YOUR KiDS WILL LOVE CHURCH

We come alongside families to embrace and engage KiDS to form a growing and committed relationship with Jesus.

We Love KiDS

We demonstrate love to your child through a long-term discipleship plan that nurtures kids to reach out to their neighbors and connect them with Jesus. This process is done in conjunction with our church strategy:

  • Worship

Provide authentic worship experiences that are kid targeted

  • Grow

Teach the Bible creatively and in relevant ways for children today

  • Serve

Involve children and families in church events, serve projects and encourage them to represent Jesus in their world.

  • Connect

Promote relationships among KiDS and families

A PLACE FOR ALL KiDS

We incite wonder to help kids embrace a God who is bigger than their imagination.

We EMBRACE KiDS so they:

Know God’s Love | Meet God’s Family

During Sunday time with us, preschoolers get a first impression of their loving Heavenly Father. This keeps it simple and fun, repeating one basic truth about God all month long. Through FUN Groups, age-appropriate worship, play and more, we incite wonder for God in their hearts. Embracing their physical needs helps them to feel safe.

We provoke discovery and invite kids to a new understanding of how to grow in a relationship with Jesus.

We ENGAGE KiDS So They:

Trust God’s Character | Experience God’s Family  

During Sunday mornings, elementary kids will discover key Bible stories that help them understand Jesus and reflect His character to the world around them. To make this easier, everything is unpacked through weekly Bottom Lines–short phrases that are easy to remember and can be reinforced at home. Through the use of FUN Groups, they practice age-appropriate worship, games and more to provoke discovery of God’s Big Story (the Bible) in their hearts. We Engage their interests since they are primarily motivated by FUN.

What is a Phase?

A phase is a time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future.

Phases guide parents and leaders through the Phases of a kid’s life with ideas on how to understand the specific stage they are in, how to give them what they need and how to navigate the critical issues they will face. At PTCUMC KiDS, our environments, curriculum and overall strategy revolve around these phases.

Why Phases?
Our job is not to redefine God at every Phase, but to help kids rediscover God in a new way at each Phase.  In doing this, we want each kid to be moving in the right direction in their relationship with God, in their relationship with themselves/identity in Christ and their relationship with their neighbor–the Great Commandment.

MATTHEW 22:37-38 | THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love Him with all your mind. This is the first and most important commandment. And the second is like it. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

So, what does this mean for you as a parent?
It’s simple. We, the church, want to come alongside you to cheer you on, equip you, and help you parent at every phase of your kid’s life. We want to make the most of each of those stages by integrating this strategy into our programs and ministries. In doing this, we will assist you in understanding kids in the phase they are in, how to give them what they need now, and how to navigate the critical issues they will face.

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God's Love For Newborns

Did you know - a parent has 936 weeks between a kid’s birth and graduation? We don’t want to miss what’s happening during each critical Phase growing up

For Parents

During their time with us, kids will  be served Goldfish/water in the rooms of ages 2-PreK. If a kid is in need of a snack, and there is not one provided by the parent for the 1-2 year old room, Goldfish/water may be given. Parents are welcome to provide an alternative peanut-free snack for their kid, if specifically needed. Please include all necessary items to feed in their bag. Let us know when it is feeding time and any special instructions.

Parents are responsible for alerting leaders and the staff of any allergies and dietary concerns/changes. If there is a special snack for the group, an allergy sign will be posted on the door.

ELEMENTARY
K-5 may have special snacks on various occasions. When this occurs, there will be a sign at the door for parents to note. Parents are responsible for alerting leaders and the staff of any allergies and dietary concerns/changes.

Please have all of your child’s belongings properly labeled. This includes: 

  • Bibles
  • Drinking Cups
  • Pacifier
  • Diaper Bag
  • Coats
  • Bottles and Tops
  • Diapers (only disposable are accepted)
  • Blanket
  • Snack bowl or bag

We recommend that you leave dolls/toys at home. These items are easily lost and can often be a distraction. All items found will be placed in the kitchen on the 2nd floor in the lost and found box.

Please note—we are unable to administer medications. We can administer Band-Aids and ice packs. If a kid requires medication, please make arrangements to personally administer what is required before dropping them off.

If a kid is injured while in our care, the leader will immediately notify the Director. The Director will be responsible for advising the kid’s parent. All injuries must be reported and documented no matter how minor they may seem.

Kids with allergies requiring the potential use of an EpiPen must weekly supply their own and give it to the Director or Welcome Team member at check-in.

Every KiDS leader and volunteer that serve in our ministry has a background check and undergoes a one-on-one conversation to ensure the safety of our children in their care. In addition, we have a team of people constantly patrolling our environments to protect our kids and enforce our safety policies and procedures. After the service has started, any person in a KiDS environment must be wearing some sort of identification: staff nametag, leader/volunteer nametag, or observer/guest sticker.

