WE WANT KIDS TO KNOW JESUS, NOT JUST KNOW ABOUT HIM!
childcare and kids classes are available for all regular services.
We are committed to give every child that comes thru our doors the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. We desire for every child to know that he or she is loved by God, and loved by us, as we serve them through the teaching of the Bible
KIDS UNDER 6
Why we don't allow kids under 6 in the Sanctuary?
A note from Steve: We have family worship on Sunday night, followed by an adult Bible study and kid’s ministry in the Sunday School. At Calvary our focus is on the importance of the teaching of God’s Word in an environment that makes it as easy as possible to understand (Neh. 8:2, 3, 7, 8). It is important for both adults and children to be able to come to Jesus. In light of this our services are age appropriate whether in the adult service or in the children’s ministry. We believe it is not a good thing to bore children with a teaching of God’s Word that is inappropriately complex for their age level. We don’t want kids to hate church. In addition, because it is so important for people to understand and apply God’s Word we try to keep the teaching environment one in which there are as few distractions as possible. This is particularly essential for those who don’t know Christ and are being given an opportunity to make a commitment to follow Him. Because of this, we ask that parents with kids 5 and under use our children’s ministry. We are sensitive to those families that are visiting (what kid wants to go into a strange Sunday school class on a first visit?) so we provide a family room and Café for visitors and also a couple of mother’s rooms for nursing moms. Kids 6 and over are welcome to sit with their parents but we find that they have a better experience in the children’s ministry. Children’s ministry is important to us and we try to do an excellent job reaching our kids.
MOTHER'S & FAMILY ROOMS
MOTHER’S ROOMS ~ In the back of the sanctuary there is a room for mothers and their babies. This room is reserved for women only and has tinted windows for privacy. The service can be heard through adjustable speakers. A Mother's room is also located directly by the nursery. This room is set up with rocking chairs and a feed of the service via TV. In order to keep all babies healthy, the mother’s room is for healthy babies only.
FAMILY ROOMS ~ An additional soundproof room is available on the other side of the sanctuary for visitors and so that daddies can care for young infants as well. Again, these rooms are not for sick babies, but for infants too young to be left in our nursery, or babies who just need their mommy or daddy today. The Calvary Cafe offers another option for families with a feed of the service via TV.
WHERE DO I GO FIRST? Stop by the visitor’s desk in the education building main hallway. Our friendly volunteers will get your child a nametag sticker for the class he/she will be attending. Children are placed in classes according to their age/grade. Parents will be given an ID number so we can contact you if needed. Children will then be escorted to their class and introduced to their teacher.
1st TIME JITTERS? Our volunteers are trained to help your child feel safe and comfortable. In the occasion we are unable to console an upset child, we will call a parent back to the classroom. Parents are also welcome to stay and observe!
WHY DO YOU HAVE ID NUMBERS? Every child receives an ID# at check-in so that we can contact parents as needed. These numbers are sent out via text message using the texting service Remind 101. To recieve texts for your child, find their class on the next page and follow the instructions. If you recieve a text during service with your child's ID#, simply bring your ID sticker to meet your child in his/her class.
About Calvary Kid's "Remind 101": At the time of check-in you will be assisted in registering for your child's class by texting your child's corresponding code to 509-761-3593.
DO WE HAVE TO REGISTER? At the time of check-in, parents are given the option to register their child. Registration gives your child a permanent name-tag so you do not have to stand in the visitor’s line each time you attend church. You can register the first time you visit or any time afterwards.
NURSERY and TODDLERS
NURSERY CARE ~ Children 3 months through 2 years are cared for by volunteers that love to love your babies! We keep the nursery ratio at 1 volunteer for every 3 babies for the safety of your children. We ask that sick babies stay home to keep our nursery a healthy place. A TV monitor is set up outside the nursery so that parents can check up on how their little ones are doing! All parents are welcome to stay with their children in the nursery in the event we are full, or anytime you want to stay!
TODDLER CARE~ Toddlers from 2-4 years of age are cared for at all services that Calvary has to offer. Kids are taught bible stories and offered simple activities to do! No child is too young to learn about bible truths and how much God loves them!
ABOUT SUNDAY SCHOOL
WHAT TO EXPECT @ SUNDAY SCHOOL ~ Sunday mornings begin with special worship designed just for kids! Live worship music and occasional puppet skits, keep kids excited about worshiping God! Children's worship is preschool thru 5th grade.
