What can you expect the first time you visit our church with your kids? When you enter the building, ask for our children’s ministry check-in area (KidCentral). We are conveniently located in the side foyer by the sanctuary. We utilize a safety check-in system called Planning Center to match kids with parents, keep track of allergies, and attendance.
Preschool Age Kids
All of our preschool age kids (birth through pre-kindergarten) experience “the Park.” At checkin, you will be directed to your child’s class to meet their teacher for the morning. All of our volunteers go through a screening process and training before being placed in classroom. the Park is open during all of our regularly scheduled services, including morning worship and Sunday School. While these young children are always welcome in our sanctuary service, we always provide a place for them in a class as well.
We also provide a diaper changing space and family restroom in the old crib nursery directly outside the sanctuary in the main entry.
Elementary Age Kids
All of our elementary age kids (grades K-5) experience “the Lab.” At checkin, your children will be directed to their class, and you are welcome to walk with them. Our elementary classrooms are all located upstairs. While we provide classes for all age groups during Sunday School, our elementary kids begin morning worship in the sanctuary with their family. During the service, elementary kids will be dismissed for children’s church.
During Sunday School and Wednesday nights, our kids experience mini-labs. These stations feature our monthly Bible story in eight exciting ways – art, cooking, drama, computer, science, music, video, and games. Very similar to VBS, this rotation curriculum focuses on helping kids with different learning styles appreciate the Bible in new ways.
Families are central to what we do in children’s ministry. As much as a church disciples children, we have a limited time and opportunity to do so. By comparison, parents and guardians are the real life-changers when it comes to developing a child’s faith.
So, we try to support our parents in their ministry of raising children while also providing kids amazing experiences in children’s ministry. We try to connect parents to one another to share the parenting journey together. And we also try to connect families to the larger body of Christ so that we can all be more fully part of the Christian community.