WHAT TO EXPECT: We will keep your child safe and healthy
We hold your child’s safety, as well as their spiritual development, in the highest regard. These things are done to ensure that your child is receiving good biblical teaching in a safe environment as well as loving guidance from their teachers:
Our volunteers have completed a background check and are continually monitored by our service coordinators throughout the worship service.
Our check-in system ensures that children are only released to the person who checked them into the service. Our safety team ensures that no one enters the children’s area without a check-in sticker.
We maintain a safe ratio of children to teachers.
We enforce the childcare standard 24-hour sickness rule.
Upon arrival . . .
We open check-in 15 minutes prior to each service. Prior to that time, we keep check-in closed to allow for teachers to arrive, set up, and pray over their classroom. IDC members go straight to their child’s classroom and grab their check-in tags.
First-time guests will go to Guest Check-in, located at the check-in counter at the front of our kids’ area. Upon check-in, parents will receive nametags for each child as well as alpha-numeric check-in stickers. These check-in stickers will all share a common alpha-numeric code. These tags serve two purposes:
Parent Paging: If a child has a medical or behavioral issue, their sticker number will be displayed in the Worship Center. This alerts parents that their assistance is needed, and that they should return to IDC Kids.
Safety: Parents must present their portion of the check-in tag when picking up their child. Children will not be released to any adult without matching check-in tags.
In the classroom . . .
On Sunday nights, children age one and older will learn a story from the Bible, memorize Scripture, and worship God. Here are specifics:
We want you to be able to attend service without distraction or worry so you can listen to what God has to say to you. We also want to give your child a safe and nurturing atmosphere while you are gone for a short while. We are intentional about praying for your child. We pray over each child, each Sunday. We attend to your child’s needs – eating, sleeping, diapering, playing, cuddling. Please let us know of particular needs your child has each evening.
Crawlers & Walkers.
We split one year olds into a Crawlers Class and a Walkers Class. We want these kids to know and realize that they are safe and loved. During this toddler stage, kids are realizing parents are gone and learning that they will return. In response to this, we spend a great deal of time just connecting with the children, especially at the beginning of class. We teach a Bible story each week and reinforce it with a craft page and a coloring sheet and discuss it during playtime. We want our kids to have a basic, yet firm understanding of the lesson (You should find a sheet with the Bible story, scripture reference, and main point in your child’s bag each week).
Two Year Olds.
On Sunday nights, two year olds learn what it looks like to love and trust Jesus. At the beginning of class, kids connect with our workers and each other over toys. Once everyone is settled in, everyone heads upstarts to join the older kids for songs and a Bible story in Worship Rally (See section below on Worship Rally). After Worship Rally, our two year olds class will head back to their classroom for a snack (we serve goldfish), craft and coloring sheet, and Bible story reinforcement. They’ll learn a Bible Memory Verse and then have supervised playtime until pick-up.
Three & Four Year Olds.
Our Three & Four Year Old Class is very similar to our Two Year Old Class. We want our kids to learn what it looks like to love and trust Jesus. At the beginning of class, kids connect with our workers and each other over toys. Once everyone is settled in, they are joined by our Twos Class and Elementary Class for songs and a Bible story in Worship Rally (See section below on Worship Rally). After Worship Rally, our two year olds class will head back to their classroom for a snack (we serve goldfish), craft and coloring sheet, and Bible story reinforcement. They’ll learn a Bible Memory Verse and then have supervised playtime until pick-up.
Elementary (5 Years Old-5th Grade).
Our Elementary Class takes advantage of a wide age range to teach our older kids how to set the example for the younger kids. Our older kids will often help the adult leaders organize games, give instructions, and participate in a buddy system with the younger kids. Our Elementary Class has a similar format to our Three & Fours Class. At the beginning of class, kids connect with our workers and each other through ice breakers. Once everyone is settled in, the class goes across the hall to join our Two year olds and Three & Four Year Olds for songs and a Bible story in Worship Rally (See section below on Worship Rally). After Worship Rally, our Elementary class will head back to their classroom for a snack (we serve goldfish), craft and coloring sheet, and Bible story reinforcement. They’ll learn a Bible Memory Verse and then get the Bible story reinforced through games and team builders.
Each Sunday after everyone is settled into their classrooms our Twos Class, Three & Fours Class, and Elementary class meet upstairs for song, dance, and a Bible story. We’ll sing two or three songs by Seeds Family Worship; an incredible team that sets Bible verses to music. The songs always include hand motions! Then the kids will watch a Bible story video that teaches them the lesson for the evening. Worship Rally has become a favorite piece of kids ministry. After Sunday service, you’ll often hear kids singing the songs they learned that evening in Worship Rally.
At pickup . . .
Pick up requires the parental portion of the check-in tag received during check-in. Parents will show their tag to the teacher or small group leader greeting at the door. The leader will then match the numbers and release the child to the parent. Upon check-out, parents can pick up family resources that we hope will help them follow up with their kids about what was discussed in IDC Kids.