Children

At Calvary, we love children and teaching them about God and His Word.

Our Children’s Ministry actively partners with parents to encourage every family to make a whole life commitment to Jesus Christ. We seek to engage each child with fun and creative age-appropriate programs which help build a strong spiritual foundation.


Visiting for the first time? Welcome! Please stop by the Family Welcome Desk on the first floor near the elevators. We’ll be glad to help you register your children and find the right class. For more about our security procedures, click here.


See event pics and stay connected on our Facebook page.


Interested in volunteering? There are lots of ways you can support our Children's Ministries. Find out more!


Questions? Contact: Su Trull, Director of Children's Ministry, strull@calvarychurch.com

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    Nursery

    The Calvary Nursery provides loving care for babies and toddlers during all worship services. Parents can drop off little ones and attend services with peace of mind.

    We see the Nursery as a child's first step toward a relationship with Christ. Playtime activities introduce children to biblical truths and allow parents to continue teaching at home. On Sundays at 11:15 AM, our older toddlers join the preschoolers for music, puppets, drama, video, and more! 

    What are regular nursery hours?
    Sunday Mornings: 9:45–12:15 AM
    Sunday Evenings: 6:00–7:15 PM
    Wednesday Evenings: 6:30–8:00 PM

    I’m new to Calvary. Is there anything I should do first?
    Welcome! On your first visit, please stop by the Family Welcome Desk on the first floor near the elevators. We’ll be glad to help you register your child and find the Nursery.

    Do I need to bring anything for my child?
    If possible, please bring a labeled diaper bag with disposable diapers, a change of clothes, a labeled pacifier, and a filled and labeled bottle or sippy cup.

    What security measures are in place? How can I keep in touch?
    Calvary uses our Checkpoint Security system to keep our youngest ones safe and secure. When you use our kiosks for sign-in, you will receive a coded name tag. When you drop off your child at a classroom, we also provide a numbered beeper to notify you immediately if you're needed in the Nursery.

    Have a new baby or are you expecting?
    We’d love to welcome you with a small gift and helpful information about the Nursery and child dedication.


    For a detailed overview, please download our Nursery Handbook.


    Contact: Laura Schlesing, Nursery Coordinator, 704.341.5399, lschlesing@calvarychurch.com

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    Preschool
    Sundays, 9:45 AM–12:15 PM

    On Sunday mornings, we introduce children to the lifelong adventure of walking with God and being Jesus' disciple! Preschool classes for children ages 2 1/2 through Kindergarten meet at 9:45 AM and 11:15 AM.

    At 9:45 AM, all children enjoy Bible lessons, learn Scripture verses, participate in engaging activities, and make crafts with their friends.

    At 11:15 AM, All preschoolers participate in BibleZone, a large group format using music, puppets, drama, video, and fun activities to reinforce the Bible lesson taught in the 9:45 AM session.


    Where should I bring my child?
    Class assignments are noted on your child’s nametag, which will be printed when you sign in at the Checkpoint kiosk each week. Please plan to drop off and pick up your child at his/her assigned classroom on the first floor in the Preschool wing.

    Be sure and ask your child what he/she learned each Sunday!


    We invite and encourage parents to serve with their child's class on a rotating basis.

    Questions? For ages 2-3, contact: Susan Grigg, 704.341.5356, sgrigg@calvarychurch.com
    For ages 4-5, contact: Jennifer Groseclose, 704.341.5349, jgroseclose@calvarychurch.com

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    KidZone | Grades 1 & 2
    Sundays, 9:45 & 11:15 AM

    KidZone is where our 1st and 2nd graders begin making their faith their own. The children worship the Lord through music, participate in Bible study and prayer, and begin to apply biblical principles to their lives. We emphasize God's desire to have a personal relationship with every child!

    KidZone starts at 9:45 AM in the Crown Room with large group praise and worship, videos, and interactive presentations. Then we move to small groups for Bible study activities. Children who continue for the 11:15 session enjoy an active program featuring Bible challenges and more. Children may attend both the 9:45 and 11:15 AM sessions.


    Where should I drop-off and pick-up my child?

    After visiting the Family Welcome Desk (first-time only) or signing in at one of our kiosks:

    For the 9:45 AM hour:
    Drop off: Crown Room on the 3rd Floor
    Pick up: Small group classrooms on the 3rd Floor (see your child’s name tag)

    For the 11:15 AM hour:
    Drop off: Back door of Room 300
    Pick Up: Front door of Room 300

    Be sure to ask your child what he/she learned each Sunday!


    If my child is staying for both sessions, do I need to return after the first hour?
    No. You may simply drop-off your child off at 9:45 AM and our staff will be happy to see your child safely to the 11:15 AM session.


    Questions? Contact: Suzanne Phillips, 704.887.3693, sphillips@calvarychurch.com

     
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    Zone 345 | Grades 3, 4 & 5
    Sundays, 11:15 AM

    ZONE 345 – GRADES 3, 4 & 5

    Zone 345 is where kids in 3rd-5th grade will be engaged in God's Word, equipped to understand and apply God's truth, and be encouraged to stand firm in their faith.  

