At Kid Central, our goal is to help kids understand who Jesus is and how they can share His love with others.
We currently offer children’s programming on Sunday mornings for our 8:30, 9:50, and 11:15am services. We also offer childcare on Saturday nights for ages 5 & under.
When it comes to getting started with Kid Central, we make check-in as easy as 1-2-3…
1. Get Registered
If you’re a first-time guest, we’ll want you to sign up at our Welcome Center Desk. Your child will receive a name tag and you’ll receive a pick-up tag. Pick-up tags are just one of the ways we provide a safe environment for our kids.
Want to register your child(ren) ahead of time? CLICK HERE and be sure to click the “add child” option when filling out your information.
2. During The Service
If there is ever an issue or your child needs you, you will receive a text message from our team, so please keep your phone available during the service.
3. Pick Up
After the service, parents present their pick-up tag to the teacher in the classroom to pick up your child. If you lose your pick-up tag, just stop at the Kid Central welcome desk for assistance.
If you have questions, please look for someone in the Children’s Ministry area wearing a red lanyard. They are always happy to help! Or, if you have questions before your visit to Central, email our Children’s Pastor, Jon Smithback.
The infant room is designed for babies ranging from 6 weeks old to 1 year old. The infant room is staffed by no less than 1 volunteer for every 3 babies. While in the infant room, your baby will receive careful attention, loving playtime, and prayer.
3-Year-Old – Kindergarten
In the 3-Year-Old to Kindergarten room, children will experience worship, Bible story lessons & videos, small group time, and will no longer be getting a snack.
The 1-Year-Old room is staffed by no less than 1 volunteer for every 4 kids. In the 1-Year-Old room, your child will start to hear Bible stories and enjoy fun toys and activities.
The elementary area is designed for children in 1st Grade through 5th Grade. In the elementary area, children are divided not only by grade level, but also by gender. Our goal is for your child to start building a bond with their small group leader. Many of our small group leaders will stay with their kids until they graduate from high school.
Elementary offers large group worship, small group lessons, and fun hangout time.
The 2-Year-Old room is staffed with 1 volunteer for every 6 children. In the 2-Year-Old room, your child will hear a Bible story, worship, and start exploring the world of crafts.
Our unique Sunday morning ministry for 4th-5th graders will kick off on Sept. 12 during both the 9:50 and 11:15am services and continue to meet throughout the school year. At Level Up, kids will participate in a large group experience, be part of a LifeGroup formed by gender and grade level, and enjoy fun games and activities. It’s a great way for kids to stay plugged in as they transition from Kid Central to Student Central (grades 6-12)!
We are deeply committed to helping parents as they strive to raise their children in a way that brings God honor. We offer child dedication services as a special time of public ceremony and personal commitment when parents can promise to raise their child in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Our next child dedication dates will be October 29-30. Click the button below to get signed up. If you have any questions, please email Kid Central Coordinator Marianne Mergen, at [email protected].
We do ask all parents to attend at least one child dedication class before dedications. The schedule for child dedication classes is:
• Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5:30pm in the Clubhouse
• Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9:45am in Room 170
We do often have a waiting list for dedications, so please be sure you are able to commit to the dedication date before you sign up.
At Central, we believe the Bible teaches that a child receives salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus. Personal faith and salvation are not passed down from parent to child, and salvation isn’t the result of participating in a baptism. Instead, baptism is an opportunity for followers of Jesus to tell others they have joined God’s family through personal faith.
Here’s what else you can do for your child to be baptized:
We will contact you with more details after Jon receives your email expressing your child’s interest in being baptized.
Do your kids love to worship through music and dance? Are they excited about the idea of sharing Christ’s love by performing on-stage? Then it’s time to get involved with Central JAM!
1st-5th graders are invited to participate in the Christmas musical The Best Christmas Present Ever. Auditions for parts for children in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will happen on Sept. 7. Kids in 1st and 2nd grade should also attend on audition night to begin to learn the songs.
Pizza will be served each night from 5:30 to 6:00pm with devotions and rehearsal beginning at 6:00.
Here’s the schedule for this year’s Central Jam practices and rehearsals!
Central Jam Calendar
Central JAM practices run from 5:30 to 7:00pm on most Wednesdays.
Again, please remember that your child MUST be able to perform at both 3:00 and 5:00pm on the 10th.
Each summer, kids who are entering 1st Grade through finishing 5th Grade spend a week practicing fun skills, learning about Jesus, and experiencing an unforgettable week of camp right here at Central. We’ll have next year’s info available soon!
To get an idea of what Skill School looks like, check out the video below.
The volunteers at Central are such a vital part of the Kid Central ministry. All of our volunteers have gone through a careful interview process and special training. It is our commitment to you as a children’s ministry team to give your child the best experience we can while they are here.
If you have an interest in serving as a volunteer in Kid Central, just click the button below. And if you have any questions, just send an email to our Kid Central team at [email protected].