FAQ - Family Ministry
Do you have a child safety policy?
Central has developed a comprehensive, church-wide child safety policy. Central is a "GRACE Certified Ministry," reflecting our diligence and commitment to creating a safer environment for your children. A copy of our policy is available here.
What is Children's Church?
We offer a "children's worship opportunity" during both sermons (9:00 and 10:45). Children's Church is designed to help kids experience the elements of worship at an age-appropriate level. They will sing worship songs, hear God's word, and pray. After worshipping with their family during the first part of the service, kids ages 3-years through 1st grade will be invited to join our leaders at the front of the sanctuary. The children will be escorted to "Children's Church" in the Gathering Place. After the sermon, our leaders will walk the children back to the front of the sanctuary to meet their parents. PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to send your child to Children's Church, please look for Children's Church name tags in the Hanley lobby and in the pews and fill one out for your child. All Children's Church kids must have a name tag before leaving the sanctuary with the leaders.
What does my child do during class?
We do a variety of things to create time and space for your child to know God, to know self and others, and to discover new ways of making God known to the world. Please see your child's class leaders for a specific class-time schedule.
What curriculum do you use?
Our preschool and elementary classes use The Gospel Project for Kids curriculum. The Gospel Project takes kids on a Christ-centered, chronological journey through Scripture. Kids will discover how the gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation. When kids truly experience the gospel, their hearts are transformed. It is the gospel, not good behavior, that changes everything. You can see all of The Gospel Project lessons in the KidCentral Parents and Leaders group in MyCentral.
on wednesday nights
Ages 3-1st Grade: We will be going through the DiscipleLand curriculum: Amazing New Testament Heroes. The children will learn about the faith of 19 New Testament personalities who responded to Jesus' presence in their lives, and see the living Christ through the eyes of the people in the Gospels. They will understand why Jesus is the Hero who God sent to save us all.
Grades 2-5: Along with a mid-week service project, our elementary kids will be studying the book of Romans in a kid-friendly fashion. We will be using "Romans Study for Kids" by Nicole Love Halbrooks Vaughn. "Romans Study for Kids" will help us learn how to pay attention to the details when reading the Bible. We will learn how to read the Bible and ask who, what, when, where, why, and how. Although the curriculum is meant to be in-depth, we will lighten it up a bit to fit with our Wednesday night activities.
For middle and high schoolers on Sundays and Wednesdays, we'll use HC and Me (Book 2) by Faith Alive. This is an easy-to-use, classic course on the Heidelberg Catechism and its relevance for life in our times. We'll utilize discussion questions, interactive activities, and more to present important catechism/theology in an engaging way. If you're interested, we suggest purchasing a copy of the devotional 'Every Bit of Who I Am' for your student to revisit and personalize these biblical truths during his or her devotion times at home.
What is the deal with snacks?
For grades 2-5, we have a snack option every Sunday morning. All of our food is nut free and we try to keep the sugar to a minimum. There is always a gluten-free choice, and we limit the portion size. Since snack time is part of our "Open Rooms" time, your child may or may not choose to have a snack. For children in 1st grade and younger, we do not provide Sunday morning snacks. Don't forget about the yummy treats in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday!
How does drop-off and pick-up work?
To ensure safety, we ask that no children under 6th grade walk alone on campus. When you drop-off your child, please take his or her number ticket and make sure we have a current emergency contact number in your child's nametag pocket. Similar to the way a coat check works, whomever picks up your child must have that same ticket. You may delegate drop-off and/or pick-up by passing your ticket to someone you trust (6th grade or older).
Who is in charge? What if I have a question or concern about Sunday school?
Please don't hesitate to contact us!
Christine Vandervoort: Director of PEEPs and Early Childhood Ministry (ages 4 and under)
Jenny Smith: KidCentral Administrative Assistant (5th grade and under) and Early Childhood Ministry Coordinator (ages 3-4)
Becky Hall: Elementary Ministry Coordinator (K-5)
Jenn Anderson: Student Ministry Administrative Assistant and Event Coordinator
Ari Dayoub: Student Ministry Coordinator (6th-12th)
Matt Woodson: Asst. Director of Student Ministry (6th-12th)
How will I know about special events and when there is no Sunday school
Your best resource will be in the MyCentral. Create a login and join the group/s called "KidCentral Parents and Leaders" and/or "Student Central." Once you do that, you'll get regular newsletters and important reminders via email. Please let us know if you have any trouble with these steps.
How can I help?
We are always looking for parents to join us in this rewarding, Kingdom work. You can sign up to be a once-a-month helping hand, or a regular member of our teaching team. Click here if you're interested in serving in Family Ministries.
Who are my child's leaders?
Koala 3** - 4 years: Susie Brown, Allison Brown, James Vandervoort, Taylor Smith
Zebra - Kindergarten - 1st Grade: Noah Tatko, Jess Tatko, Sue Winkleman, Stewart Geisz, Crissy Martin
Grades 2-3 Castle, lower floor: Nancy Mills, Katie Ellison, Melinda Nichols, Cher Curtis, Lee Curtis, Derek Lohse, Al Stith
Grades 4-5 Castle, upper floor: Travis Martin, Brett Tatko, Deborah Primm, Tami Holder
Chorister Choir Leader (3 years - 1st grade): Elizabeth Smith - meets during Sunday school hour
Elementary Choir Leader (Grades 2-5): Whitney Cairns - meets 9:40-10:10 in the Castle
6th grade girls: Missy Smith and Jess Tatko
6th grade boys: Matt Woodson
7th grade girls: Deb Sommer
7th grade boys: Karl Pollack
8th grade girls: Ari Dayoub
8th grade boys: Noah Tatko
9th and 10th grade girls: Kelsey Bullock and Ari Dayoub
9th and 10th grade boys: Matt Woodson and Sam Stufflebaum
11th and 12th grade girls: Catherine Stufflebaum and Divya Subramaniam
11th and 12th grade boys: Jared Bullock and Matt Woodson
Is there mid-week programming?
For the whole family: Come for dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 5:30-6:30 (it's free!) before heading to class. See what's offered in KidCentral below:
For 8 weeks-2 years: Our nursery is open every Wednesday night.
For ages 3 years-1st Grade: Meet in the Koala Room from 6:30-7:30.
For grades 2-5: Meet in the "Castle" (Duplex) - the building just south of the parking garage with the bright, red door.
For grades 6-8: In Student Central, Wednesday night is our "Middle School Night" for grades 6-8. Come for dinner in the Fellowship Hall before heading to the Student Center for middle school games and small-group discipleship time from 6:30-7:30. Bring your middle school friends!
For grades 9-12: Sunday night is "High School Night" for 9-12th graders and their friends. Come to the Student Center from 6:30-8 for games, small-group discipleship, and hang out time.
For more information about what's offered for adults on Wednesday nights, click here.
Is there a children's choir?
Yes! We offer two children's choirs:
Choristers: 3 years - 1st grade. Meets during the Sunday school hour. No registration required. The leader is Elizabeth Smith
Elementary choir: Grades 2-5 meet Sunday mornings from 9:40-10:10am on the upper floor of the Castle, the elementary Sunday school building, starting in October. Registration is required, so be on the lookout for more information soon. The leader is Whitney Cairns