    Zone 345 runs from 11:15 AM–12:15 PM on Sundays. We encourage children to attend worship with their families at 9:45 AM. 

    Children receive a Calvary Kids Worship Folder as they enter the Sanctuary for service. They can follow the sermon by answering the questions provided by Pastor Munro. After the service, drop off the completed folder at the Family Welcome Desk or in the Crown Room when your child arrives at Zone 345.

    We start in a large group to present the Bible story through video and activities before dismissing to small groups so kids can dig deeper into God’s Word.


    Where should I bring my child for Zone 345?
    After checking in, plan to drop off your child in the Crown Room on the 3rd Floor.

    Where should I pick up my child?
    All 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are picked up from classrooms 306–315. For the specific room, see your child’s Checkpoint name tag. Be sure to ask your child what he/she learned each Sunday!


    Contact: Sue Ridge, 704.887.3695, sridge@calvarychurch.com

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    Awana & Bible Clubs 2017-18
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    Registration is now open!

    Our Wednesday Bible Clubs are fun-filled programs for children age 3 through fifth grade. We meet September 6 through May 9. Kids develop life-long Bible knowledge, memorize Scripture verses, and learn to apply God's truth to their lives. Cost is $60 per child per year, covering uniform, workbooks, and awards. Space is filling up fast, so please register now!


    Gopher Buddies | Age 3 – TK 

    In this club, kids enjoy games and activities and begin memorizing Scripture. We encourage preschoolers to have daily devotions at home with their families. Children must be 3-years-old by August 31 and fully potty-trained.

    Register


    Sparks | K – 2nd Grade // T&T | 3rd – 5th Grade

    Awana is an international Bible club ministry that focuses on teaching children the Word of God. Weekly Scripture memory, Bible-centered lessons, games, and awards for "a job well done" are key to Awana's goal of making Christians "Approved Workmen that Are Not Ashamed" (2 Timothy 2:15). 

    REGISTER for sparks

    Wait List FOR T&T


    C-Track | 6th–12th Grades

    C-Track students recite their verses to their mentor on Wednesdays from 5:45–6:25 PM as they pursue their Citation award and the Awana college scholarship program. This is also available for any children and adults at Calvary who wish to pursue the challenge! Cost is $25.

    Register


    Financial Assistance for all clubs is available during the school year. 

    Register


    Mark your calendar for these upcoming Awana events!

    July 16: Registration opens for 2017–2018 school year

    August 30: Awana & Bible Clubs Parent Info Night
    6:30–8:00 PM, Crown Room

    September 6: Awana & Bible Clubs kick-off

    November 15: Clubs break for holidays

    January 10: Clubs resume

    April 4: Spring Break week

    May 9: Last day of Clubs

    Volunteer
    We need at least 100 adults age 18+ to serve in a variety of roles! When you register as a volunteer, you may choose a club and a training session to attend. Come join our team!
     

    Register


    Contacts: Jennifer Groseclose, 704.341.5349, jgroseclose@calvarychurch.com
    Su Trull, 704.341.5458, strull@calvarychurch.com

     

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    Volunteer in Children's Ministry
    Volunteer Training Sessions for 2017–18
    August 16 & 20

    Volunteering with Children's Ministry: How can I help?
    Hundreds of parents, grandparents, young adults, and individuals with varied gifts and talents serve with our Children's Ministry teams

    Are you gifted in teaching, story-telling, crafts, music, tech, or behind the scenes work? Do you have a passion for sharing Christ's love and the life-changing message of the Gospel with children? If so, please consider serving with us!


    Children's Ministry Volunteer Training
    Wednesday, August 16 | 6:30–8:30 PM
    Sunday, August 20 | 12:30–2:30 PM

    ALL volunteers, both new and experienced, are required to attend ONE training session before joining our 2017–18 Children's Ministry Team. These sessions are designed to encourage and equip volunteers in addition to providing general information for those who may be prayerfully interested. A light snack will be served on Wednesday, August 16, and pizza will be provided for lunch on Sunday, August 20. Both sessions meet in the Crown Room on the 3rd floor.

    Please register in advance so we can prepare materials and food for you! 

    Register

    Note: Volunteers must have attended Calvary for at least six months, and all teachers must be Calvary members. Background checks are required.

    Contact: Susan Grigg, 704.341.5356, sgrigg@calvarychurch.com


    Awana & Bible Club Volunteers 
    September 6 – May 9
    Clubs for children ages 3–5th grade meet Wednesday evenings at 6:30–8:00 PM throughout the school year. We need at least 100 adults age 18+ to serve in a variety of roles: listening to kids recite Scripture verses, praying with them, and offering encouragement as they progress through their workbooks.

    When you register as a volunteer, you may choose a club and a training session to attend. Come join our team!

    Register

    Contact: Jennifer Groseclose, 704.341.5349, jgroseclose@calvarychurch.com


    Click here to learn more about opportunities to serve in Children’s Ministry.


    Ready to volunteer? Have questions? Contact: Su Trull, Director of Children’s Ministries, 704.341.5458, strull@calvarychurch.com