The purpose of Children's Church is to bring Christian education in an age appropriate format, help kids GROW in their faith, teach them to SERVE in the church and community, and SHARE Christ with the world.
1. Volunteer Screening Process. We require that all children's ministries volunteers go through a background check that is updated annually. After this step, new volunteers must go through an interview process with the Director of Children's Ministries to make sure we are all on the same page with the overall goal of Green Mountain Kids, some key philosophies about children, and the importance of discipleship and evangelism.
2. Paging/Protection System. Before children enter into the classroom, parents are asked to check them into the attendance sign-in sheet, where they receive a bracelet with a numbered tag. Each classroom for children five and under is equipped with a transmitter where we can enter in a child's bracelet number (or an emergency number for a group of first responders) and the parent will see the number flash onto two screens on each side of the sanctuary above the emergency exits. This indicates that their child or child's teacher needs their assistance. The second purpose that the bracelet serves is it assigns a specific adult who is responsible for each child. At the end of the service when a parent/guardian comes back to the classroom to pick up their child, they MUST be in possession of the bracelet that has the number corresponding to what is written on the sign-in sheet. This means that nobody except the adult who signed the child in and received the bracelet will be able to take the child from the classroom.
3. Allergy Safety Precaution. We offer only Chex Cereal and water for snacks. The exception to this rule is the Nursery, where some babies bring their own snacks from home, and where we also offer Cheerios (they are easier to gum for new chewers). When children register upon their first visit, parents can tell us about their allergies in writing. We post this information on their sign-in sheet as well as on their name tag so volunteers are aware of allergies and/or food intolerances that they should be aware of if symptoms arise.