Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.”

Matthew 19:14

More “firsts” occur during the preschool years than any other time in a child’s life: first smile, first time to crawl, first steps, first tooth, first loose tooth…

It is our desire to walk with your preschooler as they take their First Steps toward Jesus. We want to partner with you and help make those first impressions of faith. Together, we can help lay a strong foundation of who God is so, when the time is right, your child will be ready to make the decisions to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Weekly Schedule

Sundays
8:30 am WeeWorship
9:40 am Group Bible Studies
10:45 am WeeWorship
5:00 – 7:00 pm TeamKid
Wednesdays
5:30 – 5:55 pm Play Center is open
6:00 – 6:45 pm Mission Friends
6:45 – 7:30 pm Kids Praise

 

WeeWorship

WeeWorship allows preschoolers to worship in the way they do best-through movement. Kids sing songs with motions, watch Bible Stories, participate in hands-on activities, play interactive games, and learn Bible skills. Each activity and song goes along with the Bible truth they are learning that day in WeWorship and Sunday School.

Children’s Building: 1st Floor (Sunday 8:30 am & 10:45 am)
1’s & 2’s: Room 100
3’s – K: “Big Room”
Childcare provided for Babies in Room 101.

Group Bible Studies

Group Bible Studies give preschoolers a small group experience to learn God’s Word on their age level. The curriculum we use is the Gospel Project. The Gospel Project for Kids is a Christ-centered Bible study resource that looks at the big picture of God’s story—the story of redemption through Jesus Christ. Each week, kids of all ages will follow a chronological timeline of Bible events, all the while learning how each story points to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Children’s Building: 1st Floor (Sunday 9:45 am)
Babies: Room 100
1’s: Room 101
2’s: Room 105
3’s: Room 110
PreK: Room 114
K: Room 116

TeamKID

TeamKid: Kid’s in Discipleship uses games and art to teach kids how to apply God’s Word to their
daily life.

Children’s Building: First Floor (Sunday 5-7 pm)
Babies – 2’s: Room 100
3’s – K: Room 115

Mission Friends

Preschoolers are involved in learning, praying, giving, and doing mission as they learn of missions work in North America and throughout the world. Each month, preschoolers learn of a missionary in a different place.

Children’s Building: First Floor (Wednesday, 6 pm)
Babies – 1’s: Room 100
2’s & 3’s: Room 104
PreK: Room 115
K: Room 116

KidsPraise

KidsPraise is the Preschool Music Ministry. Each week, preschoolers sing great songs, learn hip moves, play fun music games, and discover new instruments. The choirs present two major programs every year, in December and May. They also may sing at various times throughout the year. These events provide the children an opportunity to use their talents to praise the Lord.

Children’s Building: First Floor (Wednesday, 6:45 pm)
2’s & 3’s: Room 107
PreK & K: Room 117

 

We Care for Your Kids

Send all necessary supplies in your bag including: diapers, wipes, bottles, and an extra change of clothes (for children who are not potty trained).

Please label EVERYTHING with your child’s name: diaper bags, pacifiers, bottles, etc. Labels help us ensure your child’s items are returned and kept for their use only.

Babies: Please send bottles of water and premeasured formula. A refrigerator is in Room 100 (Baby Room) for premade bottles. Let the teacher know on the information sheet you fill out if the bottle needs to be refrigerated and warmed. Babies will only be given what is in their diaper bag.
1’s – K: Children receive a snack of goldfish crackers, butter flavored crackers, and apple juice, water, or flavored drink. Allergy Alert signs will be posted if another snack is offered. Always let your child’s teacher know of any allergies.
Nursing Room: A Nursing room is available in the Preschool Building for feeding and changing.

Babies and 1’s promote to older classes within the preschool year as they mature and develop in their abilities. Parents will be notified when Preschoolers promote to a new room.
2 year olds (as of September 30) and older promote annually (usually in August).

