(infants to approx. age 2/when potty-trained)
We count it a privilege to care for nursery-aged children during worship as part of our ministry to families. We provide a loving, healthy and safe environment where all children are nurtured in God’s love and receive individual attention and care.
Our nursery is staffed by two adult volunteers and often a teen helper. Nursery caregivers encourage children to play safely and to feel comfortable while their parents enjoy worshipping child-free. We provide a gluten-free, dry cereal snack, and families are encouraged to send along water cups, as well. Children are also welcome to stay in the service if the parents prefer. We’re grateful that our nursery is very well-equipped for young children thanks to Mother’s Day Out of Westchester, who are also tenants and friends at the Community Center.
(preschool & elementary school)
During the first half of our worship, preschoolers and elementary-aged children worship with their families in our service; and then just prior to the sermon, they are dismissed to classes specially designed to nurture them in their spiritual growth.
We believe that River Kids Preschool (ages 3/potty-trained – 5) has a unique opportunity to shape a child’s first learning experience in church. We want our preschoolers to know they are special because God made them and that He wants a relationship with them. Nothing is more important for a young child to know than beginning to understand who God is. To keep our learning relevant and on a preschooler’s level, we create an active, hands-on learning environment with l-o-t-s of movement to match their attention spans and social needs.
As children move into River Kids Elementary, we strive to help them know they can trust God no matter what and how to make wise choices as they grow in their faith. One of our goals is for children to know that the Bible is relevant for their lives NOW. We believe the Bible should never be boring, so it’s taught in ways that are creative, easy to understand and definitely filled with tons of kid-like energy!
“My child, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart.” (Prov. 3:1)
River Kids Preschool–Jo Lewis
River Kids Elementary–Mary Martinson, Director (email@example.com)