WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY CHILD’S DIAPER BAG FOR THE NURSERY?
Please label your child’s belongings so they can be easily identified by leaders in the classroom.
HOW DOES DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP WORK?
Children’s Ministry Check-In opens 15 minutes before the beginning of each Main Worship Service and closes 15 minutes after the Service begins. Be sure to early so you have plenty of time to get settled before Service begins.
First-time visitors, come to the Children's Welcome Center and a Leader will assist you. For returning families, Check-In using any of our digital kiosks located throughout the Children’s Ministry hallways. The system will print a Name Tag for your child and a corresponding Pick-Up tag for parents.
For a fast and easy Check-In experience, download the Church Center app. Our Children’s Ministry Leaders can show you how to use it at Check In. For more information, watch this video.
When you pick up your child, simply return to your child's classroom. Present your Pick-Up Tag and the classroom leaders will match your tags to ensure that you are authorized for pick up. In the event you lose your Pick-Up Tag, you may need to present a photo ID to allow us to verify your identity for check out.
HOW DO YOU CONTACT ME IF THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH MY CHILD?
In the event that we need to contact you during the Service, we will text you at the number you provided when registering your child. If necessary, we will also display a message on the screen in the Main Worship Center.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR MY CHILD’S CLASSROOM?
We ask you to keep your Child at home when you observe any of the following: fever, green/yellow runny nose, excessive coughing, vomiting or diarrhea, discharge in or around the eyes, or any other communicable disease.
If your child is being treated with an antibiotic, he/she should have received treatment for at least 24 hours before coming to class. For your child’s protection, we ask our Leaders to follow the same health guidelines.
HOW IS MY CHILD’S CLASSROOM DETERMINED?
For Birth to 5 Year Olds, room assignments are based upon your child’s age as of August 31st. This promotes better learning and safety, as kids are grouped with others of similar age and development.
For Elementary kids, their classroom at church will match their grade at school. So if a child is in 4th grade at school, they will be in 4th grade at church.
MY CHILD IS HESITANT TO GO TO CLASS. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
We encourage parents to give their child a quick hug/kiss, place them in their classroom and then head to their own Worship Service or class. While it’s tempting to linger, keep in mind that long drawn-out goodbyes actually increase anxiety in kids. Even if your child cries or is a little bit uneasy when you first leave, they will adjust quickly. Our leaders will welcome and connect with your child, and help him/her to calm down and get involved in the class.
IS THERE A PLACE FOR ME TO NURSE MY BABY?
A private room for nursing mothers is available near Room 103.
WHAT IS PARENT COMMISSIONING?
Every year, we invite families with babies born or adopted in the previous year to participate in Parent Commissioning. As a church, our aim is to partner with you in celebrating a new life, and equip you as together we build spiritually healthy homes.
HOW DO I VOLUNTEER IN THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY?
Children’s Ministry Volunteers are people just like you who invest their time and energy each week by serving in our ministry. From being the first smiling face at the classroom to teaching the weekly Bible lesson, leading worship, or running audio/video behind the scenes, we have a place for you to use your gifts and talents.
Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of the next generation? Start by completing a Volunteer Application. Return completed Applications to the Children’s Welcome Center. A Children’s Ministry Staff Member will get back to you with the next steps to take.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS INTERESTED IN BAPTISM?
Is your older elementary child asking questions about being baptized or following Jesus? Do they have questions about salvation or what it means to become a Christian? Or, are you looking for a way to get the conversation started? Then you may be interested in attending Next Steps for Kids.
Next Steps is an interactive one-session event designed for parents and children to experience together. Adults learn the tools to help them communicate the gospel to their children as they make their own decision to follow Christ. And Kids learn the simple truths about salvation in a fun, active class that’s full of object lessons, challenges, games, Scripture reading, videos and much more.
WHAT EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR KIDS?
Throughout the year we have many special events for kids ranging from just a few hours, to an entire week out of town. Most events are for a specific grade and require funding beyond just what Pinedale provides. Lock-ins, day trips, summer camp, “Work Days”, Family Movie Nights, Talent Shows, Easter Egg Hunts, Inflatables, Parties, and so many more. Information will be sent to parents via text message, email, and listed on the Children's Ministry page of our church website.