What ages do you offer classes for during your worship gathering?
Mercyview Kids currently offers classes for children ages Birth-Kindergarten during Sunday's worship gathering. Beginning in January of 2018 a new class option has been added for our children, grades 1st through 3rd. Children will be invited to attend the worship gathering and participate in the music portion of the service with their parent(s) or the adult who has invited/brought them to church. Following the announcements, children ages 1st through 3rd grade will be dismissed for an age-appropriate lesson. They will return to the service to participate in the communion portion of the service though the service end.
How do I check my child in for the first time?
The first time you visit us on a Sunday, you will need to go through a few initial steps to check your child in. First, you will be greeted by our Mercyview Kids check in team. We use an electronic check-in system via The City for Mercyview Kids. Our team will help you register your child. After registration, you will accompany your child to their classroom. A teacher will greet you there. It is our desire that your child transition well. If you have any questions or concerns be sure and ask us!
What do I bring?
Please feel free to bring a diaper bag with a change of clothes, pacifier, bottle, sippy cup, and anything else your child may need during their time with us. All personal items need to be labeled with the child’s first and last name.
What do I not need to bring?
We respectfully ask that you leave any outside toys and/or snacks at home, especially foods with peanuts. We may have children who have allergies and we want to keep them safe and healthy.
What if my child has a food allergy?
If your child has a food allergy that you think we need to made aware of, please alert one of our volunteers of the allergy upon registration. You may provide a snack if needed.
How do I check out my child?
If you need to check out your child before the worship gathering is over, a volunteer will assist you. When you are picking up your child after the worship gathering, please provide the parent receipt provided at the time of check in to the classroom teacher. Without this parent receipt, you will not be able to pick up your child without the approval of the Mercyview Kids Director or volunteer.
What if my child is sick?
If your child is sick or has been sick within the past 24-hour period before church activities, we ask that you not bring your child to church. Please adhere to the 24-hour fever rule as well, which states that a child needs to be fever free without medication for a 24-hour period before attending church.
Where can I go if I need to nurse or change my child?
We have provided a special space for our nursing mothers located on the second tier of the auditorium area that is available before and during our worship gathering. If you need to use this area during the worship gathering, please do so at your convenience. If you need assistance someone from our Mercyview Kids Team can help you.
What if my child has special needs?
If you have a child with special needs, we would love to partner with you in ministering to them. Please contact our Mercyview Kids Team, at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how we can serve you.
What if my child needs to take their medication when I'm away from them?
For safety reasons, volunteers are not permitted to give medications. Parents are asked to be responsible for giving medications to their own children if they are needed during the worship gathering.
What if I have security concerns about my child?
Parents are asked to report to the Mercyview Kids Director any legal, custodial, or guardianship issues that might cause a security concern for your child.
How are the classrooms divided?
Mercyview Kids Preschool is currently divided into three different classrooms. Children are placed in classrooms based on mobility and maturity. Infants and toddlers are together in one room, 2-3-year old's and 4-5-year old's are in another room together.
How do you select your volunteers?
Protecting your children is our highest priority. All volunteer applicants must be partners (what we call members) of Mercyview, which means that been interviewed by an elder of our church. We also run a background check on all volunteer applicants. They also must complete some basic training to serve in Mercyview Kids. After they pass these steps, they are then approved to serve in Mercyview Kids.
What will you be teaching my child?
We use the Jesus Storybook Bible as our primary resource to teach your preschool children about Jesus and the gospel. To this end, we map out what the children are being taught throughout the year by using the Christian calendar, hitting the "high points" of the gospel story found in the Jesus Storybook Bible. For example, at Easter time, we teach about the crucifixion and resurrection, while at Christmas time, we teach about the birth of Jesus, among many other stories. Please contact our Mercyview Kids Director, Kari Rich, at email@example.com if you have more questions about the curriculum we use within Mercyview Kids.
As an added resource you will find this list that includes some recommended books which we hope will help facilitate reading, learning, and faith-based conversations in your family. This was created by one of our Mercyview partners to teach her children the love of reading and the love of Jesus.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions about Mercyview Kids?
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our Mercyview Kids Director, Kari Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.