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?
Ages 3-5th Grade: 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.
For middle and high schoolers: Join us on Sunday mornings for large group lessons (middle and high school combined). We have an accompanying scripture reading plan with weekly memorization. Student Ministry's theme for this year will be love. Our Sunday morning teaching will focus in on God's love and how we can reciprocate it. For the spring, we hope to teach on how God uses the means of grace to grow our capacity to love him and his kingdom. We will break the means of grace into 3 categories: The Word, Fellowship, and Prayer.
For high schoolers: Along with Sunday morning large group, join us on Sunday nights from 6:30-7:30pm for small groups. Together we'll play games and then break up into smaller groups to continue the morning's discussion on God's love.
on wednesday nights
Ages 3-1st Grade: We will be going through Simply Loved by Group Publishing with our kindergarten and 1st graders.
Grades 2-5: We invite our elementary school students to join us on Wednesday nights from 6:30 - 7:30pm following dinner as we go through a special curriculum focused on Pilgrim's Progress.
For middle schoolers: Along with Sunday morning large group, join us on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30pm following dinner for small groups. Together we'll play games and then break up into smaller groups to continue the morning's discussion on God's love. We also encourage high schoolers to come on Wednesday nights to join one of the adult EquipU classes or to help volunteer with KidCentral.
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. 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.
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. Please contact Whitney Cairns if your child is interested in the Castle Choir.