Destiny Church Children’s Ministry Manual Contact information: Executive Pastor Paul Hays [email protected] Pastor Paul oversees the entire Children’s Ministry Department. He is married to Renee and has one child, Liam. He is licensed with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Paul is an elder for folks living in Twinsburg, OH. Formerly, he served in the U.S. Navy as a communications expert for 10 years and spent 8 of those years overseas. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Troy University and is currently completing a Master of Divinity degree in Christian Education from Ashland Theological Seminary. He enjoys family time, outdoor activities and sports, fixing things, developing leaders, hanging out with and teaching kids of all ages. Children’s Ministry Coordinator Lydia Faber [email protected] Lydia and her husband, Kevin, have been members of Destiny Church for over two years. In 2014 they welcomed their son Clark into the world. Lydia has worked with children for over 10 years as a daycare teacher, babysitter, Sunday School teacher, and a private nanny. Aside from loving on children in the name of Jesus, Lydia also enjoys running, reading and baking. Kidz Clubz Leader Stacey Jones [email protected] Office Manager Mary Bisesi [email protected] Mary formally served on the administrative faculty at Columbia International University for 14 years; 11 years in a variety of positions in Student Development, the final 1 ½ years as Acting Dean of Students and 3 years as the Director of Financial Aid. Scripture Focus: In Deuteronomy 6:4-9 it says: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. Vision Statement: Diligently partnering with families, to constantly surround our children with God’s love, and impress His Word on their young hearts. Values Statements: We are passionate about seeing the children of our community “come unto Him” (Matthew 19:14), and we continue to support them as they, and their families, seek after Jesus. We promote love and acceptance of others by striving to cultivate Christ-like relationships. We seek to instill a passion for using the unique God-given gifts we possess to serve others in the church and in the community. We embolden all those involved in children’s ministry to share their Grace Story often, because we never know who may be impacted. We recognize that everyone has immense value and we aim to inspire the children and families of Destiny to be bold beacons of Grace and Truth in our communities. Definitions in our Children’s Ministry: Kingdom Builders: Entire children’s ministry on Sunday mornings, ages 6 weeks - 6th grade Kidz Kingdom: Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings, ages Pre-K – 6th grade Wee Kingdom: Nursery & Toddler Ministry on Sunday mornings, ages 6 weeks - 3 years Kidz Clubz: Weeknight ministry for grades 1st-6th. Runs October through May. What does a Sunday morning in Kingdom Builders look like? Parents are asked to register their children (6 weeks - 6th grade) at our registration table in the cafeteria before going into the church service. Infants & toddlers up to age 3 will be given a sticker name tag, and their parent will be given a laminated tag to return at pick-up. Children age 4 through Grade 6 will be given a lanyard with their name tag which must be worn around their neck. Children age 4 through Grade 6 are asked to sit with their family during the beginning of the church service, until they are all dismissed. Once they are dismissed, they are split up into their appropriate age groups (PreK - K, 1st -3rd grade, & 4th-6th grade). Students Pre-K – 3rd grade must be picked up by an adult at the end of service. Students grade 4th-6th grade are dismissed on their own at the end of service. Our littlest ones, in Wee Kingdom, who are 6 weeks - 3 years, are welcome to come to the nursery/toddler room upon arrival and registration. Their parent must present the nursery or toddler teacher with the laminated name tag upon pick up at the end of service. Expectations & Requirements for adult volunteers in our Children’s Ministry Having a personal relationship with Jesus Regularly attending Destiny Church for at least three months Agree to, and pass a background check Be early. We expect you to be in your assigned position 15 minutes prior to service time Help clean up their classroom at the end of services Be available to attend quarterly Children’s Ministry Meetings & other relevant trainings Be neat in your appearance Wear your name tag while serving Never leave children unattended Secure a substitute should the need arise, contact leadership to inform them of the change Read all information contained in Children’s Ministry Manual & sign acknowledgement form Requirements for teen volunteers in our Children’s Ministry (Teens are not required to pass a background check) Have their parent/guardian sign a form of consent Participate in Teen Training before serving NO TECHNOLOGY There should be NO TECHNOLOGY out in the classroom unless a teacher asks a student to look up a verse from a Bible App. If a child has a cell phone or other electronic device out, ask them nicely to put it away. If they continue to be distracted by the device, follow through the guidelines of our behavioral policy. Please be a good example of this rule when you’re with the children! You should not have cell phones or other technology devices out other than in an emergency situation. Classroom Behavior and Discipline Policy Destiny Church strives to offer a place of love, care, and safety to all children entrusted to us. We are committed to teach, encourage, and direct young children to the love of God, salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and obedience to His Word. In order for these goals to be accomplished, it is essential that the classroom and gym activities have guidelines that offer consistent rules of conduct and consequences for disobedience to those rules. This