What childcare and children’s programming are available during the service?
During the service, Advent has nursery care for infants six months and older and for toddlers. Children ages 3 through 3rd grade are welcome to attend Children’s Worship. In addition, children in 4th through 6th grade are invited to attend Sunday School on the first and third Sunday of the month.
Children are dismissed for Children’s Worship and Sunday School partway through the service. All children are picked up later in the service during the Passing of the Peace. Because we believe that children are as much a part of the body of Christ as adults, we welcome our children to worship with us during the entire service if parents so choose.
When is check-in available?
Check-in for Children’s Ministries is available during the following times:
Brookland Parish: 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the front entry way (main lobby)
Columbia Heights Parish: 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the children’s area
A volunteer will assist parents in checking in their children. Parents at Brookland will receive a nametag for their child with a matching alphanumeric code for parents to present at pick up. Parents, please be sure to do the following:
Check in your children before the service starts
Bring your alphanumeric code with you when you pick up your child
How can I help my child be ready for Children’s Worship?
Parents of children ages 3 through 3rd grade can prepare their children for Children’s Worship by doing the following:
Have your child use the restroom before entering Children’s Worship
Walk with your child to the Children’s Worship classroom
Wait with your child outside the Children’s Worship classroom until your child is ready to worship and learn
When should I pick up my child?
To allow our volunteers to participate in the Eucharist, we ask that parents promptly pick up their children during the Passing of the Peace.
More Common FAQS
My child has some separation anxiety. What’s the best way to drop him/her off at nursery?
Drop off can be a challenging time for parents and children. We recommend a quick drop off process; prolonged good byes can increase, not minimize a child’s anxiety. Give your child a hug and kiss, remind him/her that you will be back soon, and leave.
What happens if my child cries the whole time he/she is in nursery or Children’s Worship?
Most children settle down within five to ten minutes of drop off. Our volunteers work hard to soothe upset children and engage them in play. Occasionally, however, some children are unable to be soothed and will need to be collected by their parents. If your child cries for more than ten minutes and if the crying is intensifying rather than winding down, a volunteer will let you know to come and collect your child. At that point, you are welcome to remain in nursery (or Children’s Worship) with your child, or you may bring your child into the worship service with you.
When is my child too sick to attend nursery/Children’s Worship?
Out of courtesy to other families (and our workers and volunteers), and to keep illnesses from spreading, we request that you keep your child home if he/she has the following symptoms:
Fever, vomiting, or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
Ear infection, conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep throat etc. unless treated by antibiotics for at least 24 hours
Lice, pinworms, or other infection or parasite unless treated by appropriate medication
Green or yellow snot/runny nose
You know your child best, so if you suspect that your child is not feeling well, we encourage you not to place your child in nursery/Children’s Worship.
My child has an allergy. How should I communicate that information?
Our children’s programs are nut-free environments. We do serve a snack to children in Toddler and Children’s Worship (Goldfish, animal crackers). Parents should let nursery workers know if their child is unable to have a snack, or if there are any other allergies, dietary restrictions, or other health concerns that volunteers should be aware of.
What is the church’s diaper change policy?
Our default is to leave all diaper changes to parents. However, our paid childcare workers have been trained in proper diaper changing procedure. If you suspect your child may need a diaper change during nursery and you would like a nursery worker to change it, please communicate that information directly with the nursery staff.
How can I serve in Children’s Ministries?
We expect all parents who are members or regular attenders to serve in children’s ministries once every 6-8 weeks. Contact Jane Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.