Kidzone

Pastor Riley Rath | Area Leader


Our Values

Physical, Emotional, Spiritual Safety

Loving, Nurturing Environment

Fun, Child Targeted Discipleship

Encouraging Parental Partnership


Our Philosophy

A core belief for all of Next Generation ministries is that it is God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who saves and raises people into faith; we are merely His helpers!  Thus even children’s ministry is centered around helping children experience God as they begin to get to know Him. Leaders see themselves as Jesus’ ambassadors, and thus prioritize their own faith so they can best demonstrate the character and kindness of Jesus to our children.  Lessons are grounded in identity, focusing around learning about who Jesus says He is and who Jesus says children are, rather than mere behavior modification. The varying activities offer numerous means for children to familiarize themselves with the teachings, creating a robust approach of integration and expression.   And all of this is designed to complement, not replace, what is happening at home; we believe parents to be the primary leaders in their children’s spiritual growth, and in turn we are called to support parents in any way we can.


Nursery (Ages 0 - 4)

Drop your little ones off at the KIDzone nursery, located at the front of the church, just to the right of the main lobby.  Our KIDzone nursery staff will provide excellent care for your infants/toddlers while you are in the adult service.  Children will hear a Bible story, color a picture and play with others, all while being encouraged and loved by our experienced and screened KIDzone team.  Don't worry - if your child needs you, we will come and find you to be sure their needs are being met.


Primary (Age 5 - 2nd Grade) & Elementary (Grade 3 - 5)

Check In

Check in your child, ages 5 through grade 5 in at the KidZONE room, which is located just to the left of the lobby entrance with the grey door.  All children will create a name tag to attach to their clothing for identification purposes. Parents of children ages 4-second grade will also be given a numbered bracelet to wear and return for checkout at the end of class.  This bracelet is one of the ways Christ Community Church helps to identify our younger kiddos and keep them safe


Teaching

Following check-in procedures and playtime, children gather for lessons designed to teach all sorts of children in multiple ways. All kids initially meet together as they learn what it means to worship God through music and prayer, followed by quick story and/or video to introduce the lesson’s topic.  They then split off into with trained volunteers into Primary and Elementary age groups to interact with the Bible and Christian truths. These lessons incorporating games, crafts, singing, discussion, dancing, and other activities designed to make their church experience FUN.  

During weeks that the church celebrates communion, Our KIDzoners will join the congregation in worship.  We have the option to participate in communion when celebrated in church.  If this is not your preference please share your decision with a teacher, and thoughtful accommodations will be made.


Pick Up

At the end of the service, parents pick up their Primary aged children through the gray door to the right in the lobby.  Parents of the kids 8 through Grade 5 should arrange to meet their children either in the classroom or in the church lobby.  Elementary kids are dismissed at the end of the adult service, while the Primary and Nursery children must await their parents return.

Special Notes

Allergies/Special Needs

Please notify the KIDzone leaders of any allergies that your child may have. Occasionally snacks are made available for children. Additionally, please let us know of any special needs or special requirements you have for your child. We will do our best to serve your child according to your requests. 


Snacks

Children ages 18 months through 3 years old are served snacks and juice boxes each week provided by the KIDzone. Snacks are simple and include animal crackers, fish crackers or graham crackers. 


Emergencies

In the event of an emergency while your child is in the KIDzone, a volunteer will notify our staff who will be sure to contact you so you can attend to your child's needs. 


Belongings

Please mark all of your child's belonging with your child's name, including the diaper bag, toys and cups. Please include extra diapers, a change of clothing, a non-spill drink container and a favorite blanket or toy if your child is attached to one. 


Diaper Changing

Our staff will be sure that children are changed as changing is needed. If you have any special concerns regarding changing, please let our staff know when you drop your child off. 


Wellness Policy

We ask that parents only bring their children to the KIDzone if their children are healthy and without colds or other contagious illnesses in an effort to protect the other children from contacting the illness. 


Restroom Policy

We ask all parents to have their children use the restrooms before signing them in to the KIDzone. Due to the design of our facility, it's important that children are reminded each week in order to prevent distractions within the KIDzone as well as within the sanctuary. Restrooms are located toward the rear of the sanctuary.


Staffing

All volunteers/staff have been screened by our pastoral staff. All have filled out appropriate applications and have had background checks done to be sure that your child will receive the most safe, secure environment we can possibly provide. The KIDzone nursery is staffed by a preschool professional who has been with CCC since 2002 and is present in the nursery for most services.