At New Life Church, we have dynamic programs during our Sunday morning service for children ranging from newborn to grade 4. We want to see the next generation of children raised up to be everything God has for them. We want to partner with parents, and help make a great impact on the children in our church family and community.

Our children’s program and classrooms are divided based on your child’s age and development needs to maximize the effectiveness of the ministry. Below you’ll discover more about each program offered:

NURSERY: Newborn - Age 2

Children experience God’s love and care in a practical way in our Nursery classrooms. Whether it’s safe, supervised play, soothing music, engaging Bible stories, or age appropriate snacks, we will work to make sure your infant or toddler is happy to be with us. Nursery care is provided during our Sunday morning service. We ask that you please arrive early and drop your child off before the service begins as well as pick your child up soon after the service ends.

NEW LIFE KIDS: Age 2 & 3 + JK & SK

Program: Children join in worship with their families during the first portion of our Sunday morning service. During the offering they’re dismissed to the Fellowship Hall. Ages 2 & 3 meet on the carpeted side. JK & SK meet on the tiled side.

Purpose: Children gain a further introduction to the classic characters and heroes from the Bible in our classrooms. Bible Lessons, associated crafts, group play, and snacks are planned to engage your child at an age appropriate level. We also work to give them a general knowledge of the Bible which will give them a framework for understanding as they develop.

NEW LIFE KIDS: Grades 1-4

Program: Children join in worship with their families during the first portion of our Sunday morning service. During the offering they’re dismissed to the backstage rooms. Grades 1-4 meet in the classrooms upstairs.

Purpose: Children learn how to apply the teachings of the Bible and its practical lessons to their own lives. They participate in games, Bible teaching, Scripture memory, and illustrations which are designed to give children a stronger understanding of God’s Word and His plan for them.

WHAT TO EXPECT

When you walk in the door, you’ll see our New Life Kids check-in table. You can also ask one of the many volunteers serving that Sunday to direct you if you get lost. At the check-in table, you’ll be greeted by a volunteer or staff member who will help you register your children with name tags. If it’s your first time we require you to fill out a child registration and liability release form.

Safety and security matter to us a lot. You child must be registered with a name tag and have a release form filled out to participate in the program. Discover other ways we care in the FAQ section below.

Once you drop your child off, you can head into back into the service. If we need you for any reason (like if your child is really upset and we can’t comfort them), a volunteer will locate you in the service and escort your child back to you or ask for you to come and comfort for your child.

We ask that you promptly pick up your children after the service and encourage you to help them to live out the lesson during the week.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Safety and security are fundamental. 1) We screen every volunteer through an strict interview process and require up to date police background checks. 2) We have multiple volunteers in each room to give more one-on-one care to each child. 3) Children are prone to accidents and we have first-aid kits in each room and when accident happens we’ll make sure you know about it as well. 4) Each room has a fire safety plan posted in case the unthinkable happens and we need to evacuate your children safely from the building. 5) We register your children at the beginning of the service with name tags. We do this to make sure only the parent/guardian that came with the child is the one who picks them up.

Our New Life Kids volunteers are highly dedicated, and they see serving the children and families as a privilege. If you’d like to get involved as a children’s ministry volunteer, email us!

For the safety and health of our children, we ask that parents not bring a child into the Children’s Ministry if they have exhibited signs of sickness within the last 24 hours. These signs might include: non-allergic runny nose, fever, diarrhea, or productive cough. This is especially important during the cold season as sickness is easily transmitted through children’s play and contact. If a child is dropped off and later observed to be showing signs of sickness, we will make every effort to contact the parents for the protection of the other children.

There are signs around the building that can help direct you to your child’s classroom. Volunteers are more than happy you locate rooms and answer any questions you have. If you are nervous to ask someone for help or cannot locate the wall signs, simply follow other parents when the children are dismissed during our morning worship service.

For parents who want more information on our program you can send us an email by filing out our contact form or by emailing our Children’s Ministry Director, Kris Stadig, at the following email address: children@newlifecollingwood.com.