<p>We love kids at Calvary!<br />
Children&#39;s Ministry&nbsp;for all ages</p>
We love kids at Calvary!
Children's Ministry for all ages

Children

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

Calvary Children’s Ministry actively partners with parents to encourage families to make a whole life commitment to Jesus Christ. We seek to engage each child in a fun and creative age-appropriate program that helps build a strong spiritual foundation. We invite your child to be part of our ministry on Sundays, throughout the week, and at special events during the year!


At this time, we are providing limited Children's Ministry programs during the 11:00 AM Sunday worship service. Families may also sit together for worship in the Sanctuary or watch together at home on Livestream.

We provide a "family section" for parents with young children on the first balcony. It's fine to go in and out as needed, and there is a monitor in the concourse so you can watch the service. Thank you for joining us!


Currently, all Children's Ministry programs require preregistration each week and/or for each event. Check-in, screening, and pick-up processes are described for each program below, along with registration.

Children ages 5+ are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

We are not using the CheckPoint attendance kiosks at this time. You will check-in at your child's assigned classroom or area.


New to Calvary? We invite you to register and begin participating in our programs!

Check out our event pics, videos, and stay connected on our Facebook page.

Interested in volunteering? There are many ways you can support Calvary Children's Ministry. Find out more HERE.


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

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    Nursery
    Sundays at 11:00 AM
    with weekly preregistration

    The Nursery provides loving care for infants and toddlers (birth–24 months). Parents can drop off little ones and attend the service with peace of mind. We see the Nursery as a child's first step toward a relationship with Christ. As infants and toddlers learn to trust those who take care of them, their hearts prepare to have faith in God, who loves and cares for them.

    Currently, we offer a limited Nursery on Sundays during the 11:00 AM service. Because our capacity is greatly reduced due to COVID–19, parents must preregister weekly. Registration opens on Mondays at 9:00 AM and closes on Wednesdays at 12:00 PM


    REGISTER WEEKLY FOR NURSERY

    You must register your child EACH WEEK. Parents who successfully register will receive an email from the Nursery Coordinator with their child's classroom assignment for that Sunday. 

    Register for Sunday, April 18

    REGISTER INFANTS

    Note: Young 2-year-olds must have turned two after 8/31/20

    REGISTER TODDLERS AGE 1 – YOUNG 2s


    What are the Nursery hours?
    Sunday Mornings: 10:45 AM–12:15 PM

    I’m new to Calvary. Is there anything I should do first?
    Welcome! Please preregister your child to attend the Nursery.

    What should I bring for my child?
    Pack a diaper bag and label it with your child's name. Bags will be placed in the hallway next to the classroom door. Please label all bottles, sippy cups, and pacifiers with your child's name. Masks are not required for infants and toddlers.

    How do I check-in and drop off my child?
    Only one parent (wearing a mask) is permitted to drop off and pick up their child. Nursery hallway traffic will flow in one direction using one entrance and one exit. Both parent and child will have a temperature check; if parent or child has a temperature of 100.3 or higher, the child will not be admitted to the classroom.

    What security measures are in place? How can I keep in touch?

    • Classroom capacity will be limited.
    • All volunteers will wear masks and be temperature checked.
    • Kiosk check-in will not be used at this time.
    • Children will receive a preprinted security name tag.
    • We provide a 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 and provide helpful information about the Nursery.


    Questions? Contact Jane Jewell, Nursery Coordinator, 704.341.5399, jjewell@calvarychurch.com 

     

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    Preschool
    Sundays at 11:00 AM
    with weekly preregistration

    On Sunday mornings, we introduce children to the lifelong adventure of walking with God and being Jesus' disciple. Preschool classes are for children ages 2 through Kindergarten. Children enjoy Bible lessons, learn Scripture verses, participate in engaging activities, and make crafts with their friends. 

    Currently, we offer a limited Sunday Preschool program during the 11:00 AM service. Because our capacity is greatly reduced due to COVID–19, parents must preregister weekly. Registration opens on Mondays at 9:00 AM and closes on Wednesdays at 12:00 PM


    REGISTER WEEKLY FOR PRESCHOOL

    You must register your child EACH WEEK. Parents who successfully register will receive an email from the Preschool Coordinator with their child's classroom assignment for that Sunday. 

