PROGRAMMING DESIGNED FOR KIDS BIRTH-5TH GRADE
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 10:00 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.
BABIES AND TODDLERS
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, who are not potty trained are also upstairs in our nursery for intentional play programming with 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. 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.
All preschool and elementary kids start the service with their parents (or sitting with their leaders on the rug at the front of the sanctuary) and will stay through the singing. The goal is to include children in sacramental moments with the congregation.
After the singing, all kids are escorted to their classrooms downstairs for a time of stories, crafts, games, and more. Preschoolers will be picked up from the preschool room, and elementary kids will be picked up from the Launch Pad.
ACC Kids uses the Gospel Project Curriculum. This curriculums has been specifically chosen to build a solid Biblical foundation for our kids and help them understand God and the reason for Jesus.
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. You will receive one name tag and one security tag. The security tag matches the number on their name tag, which is how we will match you up to your child when you come to pick them up from their respective classrooms. When you set up your account, we will ask for basic information including: name, address, phone number, and birthdate of your child in case of emergency! The nursery aged kids will stay upstairs in their classroom. Preschool and elementary kids will start the service with their parents and will stay through the singing. After the singing, all kids are invited to their classrooms downstairs for a time of stories, crafts, games, and more. Preschoolers will be picked up from the preschool room, and elementary kids will be picked up from the Launch Pad.
Masks are not required per county guidelines, but we do have masks for kids who are not feeling well. If you would like your child to wear a mask, that's fine too!
RECOMMENDED CHILDREN'S BIBLES
NIV Adventure Bible
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.
Jesus Storybook Bible
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.
VOLUNTEER FOR ACC 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.