Big Church
Preschoolers are always welcomed to worship with their parents but a separate worship is also provided for them during each worship service. When Kindergartners promote to 1st grade they being going to “Big Church” with their family.
Kindergartners participate in a Worship Treasure Hunt to help prepare them to attend worship. Tools are also given to parents at this time to help make this transition an exciting time.

 

Safety is Our Priority

A computerized Check-In System is provided for Preschoolers (Babies-Kindergarten). Parents will receive three labels: one for the child, one for the teachers and one for parents to use when picking up their child. Labels are cross-checked before the child is released. Misplaced labels are available at the Children’s Welcome Desk.
Texting is our primary way to reach you if we need you during a service. We will send a message to the cell phone number that you write on your child’s sign in sheet. Please keep your phone on silent while in worship.

HEALTH

For the safety and health of all children, pediatricians recommend that children be kept at home until free of the following symptoms for at least 24 hours.
• Fever (free of fever without fever reducing medication)
• Diarrhea
• Vomiting
• Persistent cough
• Runny nose
• Discharge from eye

Allergy Policies

We strive to maintain a nut-free environment (and/or foods processed near nuts). All snacks are provided. Snacks from outside environments are not permitted. Children who cannot consume a classroom snack because of allergies may make arrangements ahead of time to provide their own.
Please make your child’s teacher and the Children’s Minister aware of your child’s allergies. Allergy notes may be filed in our database and/or printed on your child’s label.
1’s – K: Children receive a snack of goldfish crackers, butter flavored crackers, and apple juice, water, or flavored drink. Allergy Alert signs will be posted if another snack is offered. Always let your child’s teacher know of any allergies.

Special Needs

We are dedicated to providing an enriching environment that will help children take their next steps toward Christ. We want to offer the best possible experience for children of all ages with developmental, emotional, or physical challenges. Please see Elaine Gardner so that our teachers know how to best teach your child.

Opportunities to Serve

The Preschool Ministry is a volunteer-based ministry that revolves around parent participation. There are many opportunities for service with the largest need on Sunday mornings during the Worship Services. Serving in the Preschool Ministry is a wonderful blessing. If you are interested, please contact the Children’s Ministry Office at 318-322-2782.
Volunteer Requirements:
• A love for children.
• A national security check and approval by our Children’s Team.
• Volunteers ages 11-15 must serve in classrooms of children who are at least 1 year old.
• Two volunteers will always be placed in each room.

Family Dedication

Our Family Dedication service is a special event for parents of babies and/or any other age children to stand together before the church and commit themselves as parents to raise their children under the guidance of God and His Word.
Dedication services occur at different times throughout the year. Please contact the Children’s Ministry Office if you would like to participate in the Family Dedication. They will be glad to let you know of the next special service. Both parents are asked to participate in a one-hour class before being able to dedicate their child. This allows you as a parent to know and understand the commitment you are making to God.

 

Resources

Online helps for Parents:

 

Online helps for Teachers:

Sunday School teachers check out Lifeway’s Children page. Mission Friends, GA’s and RA’s Check out WMU’s leaders and resources pages.

 

 

Books for Parents and Grandparents:

  • Family Driven Faith:  Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God by Voddie T. Baucham Jr.
  • 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son by Vicki Courtney
  • 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter by Vicki Courtney
  • The ABCs of Parenting:  26 Practical Lessons for building a Healthy and Happy Home by Steve Boctor
  • Spiritual Parenting:  An Awakening for Today’s Families by Michelle Anthony
  • Mirrors and Maps:  A Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Teen by Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff
  • Path of Purity:  A Family Guide, Bob Bunn, Editor

 

Books for Girls

  • Secret Keeper Girl Series by Dannah Gresh
  • The Lily Series:  Here’s Lily by Nancy Rue
  • Magazines for Girls (Preteen):  Between God and Me:  A Journey Through Proverbs by Vicki Courtney