    Register for Sunday, April 18

    Note: 2-year-olds must have turned two by 8/31/20

    REGISTER 2–3 YR OLDS

    Note: 4-year-olds must have turned four by 8/31/20

    REGISTER 4 YR OLDS – KINDERGARTEN


    What are Preschool hours?
    Sunday Mornings: 10:45 AM–12:15 PM

    I’m new to Calvary. Is there anything I should do first?
    Welcome! Please preregister your child to attend our Preschool program.

    What should I bring for my child?
    Please, NO diaper bags. Bring any needed supplies in a clear plastic zip storage bag labeled with your child's name. Preschoolers are not required to wear masks.

    How do I check-in and drop off my child?
    Only one parent (wearing a mask) is permitted to drop off and pick up their child. Preschool hallway traffic will flow in one direction using one entrance and one exit. Both parent and child will have a temperature check; if parent or child has a temperature of 100.3 or higher, the child will not be admitted to the classroom.

    What security and safety measures are in place? How can I keep in touch?

    • All volunteers will wear masks and be temperature checked.
    • Kiosk check-in will not be used at this time.
    • Children will receive a preprinted name tag.
    • For younger children, we provide a beeper to notify you immediately if you're needed at your child's classroom.
    • For older children, we'll provide parents with a matching security number from the security wristband for pick-up.

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


    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 at 11:00 AM
    with weekly preregistration

    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!

    We offer a limited KidZone program on Sundays in the Crown Room during the 11:00 AM service. Because our capacity is greatly reduced due to COVID–19, parents MUST preregister weekly. No walk-ins, please. Children are strongly encouraged to wear masks.


    REGISTER TO ATTEND KIDZONE

    Registration will be open Mondays at 9:00 AM through Wednesdays till noon.

    Register for Sunday, April 18

    REGISTER 1st graders

    REGISTER 2nd graders


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

    • The kitchen side of the 3rd Floor Crown Room

    Questions? Contact: Elise Swepston, 704.887.3693, eswepston@calvarychurch.com

     
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    Zone345 for Grades 3–5
    Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    with weekly preregistration
     

    Zone345 is a fun Children's Ministry program where kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be:

    • Engaged in God's Word
    • Equipped to understand and apply God's truth, and
    • Encouraged to stand firm in their faith.

    Zone345 meets on Tuesdays from 6:30–8:00 PM in the Calvary Life Center, room 1400:

    Masks: Children are strongly encouraged to wear a mask throughout the program.

    We'll begin the evening in small groups for connection time with safe, socially distanced fellowship, along with a fun activity. Then we enjoy Worship and present the Bible lesson with engaging activities as we dig deeper into God's Word.


    REGISTER TO ATTEND ZONE345

    Parents MUST preregister their children for each meeting. Space is limited. No, walk-ins, please. Registration will open at 9:00 AM on Thursdays and close on Sunday evenings.

    Register for Zone345 on Tuesday, April 20

    REGISTER 3rd GRADERS

    REGISTER 4th GRADERS

    REGISTER 5th GRADERS

    We will confirm registrations by 5:00 PM on Mondays, by email. We appreciate your patience; we have very limited capacity at this time. 


    How do I drop off my child for Zone345?

    • Parents should check-in their child at the Welcome Table outside the CLC main entrance.
    • The child will be temperature checked (must be under 100.3) before entering the building.
    • The child will receive a preprinted name tag and security bracelet and be escorted to their classroom.

    What safety protocols should I expect?

    • Children are strongly encouraged to wear a mask throughout the program.
    • Volunteers are required to wear masks.
    • There will be frequent sanitization of hands and high touch surfaces during the evening.
    • Children will be encouraged to maintain social distance.

    How do I pick up my child after Zone345?

    • Parents will pick up their children at the same location outside the CLC main entrance.
    • Parents will present the security tag from their child's security bracelet.
    • Staff will use microphones to call for each child as parents arrive.
    • Please pick-up promptly at 8:00 PM.

