Welcome to Children’s Ministry at Green Lake Presbyterian Church! It is important to us that your children are well cared for and happy in their first experiences at church.
We have two nurseries to serve you during the worship service. Our Infant Nursery is for ages 4 months-walking, and our toddler nursery serves children from walking until the age of four. The infant nursery is located on the upper level (take the stairs near the main entrance) and the toddler nursery is located on the lower level. Your child’s safety and well-being are our first priority. Volunteers from our church body serve in the nursery on a rotating basis; all volunteers have been trained and have undergone a thorough background check.
Arrival/Check-in and Check-out Procedures
At the nursery you will be greeted by a volunteer who will help you register your child. In the infant nursery you will receive a pager that corresponds to a number on your child’s name tag. In the toddler nursery you will receive a wrist band that corresponds to a number on your child’s name tag. During pick up, please present your pager or wristband to a nursery worker so that he or she may correctly identify your child. Only a parent with a pager or wrist band may pick up a child from the nursery.
Both nurseries are available for check-in at 10:20 (10 minutes before the beginning of the worship service), but you are welcome to drop your child off at any time during the service. After the sermon we encourage parents to check their children out of the nursery and bring them into the service to celebrate of the Lord’s Supper (Communion) and to join in corporate worship.
About halfway through the worship service, snacks will be provided in the toddler nursery. If your child has an allergy, please indicate the allergy on the registration form and notify one of the nursery workers. Snacks are not permitted in the infant nursery.
Teaching and Play
In the nursery your child will have time for free play with a variety of age-appropriate activities and toys to choose from. We believe that children should be taught the truths of scripture from birth, so your child will also be given opportunities to hear about God’s loving faithfulness and the grace of Jesus Christ through stories and songs.
Children’s Church offers a structured teaching and craft time for children ages 4-6. We believe it is important for children to be a part of our worshiping community, therefore children will be dismissed just prior to the sermon and will return to the service prior to the Lord’s Supper.
Older Elementary Children
Children over age 6 remain in the worship service with their parents. A children’s bulletin with a copy of the scripture passage for the day, a coloring sheet, and an additional activity centered around the day’s scripture or theme is provided. (Pencils and crayons are also provided.) The purpose of the children’s bulletin is to help children engage in the teaching in a way that is age-appropriate.
We encourage you to join us for Life Together prior to the worship service. Nursery is provided in the nursery on the lower-level for children ages 4 months-4 years old. Life Together classes are provided for children in grades K,1,2 and grades 3,4,5.