ALL CHURCH SUNDAY
At ACC, we believe that our kids are valuable members of our congregation and that appropriate programming for all ages is critical to our kids’ growth.
We offer engaging experiences for kids from birth through the conclusion of 5th grade, including kid-specific events.
Our ACC Kids programing takes place on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. All classes are taught by dedicated and caring volunteers who have undergone an extensive background check and safety trainings. Volunteers are background checked by an outside service and have been interviewed by the director in order to volunteer.
Our youngest friends, ages 0-18 months, are cared for upstairs in the nursery near the back of the sanctuary. There are toys and stories for this age group with loving caregivers to love your child while you are in service.
Our toddlers, aged 18 months to 36 months (3 years), who are not potty trained are upstairs in our toddler nursery. The toddler nursery is intentional play programming. There is a story time that aligns directly with our preschool and elementary program but brought to an age-appropriate level.
On Sunday mornings, our kids experience a structured class time, large group experience with singing and dancing, snack, and crafts or activities. Our curriculum spans all ages of our kids and is focused in tracing the Bible throughout the year. All of our kids learn the same story at the right level for them. Children are assigned a class by birthdate, with promotions at the end of the school year.
Our preschoolers are ages 3-4 and should be potty trained to be downstairs. In their hour of programming, we spend time in a small group with activities and games, then move to story time where we emphasize the lesson and a theme for the month.
Our elementary schoolers begin all together for story time, where we learn memory verses, big themes from the Bible and work to understand God’s character. After Large Group, they move into small groups broken up into kindergarten through 2nd grade, then 3rd grade through 5th grade.
Join us for the fun!
ACC Kids uses the Grow Kids Curriculum. This curriculum has been specifically chosen to jump back into learning about the Bible in order to build a solid Biblical foundation for our kids. Grow Kids begins in Genesis to the Prophets until November where we learn about Jesus and the New Testament until the summer where we start back in with the Prophets of the OT. In three years we will have gone through the entire Bible!
Check in for all children birth to 5th grade is upstairs in the Kids Hallway. When you walk in the main doors, there are signs pointing you towards the iPads, where you will put in your phone number and add kids into their classrooms. If you are a first time guest or first time checking your kids in, someone will be by the iPads to create your account. Your child will get three name tags: one to wear, one to give to the teacher, and one to keep so we can match the security numbers on the tag to the right guardian during pick up after service. The nursery aged kids will stay upstairs while the preschool and elementary kids will follow the mountains down the stairs to the classrooms marked for their age groups.
We care about the safety of our kids. Masks are required for all kids and any volunteers working in our children's ministries when they are inside the church building.
As we have given out Bibles to our Kindergarteners through 5th graders this year, we have presented them with the NIV Adventure Bible. This Bible has very clear transitions and well-marked page numbers, chapter numbers, and verse numbers. In addition, they point out questions that kids might ask and give them some passages to reference to answer them. This specific Bible version has been a great tool for kids to make their faith their own.
For our youngest kids who may not be able to read and are looking for a great storybook Bible to learn from, we recommend the Jesus Storybook Bible. This is not a direct translation of the Bible but covers many stories throughout the Bible. In fact, our curriculum lines up well with this storybook Bible so our youngest kids read from it weekly. In addition, we appreciate the clear diversity in the pictures and way these stories bring up new emotions and thoughts for our kids.
Our Children’s Team builds up and strengthens children and their families. They believe in investing in the next generation at each and every stage they walk through. Volunteers lead small groups of kids focused on relationships, teach large group gatherings, lead worship songs, gather supplies for crafts and object lessons, hold and care for infants, and build creative and exciting environments. We would love to have you join our exciting team. Contact Kayleigh Leonard, Children’s Director, if you are interested.