Our youngest children are cared for in the first-floor Nursery. Here we create a warm, accepting atmosphere where trust is formed, helping our tiny ones to be comfortable and happy. Children will have time for exploration and plenty of cuddling. Parents are asked to leave a cell number at the Information Desk. If a child is unhappy and cannot be comforted in a reasonable period of time, you will be contacted. Another option is for parents and babies to view the service in the Cry Room, directly across from the Nursery.
Parents often ask, “When can my child move out of Nursery into Childcare?” This is a case-by-case call made by the Director of Family Ministries in consultation with the Nursery staff. It depends in large part on their ability to stay the entire time without parents present. We also take into consideration attendance in Childcare and the ratio of child-to-adults (3-to-1). Once your child has turned 2-years, let’s talk!
2 and 3 years old by Sept. 1
A warm, loving year-round staff helps our little ones transition from home to church. Children will have lots of time for free play. Though this is primarily play time, it includes World of Wonder, a take-home program with monthly themes that helps them explore their world through stories, art, movement and music. Parents are welcome to stay with their child until they feel comfortable in this setting.
3 to 5 years old (pre K) by Sept. 1
Chalice Children is based on the philosophy that a preschooler’s spiritual development is related to their own direct experiences. Through dramatic play, creative expression and interactions with others, children come to know their church as a community of people who come together in a sacred, special place, and their world as a place of wonder. Our morning program includes a friendship circle, story, music, chalice lighting ritual, and a snack. Theme-based crafts are provided, as well as time where children may explore and participate as they choose.