We offer something on Sunday mornings for kids who are newborn all the way up to Grade 6. We want to assure you that all of those who work with children and teens in our church have been screened and authorized to do so through our Plan to Protect program. We ask parents that they take their children to the washroom before the start of the service to help minimize disruptions to our kidZONE teaching and discussion time.
Kids Check-In and Paging System:
When you arrive at Arlington Woods, please visit our 'Kids Check-In' table in the lobby to sign your kids in and to receive security tags. Security tags are also available in the nursery for parents who might bring their babies or toddlers downstairs mid-way through the service. Parents and children will be given security tags with a corresponding number so that, if we require assistance with your children (usually pertaining to children in the nursery), their number will flash on the screen in the sanctuary. If you see your child's number being displayed, please come downstairs to the nursery or kids ministry centre to check on your child. At the end of the service, before we release children in your care, we match your security tags to ensure that children are going home with those who brought them.
Arlington Woods loves you and your children! During our Sunday morning service at 10am, we offer a fully-staffed nursery for babies and preschoolers so that parents can enjoy the service. Our nursery is a safe, caring environment that's full of toys, slides, and even a ball pit! In short, your little ones will love their time with us! During their time in the nursery, a snack will also be provided if you wish. If your child should not be given a snack for health/allergy reasons, please let the nursery staff know.
Kids grades JK-6 typically join their families for the first few songs during our 10am service and then are invited to the front for a children's moment with Pastor Mike or Pastor Ben. Kids then head downstairs for a time of JUMP UP WORSHIP where they sing and dance along to some high energy worship songs. We then run our '252 Basics' video teaching (approximately 10 minutes) on the big screen. The video teaching features an introduction to the lesson, a skit or Bible story told with animation, and a wrap-up video that summarizes what we learned.
After the video teaching, kids get into age-specific small groups to discuss what they've learned, do crafts and activities, share how their weeks have been, and pray for any needs they might have. During the group time, we also provide kids with a light snack. After their group discussions, we bring out our LEGO tables for kids to build, play, and socialize until their parents come to pick them up.
If you would like a more detailed breakdown of everything that happens at kidZONE or would like to know more about all of the take-home resources that are available to you, please visit this blog posting. You can also re-watch the videos and bonus content with your children during the week at Studio252.tv.
Be sure to take advantage of our children's library located in the children's area! We have a wide variety of books for children of all ages along with some great 'Veggietales' and 'What's In the Bible?' DVDs!
Arlington Woods Parents Blog:
Our Arlington Wood Parents Blog started with Pastor Ben posting summaries of his CATALYST Youth messages along with discussion questions so that parents could be a part of the learning/growing process. It has since changed to include helpful tips and resources for all parents of children and teens at Arlington Woods. Enter your email at the top right of the blog to subscribe and you'll never miss a post!