THE GROVE – COTTAGE GROVE
Ministry to Kids
a safe, nurturing environment where every child knows how much God loves them.
WHAT TO EXPECT
At The Grove, kids are highly valued members of the church. We love it when kids are a part of our worship gatherings. We believe it is important for our kids to have opportunities to watch and learn from adults during worship as they develop their own faith. We also know that adults learn a lot about following Jesus through the way our kids live and see the world.
When you arrive to church, you can sign your child in to Grove Kids at the check-in station near the Kids’ Corner. On your child’s first visit to Grove Kids, you will be asked to complete a short registration form. You will also be asked to create a name tag with your cell phone number in case you need to be reached via text message during the service.
Children are welcome to play in the nursery (ages 6 weeks – 3 years) for the full service or attend Grove Kids (ages 4 – 5th grade) when dismissed during the worship gathering.
During worship gatherings, kids are welcome to sit near you in the pews or quietly play in our place space. Pews are placed near the kids play area so parents and caregivers can sit close by to offer supervision and support for their child as necessary. Your child can help themselves to an activity bag filled with coloring activities and supplies they can use during worship gatherings. During songs, your kids can move and dance. They can also stand on the pews to get a better look. Kids are always welcome to take part in communion with us.
Nursery Care (6 weeks – 3 years)
Nursery care is provided by a certified caregiver during our Sunday morning worship gathering. You can drop your child off before entering the Worship Center. On your child’s first visit to the nursery, you will be asked to complete a short registration form. Each time you check your child in, you will need to sign the sign-in sheet and create a name tag with your cell phone number in case you need to be reached via text message during the service. At the end of the service, be sure to sign your child out.
NOTE: No diaper changes will take place during the nursery time. If your child is in need of a diaper change, you will be contacted via text message.
Grove Kids (Ages 4 – 5th Grade)
Kids will be taking part in Godly Play curriculum this year. In Godly Play, spirituality is formed through awareness, discovery, and creativity. Kids are invited into the biblical story by hearing and responding to stories told with props, symbols, pictures, and toys. Then after each story, kids participate in Wonder and Art stations where they express what they heard and saw through art and play. Kids in 4th and 5th grades are invited to help with the storytelling and guiding younger children through the process.
When you arrive to church, you can sign your child in to Grove Kids at the check-in station near the Kids’ Corner. On your child’s first visit to Grove Kids, you will be asked to complete a short registration form. You will also be asked to create a name tag with your cell phone number in case you need to be reached via text message during the service. Your child will start in the Worship Center with you for worship time and then be dismissed before the message. At the end of the service, one adult can go to the Kids’ Corner to sign their child out.
Preschool Playtime at The Grove
Preschool Playtime is a sensory-based playtime for the young children of all ages in your life. You can expect stories, crafts, and activities — and free coffee for parents.
After taking a couple months off, Preschool Playtime is slated to return on Friday, January 14.
We’re committed to doing no harm, especially when it comes to keeping children safe and healthy. Following The Grove’s COVID protocols, all adults and children older than two years old are required to wear a mask. Masks are available at our hello & welcome desk if you do not have your own.