Vision: To lead children into a healthy relationship with Jesus Christ.
We have a wonderful children’s program here at Mercy Church. Our classes are done in such a way that your child will have fun while learning biblical principles taught by passionate, caring volunteers to help them have a great life and grow up to be a well-adjusted adult in the future.
Our Kid’s Life Classes
Our primary concern is that the children in the class are able to learn, and have fun, all while learning Biblical truths that will impact their lives forever.
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Thank you for trusting us with your children.
Here at Kid’s Life, we don't baby-sit your children on Sunday mornings . We're here to provide a safe and fun environment that will lead your child to follow Jesus. It’s our honor to partner with you in this task. Kid’s Life operates with four core values.
We will provide a safe environment for children to enjoy. We want children to be safe and feel safe, and parents to rest assured that their child is well cared-for while they are in the service. For this reason, we obtain applications and background checks on every volunteer. Adults are never alone with children, and there are always two adults with children at all time.
We want your child to have fun! Our desire is to see your child have such a good time they will be begging you to come back next week. We believe creating this fun environment for kids will help children learn more about Jesus. We use games, crafts, props and creative stories to communicate the message, and we think it’s okay to have a good time at church.
We don't want to simply entertain children, and we’re not here to babysit. We want children to learn about Jesus. Lessons about Christ and the Bible will be age appropriate and will help them understand God’s love and plan for their life.
We believe that change happens best in small groups, so we have small group leaders that will care for your child throughout the year. Each week, your child will be in a small group environment with a caring adult leader who will love and pray for them.
The Kid’s Life Team
Child Registration and Check-In
Our goal is to safely and quickly check in each child in a friendly manner. This is often the most stressful part of a parent’s morning at Mercy Church Church and is an important moment to make a positive impression.
Checking In Your Child
All regular attenders and first time guest will check in at the Check In Station.
1. Please take your child to the bathroom before checking them in. While we will take them to the restroom if needed, it’s much easier for you to do before Kid’s Life begins.
2. First time guests should fill out a registration card. Parents will receive a security card with a unique number; the child then receives a name tag with that specific number. We will escort you to the classroom and introduce you to a teacher.
3. Regular attenders do not need to fill out the card again. You can simply pick up a security label, check your name on the roster, and write your name on a label. After filling out the label, parents should escort their child to the door of the appropriate classroom. A volunteer will be at the entrance to the classroom to welcome them.
4. Children or parents without a sticker or volunteers without a lanyard are not allowed past the security checkpoint.
Entering the Classroom
1. If a diaper and/or diaper bag is left with the child; make sure that the diaper bag has a name tag on it. The parent is asked to write his/her child’s full name using a permanent marker on all bottles, pacifiers, diapers and/or cups that are left with the child.
2. If the child is a crawling infant or a toddler, ask if there are any allergies and note them under “Special Instructions” on the form and place a bracelet on the child’s arm.
3. Please do NOT send your child with toys, handheld games, etc. Our volunteers have worked hard to prepare for your children, and there are plenty of things to do in each class.
During the Service
In the event of an emergency, or should any of the Kid’s Life staff need to contact you during the service, we will display your child’s security number on the screen. The message will look like this: "Parents of child #267 report to Kid's Life"
Please make your way as soon as possible to the Registration Desk, where a Kid’s Life team member will meet you escort you to the child’s classroom.
Picking up Your Child
1. You will not be able to walk through the security checkpoint unless you have a security card.
2. Parents must show their security card to pick up their child.
3. A volunteer will check your security card and your child’s label to make sure they match.
4. All children will be checked in by an adult and are NOT to be released to anyone other than the adult with the correct security tag. Siblings are NOT allowed to pick up their younger brothers and sisters, unless they have the security tag and are at least 10 years of age.
The following procedures will keep Kid’s Life a safe and secure environment.
1. Volunteers at the doors of each classroom will match the number on the label of the child to the number that the parents have on the security card. This happens every time a parent enters or exits the environment with a child.
2. Only volunteers with the appropriate identification, parents with the appropriate documentation, or staff with staff name badges are allowed in the classrooms.
3. No adult is allowed to work in an environment without a completed application and background check.
4. Guests in Kid’s Life must check in at the Check In station and receive a guest badge which must be displayed at all times.
5. Every classroom or environment will have two adults present at all times. No adult is to ever be alone with a child.
6. In the event that a parent loses the security card, that parent will wait until all other children are picked up. They will be required to show identification to the teacher and fill out a lost tag form.
7. We are serious about child safety, and any suspicious activity or potential abuse will be reported immediately.
All volunteers are required to fill out an application and background check authorization form. We run a background check on every volunteer in Kid’s Life. Students must be in 6th grade or above to volunteer, and they are always under the supervision of an adult. Our volunteers also participate in regular training programs.
Classrooms open fifteen minutes prior to each service. Rooms cannot and will not be
opened until necessary volunteers are in place. Once a room has reached the maximum child/teacher ratio, that room will be closed.
