Kids Community (birth - 4th grade)

“The truth is, every church needs young people. Their passion enriches the soil around them. The curiosity they bring to Scripture and the authenticity they bring to relationships keep your church’s teaching fresh and fellowship fruitful. Young people also need a thriving church. A thriving church both grounds them in community and sends them out to service. Your church needs young people, and they need your church. One without the other is incomplete.” - Growing Young by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin


welcome to kids community!

Our desire is that all children who come through our doors know that they matter and that God loves them, and we take our responsibility to love and disciple them seriously. You can expect your children to have fun in an environment that is set up to engage them at their age level-- they will experience lively, relevant, and creative Bible teaching, as well as games and activities tailored to their age group. We prayerfully want and expect our Kids' ministry environment to be a safe and enjoyable space for all.

Kids Community FAQs

How do I sign my children in?

Parents bring toddler/nursery children (0-2) and preschool children directly to the classroom (#214 toddler/nursery and #209 preschool) and sign in their child. Parents will find teachers in the classroom starting 15 minutes before the service, and may sign in their children before the start of worship or when children are dismissed to their classrooms after the music portion of the worship service.

Elementary children (kindergarten and up) sit with their families during the music portion of the worship service. When children are dismissed, the teachers and students walk as a group to the their classrooms. Parents are also welcome to accompany their children to the classroom once kids are dismissed from the worship service. Please try to make sure your children have used the restroom prior to Sunday school.

Why do the elementary children start in the sanctuary and then get dismissed to class?

We want all our children to know that they are an integral part of the congregation and the body of Christ. We value including and training our kids in worship and the life of the church and hope that by participating in worship in the sanctuary that they will listen to people relating to God, experience the work of the Holy Spirit, and be able to ask questions that will cause us to spend quality family time discussing the answers. We want kids to be in the presence of adults who can model the worship habits and a relationship with Christ that they’ll need as they grow. After worshiping together through music, kids are dismissed to continue in worship by engaging with the Bible and each other in their age appropriate classes. Through experiential learning, we want kids to understand that the Bible applies to them today. We want to help kids see what Jesus says and how he feels about the issues that affect them in their daily lives... things like fights with siblings, obeying parents, cheating to get good grades or working hard at home with daily chores.

How do I sign my children out?

Preschool parents pick their children up at classroom #209. Toddler and nursery parents sign their children out at room #214.

Parents of elementary children under the age of 8 need to pick up their children from classroom #212.

Elementary children 8 and older may be dismissed on their own accord with parent/guardian permission. If a parent would like to pick up their own child, please contact the child's teacher and Children's Ministry Director.

Once signed-out from Sunday school, all children (toddler - 5th grade) should remain in the “cafellowtorium” with their parents.

What will my child do during their class?

Our nursery children (babies - 2 year olds) have fun playtime, listen to music, and read stories with their caregivers. Babies through 2 year olds can be dropped off starting at 9:45.

Our preschool (3-5 year olds) and elementary (K-5th grade) Sunday morning fun comes from the preschool “Dig In” curriculum by Group Publishing. Lesson blocks may consist of an interactive Bible lesson, scripture memory, prayer for our world, a “talk-about” video, object lessons, dig deeper Bible activities, games, crafts, and a “Dig In @Home” family application activities.

On occasion, an allergy-safe snack or treat may be incorporated into the lesson. Please inform the classroom leader if your child has an allergy. Please do not bring treats or drinks from home, as we strive to make our classrooms allergy friendly and safe spaces for all.

What if I am not ready to bring my child into the nursery or children's ministry, is there a place to keep them with me?

Yes! We understand that there are times where your child would like to be with you during the service. Parents are always welcome to accompany their children to their Sunday school classes or to keep their children in the worship service with them. You will even find rocking chairs at the rear of the sanctuary. We also have a “living room” that is located down the hall where, if you prefer, you can be with your child. A sermon audio live-stream is in the works!

What is the Kids Community sick policy?

In the best interest of the caregivers and children in the classrooms, we ask that your child be symptom free for at least 24-48 hours before coming to class if they have had any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (even low grade), vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Body rash (other than diaper or eczema)
  • Itchy, red and/or watery eyes
  • Yellow/green discharge from nose or eyes
  • Active cold/flu symptoms (body aches, sneezing, runny nose, hacking or continuous cough, sore throat)
  • Head Lice
  • Unusual irritability or crankiness

Thank you for helping us to maintain everyone’s health!

How will you contact me if my child needs me during the service?

The leader from your child’s classroom will text you. Please be sure to keep your mobile phone on silent/vibrate.

Who staffs Kids Community? What kinds of things do you do to keep kids safe?

Classrooms are staffed by volunteers from our congregation. All classroom leaders are screened and those who are over 18 years old have undergone a background check. We desire safety for your children and peace of mind for you as a parent as you share your kids with us.

All classrooms have either half-doors with open tops or windows set in full doors. Volunteers are always scheduled in pairs, and this does not depend on the number of children present on a particular Sunday. Middle School and High School students are sometimes scheduled as volunteers. When teens are serving on a particular Sunday, there will always be an adult scheduled as well.

How do you handle taking children to the bathroom and/or changing diapers?

Please encourage your child to use the restroom before class. Classroom leaders have a short time with their classes each Sunday and don’t want any of the kids to miss out on the fun activities planned.

Diapers are changed by classroom leaders for children ages birth through 2 years old. For preschool children who are not potty trained, or older children who have an accident, parents will be called to help their child.

For children who need to use the restroom during class – please indicate whom you would like to provide help should your child need help in the restroom.

How can I stay informed?

Because we want to make sure that the entire body is aware of what is happening with the kids and students in our congregation, weekly updates on Kids Community, The Edge, and Crux are given via lesson summaries from the children’s ministry director and announcements via our weekly e-newhope. To sign-up students or parents for e-newhope, please contact Joe Miller at jmiller@ournewhope.org.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these policies, please contact Shannon Chastain (nhcckidscommunity@gmail.com) or Joe Miller (jmiller@ournewhope.org).