On Sundays and Wednesday nights, children preschool and younger will need a security sticker, which can be found at the doors to their classrooms. No one other than a parent (no siblings, please) with the corresponding sticker will be allowed to pick up a child.
For elementary kids, just come on in! If you're new, please take a moment to introduce yourselves and tell us anything we should know about your kiddo. Teachers take care to each child to the parent at the end of class.
Teaching our children is a beautiful opportunity to see God at work first-hand. We can ask you to join the team because we can always use a hand, but really, we want you to join because we know that you will benefit greatly from the time you spend stepping into the lives of young families, worshipping with your friends' kids, seeing your favorite Bible stories in a new light, and rethinking some challenging questions with inquisitive children.
Newcomers to Grace are encouraged to spend some time getting to know the church. When you're ready to jump in, let us know. And we love supporting new moms with meals and opportunities for a little kid-free time on Sunday mornings, so don't hesitate to let us know your due date!
All Children’s Ministry volunteers are screened using an application, national background check, and personal meeting with the children’s ministry staff. Additionally, volunteers hold a training session each August to review our policies, discuss curriculum, and learn new teaching tips. Staff meets with others throughout the year as new volunteers join the team.
The 2-person Rule
Two volunteers must be present when any children are with adults (other than their parents).
Volunteers must avoid going into the restroom with a child, if possible. If a child needs help, volunteers must leave the stall door and bathroom door open. Only women volunteers may take girls to the bathroom.
For our little ones
Diapers and Potty Training
Infant, Toddler, and 2s rooms are equipped for diaper changes. (If your 3-year old is not quite there yet, please talk to Jenny Lichte or the teacher to determine the best class for your child.) We have plenty of wipes and diapers, but if your child requires a special kind, please send labeled supplies and we'll keep them in a cubby for you. If your child is potty training, please use a red sticker (on the 2s counter) and talk with their teacher at drop-off.
Snacks and Other Food
Infants can be given bottles as needed, and cheerios with parent permission. We will not feed your child solid foods, though, as this could cause allergy problems for others in the room.
Toddlers may have Cheerios, plain bagels or graham crackers at snack time. We'll always have a cup of water for them, but please don't send milk as this can also cause problems for other children with allergies.
Children 2 years and older may have animal crackers, pretzels, graham crackers, goldfish, or other snacks. We very rarely give them sweets (Easter Sunday is an exception!), and do our best to never give them peanut products. But please be sure we're aware of any allergies!
As you bring your children to join their peers, please keep these two truths in mind: we love your child, and we love our other children as well. Though we miss our kiddos when they're not with us, we want to do all we can to protect germs from spreading between families. If your child is displaying any of the following symptoms, please take advantage of a couple of our toys and color pages, as well as the couches near the lobby TV.
- vomiting or diarrhea
- persistent coughing or sneezing
- Hand-Foot-Mouth disease
- rashes with open sores or in open areas
- colored mucous
- Strep throat
In case we need you...
We have a paging system to contact you if your child becomes inconsolable, injured, or if staff has an important question. These pagers, located by the infant room, vibrate and blink. Please keep it visible, and preferably in a place where you can feel it.