Early Childhood

Birth Through Age 5

The EARLY YEars

Special care and attention go into the early years. Our ministry to babies from birth through age two is focused on helping these little ones learn very basic biblical truths in a safe and secure environment. If this is your child's first time in the nursery, we've put together a few thoughts on this page to help you know what to expect.

Our preschoolers (ages three through Kindergarten) begin to experience more structure during their time at church. In addition to learning through as well as art projects and other fun activities in their individual classes, the kids enjoy learning in a larger group gathering, as well.

What to Expect

When You Arrive

Most parents with young children enter the building through the West Entrance because this entrance is closer to the Kids Ministry area. When you arrive, you will want to check your child in their respective classroom. If it's your first time, stop by Guest Check-In to register your child. It takes about 5 minutes, so you will want to allow a little extra time for this. This is located near the big tree–you can't miss it!

Check-in assistants will help you register your child and show you the check-in procedure for future visits. They will also help you find the appropriate nursery for your child.

Service Times

Kids service times are the same as the regular service times: 9 and 11am Sundays and 7pm Monday nights. Check-in opens to receive children 15 minutes before each service. We understand that things happen with little ones that may cause a late arrival to church. So, check-in remains open until 15 minutes after each service begins.

This does mean that we have to turn people away when check-in closes, but here's why: In their early years, separation anxiety can make it difficult for kids to be left with others they aren't familiar with. Our children's workers don't mind babies crying as they take the time to lovingly settle them down. But when little ones see someone coming to the window, they can become unsettled and anxious because they think their mommy or daddy is coming to get them, too.

If you are unable to check your child in, you are welcome to have your child attend church with you. If you need to remove your child from the service or if you don't feel comfortable bringing them into the auditorium with you, we've provided a Kids Comfort Area. This space is made just for parents their young children and gives parents the opportunity to enjoy the service while their child plays. There are also monitors in several areas along the Main Street corridor should you choose to participate in this way.

If You Are Needed

Please have your mobile phone with you, as the WC Kids Ministry uses text notification to contact you during the service if your little one needs your attention. Also, be ready to submit your mobile number and your mobile carrier (At&T, Verizon, etc), as these are required for using text notification. 

Parent Pick-up

Your child will receive a name tag that includes their unique security number. You will also receive a parent tag with this same number. We call this the Parent Pick-up Tag. For safety reasons, no one is allowed to pick up your child without the parent tag you receive, so make sure you hang onto it. It does have a duplicate on the tag, so another parent or family member can have one as well. If you should lose the Parent Pick-up Tag, stop by the Nursery Coordinator's desk in WC Babies.

It’s our hope that you and your child have a wonderful experience at Worship Center!

Staff

Jan Brown

Children's Administrative Assistant

office: 717.656.4271

Ryan Zook

High School Pastor & Student Ministry Serve Team Developer

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