Stanly Baptist Association

27212 Hedge Road 
Albemarle, NC  28001
704-982-1033

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Children's Ministry Helps

Purpose of Children’s Ministries

·         To provide preschoolers and children an opportunity to enjoy happy learning experiences at church.

·         To assist in the development of the whole child: emotionally, socially, physically, intellectually and spiritually.

·         To reach out into the community with a structured program for children.

·         To provide parents with quality child care while they are attending church services and meetings.

 

Values of Children’s Missions

This church places a high value on children because the Bible does.  The Old Testament tells us that children are a reward from the Lord, a heritage from Him.  Because of this truth, children have the potential of being a wonderful blessing to their parents as well as others.  The New Testament offers scenes where Jesus’ tenderness towards children is evident.  The disciples, who were doing their job trying to protect Jesus’ time and energy, rebuked the mothers, wanting Jesus to touch their children.  Jesus was there with outstretched arms, welcoming the children to come to Him.  

Today, we can be the arms that lift children toward Jesus and take seriously the admonition to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph.6:4 NIV)  Children are a trust from the Lord and we have been entrusted with many children.  This is a big endeavor but one that we’ve been equipped by the Holy Spirit to so.  As we teach Bible lessons sing songs, and play creative games, we are training our children to stand for and to live for the Lord.

 

Organization

Children’s Ministries are age-graded with attention to special needs of individuals.  Groups are divided into Nursery (birth - 1 or walking), Preschool (walking - Kindergarten), and Children (grades 1 – 5). Information sheets for all regular attending children completed by parents/guardians are kept in the Children’s Ministries Building for leaders and caregivers. This enables our leaders to respond efficiently to any contingency.

 

Departments

·         Nursery: Birth – 1 year old or walking.

Nursery will be available for infants at all church services and programs.

Nursery Director: The Nursery Director shall have general oversight of the Nursery Program, and shall administer its affairs in accordance with our mission statement and covenant. This director shall enlist the church members in their efforts to minister to our babies and toddlers. It is at the director’s discretion as to how the nursery is staffed and how the workers are scheduled. The Nursery Director should work very closely with the Preschool Director concerning the upkeep, decoration and supplying of the nursery and toddler room facilities. The Nursery Director will select all nursery workers.

Nursery Workers: There will be at least two workers with infants at all times.  Nursery workers must be at least 13 years old in order to help in the nursery and workers under the age of 18 may help only under adult supervision.  Children of workers are welcomed to stay in the nursery with their parents.

Bottles: Bottles should be labeled with child’s name. Feeding instructions should be written on the dry erase board in the room or written on an adhesive label and placed on the child’s diaper bag.

Diaper Bags: All diaper bags of regular attending children should have a plastic diaper bag tag completed and secured to the bag.

Extra clothing: Parents should pack an ample supply of diapers and a complete change of clothes.

Drop Off and Pick Up: 

For Guests: Visiting children’s parents should fill out an adhesive sticker with child information.  The nursery worker will place one sticker on the child’s back, place one on the diaper bag and retain one for child pick up.

For Regular Attendees:

Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their children at the nursery door.   Workers will assist with diaper bags and bottle bags.  No one should be allowed in the nursery area except the workers for that day.  Nursery workers should be notified if an adult other than the parent would pick up the child for that day.  Each regularly attending child will receive two identification cards that parents or adult chaperone should present at the door.  Visiting children will receive a visitor’s pass with corresponding pass going to parent or adult chaperone, which should be presented upon pickup.

For Preschool Worship:

Parents should sign in children on the sign in sheet. Guests will be given name tags by the preschool leader.

Sickness: Sunday School Nursery workers should call Preschool Director in the event of their sickness. Worship Service workers are responsible for finding a replacement. 

Linens: Sheets, towels, and receiving blankets are on hand and available for nursery use.  Each baby should have a clean sheet to be put on when placed in the crib.  All linens that have been used for that day should be put in the basket to be washed. Sunday School nursery workers should check the basket on a regular basis and make arrangements for washing.

Nursery Boundaries: A worker will take no child from the nursery area.  Other classrooms and breezeway area are off limits. Fussy babies may be walked and calmed in the hallway and foyer.

 

·                  Preschool Department   (Walking – Kindergarten)

Preschoolers are encouraged to attend the services and programs for their appropriate age group: Sunday School, Choir, Mission Friends, and Discipleship. During the morning worship services, Preschool Worship is offered to preschoolers if parents so choose.

Extra clothing:  Parents should pack an ample supply of diapers and a complete change of clothes.

Toilet Training:  If your child is toilet training, please tell the teacher so that they can assist him/her as needed and help parents with this endeavor.

Drop Off and Pick Up:  Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their children at the classroom door.   Workers will assist children with their belongings. Teachers should be notified if an adult other than the parent will pick up the child for that day.  Each regularly attending child will receive two identification cards that parents or adult chaperone should present at the door.  Visiting children will receive a visitor’s pass with corresponding pass going to parent or adult chaperone, which should be presented upon pickup.

Sickness:  Sunday School Teachers should call Preschool Director in the event of their sickness.  Other teachers are responsible for finding a replacement.  For guidelines concerning sick preschoolers, please refer to page 11 “Sick Child Guidelines”.

Preschool Workers:  There will be at least two workers with preschoolers at all times.  Preschool workers must be at least 13 years old in order to help and workers under the age of 18 may help only under adult supervision.

