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KidCentral

Welcome to KidCentral! 

We partner with parents to shepherd children and students in living out their identity as members of the body of Christ. In all of our programs and events for your kids ages 8 weeks through 5th grade, we strive to provide a fun, kid-friendly environment where your children feel safe and encouraged as they learn about Jesus. It is our policy for all children 5th grade and under to be accompanied by an adult or older student (6th grade and older) at all times while on campus. 

Sunday Mornings

Sunday School

Children's Church during the 8:30am service

Wednesday Nights

EquipCentral

Special Events

KidCentral hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, highlighted by Spring Storm (annual retreat for grades 4-6), and Kids Night Out (vacation Bible school held in July). Watch for more details!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does my child do all morning?
What curriculum do you use on Sunday mornings?
What's the deal with snacks?
How does drop-off and pick-up work?
What time is drop-off and pick-up?
Who is in charge? What if I have a question or concern about Sunday school?
How will I know about special events and where there is no Sunday school?
How can I help?
Who are my child's leaders?
Is there mid-week programming? 
Is there a children's choir?
What's next for my child? Is there a scope & sequence?
How can I be sure my child is safe?


 

Children's Church during the 8:30am service
We offer a "children's worship opportunity" during the sermon portion of the 8:30am service. 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. All of our volunteer leaders will be wearing orange shirts. From there, the children will be escorted to "Children's Church" in Classroom B - just down the stairs. 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 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 all morning?
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. 

What curriculum do you use on Sunday mornings?
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.

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 coach 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).

What time is drop-off and pick-up?
You may drop-off your child anytime after 9:45am and pick up at 10:50am.

Who is in charge? What if I have a question or concern about Sunday school?
Please don't hesitate to contact Becky Hall (Elementary Ed. Coordinator) or Karen Brown (Director of Family Ministries). 

How will I know about special events and when there is no Sunday school?
Your best resource will be in the MyCentral group called "KidCentral Parents and Leaders". You might also want to like our KidCentral Facebook page for updates and reminders. Please let us know if you aren't getting KidCentral communication via email!

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. Email Becky if you are interested!

Who are my child's leaders?
*Note: you can access your child’s leaders through MyCentral

Kindergarten – Tiger room; 3rd Floor above the nursery- main building:
Sue Winkleman
Jess and Noah Tatko

1st grade - Zebra room; 3rd Floor above the nursery- main building:
Sue Winkleman
Lisa Dunlap
Crissy Martin

Grades 2-3 - Duplex – lower floor:
Bryon Boyle
Nancy Mills
Katie Ellison
Melinda Nichols
Cher Curtis
Lee Curtis 

Grades 4-5 - Duplex – upper floor:
Travis Martin
Brett Tatko
Deborah Primm
Tami Holder

Is there mid-week programming?
Yes! EquipCentral is on Wednesday nights. We start with dinner in the Fellowship Hall (main building, lower floor) from 5:30-6:30pm for all ages. The nursery is open for children ages 2 and under on Wednesday nights.

Ages 3-1st grade study Amazing Old Testament Heroes on Wednesday nights. This curriculum by Discipleland reinforces bible stories with fun games and crafts. After Christmas, they will switch to Amazing New Testament Heroes from the same publisher. Ages 3-1st grade meet on the second floor of the main building, above the nursery, on Wednesday nights.

Students in grades 2-5 will also be busy. Along with our weekly service project on Wednesday nights, they will be studying the Parables - as a compliment to our Sunday sermon series this fall. We'll be using the Kids' Travel Guide Through the Parables curriculum by Group Publishing. We'll travel on this journey through Jesus' parables, in eluding lessons on the sower, lost sheep, a mustard seed, the unmerciful servant, the good Samaritan, and more. Grades 2-5 meet in the Duplex, the building just south of the parking garage with the bright red door.

Don't forget about yourself! Be sure to check the Adults tab of our website to learn about our wonderful adult classes on Wednesday nights.

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 Duplex starting in October. Registration is required, so be on the lookout for more information soon. The leader is Whitney Cairns

What's next for my child? Is there a scope & sequence?
Yes! It's our goal to provide a program for your kids that is tailored for and honors each unique age and stage of development. As they grow and mature, they will progress from basic exposure to scripture, prayer, worship and service to understanding and applying these spiritual disciplines in their own lives. Please see our Family Ministry scope & sequence chart below:

Family Ministries Nursery & Early Childhood
8 wks-4yrs
Elementary 
Grades K-5
Middle School
Grades 6-8
High School
Grades 9-12
Scope & Sequence Initial
Exposure
Corporate
Experience
Personal
Engagement
Mobilized
Expressions
Scripture Memorize Read Interpret Apply
Prayer Memorize Corporate Personal Intercessory
Worship (Liturgy) Define Practice Confirm Lead
Service My Room My Peers My Church My Neighbor

How can I be sure my child is safe?
We keep our entrance monitored all morning, and all of the volunteer leaders have been trained for emergency evacuation and/or lock-down. We keep first-aid kits and emergency instruction in a prominent place on each floor, have removed all doors to interior rooms, and make sure to have at least 1 adult for every 10 children (we usually have a much smaller ratio). All of our volunteers have a current background screening on file.

 

 

What time is drop-off and pick-up?
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