Early Childhood

 

 

 

 

KIDMIN

Hi parents!

We are excited to announce that we will be moving into PHASE #2 of our in-person Sunday School reopening plan beginning May 2021! This will include all children who are between the ages of 3-5 years old. Being able to move forward with our phased reopening plans- and doing so in a safe, fun, and smooth way- is going to largely rely on the cooperation, partnership, and patience of our KidMin families as we move into this brand new territory. Our team has been working hard to ensure that our in-person Sunday services will be a safe place for your children to learn about Jesus, as well as a fun space for your children to socialize and hang out with friends. We will be taking several precautions, and will require each child to adhere to certain guidelines. Please see below for more details:
 
PHASE #2: EARLY CHILDHOOD (3-5’s)

Beginning in May, we will begin welcoming back children ages 3-5 years old. Sunday School will take place INSIDE of the Early Childhood classrooms in the Children’s Wing. For safety, we will be following a ratio of 5 children per 1 leader for this age level. 
 
How can your child participate?
In order to ensure that we are sticking to the above numbers, children will need to be pre-registered each Sunday they attend. The link to register will be available via email each week, as well as on our website. For those who would already like to pre-register for Sunday School, please click on the icon below:

 


NEWBORN – KINDER

At Glenkirk’s KidMin, we see our ministry to children and their families as a partnership between the church and home. When we gather on weekends, our hope is to start conversations with children that will travel home with them and continue throughout the week.


NEWBORN – TODDLERS

For our newborns through toddlers, we demonstrate Christ’s love by providing a safe environment where children can play and be nurtured. We recommend that you bring a diaper bag with the following in it:

  • One or two disposable diapers
  • If your child wears cloth diapers, please include a large ziplock bag for changing. Pocket and all-in-ones only, please.
  • Pacifier if needed
  • Change of clothes in case they are needed
  • A bottle of milk, juice, or water.

TWO YEAR OLDS – KINDERGARTEN

After a time of fun activities in their classrooms, the children move to Large Group time for worship, to learn the monthly Bible verse, and listen to a Bible lesson. After Large Group time, they then move back to their classrooms for fellowship and prayer, group discussion on the story and its life application, and do a craft to take home.     


DEDICATIONS AND BAPTISM

Baby dedications and baptisms take place on various Sundays throughout the year in our worship services. For more information or to schedule a baptism, please email Kinsey.

NEW BABY ANNOUNCEMENT

Congratulations to you and your family on your NEW BABY! New Baby Ministry at Glenkirk seeks to care for families with new babies by providing support and prayer during this joyous and exciting time.  If you are welcoming a new baby in your home, we would love to help you with your little one. Volunteers are available to visit your family to pray for your child and present you with our New Baby Welcome package. To sign up for New Baby Family Support or a Baby Announcement, please CLICK HERE to contact Kinsey. 

 


CONTACTS

Amber Flores, Director of Children’s Ministries CLICK HERE to email Amber

Johanna Heller, Administrative Assistant CLICK HERE to email Johanna

 

 

KidMin Online (Early Childhood)

Hi parents! 

We invite you to join us in our second week of the our section called “Jump Jump” where we get to learn about how amazing Jesus is! As always, please feel free to reach out to Amber or Kat with any questions you may have! 

All of the links you will need for Sunday School are included below. Just click on each of the boxes to access the respective resource from each one! The Bible Story for this week is about when Jonah learns the hard way that he should go God’s way when he is swallowed by a huge fish in Jonah 1:1-3,10.


Story & Worship Experience

 

 

 

 

For those who want to watch the story on the big screen, it is available at our GK Children’s Ministry Channel/Thankful Tree on YouTube. Here’s the link:

 

 

Have a blessed week!

Early Childhood – Children’s Ministry Department
kids@glenkirkchurch.org

 

Sundays | Sunday School Reopening

Hi parents!