Preschool Boundaries:  The Preschool Classes will occasionally visit the breezeway and playground when the weather is nice.  Two teachers must accompany the children when leaving the room, except for bathroom visits.

Preschool Worship: The Preschool Worship activity will be the responsibility of the Children Minister. This organization shall be responsible for handling children’s worship at the Sunday Worship Service. They will plan and administer various Christian activities for our children during this period.

 

·         Children’s Department   (1st – 5th Grades)

Grade school children are encouraged to attend the services and programs for their appropriate age group:  Sunday School, Children’s Discipleship, Choir, Puppets, Handbells, and Mission Groups.

Drop Off and Pick Up:  Children in this department are allowed to go on their own to and from classes unless specifically requested by parent for child to be picked up.  Parents are asked to encourage their children to walk quietly to and from classes so as not to disturb other classes.  If children are lingering in hallway or outside, parents will be asked to drop off/pick up.

Sickness:  Sunday School Teachers should call Children’s Director in the event of their sickness.  Other teachers are responsible for finding a replacement.  For guidelines concerning sick children, please refer to “Sick Child Guidelines”.

 

Sick Child Guidelines

When a child appears sick, we will discuss the health of the child with the parents.  This may occur when the child arrives or during the stay of the service.  If deemed necessary, we will request that the child be taken out of the room. The reasons are:

·         To protect other children from exposure.

·         To protect your child from exposure to others when their resistance is down, and thus developing secondary infections.

·         To prevent the spread of any infection.

(adopted the recommendations from the Committee on Control of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics)

 

A child should not be taken from home when any of the following exist:

·         Fever – currently or within the previous 24 hours (any oral temperature over 100 or rectal temperature over 101 or axially temperature over 99).

·         Vomiting or Diarrhea

·         Common Cold – from onset through one week if there is:

·         Runny Nose with yellow/green discharge which may represent infection or

·         Cough which may represent bronchitis or pneumonia or simply post-nasal drip, but one cannot be sure at first.

·         Sore throat

·         Croup

·         Any unexplained rash

·         Any symptom of Childhood Disease (i.e. scarlet fever, measles (red or German), mumps, chicken pox, or whooping cough).

·         Any skin infection – impetigo, boils, and ringworm.

·         Eye infection – Pink Eye or Drainage.

 

Sometimes a child may simply not feel well and exhibit listlessness.  This should be a warning that more may be on the way.  These children should be kept at home for rest and protection from other illnesses.

The church cannot be responsible to dispense drugs/medication of any kind.

When a child becomes sick, (s) he will be isolated from the other children in the classroom, and the parents will be asked to take the child home.

Parents should report any allergies to the Sunday School teacher – preferably in writing.

 

Discipline Policy

Webster’s dictionary defines it as “training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.” We realize that when dealing with children, there are times when disciplinary measures are needed.  The intent should never be to single out or embarrass a particular child, but to use constructive discipline when appropriate.

The church preschool and children’s workers will use no physical discipline of any kind.  We will try to guide the child with positive instructions whenever possible by using the reward principle.  We believe that children will continue doing things that are followed by good consequences.  Workers will praise children when they are obedient and commend their good behavior, thereby showing disobedient children the benefits of good conduct.

Time Out:  Teacher will use the time out method for children when necessary.  Time suggested in one minute per the age of the child.  The designated place will be somewhere in the room.  Time out will only be allowed in the hallway when a teacher is accompanying the child.  Teachers should tell the parents upon pickup if their child was placed in time-out that day.

On occasion, teachers may need to ask parents to come and visit in the class on the next designated meeting time. This is not to punish or embarrass the child, but rather to correct the disruptive behavior.

Promotion:  Promotion takes place the first Sunday in September.  Infants will be promoted to the one year old class upon their first birthday, provided they have started walking.  Preschoolers will attend the age appropriate class, as determined by their age on October 10th of that church year.  Grade school children will attend the class corresponding to their school grade.

Travel/Activities:  On occasion, grade school children will be taken on off-campus activities.  For each activity, a travel release form will be completed and signed by parent or guardian before child is allowed to go.  A sample form on the following page may be used.

When the church takes children swimming, we make sure there will be a certified lifeguard on duty.  When one is not available (private/personal pools), we will hire a lifeguard to go with us.  Whenever parents or guardians are present, they assume primary responsibility for the safety of their children.

 

When a Child Can Believe

The church realizes that children make professions of faith at different ages.  We will never push a child to make such a decision but rather nurture that relationship through mentoring, church programs, and activities.

Every summer during Vacation Bible School, there will be an emphasis on salvation for the elementary age children.  The plan of salvation is presented in a welcoming, non-threatening way, and children are asked to remain in the classroom if they want to further discuss a response.

Children are continuously encouraged to come to the Pastor or Children’s Ministry Director with their questions about Christianity.  We encourage parents to join that visit if the child desires.  On occasion, a preschooler will inquire about becoming a Christian.  Since no one knows the age of accountability for each child, we try to handle this child seriously, but very delicately.  We do not ask closed-ended questions, but rather try to allow the child to explain what he/she has been thinking about.  Normally, the parent is encouraged to spend more time with the child discussing what it means to be a Christian and be astute to the questions the preschooler is asking. 

These are some Bible verses we use when working with a child:


Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

John 3:16

Romans 10:9-10


Leading a child to Christ should be handled with extreme care.  We pray for discernment and realize that at times, a child’s faith can be greater than of an adult.