An optional offering is taken during children's worship which directly supports 2 children we sponsor through Compassion International. Our kids here are given updates on our sponsored children throughout the year.
After worship kids are dismissed to their classrooms where volunteer teachers and helpers engage the students in fun, interesting, and age appropriate lessons from www.kidskountpublishing.com. The bible lesson incorporates object lessons and activities that encourage kids to interpret bible events from scripture and apply them to their lives today. Kids are encouraged to bring their bibles and learn how to use them!
Teachers and helpers are committed to give every child the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are determined to show every child that he or she is loved by God and loved by us! Kids who have made commitments to Jesus are encouraged to grow in a relationship with Him.
WEDNESDAY and SUNDAY NIGHTS
SUNDAY PM ~ Childcare for nursery thru 5th grade begins at 7p on sunday nights. This time typically consists of kids just enjoying playing together! We have found that if kids are attending church on sunday mornings and then their parents want to come back on Sunday nights, the kids get overwhelmed and bored with a traditional classroom lesson. We want kids to love attending church, so sunday nights are fun nights! Board games, toys, crafts, indoor and outdoor activities keep the kids wanting to come back for more!
WEDNESDAY 3D DISCIPLESHIP ~ Calvary Chapel’s very own 3D Discipleship meets every Wednesday night during regular adult services. Designed to go beyond the average “Sunday school lesson” and encourage deeper Bible study and discipleship, kids are led in how to DIG into God’s word, DISCOVER its truths and principles, and DO them!
We write our own curriculum in 8-10 week segments to go in depth with kids on topics such as fruits of the spirit, armor of God, heroes of the Bible, the Lord’s prayer and more!
3D Discipleship is modeled after kids clubs, but is designed for anyone to drop in at any time and is always FREE of charge.
Kids are grouped by age/grade and rotate through 3 stations that include Bible exploration, an object lesson, and games. The evening concludes with a small group time for journaling, Bible verse memorization and prayer.
ANNUAL ZOO SNOOZE
The Zoo Snooze is a super-fun overnight adventure at the Portland Oregon Zoo. Go on a late night tour of the zoo after it closes! Tour the zoo hospital! Boldly go where no ordinary zoo tour goes! AND SLEEP IN THE ZOO!! The overnight tour is open to kids 1st - 5th grade and their parents on a first come first served basis. Kids as young as 6yrs can attend with a same-sex parent. Men/boys & women/girls will sleep in separate classrooms on the floor at the zoo.
MORE @ EVENTS
ANNUAL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Each summer Calvary hosts a FREE Vacation Bible School for kids 4 years to 5th grade. Your kids will not want to miss this week of fun with Jesus that takes place from 9a - 12p, Monday - Friday. This year's VBS is scheduled for June 26-30, 2017.
ANNUAL KIDS CAMP
Every summer, Calvary kids (2nd through 5th grade) head to the Bar M Ranch for an awesome weekend of fun, adventure, crazy good food, Bible teaching and worship. Campers enjoy THE BEST counselors, hiking, campfires, archery, a mudpit, canoes, swimming, paintball, inner-tubing and MORE!!! This year's camp is scheduled for July 17-21, 2017.
CALVARY KIDS MISSION STATEMENT:
We are committed to give every child that comes thru our doors the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. We desire for every child to know that he or she is loved by God, and loved by us, as we serve them through the teaching of the Bible.
- to provide Jesus Christ’s example of love and acceptance to the kids we minister to.
- to create a safe, fun and interesting atmosphere for children to enjoy.
- teach age appropriate curriculum that interest and challenges each age group
- to evangelize children to give them the opportunity to accept Jesus as their personal Savior.
- encourage children to share their Savior with their friends and family.
- to train and equip our volunteers to be able to carry out these goals.
￼￼￼￼￼￼Children’s Ministry volunteers have attended Calvary Chapel for at least 1 year and they all love the Lord and love kids! Our teachers and helpers commit to a full 9 months of service! Others volunteer for the summer months to give the school year team a break. All staff and volunteers have submitted to a national background check as well. Peggy Farrell is the Children’s Ministry coordinator at Calvary. If you would like to contact her or if you have general children’s ministry questions, please complete the email form below.