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

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    @Home Bible Clubs
    Awana & Gopher Buddies
    January 13 – May 19, 2021

    Our Children's Bible Clubs — Awana & Gopher Buddies — are always fun-filled programs for children age 3 through 5th grade. We also offer C–Track for students in grades 6–12. In these programs, kids develop life-long Bible knowledge, memorize Scripture verses, and learn to apply God's truth to their lives.

    Parents will continue to work with their children at home on Bible Club materials in the new year,  January 13 – May 19. Our goal is to connect each child with a personal mentor who will shepherd them one-on-one weekly and listen to their memorized Scripture verses. Meetings via Zoom, phone, or FaceTime will be held at a time that works for both the student and mentor. 

    Parents, you will be contacted with Zoom or FaceTime info for your child's meetings.

    The annual cost for Awana, Gopher Buddies, and C–Track is $35 per child, including workbooks, materials, and awards. 


    Gopher Buddies  |  Ages 3, 4 & TK 

    Young children enjoy games and activities while beginning to learn and memorize Scripture. We encourage preschoolers to have daily devotions with their families. Children must be 3-years-old by August 31.

    Register


    Awana Sparks  |  K–2nd Grade
    Awana 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

    REGISTER for t&t


    Awana C–Track  |  6th–12th Grades

    C–Track students recite their verses to various mentors on a mutually agreeable day/time as they pursue their Citation Award and the Awana college scholarship program. This program is also available for adults who wish to pursue the challenge!

    Register


    VOLUNTEERS

    We need adults age 18+ to serve as mentors! When you register to volunteer, you'll choose a club. Registrants will be contacted about a virtual training session to attend. Come join our team!

    REGISTER to be a mentor


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

     

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    We Believe
    A biblical resource for kids & families
    for Grades 3–5

    Calvary provides a resource to help parents teach their kids sound doctrine through catechism.

    We Believe: Catechism for Calvary Kids & Families is based on our 16 Articles of Faith and provides questions and answers to learn the key biblical truths we believe. This project is for families with children currently completing grades 3–5.

    Catechism is a summary of key doctrines learned through questions and answers!

    So, how do you do catechism?
    Catechism simply provides an interactive activity that helps us learn and remember the major truths of Scripture in our hearts and minds. Begin with the first section of the Student Handbook. Read over the questions and answers with your child and then quiz them. Do this consistently for a number of days until they can recite all the right answers. After they have learned one section, proceed to the next. Review what they have already learned each week. Kids typically love the interaction and the challenge! Make it fun with Family Night activities (see the Parent Handbook for those how-tos)!

    Celebrating your accomplishment
    After your child has completed all 16 catechism sections at home, make an appointment with Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, or Sue Ridge, Zone 345 Coordinator, to approve the work your child has accomplished. Once your child has successfully recited the answers, you will receive details about lunch and a special gift to mark his/her accomplishment!

    If you haven't yet completed the catechism, please keep working on it! We would be glad to schedule time throughout the year as your child completes the project.

    Schedule your appointment:


    Program:

    • Summer – Catechism books available for pick up at church. Do the activities and memorize the answers to each question.
    • August – Present your catechism work to a pastor or ministry leader.  
    • September – Enjoy a special celebration lunch for kids and families who have completed the catechism.
    • Continue learning year-round to complete the project. Make an appointment to recite at any time!

    We Believe: Catechism — Student HandbookWe Believe: Catechism — Parent Handbook

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Click on the book covers to browse or download the digital versions of the We Believe: Catechism for Calvary Kids & Families Student Handbook and the Parent Handbook.

    The handbooks are available in print. Please contact Sandy O'Donovan for free copies. 


    Contacts: Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com & Dr. Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com

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    Children's Ministry Volunteers
    Preschool, Nursery, The Zone,
    Welcome Desk, & Special Needs

    As we prepare to increase our programs for children on campus, we need our faithful Children's Ministry volunteers to rejoin our ranks — and new volunteers to find their place of service with us! If you love the Lord Jesus and love to teach children about Him and His Word, we invite you to partner with us to reach the next generation with the Gospel. 

    There are volunteer opportunities in Nursery, Preschool, Kid Zone, Zone 345, Special Needs, and the Family Welcome Desk. To join our team, a current background check is required.

    Find out how you can get involved! Contact Su Trull, Director of Children’s Ministries, at 704.341.5458 or strull@calvarychurch.com.