We believe young children, even infants, are fully aware of their surroundings and one of our main goals is for them to enjoy coming to church. Then their parents can worship in peace knowing their child is in loving hands. We have twenty-two classrooms, divided by age.
Here is a brief summary of the schedule at either service:
Babies: We have two rooms for infants: One is for the very young ones and the next is when they reach the milestone of sitting up and crawling. The toys are age appropriate and we keep ratios low at 2 babies to 1 adult.
Toddlers: Once a child starts walking, s/he will move to our toddler rooms where they’ll hear a short Bible story and have in room music time with egg shakers.
2-year-olds: These little ones will hear a Bible story, complete a coloring sheet relevant to the lesson and have in room music time. They also begin to leave the classroom and learn to walk with their classmates holding the rope when they go to the indoor play room. Only one class is in the play room at a time. They have a lot of play time in the classroom, too!
3- to 5-year-olds: Our preschoolers are busy with a new activity every 15 minutes. Their time now includes large group worship and teaching, the enclosed outside playground, a Bible lesson and relevant craft. They also learn a new catechism every month!
Large Group Time: We have a separate music room and the preschoolers are on a rotation so that all the 3-year-old classes go to music at the same time while the 4-5-year-olds are doing a different activity. We have an engaging and talented team which includes puppeteers, people who create fun skits, and a pre-teen worship team called Kids Alive. The children hear the Bible story told in a different way along with singing worship songs using motions.