“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Matthew 19:14)
We emphasize routines that foster an understanding that God loves your child and God wants your child to love others. Activities are planned to facilitate these principles, and include variations of the following:
- Guided learning
- Bible stories
- Hands-on activities
- Sensory fun
- Tuning in to the children’s sermon
We ask that you bring any items your child may need during the service (other than food). Please label all of these items. Such items may include:
- Diaper bag
- Milk or water
- Underwear/change of clothes
- Soothing or comfort item (pacifier, stuffed animal or toy)
One of our priorities in providing the best possible care for your child is to have policies in place to keep your child safe, happy, and healthy.
We understand how difficult it is with young kids to arrive on time. Checking children in prior to the start of the service eases all children’s transition into the nursery environment and activities. While some parents may prefer to drop children off after the children’s service, we find that children within the nursery have a much easier time overall when checked in prior to the start of the service. Please sign your child in and fill out a sticker name tag. The large sticker goes on the child’s back and the small one should be placed on the diaper bag.
We ask that a parent or guardian drop off and pick up children. If someone other than a parent or guardian will be picking up your child, please notify nursery volunteers to clearly inform who will be picking up. Please wait at the door upon pick-up and your child and diaper bag will be brought to you. The nursery door is to remain closed and locked at all times to prevent children from leaving the space and in order to maintain nursery safety.
For the safety and well-being of all children and volunteers, no sick children will be admitted to the nursery. We ask that you keep your child at home if he or she has any of the following:
- Soar throat or difficulty swallowing
- Green or yellow runny nose
- Questionable rash
- Other contagious viruses or conditions (such as pink eye, chicken pox, and lice)
We ask that all child and parent shoes be removed and placed outside the nursery door prior to entering the nursery. This helps to keep the nursery safe and clean from outside elements, while also preventing little fingers and toes from being injured. While we do have anti-microbial carpet, salt from winter boots is a concern for children who may mouth items.
If your child is potty training, please alert us at drop-off. We have consistent and regular, trained care providers who will be diapering and restrooming all children requiring assistance. Youth volunteers will not be permitted to diaper or restroom children. If your child uses the restroom, please take them prior to the start of the service. Restrooms are located across from the church nursery.
Our nursery is coordinated and staffed by volunteers who love children and want their very first experience of the church to be nurturing and fun.
There will always be at least two helpers in the nursery. We have a number of fabulous teenagers who volunteer on a regular basis, but there will also always be someone who is over the age of 18.
All of our adult volunteers are members of MPC and have undergone criminal background checks, which is our policy for anyone in the church who will be working with children.
If you would like to support the important work of our nursery by volunteering, please contact Pastor Anderson.