Parents in the Room
One of our primary values of Kid’s Life is to provide a safe environment for children each week. A parent may choose to stay with his or her child during the service to observe the environment or comfort the child.
Parents are always welcome to visit, but they must follow the Kid’s Life guidelines. They must be checked in as a visitor and receive a guest name tag. Since they do not have an application on file, they are not allowed to be alone with, lead children in activities or small groups or care for any other child except their own.
General Wellness Guidelines
To ensure the health of children and volunteers, we ask that sick children do not attend Kid’s Life. The Committee on Control of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child should not leave home when any of the following symptoms exist:
1. Fever (over 100.4 degrees).
2. Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
3. Any symptom of childhood diseases such as scarlet fever, German measles, mumps, chicken pox or whooping cough.
4. Common cold, including colored runny nose.
5. Sore throat.
7. Any unexplained rash.
8. Any skin infection – boils, ringworm or impetigo.
9. Untreated pink eye or other eye infection.
10. Any communicable disease.
11. Lice, including the presence of eggs or nits.
These are the guidelines that we follow and we expect that a child or volunteer be free of fever for 24 hours before coming back to Kid’s Life. In the event of a contagious disease (lice, chicken pox, etc.) parents will be notified.
Kid’s Life staff and volunteers WILL NOT administer any medication except in life threatening situations when there is not enough time for a parent to come to the room and give it. In a situation where a child has a potentially life-threatening condition and medication may need to be given, a Medication Authorization form should be completed and signed by the parent.
EACH time a parent drops off a child and his/her medication, clear directions must be written out BY THE PARENT outlining the symptoms present when medication is needed and how it is to be dispensed. The form is to be given directly to the Lead Teacher by the parent so the Lead Teacher can read the directions and ask for clarification if necessary. The signed form is to be turned into Kid’s Life for their records.
Accidents and Health Conditions
If teachers encounter a life-threatening situation, 911 will be called immediately and the parent will be notified. Minor accidents (bumps, bites, bruises, scrapes, etc.) will be handled in the room and parents will receive an Incident Report when picking up their child.
Special needs children will be a part of the whole, not separated from the group. The child will be included in all activities offered. We will provide personal attention and one-on-one care as needed.
Kid’s Life volunteers are encouraged to be prepared, sensitive to children’s need and clear about expectations. Volunteers will never use harsh words, sarcasm or corporal punishment. Volunteers will use firm and gentle voices, time out and positive reinforcement. In the event that a child becomes disruptive, the parent will be notified.
Children that bite or hit another child will be isolated from the class. The Lead Teacher will discuss the situation with parents, but you will not know which child was bitten or hit.
Crying children obviously need care and compassion. When crying is not due to obvious concerns (children hurt or sick), please tend to their immediate needs. Depending on their age, this will vary. Beyond diaper changing, hunger needs and being picked up, trying to engage a child in some activity often stops a child from crying. Quiet reading, music or art are often the activities that soothe crying children most frequently, but offer all activities to comfort crying children. Whatever the activity is that soothes the child, it is important the “Two Adult Rule” is followed. Reassure children that they are in a fun and safe place. And, if asked, reassure them that their parents will come back for them. If appropriate, tell them the schedule so they know what is going to happen next and when their parents will come. Sometimes they need to know what lies ahead. Ask other team members to help engage a child, too.
Volunteers will provide care and compassion in meeting immediate needs. Diapers will be changed. Babies will be held. Elementary children will receive personal attention. If the child has been crying constantly for 5 minutes, it is time to call his/her parent.
Parents that leave with children may return to the classroom when the child has stopped crying, but they will need to stay as guests in that classroom for the remainder of the service.
The person changing diapers will be a female adult. Diapers will be checked each service. If a child is attending more than one service, he or she will be checked each time. Parents should send appropriate sized diapers and pull ups, and possibly a change of clothes. A child is never punished for toileting accidents.
Children who have an accident do not need to leave Kid’s Life; however, if we do not have spare clothes for them, it is up to the parent whether or not they can stay. Obviously, each situation is unique and we will use common sense. Until the child is fully potty trained, parents should send their child in a pull up.
Please write down specific instructions regarding bottles or feeding at the class. Make sure all bottles, diaper bags and containers are labeled. Kid’s Life volunteers will follow parents instructions in regards to feeding. Only adults are permitted to feed children.
We observe the following procedures when taking children to the bathroom:
• An adult will enter the bathroom to make sure the restroom is empty.
• Once bathroom is clear, the adult volunteer will wait outside the bathroom door in the hallway with bathroom door slightly open unless the child needs assistance. In this case, we will follow the two adult rule.
• The same gender volunteer will escort the child to the bathroom.
• If the child needs help, we will keep the door open and assist him or her, maintaining the two adult rule.
• We will help children wash their hands.
Our check in/check out process for Kid’s Life guarantees the safety of these little ones. Parents, when you drop off your child, you’ll sign in and be given a number card. This card serves two purposes: