<p>Children&#39;s Ministry<br />
Infants through 5th Grade</p>
Children's Ministry
Infants through 5th Grade

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, during the week, and at special events throughout the year!

 

Please sign in your children at the Kiosks on Sundays and Wednesdays. Your child's primary room assignment will print on their security tag. Please check their program information below for drop-off and pick-up instructions.


New to Calvary? Have Questions? Please stop by the Family Welcome Desk (near the elevators) on Sunday mornings, or contact Sue Ridge, 704.887.3695, sridge@calvarychurch.com.

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    Nursery
    Infants & Toddlers

    The Calvary Nursery provides loving care for infants and toddlers (birth–24+ months). Parents can drop off little ones and attend the worship 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.

    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 Preschool children for music, puppets, drama, video, and more! 

    We provide a small pre-packaged snack for toddlers. Please let us know of any food or allergy concerns. Thank you!


    What are the regular Nursery hours?

    • Sunday Mornings: 9:45 AM–12:15 PM

    Registration is not necessary for Sunday morning Nursery.


    What is available on Sunday Evenings?

    Childcare for babies and toddlers up to age 3 is offered when we have Sunday evening services. Please help us plan for you by completing the ONE TIME registration below. Parents are expected to remain on campus and attend the service.

    SUNDAY PM nursery 


    What is available on Wednesday evening?

    • Wednesday PM Nursery: 6:30–8:00 PM

    We provide childcare for babies and toddlers up to age 3 during scheduled Wednesday evening activities. Please complete the ONE TIME registration below to help us prepare for you. Parents must remain on campus, either participating in a ministry program or volunteering.

    WEDNESDAY NURSERY


    How do I check-in and drop off my child?
    Parents, please check in your child at one of the kiosks to receive security tags. Then, drop off your child at their classroom; the room assignment prints on the name tag. 


    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?

    • We will use a parent’s mobile phone number to notify you by text if needed in the Nursery.
    • Children receive a unique security tag each time they are checked in at a kiosk.
    • Parents receive a matching tag with the child's security number to show at pick-up.

    I’m new to Calvary. Is there anything I should do first?
    Welcome! 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.

    Have a new baby, or are you expecting?
    We’d love to welcome you and provide helpful information about the Nursery.


    Nursery Coordinator: Jane Jewell, 704.341.5399, jjewell@calvarychurch.com 

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    Preschool
    Sundays, 9:45 & 11:15 AM
     

    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. Children are welcome to attend one or both hours; programming is continuous.

    • At 9:45 AM, all children enjoy Bible lessons, learn Scripture verses, participate in engaging activities, and make crafts with their friends in a classroom setting.
    • At 11:15 AM, the children love to go to BibleZone — a large group format using music, puppets, drama, video, and fun activities to reinforce the Bible lesson. With their teachers, children walk to the Calvary Life Center for BibleZone and then return to their assigned classrooms by 12:15 PM.

    We provide a small pre-packaged snack. Please let us know of any food or allergy concerns. Thank you!

    Be sure to ask your child what they learned each Sunday!


    Where should I drop off and pick up my child?
    The classroom assignment will print on your child’s security tag when you sign in at the kiosks each week. Please drop off and pick up your child at their assigned classroom on the first floor in the Preschool wing.


    I’m new to Calvary. Is there anything I should do first?
    Welcome! 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 their Preschool classroom!


    Parents — We invite and encourage parents to serve with their child's class on a rotating basis. There are many ways to serve, and it's a great way to get to know other families with young children at Calvary! LEARN MORE


    Preschool Coordinators:
    Ages 2–3, contact: Susan Grigg, 704.341.5356, sgrigg@calvarychurch.com
    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 in Room 300 featuring Bible challenges and games that reinforce the lesson and Scripture memory goals. Children may attend one or both the 9:45 and 11:15 AM sessions. We encourage kids to bring their Bible every Sunday!

    We provide a small pre-packaged snack. Please let us know of any food or allergy concerns. Thank you!


    Where should I drop off and pick up my child?

    Parents, please check in your child at one of the kiosks to receive security tags every Sunday (one for your child to wear, the other for you to keep for pick-up). Your child's primary room assignment will print on the name tag.

    • For the 9:45 AM hour:
      Drop-off: Crown Room, on the third floor, entering on the Main Kitchen side
      Pick-up: Small group classrooms on the third floor
    • For the 11:15 AM hour:
      Drop-off: Back door of Room 300
      Pick-Up: Front door of Room 300, promptly at 12:15 PM

    If my child is staying for both sessions, do I need to return after the first hour?
    No. Simply drop off your child at 9:45 AM, and our staff will get them safely to the 11:15 AM session.

    Be sure to ask your children what they learned each Sunday!


    I’m new to Calvary. Is there anything I should do first?
    Welcome! Please stop by the Family Welcome Desk on the first floor near the elevators. We’ll be glad to register your child and help you get to KidZone. It's an easy one-time process!


    KidZone Coordinator: Elise Swepston, 704.887.3693, eswepston@calvarychurch.com

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

    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 encouraged to stand firm in their faith. 

    Zone 345 meets on Sundays from 11:15 AM–12:15 PM. We start as a large group in the Crown Room for worship and a Bible lesson presented with video and lots of engaging, fun activities. Then, we break into small groups in classrooms where kids can dig more deeply into God’s Word. We encourage kids to bring their Bible every Sunday!

    We provide a small pre-packaged snack. Please let us know of any food or allergy concerns. Thank you!


    Worship Service at 9:45 AM — We encourage children in grades 3–5 to attend worship with their families. 

