Stonegate Kids

Family Matters At Stonegate Church

The health of our church is measured by the spiritual growth of our people; even the youngest ones.

Stonegate KIDS is committed to partnering with parents in the Biblical upbringing of their children by reinforcing the Gospel truths you’re already teaching at home. Stonegate KIDS strives to offer a welcoming environment for your child to learn more about Jesus. Time spent with us will include Bible stories & lessons, kid-friendly worship, fun games, and meaningful crafts. Children in our younger areas will also get a snack and free-play time.

Our staff and Leaders are dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and equipping parents during this precious and valuable season of life. We encourage you to take a few moments to click on the links below to familiarize yourself with our philosophy, structure, and important details.

The Grove (6 months - Kindergarten)
The Grove (6 months - Kindergarten)

Welcome to The Grove!
Jesus loves the little children and calls us to teach them diligently. We believe every moment with your child is an opportunity for discipleship, starting in the nursery. Gospel truths are planted here, and our dedicated staff and Leaders are committed to nurturing those truths in the heart of your child. In the Grove, your child will be taught a Bible story, participate in kid-friendly worship, create a meaningful craft, and play games with friends. Every lesson and activity is meant to promote valuable, Christ-centered connections for your toddler and/or preschooler.

The Woods (1st - 3rd)
The Woods (1st - 3rd)

Welcome to The Woods!
In the Woods, we believe in the value of curiosity. Although curiosity doesn’t mean conviction, we know that a child’s mind is naturally inquisitive about Jesus and the Bible during this stage of life. Our staff and Leaders are eager to engage in these conversations with your child, helping him/her understand the truth of the Gospel in an age-appropriate way.

Your child will be taught a Bible story, participate in kid-friendly worship, create a meaningful craft, and play games with friends. We build community in the classroom by teaching first in a large group, then breaking into small groups for discussion and application. Every lesson and activity is meant to promote valuable, Christ-centered connections for your elementary student. We pray that our investment of time on Sunday helps give parents a launching pad for at-home discussions that move your child towards authentic salvation and discipleship.

The Wild (4th - 5th)
The Wild (4th - 5th)

Welcome to The Wild!
In the Wild, we believe in the value of relationships. Most preteens are searching for connection and community, and we understand that our influence is directly linked to your child’s trust. Our staff and Leaders are committed to being a loud voice in a chaotic world, joining parents in Jesus-centered discipleship and equipping preteens to apply Gospel truths to life.

Your child will be taught a Bible story, participate in kid-friendly worship, create a meaningful craft, and play games with friends. We build community in the classroom by teaching first in a large group, then breaking into small groups for discussion and application. Every lesson and activity is meant to promote valuable, Christ-centered connections for your elementary student. We pray that our investment of time on Sunday helps give parents a launching pad for at-home discussions that move your child towards authentic salvation and discipleship.

This Sunday

It is our sole desire to help your child know and grow closer to Jesus from a young age. It is sometimes difficult for children to be separated from their parents. We recommend that you prepare your child ahead of time so that they will understand the value of being in church. Please refer to "Plan Your Visit" for suggestions on how to do this.

Plan Your Visit

We understand that it can be stressful to drop your child off in an unfamiliar place. The Stonegate KIDS team would like to recommend the following talking points to set your child up for a successful experience when you visit:

  • Explain where your family is going. Consider browsing the pics on our website to build familiarity.
  • Talk to your child about what he/she will be doing. For details on that, please refer to The Grove, The Woods, and The Wild sections above.
  • Assure your child that you won’t be far away. Take a few moments to share that you will also be learning about God in “big church”.
  • Comfort your child by letting him/her know that church is a safe and fun place to be.
  • Reassure your child that you will return to get him/her just as soon as the service is over.
  • On the way home from church, ask your child to name at least one thing they enjoyed about their experience in Stonegate KIDS.
  • In that same conversation, share one thing YOU learned in “big church.” This helps reinforce the idea that church is important for the whole family.
  • Encourage excitement for returning next week!

If you’d like to let us know about your family’s visit ahead of time, you can click below.

START HERE

Your First Visit

In anticipation of your first visit, it may help you to know the basics of our Check-In system.