will ensure the safety of all children as well as a positive learning environment where love, joy, and peace will be the sense that each child, as well as their parents, receive while in the Kingdom Builders area. The following list is a set of behaviors that is expected from each child. HANDS Hands to self, raise hand to talk FEET Walking feet MOUTH Quiet mouth when someone is talking, Indoor voices HEART Always be kind If the child fails to obey these rules, or others not specifically mentioned that would harm themselves or others, disrupt the class or encourage further misbehavior of other children, the following steps will be taken: First offense spoken to and behavior corrected by the teacher Second offense spoken to and behavior corrected by the teacher and sit outside the room for five minutes (Kidz Kingdom only) Third offense Parent is called from the service to take their child These rules will be sent home at the beginning of each school year. This policy will be administered in love with gentleness and kindness. The goal is to teach, train, and correct in righteousness (2Timothy 3:16). This policy allows for the structure and control that will allow all children to grow and learn as we continue to strive to teach them God’s Word. Bathroom/Diapering Procedures When a child needs to go the bathroom, take at least one other child or volunteer along. When helping a preschooler in the restroom, always leave the door open far enough that other workers could see in. Never shut the restroom door. Do not allow the children to watch while another child is using the restroom. Children grades 4-6 may go to the restroom in same-sex pairs. However, permission must first be given by an adult volunteer. In case of a bathroom issue or emergency, the child’s parent should be called from the service to deal with the situation. Illness policies It is our goal to provide the healthiest environment possible for all children involved. Volunteers may refuse care to a child at any time for any of the reasons listed below or for any other illness that they feel would bring other children’s health into jeopardy. Fever: Children must be fever free without fever-reducing medicines for 24 hours Pinkeye: Children must be on antibiotics prescribed by a doctor for 24 hours Diarrhea: Children must be diarrhea free for 24 hours Strep Throat: Children must be on antibiotics prescribed by a doctor for 24 hours Rash: No children should be cared for with a rash, unless determined by a doctor that it is not contagious (other than a diaper rash). Chicken Pox: Children may not return until all spots are scabbed over Lice: Children may not return until 24 hours after treatment and child is lice and nit free Emergency Policies Safety Policy – At Destiny church we strive to offer a safe, fun place to learn about God, His world and His love for us. To ensure the safety of each child entrusted to our care, we have implemented this policy for the caregivers to follow. Emergency Accidents/Injuries – Whenever an injury of a child occurs the following questions must be considered: Is the child unresponsive? Is the child having difficulty breathing? If any of these questions is answered “yes”, the adult in the classroom will contact a member of the Destiny Church leadership team, found in the fellowship area or the worship service. That person will call for appropriate emergency help. The child’s parents will also be notified immediately. Non-emergency Accidents/Injury – Always offer first aid to an injured child. Wear disposable gloves if cleaning up blood or other bodily fluids. Disposable gloves are found in the nursery or first aid kit. An emergency first aid kit is always located in the traveling bins with the other supplies. If the situation warrants, the parent should be called from the worship service and provided a detailed description of the situation. Reporting of accidents/injuries - Parents as well as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator need to be informed of the injury and the circumstances surrounding the incident. Parent notification forms as well as church documentation forms are found in the registration box. Both must be completed on the day of the injury and the parent notification form should be given to parents when the child is picked up. The church documentation form should be completed before the end of church that day and given to the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Follow up with a phone call to the parents the day after the injury takes place to determine if further injuries have developed and to express your care and concern for the child involved. Hazardous Weather – In the event of dangerous weather volunteers should follow the guidelines below. Stay calm Move your classroom in a quiet and orderly manner to a bathroom or interior safe place. Await further instructions Fire – the first priority in any fire is that all children and volunteers’ safety is maintained. Any attempt by volunteers to put out the fire is absolutely forbidden unless judgment to do so is unquestionable and presents no possible danger to anyone present. Follow directions below in the event of a fire. Stay calm In an orderly manner, gather children to prepare to evacuate. If you are a volunteer who is not assigned a classroom, report to the nearest classroom for assistance. Evacuate when you are ordered to by church leadership, or when you are in danger (see smoke/flames) Follow evacuation maps which are posted in every classroom. Parents may stay with you and assist, but they MAY NOT take their child and leave during an evacuation! Missing Child – Time is critical if a child is reported missing. Volunteers should contact a staff member as soon as possible with the following information: Name/age/sex Color of hair, shirt and skin Classroom where child was checked in The person reporting the lost child should remain with the staff member until further direction is given.