Pastor Riley Rath | Area Leader
Physical, Emotional, Spiritual Safety
Biblically Grounded Teaching
Partnering with Parents
Like Christ Community Church, the mission of KidZONE is to reach everyone with the Gospel and lead them to become fully devoted disciples of Jesus. We are children of the Father, friends of Jesus, and servants of the Holy Spirit. With God’s abundant love and grace, we hope to be a biblically functioning community of followers of Christ.
Our heart's desire is that we might humbly serve our children here and minister to the children Mira Mesa. We do this by first humbly admitting that we are merely God’s helpers: God already loves children, and he is already saving and raising people in faith for good! As a result, we begin with prayer and faith that God is already working on the hearts of children, and we are here to participate in what he is already doing in the lives of children.
Our trust is coupled with wisdom and discipling. We believe that all truth is God’s truth, no matter where we find it! Taking insights from other disciplines (education, psychology, leadership, etc.), we seek to integrate insights into our ministry so that we can best nurture children to walk in faith in the modern world. Furthermore, we value our passionate and wise volunteers, and go the extra mile to make sure they have the resources they need to continue to walk with Jesus through life as well as love your children in thought, word, and deed. Simply put, we love people here at Christ Community Church, whether that be regular volunteers, children, or visitors that walk through the door.
Finally, we believe that faith is a life-long adventure, one that children as just beginning! Therefore, while affirming that real faith can occur at any age, we do not want to place unfair expectations on children. Even more important, we do not want our goals and expectations to be rooted in the fears, worries, and insecurities of adults. Instead, our ministry centers around the Gospel of Jesus and his kingdom, and how his amazing love meets the needs of children.
Covid-19 Video Instructions
Nursery (Ages 0 - PreK)
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 (Kindergarten - 2nd Grade) & Elementary (Grade 3 - 5)
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 5-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.
Our volunteers are recruited primarily because of their love of kids and competency to minister to them. We want your children to experience the best we have to offer! Our volunteers are equipped with a curriculum that reflects the Universal Design for Learning theory and are trained in how to best use it, both as they teach the group and talk to each individual child. Each volunteer is vetted with references and government background checks. They yearly review our church’s Child Protection Policy.
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 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.
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.
Being a follower of Jesus Christ does not end on Sunday Morning! Throughout the year we have several events designed to foster authentic community within the church, create wonderful memories for children, and give parents a chance to connect with one another. Some of our favorites include the Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk or Treat, and the Nativity Play. We also provide special events for just parents so we might better encourage and support them. These events range in purpose, some provide an opportunity for parents to voice their concerns and hope or offer ideas, while others are centered on education and training, so that our parents might be better equipped for their God-given duty of spiritually raising their children.