We are excited to announce that we will be moving into PHASE #2 of our in-person Sunday School reopening plan on Sunday, May 2nd! This will include all children who are between the ages of 3-5 as of May 1st, 2021. Being able to move forward with our phased reopening plans- and doing so in a safe, fun, and smooth way- is going to largely rely on the cooperation, partnership, and patience of our KidMin families as we move into this brand new territory. Our team has been working hard to ensure that our in-person Sunday services will be a safe place for your children to learn about Jesus, as well as a fun space for your children to socialize and hang out with friends. We will be taking several precautions, and will require each child to adhere to certain guidelines. Please see below for more details:
 
PHASE #2: EARLY CHILDHOOD (3-5’s)
On Sunday, May 2nd, we will begin welcoming back children ages 3-5 years old. Sunday School will take place INSIDE of the Early Childhood classrooms in the Children’s Wing. For safety, we will be following a ratio of 5 children per 1 leader for this age level. 
 
How can your child participate?
In order to ensure that we are sticking to the above numbers, children will need to be pre-registered each Sunday they attend. The link to register will be available via email each week, as well as on our website. For those who would already like to pre-register for Sunday, May 2nd, please click on the icon below:

 

What precautions are we taking for those checking their children into Sunday School?
Before allowing any child into our program we will require the following:
1. A completed health waiver for each child filled out the first time they attend, and kept on file for each of the following Sundays they attend.
2. Each child will need to have their temperature checked and hands sanitized before being dropped off.
3. Each family will be given a verbal symptom check by a volunteer: (i.e. “Has anyone in your household experienced any symptoms this week or been exposed to someone who has?”)
4. Each child, ages 3 and up, will be required to wear a mask for the entire time they are on campus.

In addition, we will implement the following precautions:
1. Children will be placed into stable cohorts with a maximum of 10 children.
2. We will do our best to help kids stay socially distanced from each other within the cohorts.
3. All shared equipment, toys, and surfaces will be sanitized thoroughly before and after each service, each Sunday.
4. We will make sure our staff and volunteers are keeping their hands washed and sanitized, and will also wash and sanitize each child’s hands during the service.

What will the check-in process look like?
In addition to the precautions listed above, you can expect the following:

  • You and your child will come to the Children’s Wing to check in before the service starts. Check-in will begin at 8:45am for the 9:00am service, and 10:30am for the 10:45am service. Once all of the required check-in information has been received, you and your child will receive a name badge showing that they can enter the program, and displaying a classroom number. You will receive two stickers- one with your child’s name and another with a 3-digit code. You will place the one with their name on your child’s shirt, and hold on to the one with the 3-digit code for pick-up.
  • Your child can then be dropped off in the classroom designated on their name tag. Children can be dropped off any time starting at 8:45am for the 9:00am service, and 10:30am for the 10:45am service. 

What will the pick-up process look like?
You will return to your child’s classroom that you dropped them off in, and present the sticker with the 3-digit code. We ask that only one person per family comes to pick up child(ren) from their classroom to help ensure social distancing. 
 
Even though there will now be an option to drop-off for Sunday School, you still may not feel comfortable doing so. Will there be other options for your children?
Yes! We will continue to offer both options that we have been offering so far for you and your child(ren). These include:
1. Activity sheets corresponding to the Sunday sermons that kids can complete while they sit with you and your family during our outdoor service.
2. Online services for you and your children sent via email to you each week.

Other questions?
If you have additional questions about anything regarding reopening, please send an email to Amber Flores (aflores@glenkirkchurch.org).

 


CONTACTS

Amber Flores, Director of Children’s Ministries CLICK HERE to email Amber

Johanna Heller, Administrative Assistant CLICK HERE to email Johanna

 

 

AWANA CLUBS | WEDNESDAYS at 6:30pm | Online

Glenkirk AWANA is a perfect place for kids to become who God created them to be. AWANA is a midweek program for children 3 years old, up to 5th grade. It is a great way for kids to be able to connect, have fun, and learn more about Jesus and how to show His love. For questions, please contact Amber at aflores@glenkirkchurch.org.

