Children and Youth Ministry
Expanded Nursery Ministry
The nursery is available every Sunday from 8:15 AM to 12:15 PM for children whose parents are in the building attending Sunday school or volunteering in a ministry area. For the summer months RCP’s nursery ministry is expanding to fill the needs of our youngest children (birth to 5 years old) during the 11 AM worship service.
Infant to Toddler Nursery—
Drop off infants and toddlers in room #1. Our youngest children will be provided with supervised care in a safe and nurturing environment.
Children ages 3 to 5 are welcome in room #3 during the 11 AM worship service. These children will participate in a structured experience that will include an age-appropriate Bible-based lesson in a safe learning environment.
- In order to provide the safest environment possible, all children must be signed in when they are dropped off. During a child’s first visit to the nursery, an information form needs to be filled out, and each family will be given a packet of general safety guidelines and procedures.
- We are seeking volunteers who will assist our nursery staff in providing a safe and nurturing environment. Please talk to our Nursery Coordinator, Susy Quintero (email@example.com or 972.208.1795) or Click here to sign up to be a volunteer.
Our regular Sunday school program for children and youth will not be running this summer. However, children ages 5 and under whose parents are in the building attending Sunday school or volunteering in other ministry areas are welcome in the nursery. Children 6 years old through 5th grade whose parents are attending Sunday school or volunteering will be meeting in room 3 on the second level of the education wing. Sixth through 12th graders are welcome to assist in this room as helpers with the younger children. This group will not be working through the curriculum that we follow during the school year. Instead, this hour will be activity-based. The children will be working on service projects, playing games, making cookies or other goodies and other age-appropriate activities.
Children in Worship
Children ages 6 and older will be worshipping with the entire community of faith this summer during the 11 AM worship service.
These children are invited to grab an age-appropriate worship bag in the hallway before worship. These bags are filled with books and activities for them to use as worship tools during the service. Encourage your child to work on the “What’s Happening in Worship” sheet during the service and hand it to the pastors after worship.
Tips for Parents/Grandparents/Guardians—
Children absorb the worship experience in significant ways. They quickly become aware of the movements, patterns and words used in worship. Based on the age of your child we encourage you to use some of these ideas to help them engage worship:
- If your child can read, encourage her/him to sing and pray the prayer of confession with the congregation.
- During worship, encourage your child to draw a picture of a certain part of the worship experience or part of a song or sermon that caught their attention—the congregation, the flowers, the musicians, the Bible story, etc.
- Ask your child to listen to the first few minutes of the sermon which usually includes a story. After worship, ask your child what he/she heard.
- Encourage your child to pay attention to the times when the congregation stands, speaks, sings, sits, etc. After worship, wonder together why we do these things in worship.