children's ministry

Welcome! Christ Community's Children's Ministry is committed to teaching children about God- who he is, what he is like and how we should respond to his love for us. We also want our children to experience and be part a part of the Body of Christ and to build a meaningful relationship within the church. Each week we will be teaching them the truths of God and his love for them through Christ. We will be doing this through the curriculum we teach and worship time we share together. 


Please browse the information provided below, and feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.


CONTACT THE DIRECTOR:

Alysa Traylor, Children's Ministries Director

kids@christcommunitychurch.com

352.379.4949

sunday morning

Our mornings are full of opportunities for your child to be impacted by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Review the schedule below. Details about each section can be found further down the page. The Welcome Station and all classes may be found in the Education Wing. For details on our classes including curriculum and age groups, click the "Education" tab.


Schedule for Children:

Sunday School

8:45 - 9:00AM: Drop-Off for all classes

9:00 - 10:15AM: Childcare and Education for children up to 5th Grade


Worship Service 

Nursery (through 2 years)

10:15 - 10:30AM: Drop-Off for Nursery (through 2 years)

10:30 - 11:45AM: Childcare and Education for children up to 2 years


Children's Church (3 years through 3rd grade)

10:50 - 10:55AM: Children 3 years through 3rd grade are dismissed from worship service

10:55 - 11:45AM: Childcare and Education for children up to 3rd Grade *A snack will be served during this hour.*

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Welcome Station/Child Check-In

In order to drop off a child, visiting parents of infants through 5th Grade are asked to check in at the Welcome Station. Here you are greeted and you will be asked to provide some information about your family so that we can best serve you (e.g. if your child has allergies, special instructions, etc). 

 

Parents of infants, Sprouts (toddlers) or Seedlings (threes-fours) will be given a Parent Security Tag and a pager so that we can contact you if necessary. A volunteer will then show you to your child’s class. Upon entering the class you will sign your child in on the classroom roster. Upon returning to pick up your child you will drop off your pager at the Welcome Station and turn in your Parent Security Tag to the teacher in your child's class in order to collect your child.


Parents of 4 year olds through 5th graders will be shown to their child's class by a volunteer. Upon entering the class you will sign your child in on the classroom roster. Children will be dismissed only when their parents arrive to pick them up. 


Classroom Locations:


9:00 am

Nursery (Infants and Crawlers) in the Yellow Room

Sprouts (toddlers) in the Green Room

Seedlings (threes-fours) in the Turquoise Room

Kindergarten and 1st grade- Kindergarten in the Orange Room

2nd-3rd Grade in the Teal Room

4th-5th Grade in the Purple Room


10:30 am

Nursery (Infants and Crawlers) in the Yellow Room

Sprouts (toddlers) in the Green Room

Seedlings (threes-fours) in the Turquoise Room

Kindergarten-3rd grade - In the Orange Room

4th - 5th Grade will be attending the Worship Service this hour or they may serve once a month in Children's Ministry. Please download the Junior Volunteer Application and Guidelines if your child is interested in our Junior Volunteer Program.


Download our Worship Guide for Children or pick up one at the Welcome Station.


What class is my child in?


Nursery Infants & Crawlers. Children move up to the Sprouts class when they are fully walking. Parents are welcome to stay with their babies, and we have plenty of room and rockers for nursing mothers. 


Sprouts Toddlers and Young Twos. Two and a half year olds move up to the Seedling class at the start of the academic year and on February 1.


Seedlings Threes & Four year olds. This includes children who are three years old by September 1 and potty trained. Children who turn four years old throughout the year will move up to the next class only at the start of the next academic year.     


Kindergarten - 5th Grade These children will learn together with their age-group specific peers. Children who have completed 5th grade will move up to the Youth Group at the end of the academic year. These children will spend the summer prior to entering 6th grade participating in Youth Sunday School and activities.

 



A Note about Security: Your child's safety is a priority. Each Children's Ministry volunteer must pass a background check before spending time in the classrooms with the children.

education

9:00AM - EDUCATION HOUR

Sprouts are using the "God Loves Me" Storybooks from Faith Alive Christian Resources. 

Seedlings - 5th Grade are using Show Me Jesus from Great Commissions Publications.


10:30AM - WORSHIP

We encourage families to take your children to worship with you. The body is made up of believers of all ages and it is never too early for children to learn what it means to be part of the worshiping body. There are bags of activities for younger children available at the Resource Desk in the foyer and you can download our Worship Guide for children or pick one up at church. They are located at both the Resource Desk and the Welcome Station. 