These safety measures, as well as our bathroom policies, check-in/check-out procedures, and evacuation plans are designed with our children in mind. As a church, it is our desire to provide an environment where kids feel safe and can focus on learning about Jesus and having fun. We also understand the importance of safety to parents and make all efforts to ensure that they are comfortable leaving their kids in our care as they enter into a distraction-free service.

Every week when a kid arrives, they begin their experience with their parents/guardians at the check-in kiosk. From here, KiDS are checked into our system and given a nametag with their name, grade and any other important information. The check-in/check-out system ensures that each kid who participates in our KiDS Ministry is released only to an authorized parent or guardian at the end of the service with a tag that matches the three-digit, alpha-numeric code on the bottom of their name tag.

 GROUP/ROOM RATIOS

  • Babies 1:6  – (0-12) move up as they turn 1
  • Wobblers 1:8 (13-18 months) move up as needed
  • Teeter Tots 1:10 (19-24 months) move as they turn 2
  • Chatters 1:12 – 2 years
  • Angels 1:14 – 3 years
  • PreK 1:16 – 4/5 years

Each group/class is planned to be age-appropriate and followed by the guidelines of our Safe Sanctuaries policies provided by the North Georgia Conference. We ask that kids are not placed in a room that is not for their age group.


KiDS Ministry FAQ’s

FUN Groups are age-based classes held on Sunday mornings. Groups experience life together and get to know each other through spending time together and diving into God’s Big Story. We see the importance of kids exploring the Bible and its many adventures. This is a space for kids to learn, discuss and have hands-on exploration as a group where they feel welcomed, accepted and cared for.

F- Faith in God
U- Understanding His Word
N- Nurturing Relationships

No matter the age, kids can experience worship on their level. Kids will have worship time each week with their FUN Group. We have a team of people who lead kids in dance, motions, free style and singing to show our love for God! This is also the time to begin worship components and sharing worship elements with kids.
The idea behind “Buddies” is centered on relationships. We pair up the same Buddy (responsible youth or adult) with the same kid each week. We also encourage those volunteers to cultivate relationships with the entire family. We want our families to feel welcomed, cared for and above all, loved. And, special needs families are no exception.
There are various roles and opportunities to impart
to the next generation. We would love to chat with you about ways you can serve. Please contact one of us via email or phone and we can discuss what area would work best for you.

Newborn Family Care Team/Baptism

The Newborn Ministry seeks to provide support to those expecting a child either by birth or through adoption. Our mission is to greet new babies/families by providing support and prayer during this joyous and exciting time.

The Newborn Family Care Team consists of a group of people who are dedicated to nurturing and supporting a newborn and their family within the PTCUMC church. This is done with initial introductions, first time back support, and hopefully moves into a growing and consistent relationship.
Our purpose is to show newborn families that the church is here for them. We want to welcome the newborn with open arms and care the family with our prayers, support and Christian love.
This ministry will focus on reaching out by providing support and encouragement in this exciting time for our newborn families. We will do so generously, in love, and extend compassion to them in a growing relationship.
Baptism is one of two Sacraments celebrated in The United Methodist Church. Holy Communion is the other. Sacraments are those rites of the Church in which we experience the powerful presence of God’s grace through simple actions with common materials such as water, bread and juice. These Sacraments were engaged by Jesus during His earthly life and commanded by Him to be continued by His followers.

United Methodists baptize individuals of any age or stage in life. We employ any of the three historic modes which are sprinkling, pouring or immersion. United Methodists believe that God is the actor in baptism, claiming and cleansing the life of the one baptized and initiating that person into the Church, the Body of Christ. Therefore, we honor the baptism of other traditions. We do not re-baptize.

Infants are baptized on the statement of faith of their parents and/or sponsors who should be members of Christ’s church. After consultation with the pastor, an infant baptism may be scheduled for one of the Sunday worship services. Because a congregational vow (promise, responsibility) is stated for each child, all infant baptisms occur in the context of a congregational worship, where the person’s membership is to be held.

Elementary students, teens and adults desiring to be baptized also meet with the pastor to determine readiness to accept the vows of responsibility for faith in Jesus. Appropriate settings for baptism are arranged in consultation with the pastor.

Those baptized before they are old enough to take the vows for themselves make their personal profession of faith in the service called confirmation. Those who are able to take the vows for themselves at their baptism are not confirmed, for they have made their public profession at the font.

To schedule a conversation with the Sr. Pastor regarding baptism, please email Sondra Brown @ sondra.brown@ptcumc.org