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 members 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. CRC members go straight to their child's classroom to collect their check-in tags.
First-time guests will go to the Guest Check-in counter located at the entrance to our kids' area. Upon check-in, parents will receive a name tag for each child as well as a corresponding alpha-numeric check-in sticker. These tags serve two purposes:
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.
Safety: Parents must present their portion of the check-in tag when picking up their child. Children will not be released to any adult without a matching check-in tag.
In the classroom . . .
On Sunday nights, 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.
Crawlers & Walkers
We categorize older infants and one year olds according to mobility, placing them either in the Crawlers’ class or the Walkers’ class. 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 reinforce it’s message with a craft page and a coloring sheet and discuss it during playtime. You should find a handout with the Bible story, scripture reference, and main point in your child’s bag each week.
Two Year Olds
Our desire is to teach and model what it looks like to love and trust Jesus to the two year olds under our care. At the beginning of class time, the children are encouraged to connect with the member volunteers and each other over toys. Next, the children are escorted upstairs to join the older kids for songs and a Bible story in Worship Rally. (See section below on Worship Rally) After Worship Rally, the two 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.
Three & Four Year Olds
The goals and the structure of our Three & Four Year Old class are very similar to that of our Two Year Old class. We long for these children to learn what it means to love and trust Jesus. The kids will have opportunity to connect with our member volunteers and each other over toys during the first classroom activity. Soon after, they will be joined by the Twos’ class and the Elementary class for songs and a Bible story in Worship Rally. (See section below on Worship Rally) After Worship Rally, the Threes and 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.
Elementary (5 Years Old-5th Grade)
The Elementary 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 the member volunteers. Utilizing the buddy system, students move across the hall to join the other kids’ classes for songs and a Bible story in the Worship Rally. (See section below on Worship Rally) Following the Worship Rally, the students 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 2 to 5th grade, for the Worship Rally. The Rally takes place upstairs in a room large enough for the group to 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 evening. Worship Rally has become a favorite piece of kids’ ministry, and an important piece, as the children learn to hide God’s word in their heart through song!
At pickup . . .
Pick up requires the parental portion of the tag received during check-in. Parents will show their tag to the member volunteer at the classroom door, who will verify the numbers 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.