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

Children’s Ministry

Below are details regarding our Sunday morning Children’s Ministry.


As we have been emphasizing throughout COVID-19, ensuring everyone’s health and safety is a priority. We will be taking a number of additional precautions to protect our children, as well as adhering carefully to all federal, state and local guidelines, and following the latest CDC guidance for churches.  

Before bringing your child to church or Study Hall, please check for the symptoms below. If your child has any of these symptoms, we ask that you keep them at home. If you child exhibits any of these symptoms while in participating in Children’s Ministry, you will be asked to pick them up immediately. 


Symptoms Checklist

  • Temperature of 100.4 or above
  • Chills
  • New cough/shortness of breath/difficulty breathing (for children with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, this would be a change from their typical baseline)
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose (different than a child’s typical allergy symptoms)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Contact your family physician or pediatrician for medical care.
  • Call our office or email me directly.  We will walk you through our protocols to determine if a quarantine is needed and if any contact tracing is required

Children’s Ministry - Toddler – 5th Grade

Nursery
At this time, we will not be offering an infant nursery option. Please contact Alysa Traylor if you have a specific need or question.

Toddlers (confident walkers) – Pre-K (3 years old and potty-trained):
CCC will:

  • Require temperature checks for children, teachers, and any volunteers/staff; temperatures at or above 100.4 will not be able to join or participate in Children’s Ministry,
  • Meet in age-appropriate classrooms,
  • Provide separate bags with individual supplies for each child to use when in the room,
  • Arrange the Bible story time and games to accommodate social distancing,
  • Not require face masks for children, 
  • Require face masks for teachers, volunteers, and staff indoors,
  • Increase the availability of hand sanitizers,
  • Clean and sanitize surfaces and toys indoors between services, and
  • Only offer a take home bag with a pre-packaged snack and beverage.


For  K-3rd grade:
CCC will:

  • Require temperature checks for children, teachers, and any volunteers/staff; temperatures at or above 100.4 will not be able to join or participate in Children’s Ministry,
  • Meet outside whenever possible from the time of children’s dismissal until the end of the service (please dress children appropriately for outdoor play); in the event of inclement weather, we will meet the adult Sunday School classroom and masks will be required when indoors,
  • Arrange the Bible story time and games to accommodate social distancing, 
  • Not require face masks for children, teachers, or volunteers/staff in the outdoor environment,
  • Increase the availability of hand sanitizers,
  • Only offer a take home bag with a pre-packaged snack and beverage.


For 4th – 5th grade:
CCC will:

  • Encourage these students to worship with their family in the sanctuary, 
  • Allow students to volunteer once a month to be a classroom helper (schedule with Mrs. Alysa),
  • Ask students to utilize the age-appropriate worship bag offered in the foyer.
  • If you have any concerns or if your child has an underlying condition, we ask you to please continue to have you child worship with you as a family in-person at CCC or by joining us online through our live stream. 

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. 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.