Serving in Children’s Ministry: An Overview
Children’s Ministry (CM) operates on a school-year calendar, with positions starting in September and continuing through August. Teachers and some helpers serve one month at a time for three months a year and other helpers serve one week per month. All serving schedules end up with about 13 serving opportunities. All CM positions have mandatory training: in August for teachers and September for all helper positions.
CM Teachers – Teachers lead classroom time with kids from age 2 through 4th grade. We use The Gospel Project for Kids with kids aged 4 through 4th grade. A team modifies the lessons to be simpler for the two and three year olds, focusing on simple truths and creating a safe and pleasant atmosphere.
Each year we hold a teacher training session in August and a teacher workshop in the winter to prepare and equip teachers.
Teachers serve for three non-consecutive months and arrive at 9:30 AM and prepare their classroom until 10:00 AM. Class time runs from 10:45 – 11:40 AM. We aim for 32 – 36 teachers to provide CM classes to children from age 2 through 4th grade.
Classroom Helpers – Classroom Helpers assist the teacher and the kids. They serve from 9:30 – 9:55 AM to prepare the classroom, and then return to the classroom from 10:40 AM until all children are picked up and the classroom is cleaned up, around 11:50 AM. Classroom Helpers may serve either weekly or monthly, based on their preference. We hope to recruit 86 classroom helpers.
One’s Helpers – These helpers care for children from 12 to 24 months old. There is one Lead Helper each week to greet parents and make sure things are going smoothly. Teen helpers are sometimes allowed to serve with the ones, but starting this year will be required to take the Red Cross babysitting class.
Helpers serve one week per month, report to the One’s room by 10:30 AM, and serve until all children are picked up and the room is cleaned up, around 11:50 AM. We need 16 helpers for the One’s.
Assembly Time Leaders and Helpers – These helpers care for children aged 2 through 4 during worship. All Assembly Time workers arrive by 9:30 and serve until 10:45 AM, missing worship. There is no lesson for Assembly Time; the children play in a supervised setting. Assembly Time workers serve one week per month. Assembly Time requires 16 – 20 helpers.
Traveling Worship Leaders – Worship Leaders lead either preschool or elementary-aged classes in age-appropriate praise and worship, spending about 10 minutes in each of 4 classes each week. They serve from 11:00 – 11:40, serving three non-consecutive months per year. We hope to have 8 people serving in this role.
Help Desk Workers, Hall Monitors, and Bathroom Monitors – These helpers serve in a variety of ways, including welcoming and helping visitors and providing safety and oversight for children when they are not in the classroom. Our Child Protective Guidelines require these positions to be filled by adults. Some of these volunteers serve one week per month and others serve three non-consecutive months. We need 20 people to fill these positions.
Children’s Ministry Leadership Team – The Children’s Ministry Leadership Team serve in a variety of roles, coordinating Helpers, Teachers, Gospel Kids, the Help Desk, Assembly Time and One’s Room, Vacation Bible School, and CM in general. There are currently 12 people serving on the Leadership Team.
We take caring for children seriously, and desire to provide a safe atmosphere for the children in CM. Our Child Protective Guidelines are published on the church website or available from the church office. We are committed to upholding these guidelines by limiting those who serve to members and children of members aged 12 – 18.
If you would like to participate in Children’s Ministry, please complete the CM Staffing Form available at the CM Help Desk or recruiting table in the lobby. If you have additional questions, please contact SaraJane Strylowski.