At Grace, our goal is for kids to have an experience that is safe, fun, and helps them learn well. Here are some frequently asked questions to get you started.
When are your children’s programs?
We have Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am and from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. During the 11:00 am service, children in 1st grade and older begin in service with their parents or guardians for the first 15 minutes in order to participate in the singing and prayer. They are then dismissed to walk up to their classrooms with their teachers.
What ages are the programs for?
There is a nursery and toddler program on the first floor, immediately adjacent to the Sanctuary. This is for birth through about age 3, depending on when potty training is completed.
On the third floor of the same building, our “Kid’s Cove” is for potty trained children through 5th grade.
Who teaches the children?
Teachers are volunteers from within the congregation who work in two-person teams with each class. They receive initial and on-going training to help them be effective. Everyone who serves in Children’s Ministry has been background checked to maximize safety for the children. The Children’s Ministry as a whole is supervised by Lois Sherwin, our Director of Children’s Ministry who has over two decades of experience in Children’s Ministry in churches, as well as an M.A. in Christian Education from Biola University.
What curriculum do you use?
We use the Gospel Project for Kids curriculum.
What security systems are in place so my kids will be safe?
The safety of your kids is of paramount importance to us. For that reason, we have all children checked in at the classroom by a parent or guardian. For those age 3 - 5th grade, we use a computerized check-in system called KidCheck. (To save time on Sunday, you can pre-register your child at kidcheck.com/signup.)
All teachers and helpers go through a thorough background check and application process. The area around the children’s classroom is secured in such a way as to maximize the children’s safety.
Additionally, we make sure that all classrooms have safe and age appropriate furniture and toys for kids to use, which are regularly cleaned and sanitized.
We serve snacks to kids on Sunday mornings (such as goldfish crackers). If your child has an allergy, please let us know (either through email or in the KidCheck login, so they are safe.