At King’s Cross, we love kids as a gift from God. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward” (Psalm 127:3). We also believe that parents are the primary spiritual leaders in the home. Our desire is to invest in our future generation on Sunday mornings and equip parents to spiritually nurture their children at home. All children are welcome to join us throughout the worship gathering. We want kids not only to feel welcome but excited about coming to our worship gatherings. That said, we also understand if parents of young children need a break.
Children’s ministry is not just a second-rate ministry or free childcare but rather fulfilling the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 to make gospel-centered disciples of Jesus. It serves children by introducing them to the Creator of the universe as well as ministers to parents by allowing them to be edified by the preaching of God’s Word. We go out of our way to ensure King’s Kids and the nursery is a safe place. All of our children’s workers have passed background checks.
Nursery (ages 0-2)
Childcare for infants ages 0-2 years old is available throughout the entire worship gathering in the Youth Center lobby. Our nursery workers are members of KCC who love to play, read, and comfort babies and toddlers. There are always two adult workers in the nursery who have passed FBI background checks and adhere to our Child Protection Policy. In addition to childcare, there is a room in the nursery that functions as a “cry room” as well as a room for nursing mothers.
King’s Kids (ages 3-5)
King’s Kids is our children’s ministry that takes place in the second half of the worship gathering in the auxiliary gym (in the middle of the YMCA). We take a short break prior to the sermon to dismiss children ages 3-5 years old and their parents to register for King’s Kids in the Youth Center lobby. Our teachers are adult covenant members of KCC, FBI background checked, and adhere to our Child Protection Policy. There are at least two adults in the King’s Kids class at all times. At this time, we do not have a class for school-aged children, but we do have activity packets for children available on a table on the back wall of the worship space.
HOW DO I CHECK-IN MY CHILD?
Every child going to both the nursery or King’s Kids must be checked in at the Child Check-in Station at the nursery entrance. Checking in your child is pretty simple and safe. We use an electronic check-in system that prints out a name tag and security tag. There are two tablet stations for self check-in for regulars as well as a computer station manned by a children’s ministry volunteer for visitors and guests. You are welcome to check-in your child at any time, but remember that King’s Kids is during the sermon time only and will be dismissed prior to the sermon.
Here is what you need to do:
1. Enter the last four digits of your phone number on the Tablet prompt and it will pull up your entire household.
If this is your first time at King’s Cross or your child’s info is not in our system, there will be a manned station with a children’s ministry volunteer to get you signed in.
2. Check Mark the boxes of the children you want to check in.
You can only check in children who fit within the class age range (ages 0-2 for Nursery and ages 3-5 for King’s Kids).
3. Confirm who is checking in the child and then click the “Check in # People” button on the bottom right. Take your printed name tags and security tag.
You will need to present this security tag to the King’s Kids and/or Nursery workers upon pick up in order to check out your child. So please don’t lose your security tag.
And that’s it! Your children are checked in and ready to go. Nursery-aged children can go right into the nursery. Children checked into King’s Kids will be dismissed during the worship gathering.
WHAT ABOUT BATHROOM BREAKS AND SNACKS?
We will not be giving out any snacks, but we will have individual water bottles available for the children. We encourage parents to take their child to the bathroom before class starts. We cannot stress this enough. According to our Child Protection Policy, nursery workers can change diapers of children in the nursery, but children in King’s Kids will need parental assistance. In the event that your child in King’s Kids needs to go to the bathroom, you will receive a text from the teacher. So please have your phone one you.
WHAT WILL BE CLASS STRUCTURE IN KING’S KIDS?
King’s Kids is not just childcare but an intentional time to teach children about Jesus. Our teachers always aim to show the kids that all of Scripture points to Jesus. The general format will be to start with some “wiggle” activities or a song to help get energy out because focused activities. You can listen to these songs on Spotify: King’s Kids Sing Along, King’s Kids Dance, and Seeds Family Worship. There will be a time for taking prayer requests and teaching children the importance of prayer. There will be a monthly memory verse that the children will learn together as well as a teaching time. This fall we will be teaching through the Big Picture Story Bible. As time allows, there will be more fun activities, singing songs, and coloring time until parents pick up their children. Again, parents will need to present their security ticket in order to check out their child.
We believe the teaching in King’s Kids on Sunday plants seeds in the hearts of children, but the real growth comes through intentional watering from parents and guardians. If you ever have any questions about what we teach or the songs and activities we use, please let us know.