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?
How does drop-off and pick up work?
Parents can check in all of their kids/students for programming with one quick stop at the new Family Check-In Station, located at the Biltmore entrance (just outside the Nursery doors). After checking in, you can send them on to class from there, if you feel comfortable doing so. We’ll have staff and volunteers helping all ages find their way. Children 5th grade and younger must be checked out of class by a parent or older sibling (6th grade or older). Students in 6th grade and older can check themselves out of class.
What is the deal with snacks?
We offer occasional snacks during programming. Please help us choose safe snacks by letting us know your child's allergies or dietary restrictions. Thanks!
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!
Karen Brown: Director, Family MInistries
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)
Taylor Bruce: Student Ministries Director
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.
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.
- For 8 weeks-2 years: Our nursery is open every Wednesday night.
- For ages 3 years-1st Grade: Meet on the second floor above the Nursery
- For grades 2-5: Meet on the 3rd floor above the Nursery
- For grades 6-12: In Student Central, Wednesday night is our "Youth Group Night" for all students
For easy pick up, parents of ages 3 years – 5th grade can meet their children in the Fellowship Hall after class at 7:35. Students in 6th grade and older can check themselves out of class.
For more information about what's offered for adults on Wednesday nights, click here.
Is there a children's choir?
We have two choir opportunities for kids and students:
1) Choristers: Preschool – 1st graders will learn scripture and Bible truths through song during their Sunday school hour. Choristers is led by Barb Kelley.
2) The Student Choir – for 2nd -12th graders. Students who love to sing will gather in the choir room every Sunday morning from 9:40-10:10 for rehearsal. After some fun practice time, all student singers can join their Sunday school group from there. Whitney will make sure all younger students find their way safely. Click HERE to register your student for choir or to contact Whitney.