Cubbies (3 year olds, 4 year olds, and Transitional Kindergarten): Meeting Wednesday Evenings from 4:30pm-5:30pm

Cubbies will meet over Zoom each week and will be lead through a fun lesson, engaging puppet show, and worship time together. The Zoom time will include various video clips as well. Our Cubbies leaders are excited to continue to engage with these kiddos each week, and they also have some surprises up their sleeves for some additional fun! All necessary links and information for this will be emailed to you weekly once you register.

Sparks (Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade)
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T&T (3rd grade and 4th grade): Meeting Wednesday Evenings from 5:30pm-6:30pm

Sparks and T&T (excluding 5th grade) will be participating in AWANA activities and lessons via a combination of live-stream and online interactive platforms. They will be able to watch a weekly live-streamed lesson for their large group time; and they will also have the chance to continue to learn and memorize scripture and earn awards by working through their AWANA books. All necessary links and information will be emailed to you on a weekly basis once you register. 

5th Grade “Trek”: Meeting Wednesday Evenings from 6:30pm-7:30pm

5th graders will be able to participate in a more age-specific small group over Zoom. They will be using the AWANA “Trek” curriculum that is geared toward their exact age level.

 

 


CONTACTS

Amber Flores, Director of Children’s Ministries CLICK HERE to email Amber

Johanna Heller, Administrative Assistant CLICK HERE to email Johanna

 

 

 

VBS 2021 “Under the Big Top: A Circus of Mighty Wonders” – Registration Opens May 1

We are so excited to announce that VBS 2021 is coming soon! Our Children’s Department cannot wait to welcome back kids and students, in person, for ‘Under the Big Top: A Circus of Mighty Wonders’ this summer! VBS will be July 19th-23rd, so mark your calendars! Applications for Adults and Student Volunteers are open now (CLICK HERE to contact Amber). Child registration begins May 1!

 

VBS Student Leaders

We are super excited to announce that we are moving forward with plans to have Glenkirk’s VBS in-person once again this summer! Woohoo! While we don’t yet know all the details of what this will look like, we DO know that it is going to be an amazing time of fellowship, fun, and faith-building. 

VBS 2021 will be July 19th-23rd.

As of now, we are planning on having VBS be mainly outdoors, as we do not know what the restrictions for events like these will look like when July rolls around. Planning for this means that we will be able to utilize our large outdoor spaces on our campus, as well as our two new large tents out on the patio. We are already working hard to make sure we are planning VBS in the safest way possible for these kids and for leaders like you! Please help us make sure that we can accommodate as many kids as possible on campus this summer by signing up to serve as a Youth Leader!

After not being able to have students on-campus last year to be able to help with VBS due to COVID-19, we can’t WAIT to have everyone back! If this sounds like something you are willing and able to commit to for this summer- please let us know. You can fill out the form below, and if you have questions, you can also reach out to Amber Flores (aflores@glenkirkchurch.org) and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can. 


VBS Adult Leaders

We need Adult Leaders to help make VBS a success! As of now, we are planning on having VBS mostly outdoors. We are already working hard to make sure we are planning VBS in the safest way possible for these kids and for leaders like you! Due to leader:child ratios we will still have to follow for group events like these, the number of VBS Adult Group Leaders will have a direct effect on how many kids we will be able to accommodate for VBS. We, of course, will need help in all areas of VBS, but our largest need will definitely be for Adult Group Leaders! Please help us make sure that we can accommodate as many kids as possible on campus this summer!

VBS 2021 will be July 19th-23rd.

Even though VBS might look a little different this year, the role of the Adult Group Leaders will still remain essentially the same as it has in years past. This means that Adult Group Leaders will still be in charge of a small group of VBS campers, and will have the assistance of several Student Leaders within their group as well. The main idea is that you will get to help empower your Student Leaders to do most of the “leading” within your group, as you help guide and step in to help whenever is necessary. This is a huge change for these students to build leadership skills and responsibility! You will stay with your group throughout their schedule of rotations each day, and will get to build meaningful connections with the kids in your group as you watch them grow in their faith throughout the week.

 

CONTACTS

Amber Flores, Director of Children’s Ministries CLICK HERE to email Amber

Johanna Heller, Administrative Assistant CLICK HERE to email Johanna