure that your child is receiving sound biblical teaching under the loving guidance of their teacher, in a safe environment, we have implemented the following policies:
All people who serve in childcare must successfully complete a background check. At least two volunteers are in the classroom at all times, and the classroom is monitored by our service coordinators throughout the worship service.
Our check-in system ensures that children are released only to the person who checked them in. Our safety team ensures that no one enters the children’s area without a check-in sticker.
We maintain a safe ratio of children to teachers.
We enforce, to the best of our ability, the childcare standard 24-hour wellness policy.
Upon arrival . . .
We open check-in 15 minutes prior to each service. Prior to that time, we keep check-in closed to allow our teachers to arrive, set up, and pray over their class.
First-time guests will go to the Kids Check-in Table located at the entrance to our kids' area. A service coordinator will be available to register your children and introduce them to their classroom. Returning guests and members will use one of the two self Check-in Kiosks next to the Check-in Table.
At check-in, parents will receive a name tag for each child as well as a single corresponding alpha-numeric check-in sticker. These tags serve two purposes:
Safety: Parents must present their check-in sticker when picking up their child. Children will not be released to any adult without a matching check-in sticker. If you happen to misplace you check-in sticker, speak to a service coordinator at the Kids Check-In Table.
Parent Paging: If a child has an issue requiring a parent’s attention, the child’s sticker number will be displayed on the screen in the worship center. This system discreetly alerts parents that their assistance is needed.
In the classroom . . .
On Sunday mornings, all children will be loved and well cared for. Also, children age one and older will learn a story from the Bible, memorize Scripture, and worship God. Here are specifics:
We want you to be able to attend service without distraction or worry so you can listen to what God has to say to you. We also want to give your child a safe and nurturing atmosphere while you are gone for a short while. We attend to your child’s needs – eating, sleeping, diapering, playing, cuddling. Please let us know of any particular needs your child might have.
1 - 2 Year Olds
One strategic goal for children of this age is to help them grow comfortable in the knowledge that they are safe and loved while their parents are out of sight. To this end, we spend as much time as necessary connecting with the children with reassuring words and play, especially at the beginning of class. We teach a Bible story each week and, for the older children, reinforce it’s message with a craft page and a coloring sheet and discuss it during playtime. We also serve a snack (we serve cheerios). You should find a handout with the Bible story, scripture reference, and main point in your child’s bag each week.
Three Year Olds
Our desire is to teach and model what it looks like to love and trust Jesus to the three year olds under our care. At the beginning of class time, the children are encouraged to connect with our volunteers and each other over toys. Next, the children join the older kids for songs and a Bible story in Worship Rally (see section below on Worship Rally). After Worship Rally, the three year old’s class will return to their classroom for a snack (we serve goldfish crackers), craft and coloring sheet, and Bible story reinforcement. They'll learn a Bible memory verse and then have supervised playtime until pick-up.
Four Year Olds
We long for these children to learn what it means to love and trust Jesus. The kids will have opportunity to connect with our volunteers and each other over toys during the first classroom activity. Then, they will join the three year olds and older classes for songs and a Bible story in Worship Rally (see section below on Worship Rally). After Worship Rally, the Fours will head back to their classroom for a snack (we serve goldfish crackers), craft and coloring sheet, and Bible story reinforcement. They'll learn a Bible memory verse and then have supervised playtime until pick-up.
Kindergarten - 1st Grade
The Kinder - 1st Grade class is designed to continue the focus on loving and trusting Jesus, as well as learning to love and serve one another. The kids will begin the morning coloring and engaging with the volunteers on the Bible story themes. Next, they will join the 3s, 4s, and elementary classes for songs and a Bible story in Worship Rally (see section below on Worship Rally). After Worship Rally, the class will head back to their room for the Bible story, games, crafts, and a snack (we serve goldfish crackers). They'll learn a Bible memory verse and then play organized games until pick-up.
2nd Grad - 5th Grade
The 2nd Grade - 5th Grade class is designed to continue the focus on loving and trusting Jesus, as well as to learn how to love and serve one another. The older children are given opportunities to help the younger during games, crafts, and activities. A fun ice-breaker activity encourages the children to connect with one another and with our volunteers. The children will join some of the younger classes for songs and a Bible story in Worship Rally (see section below on Worship Rally). After Worship Rally, the children will return to their classroom for a snack (we serve goldfish crackers), craft and activity sheet, Bible memory verse, and games that reinforce the lesson and serve to build fellowship.
We integrate all of the children, age 3 to 5th grade, for Worship Rally. The Rally takes place in our largest classroom so the children can sing, dance, and gather for a video. We typically sing two or three songs from the Seeds Family Worship collection, which features Bible verses set to music. The songs always include hand motions! Then the kids watch a Bible story video that teaches the lesson for the morning. Worship Rally has become a favorite aspect of childrens ministry, as the children learn to hide God’s word in their heart through song!
At pickup . . .
You'll need your Check-In Sticker received at the Check-In Table. Parents will show their tag to the volunteer at the classroom door, who will verify that the numbers mathc up and release the child to the parent. Upon check-out, parents may receive family resources that are designed to help facilitate discussion at home about the Bible story and memory verse.