Weekend Kids

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A safe and welcoming place for children, 0-3.
Ages 0-3 years old
Available during all weekend services and education hour
Children must be checked in by an adult

Workers welcome children to story time and free play with toys, music, crafts, books, a train table, and play gym. There is a room for infants and crawlers, and a room for toddlers.  (Read – Nursery Policies)

A special space to explore faith through story and free play
Sat 5:30pm: Age 4 – 4th grade
Sun 8:30 & 11am: Age 3 – 4th grade
Children must be checked in by an adult.

At the halfway point of every weekend service (Sat 5:30pm, Sun 8:30 & 11am), children are invited to the KidsQuad (Elementary Class) and the West Nursery (Preschool Class) in the lower level for Children’s Church. It is a special space where a community of children come to encounter God by participating in a Bible storytime and engage with the story through free play with music, puppets, crafts, dress-up, arts, and more.

5th & 6th grade youth group developing friendships and applying Biblical truths to life
5th & 6th Grade
Sun 9:45-10:45am & Wed 6:55-8:30pm

We meet in our PAK Room (Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45am) to talk about issues we face daily as pre-teens. We look to the Bible as our guidebook. We enjoy offsite activities like “Fast Food Frenzy.” We also participate in an annual drama.

Learn the Bible through stories, art, cooking, movies, games, and science experiments
Ages 3 – 4th grade
Sun 9:45-10:45am

Join us as we learn God’s Word in a new way each week. Each Sunday, your class will “rotate” through storytelling, art, cooking, movies, games, and science experiments as we learn stories from the Bible.

We have set aside spaces for parents with infants during the weekend worship hours:

  • Nursery: A caring, safe place for infants, crawlers, and toddlers. Staffed by screened, qualified volunteers. Lower level Nursery Wing.
  • Parent-Infant Room: A glassed space adjacent to the sanctuary where you and your infant can participate in the worship hour.
  • Live Video Feed – Children’s Theater Room: A contained space where you and your infant/toddler can view the service comfortably if they are not yet ready for the nursery or infant room. Lower level Nursery Wing.

What Do Parents of Infants & Toddlers Want to Know about a Nursery

By Daniel Riem on October 18, 2016

Have you ever considered what is important to parents with infants and toddlers, especially when deciding to place their child in the care of someone else?

If you are curious what kinds of questions young parents ask specifically about the Nursery at Bloomingdale Church, keep reading.

Q: How can I be sure that my child will be safe?
Nursery workers have been approved.  Children are securely checked in and out.  We keep the environments clean with age-appropriate materials.

Q: Who are the volunteers?  Are they “vetted?” (I am still very anxious about leaving my child with people other than family. )
All nursery workers have been approved as NextGen volunteers, which includes an annual application, clearing background and reference checks, and receiving pastoral staff approval.

Q: Do we need to bring our kids every week?
No. Our Nursery is open to all children, 0-3 years old, during all Saturday/Sunday weekend services and Sunday education hour, as well as part of the Wednesday Awana Club program.

Q: How do you handle when the babies cry?
Parents are contacted/texted if their child is inconsolable for more than 15 minutes.  Parents are also asked to fill out the “Parental Preferences” form before the child enters the nursery with questions about crying, napping, snacks, and diapering.

Q: Can I send a snack for my child?  Are there any allergy policies?
Yes, parents can provide a snack or choose for their child to eat Nursery-provided snack.   Approved snack items include: puffs, yogurt “melts”, animal crackers, graham crackers, raisins, apple sauce pouches and other allergen-free alternatives to these items. The nursery is a peanut-free environment.

 


Have You Met Helen, a KidsQuest Volunteer?

55 years ago, Helen started volunteering with children’s programming. She has not stopped serving since!

“I cannot imagine not working with children, teaching them to know Jesus’s love. They have an eagerness to learn and accept the truths they are taught.”

“Children’s ministry has its own struggles,” Helen said, “like times and culture changing throughout the years.” Serving while working full-time was a challenge as well but Helen has learned to adapt and ask God for help.

“There’s nothing more exciting than spending time with children. I’m currently involved in Sunday School, Crossroads at DuJardin Elementary School, and Awana. If you want a blessing, I encourage you to consider becoming involved in serving the Lord in some way: Listen to Bible verses at Awana or spend time with some amazing boys and girls at DuJardin on Tuesday afternoons. God will bless you immeasurably!”

Helen’s favorite memory from serving in KidsQuest has been watching kids grow from making gingerbread houses together in Sunday School to becoming current leaders in the church, like current Bloomingdale Church staff members Chris and Brent Steinke. “I get tears in my eyes as I watch these boys and girls grow up, especially to be baptized and serve the Lord.”

At Bloomingdale Church, KidsQuest programs are designed to be fun, safe, and a welcoming place for families. But what makes these programs run?  Volunteers – adults and teens who give their time to serving kids and families. Thank you, Helen, and 200+ other volunteers!

Learn more about being a NextGen volunteer here.


Sunday School Fall Kick Off

At Fall Kick Off, KidsQuest families came back from a relaxing summer for the first Sunday School of the year. If you’re like us, Day Camp songs have been hummed through your house since June. At Fall Kick Off, the Day Camp Band paid us a special visit to sing together, and we even had an appearance from KidsQuest’s favorite superheroes, the Avengers! Captain America was too busy saving people to visit us, but Superman, Iron Man, and Thor sang with Sunday School and sent them off on their Sunday School mission for the year – to learn together, and to have fun!

At Sunday School, join us as we learn God’s Word in a new way each week. Each Sunday, your class will “rotate” through storytelling, art, cooking, movies, games, and science experiments as we learn stories from the Bible.

Ages 3 – 4th grade
Sun 9:45-10:45am

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Parents and Children To Follow Same Stories on Sundays

By Nate Kugel on August 17, 2016

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Beginning Fall 2016, children and parents will be following the same stories on Sunday mornings, coming from The Gospel Project.

Children, during Children’s Church, will be following the story through engaging videos, music, fun-filled activity sheets, and more to help your kids know how God’s plan of redemption unfolds throughout Scripture and their lives.

Adults will follow the same story. Each week, they’ll encounter God’s plan of redemption in Scripture through the study of Bible narrative and essential doctrines of the faith.

When?

  • Children: 8:30am and 11am Children’s Church on Sunday mornings.
  • Parents:  9:45am Adult Ed, meeting in the 264.CoffeeHouse.

Who?

  • Children ages 0 through 4th grade during their time in Children’s Church and Nursery.
  • Adults who join the Families group in the CoffeeHouse on Sunday mornings.

Join Us!

  • Come on Aug 21 for the Adult Ed Kick-off breakfast
  • Series begins on Aug 28
  • Contact charlesa@bloomingdalechurch.org with questions

The Gospel Project Chronological from The Gospel Project | LifeWay on Vimeo.