We are so excited and blessed to serve the youngest members of our congregation through an enthusiastic congregation, safe sanctuaries, and Christ-centered worship. Our purpose is to provide a place of worship for the whole family, even the youngest who join us to learn about Jesus.
We are aware that the needs of individual children, especially at these developmental ages, can vary from child to child. While these guidelines are in place as a general rule, we are happy to speak with you about your child if you feel the guidelines will not accommodate their needs.
We celebrate with you the beauty and uniqueness of each child!
The Meeting House Kids curriculum — Our lessons and curriculum focus on WHO Jesus is and HOW Jesus loves us. Each month we will follow a theme for the month and learn a bible verse together. Home Churches have full access to these materials to use in their homes and we get to use them each week at The Plantory Gathering. Parents will receive follow up materials each week to help continue the conversation at home.
We encourage children to join us for worship and supply a place for them to engage in quiet play while in the main gathering area. There are also Bibles, books, and activity packets available at the welcome table.
Once a child/family has visited our church three times, they will be given a Child Information Form to complete that includes necessary emergency and medical information as well as an Image Usage Permission Form. For a copy of the Child Information Form, please see the director of Plowshares NextGen.
Toddler and Preschool Play Area
Our toddler play are welcomes all little ones ages 18 months – Kindergarten
We always have at least 1 Safe Sanctuaries certified adult and one teen helper in the room at all times. Parents and guardians are welcome to join us at any time.
Elementary Small Group
Our elementary small group meet during the sharing time at Plowshares Gathering and is for ages kindergarten – 5th grade. We use the Meeting House Kids Curriculum that can be previewed here: http://kidsandyouth.themeetinghouse.com/
In August only, children who have reached kindergarten age (5 years old by August 1) will be invited to join our Elementary small group and our rising 6th graders will be invited into the youth group.
What if we are sick?
We are all susceptible to catching the flu, colds, and other viral infections. As such, the following policy is in place:
If your child has a communicable* illness or is exhibiting one of more of the following symptoms, please refrain from placing them in the Toddler & Preschool Play Area or with the Elementary Small Group:
Fever (must be fever-free for 24 hours)
Yellow or Green drainage from nose or eyes
Vomiting or Diarrhea (must be symptom-free for 24 hours)
Swelling/Redness in/or surrounding the eye (Pink Eye)
* Examples of a communicable illness: Chicken Pox, Measles, Strep Throat, etc. Please be aware that many of these illness carry an incubation period. If there is any chance that your child has been exposed recently, please exercise caution and keep your child with you today. This is for your protection as well as others.
We hope that you are blessed by the time we are together to serve you and Christ together. It is a privilege to partner with you in the faith formation of the next generation. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to join you in discipling your child.