Children's Church for Seedlings - 3rd Grade will be taught from the Jesus Storybook Bible


Download our Worship Guide for Children or pick up one at the Welcome Station.



baptism

Baptism is the outward sign of inward faith and the blessings of salvation (I Peter 3:21; I Cor. 12:13; Rom. 6:1-4), but it does not save us. In Romans 4,  Paul refutes the idea that the sign of salvation can save us. It is a sign of faith and salvation. What does baptism accomplish then? It brings us into a covenant with God for we are baptized “into the name” of Christ. Baptism binds us to the church; it is not merely a personal inward testimony, but a commitment to holy living and work with the church.


Download a document on why we baptize infants here.


Infant Baptism Video (click to watch):

"Why Do We Baptize Our Children" by Richard Pratt


Interested in baptizing your child? Download the Questionnaire here.


FOR PARENTS

If you are a member at Christ Community Church and would like to have your child baptized, please contact sgreene@christcommunitychurch.com to receive a new parents' information packet. We schedule baptisms on the third Sunday every other month.  

           





Communicants

A Communicants Class, which prepares children to become communing members of the church, 

is offered each January for children ages 3rd grade and up.


COMMUNICANTS MANUAL

The Session of CCC has developed materials to help prepare children to be communing members of the church. As expressed in Scripture, communion is entered into only by those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. This workbook can be used by parents with their children at home. Once your child has gone through the materials, then 1 to 2 elders will meet with the parents and child to talk about, and rejoice, what a blessing it is to share in this table experience with our Lord and Savior. A digital copy of the manual can be found here. Or please contact the church office to receive a printed version. 

FOR VOLUNTEERS

Thank you for volunteering your time and gifts to this important ministry! If you are new and would like to get involved, please get in touch with the church office to begin the process. We perform background checks on everyone who works with children at CCC.


"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:10-11


Please get to know your team members! You are responsible for finding a sub if you are unable to serve on your assigned date.

Consider switching dates with someone on your team! For a contact list, please email Alysa Traylor.


JUNIOR VOLUNTEERS

We love our Junior Volunteers! If you or your child are in the 3rd-12th grade, we welcome them to join our Junior Volunteer program. Junior Volunteers assist teachers in their classrooms on Sunday mornings and during Vacation Bible School. It is a wonderful way to use your gifts and to serve the families of CCC! Download our Junior Volunteer Application and Guidelines for more information.

OUR Values

RESPECT FOR CHILDREN AS PERSONS

Our standards for teaching children must never be compromised by forgetting our role in helping children reach their full potential. Recognizing that Children’s Ministry is a part of a child’s spiritual foundation. And taking seriously the job of their spiritual education. Scripture tells us that children are a “heritage” they are a joy and pleasure and they ultimately came from God and belong to God. We see children as gifts, not only to their parents, but also to our church, our community and our world. For one day they will become husbands, wives, friends, neighbors and citizens.


GOD-CENTERED TEACHING

We desire that through our education all children will gain an understanding of God and his desire for us to glorify him. Thus we desire for children to want to follow God with their heart, rather than just going through outward motions. Helping children discover the joy they can find in God. Helping children discover their need for God. Teaching must be application oriented, rather than just imparting knowledge.


KID RELEVANT, AGE APPROPRIATE

Teaching must have in mind the cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual development of the child. Teaching must look at the whole child, understanding there are different learning styles. Thus a variety of creative teaching methods are used. We must seek to understand the child’s cultural influences and relate to that culture, without ever compromising biblical truth.


PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS

God has designed children to learn in the context of family relationships. Partnering with families is vital to the growth of our ministry and the spiritual growth of our children. When the two are combined we make a greater impact in the life of the child, and we can offer one another support.


SERVING

Developing care for others. Developing concern, compassion and awareness of people in need both inside and outside of the church. Developing an understanding that everything we have belongs to God and should be used to bring Him glory.


RELATIONSHIPS

Putting in place an environment for friendships to flourish. It is of utmost importance that our children are able to learn in a safe, encouraging and caring environment. (Please see our safety policies). The scriptures show us that the context for Christian growth is within a community. This is an essential component for spiritual growth. 

restocking supplies

As everyone knows, little people have big needs. We have compiled a list of items that are used year round, thus these items are always needing to be restocked. We have our “grocery list” of needs and would like to share them with you. So if you happen to be shopping and see a good bargain and would like to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated. All donations can be dropped off at the Welcome Station on any given Sunday or put in the Children’s Ministry office during the week.


Baby Wipes (any brand)

Hand Sanitizer (any brand)

Clorox Wipes (any brand)

Crayons

Markers

Play Dough (can be bought or homemade)

Scissors

Hand soap

Felt

Paper Plates

Cotton Balls

Googly Eyes

Sharpies

Stamp pads (all colors)

Paper cups (small sizes)

Band Aids


We are so thankful for your continuing support of Children’s ministry. These are items that are always in need of being restocked and donations will be welcomed any time of the year.