CHECKING IN

  • Our Check-Ins area is just outside the entrance to the GROVE. To reach this area, please turn left after entering through the doors by the tent and continue past the coffee bar.
  • If you’re a 1st time guest, you’ll want to budget a little extra time (8-10 minutes) for your check-in process. All subsequent visits should move more quickly.
  • Stonegate KIDS uses a web-based program to create a profile for your child. This profile gathers important information, including allergy alerts, medical conditions, and contact phone numbers for emergencies. For access to this profile later on, please download the Church Center app and link your account to Stonegate Church.
  • All families should receive 2 stickers when check-in is completed. Sticker #1 is a name tag for your child that includes an alphanumeric code. Sticker #2 is pick-up tag for parents printed with the same alphanumeric code that’s on your child’s name tag. You must present this tag (or a photo of it on your phone) in order to pick up your child. If you lose the sticker, a new one can be printed for you (PLEASE NOTE: This may add time to your pick-up). Parents of infants and young toddlers will get an additional sticker to put on a diaper bag.
  • If your child needs you, the alphanumeric code that’s been assigned to your child will appear on the screen in the auditorium. When you notice a code on the screen, please check your pick-up tag to if it’s assigned to your child. If it is, please come to the Stonegate KIDS area right away.
Curriculum

We take the teaching of your kids very seriously.

Our curriculum resources are a dynamic facet of our ministry. After careful consideration, we selected a curriculum through Lifeway called The Gospel Project.

The Bible is God’s story. Every word on every page points to God’s redemptive plan for humanity; a plan that culminates in the life, death, and resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ. This is the heart of the Gospel.

The Gospel Project is a 3-year chronological study plan with Gospel-centered lessons that focus on telling God’s story to children in an age-appropriate way.

THE GOSPEL PROJECT
“The Gospel Project takes kids on a Christ-centered, chronological journey through Scripture. Kids will discover how the gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation. When kids truly experience the gospel, their hearts are transformed. It is the gospel, not good behavior, that changes everything.”

LEARN MORE

New City Catechism

THE NEW CITY CATECHISM
We believe that God calls parents to be the main pastors of their children in the home. Stonegate KIDS is dedicated to helping equip parents for the work of discipling their kids, and the New City Catechism book is one of the ways we do that.

“This short book lays out 52 questions and answers related to God, human nature, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and more. Whether used devotionally, recited orally, or memorized over the course of a year, families, churches, small groups, and Christian schools will treasure this as a valuable tool for teaching the core doctrines of the Christian faith to children and adults alike.” – The New City Catechism Website

These books are available for free at the Stonegate KIDS check-in area. Please ask one of our Stonegate KIDS staff members for your copy!

To download the app for your iPad or get the catechism online, go to: www.NewCityCatechism.com

Safety and Security

Your child’s safety is very important to us. In Stonegate KIDS, we strive each week to create a safe, secure environment that’s conducive for everyone to learn.

MINIMUM STANDARDS

  • We conduct a bi-annual Criminal History Background Check on all staff and Leaders over the age of 13.
  • Junior Leaders (middle school) and Cadet Leaders (1st-5th graders serving with their parents) are required to submit a “Character Form”.
  • All Leaders 14 and older must complete a sexual abuse awareness training through Ministry Safe.
  • Youth (high school) & adult Leaders participate in formal and informal trainings to communicate expectations for our ministry’s policies and procedures.
  • Each room has pre-determined ratios and capacities to maximize supervision and promote quality classroom management.
  • The corridors in the Stonegate KIDS area are surveilled by multiple high-definition cameras.
  • Children are only released to an adult or family member who has a Pick-Up sticker (or a photo of the sticker) with an alpha-numeric code that matches the code on the name tag worn by the child.
  • Our Check-Ins system features additional protection for families with custodial limitations legally in place. Please reach out to our Stonegate KIDS Director for more information on this.

Email Kids Director

Health and Illness Protocols

In an effort to prevent the spread of germs and illness in our church community, Stonegate KIDS has several useful health measures in place:

  • Hard surfaces (tables, chairs, etc.) are wiped down between services and sanitized after the 11:00 service each week.
  • Toys in the nursery areas are sanitized each week.
  • Crib sheets and other fabrics are laundered weekly.
  • Leaders in our nursery areas wear gloves when changing diapers. Used gloves are discarded immediately after use.
  • In rooms with lap babies and crawling babies, our Leaders remove their shoes and put on a pair of freshly laundered socks that are provided by Stonegate KIDS.
  • Kid-friendly hand sanitizers (alcohol free) are available in every classroom.

To help ensure a healthy environment for everyone, we ask parents to please keep your child at home if the following conditions exist:

  • Fever greater than 99º in the last 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Persistent cough (dry or productive)
  • Runny nose with cloudy or green mucus
  • Unexplainable rash
  • Symptoms of an eye infection (moderate/heavy drainage, unusual puffiness, sticky discharge, notable redness)
  • Although lice is not an illness, we ask that a child with signs of nits or active lice be kept at home until the lice issue has been resolved.

If our team members or Leaders notice any of the above conditions in your child, you will be called to pick him/her up immediately.

Stonegate KIDS Summer

Stonegate KIDS Camp is an amazing opportunity for your children to connect with God and with friends as they participate in a day camp full of fun activities! We hope to see your kids at Stonegate KIDS camp next summer!

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