    Children receive a Calvary Kids Worship Folder from the ushers before entering the Sanctuary. Encourage your child to follow the sermon by answering the questions and drawing a picture to illustrate the message. 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.


    Where do I drop off my child for Zone 345?

    • Parents, please check in your child at one of the kiosks to receive security tags every Sunday (one for your child to wear, the other for you to keep for pick-up). Your child's primary room assignment will print on the name tag.
    • Drop off your child at the Crown Room on the third floor, entering by the Fellowship Kitchen.

    Where should I pick up my child?

    • Parents, please bring your security tag to show your child's teacher.
    • Pick up your child at their assigned classrooms on the third floor across from the Banquet Room promptly at 12:15 PM.

    I’m new to Calvary. Is there anything I should do first?
    Welcome! Please stop by the Family Welcome Desk on the first floor near the elevators. We’ll be glad to register your child and help you get to Zone345. It's an easy one-time process!


    Contact: Sarah Armstong, Zone 345 Coordinator, 704.341.5458, sarmstrong@calvarychurch.com, or Sue Ridge, Children's Ministry Director, 704.887.3695, sridge@calvarychurch.com

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    Children's Bible Clubs
    Awana & Gopher Buddies
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM

    Awana, Gopher Buddies & C-Track


    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM  |  September 7 – May 10

    Our children's clubs are now at capacity! You may register below for wait lists. We'll contact you as spots open for additional kids to attend. Please contact Sue Ridge at 704.887.3695 or sridge@calvarychurch.com with any questions.


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

    Club meetings are on Wednesday evenings during the school year. Bible clubs are not drop-off events; parents must remain on campus during clubs. Please check out one of our Bible Study Electives or consider volunteering with a club. 

    The cost per year for Awana and Gopher Buddies is $70 per child, covering uniforms, workbooks, and awards. The annual cost for C–Track is $45. Financial assistance is available.

    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 at home with their families. Children must be 3 years old by August 31, 2022, and be fully potty-trained. Drop-off & pick-up are at the room assigned on the security tag you receive at kiosk check-in.

    GOPHER BUDDIES Wait List


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

    Awana is a 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). Please sign in each week at the kiosks.

    Sparks: Drop-off in CLC 1300 // Pick-up in classrooms behind Room 300
    T&T: Drop-off in Room 300 // Pick-up in CLC Gym

    SPARKS wait list

    T&T wait list


    Awana C–Track  |  6th–12th Grades & Adults

    C–Track students recite their verses to various mentors on Wednesday evenings as they pursue their Citation Award and the Awana college scholarship program. Their meeting time is 5:45–6:25 PM in the Galleria. This program is also available for adults who wish to pursue the challenge!

    Register


    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

    Families that need assistance should register each child using the Financial Assistance registration to be considered for approval.

    APPLY FOR assistance


    WEDNESDAY PM NURSERY

    We provide childcare for babies and toddlers through age 3 during scheduled Wednesday evening activities. Please complete the ONE TIME registration below to help us prepare for you. Parents must remain on campus, either participating in a ministry program or volunteering.

    REGISTER FOR NURSERY


    VOLUNTEERS

    We need adults age 18+ to serve in a variety of roles! When you register as a volunteer, you'll choose a club and a training session. Teens may serve as a Leader in Training (LIT) while participating in C-Track. Please consider joining our team!

    Bible Club VOLUNTEER registration


    Bible Club Contacts:
    Jennifer Groseclose, 704.341.5349, jgroseclose@calvarychurch.com
    Sue Ridge, 704.887.3695, sridge@calvarychurch.com
    Craig & Kim Mears, ckmears93@gmail.com

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    Children's Kiosk Check-in
    & Security Name Tags

    At Calvary, we provide secure check-in, name tag identification, attendance records, and parent pick-up systems for families with children participating in our Sunday and Wednesday programs. 

    Parents, please check in your children every Sunday (AM/PM) and Wednesday (PM) — thank you!


    Kiosk Instructions

     

    1. Enter your last name using the keyboard and touchpad (kiosks are NOT touch screens)
    2. Select your family
    3. Select your child's name and the hour(s) attending
    4. Print the child's tag (to wear) and the parent's security tag (to keep for pick-up).
    5. Your child's primary room assignment will be printed on their tag.

    Kiosk Locations  //  1st Floor: Entrances 1 & 2, Family Welcome Desk (elevators), Nursery Hallway  // 3rd Floor: Elevator Landing Area  //  CLC: Athletic Entrance


    New Families: Please stop by the Family Welcome Desk located on the first floor near the elevators. Our team will assist with entering your information and printing your tags. It's a quick, one-time process!


    Secure Entrances: The entrances to the preschool and grade school hallways are locked from 10:10–10:45 AM on Sundays. Should you arrive later, please accompany your child to the worship service in the Sanctuary. A live-feed monitor is also available outside the third-floor balcony for families with young children. Thank you!


    Photo & Video Release — Participation at Calvary Church confirms permission for church employees and volunteers to take photos and record video footage of children, students, and adults for potential use in Calvary’s print, web, digital, and social media for ministry or promotional purposes. No personal information will be included.


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

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    Children's Ministry Volunteers
    Nursery, Preschool, & Gradeschool

    We always need 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 ongoing volunteer opportunities in the Nursery (Sunday AM/PM & Wednesday PM), Preschool, Kid Zone, Zone 345, the Family Welcome Desk, and Special Needs. Complete the registration below to learn more about specific opportunities and select your area of interest.

    To join our team, volunteers must have attended Calvary for at least six months, and all teachers must be Calvary members. Background checks are required for ages 18+.

    Register


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