As you approach the church, you will see a large sign on the outside of the right side of church that says, “Nursery”. This will be your best entrance point for the nursery.
The first time that you visit, we will assist you to input some information into our database. Once input, we will print off one label for you and one for your child. This label will be required to be shown to a nursery assistant when you come to pick up your child. In addition there is one entrance that is used for check in and check out to ensure an orderly and secure process.
Our nursery staff is trained in infant CPR, fire exit safety for infants and toddlers and general safe practices for working with babies and toddlers.
Knowing your Child
We encourage parents to work with us to help your child adjust to attending our nursery. We encourage comfort objects and lots of hugs and holding as needed. Our desire is to help both child and parent to grow in their comfort of using the nursery. In the event that a child needs a hug from mom or dad, we provide you with a pager. Separation can be difficult at this age and we love to work with parents on a long-term plan to help your child become excited to come to the nursery.
Appropriate Age for Nursery
Around the age of three, parents begin to wonder if their child should begin to attend our Pre-K Sunday School. Because every child is different, we work with parents individually to determine when the right time would be for a 3 or 4 year old to leave the nursery and move to Sunday School.
Katie Wallman is our Nursery Director. Her goal is to ensure that parents are comfortable and confident when their child is in the nursery. While the kids are playing and singing and dancing, she desires for parent to engage in worry-free worship. Please feel free to ask her any questions any time you visit.
All Children’s Ministry activities are located in the Lower Level of the church. As you enter the main church doors, look to the left of the Welcome Center and you will see a large sign that says “Children’s Ministry”. From there, proceed to the lower level where someone will assist you with next steps. You can also ask a greeter to help you to find the Children’s Ministry area. If you need an elevator, please stop by the Welcome Center and someone will help you to find it.
While no one wants to think about bad things happening at a church, we feel that being prepared is the best defense. Therefore, we have several safety measures in place for different scenarios. Some of our safety policies include only having one entrance point to the Children’s Ministry Area—all other areas are locked but can be accessed for exit in case of a fire; all classrooms have phones; volunteers are trained on basic safety measures.
Check-In and Check-Out
When you arrive, you will check your child into the large group area which a Children’s Ministry Team member will help you to find your child’s age group. This is where you will get your child’s nametag and label for check out. Check-out will be located in your child’s classroom. The person who helped you to check in will walk you to the classroom so you can know where to go. In addition, there are signs which indicate the grade level for each room.
On Saturday nights, you will check your child in as you enter the worship area. The children stay in church with you through the children’s message. The Kidz Church leader will then gather the children and they will go go the lower level together for games and crafts. You will pick up your child in the Lower Level of the church. You will see the large Children’s Ministry sign near the stairs. Follow this stairway to the lower level.
Denise is our Interim Family and Children’s Ministry Director. She loves to help kids discover that God wants to have a relationship with them. You will meet her Sunday mornings.
Kristi Waszak, Family Ministry Director
Kristi is the Family Ministry Director. She is passionate about equipping parents to teach their children about God.