Early Childhood Ministry

 

Our Early Childhood Ministry serves children from birth through Kindergarten during both Sunday morning services at 9:00 and 10:45 am and meets in the Fun Zone at the north side of the main building.

 

All parents/grandparents/guardians will need to complete an Information Card for each child upon their first visit and all children must be checked-in each week at the Fun Zone Desk which is located behind the adult worship center.

 

Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kindergarteners enjoy meeting in themed rooms where trained volunteers introduce and instill the love of Christ and His Word into the hearts of young children each week through loving care and age-appropriate Bible lessons, music and activities. Young children are encouraged to start building relationships during times of eating snacks and playing in the giant indoor playground area!

 

On Wednesday nights, parents who are attending a Life Group or volunteering for the Children’s and Youth Ministries may drop off their preschool children from 5:45-8:15 PM. Volunteers and paid care-givers provide a time of supervised fun. (Kids should eat before they come or they may bring their own dinner, if needed.)

Elementary Ministry

 

Our Elementary Ministry serves children in 1st-5th grades during both Sunday morning services in the building across the parking lot just east of the main building.

 

All parents/grandparents/guardians will need to complete an Information Card for each child upon their first visit and all children must be checked-in each week. Adults will check-in their 1st-3rd graders at the Faith Factory using the north door (Hwy 412 side) and 4th & 5th graders will check-in at the Foundry using the southwest door (parking lot side).

The Faith Factory

(The place for making it possible for 1st-3rd graders to follow Christ.) 

 

During each Sunday service (9:00 or 10:45 AM), everyone comes together for worship, games and interactive Bible lessons led by a Foreman. ‘Supervisors’ (approved and trained adult/youth volunteers) lead small groups in discussions/activities that help students apply God’s Word as they enjoy a snack together. Each month, ‘Workers’ are given a new ‘Time Card’ and they can earn ‘punches’ each week for reading their Bible, bringing a guest or offering, turning in collectibles, verse memorization, and more! ‘Pay Day’ is the last Sunday each month where students visit the ‘store’ and make ‘purchases!’ Workers have the options to ‘Spend’, ‘Save’ or ‘Share.’ One way to share is selecting items to help fill shoeboxes to give to boys and girls around the world at Christmas-time.

 

Kids are encouraged to bring an offering or purchase gumballs for 25¢ each week – our kids will learn how to share God’s love as these funds are given to kids around the world in creative ways.

 

On Wednesday nights during the school year we offer ‘KidsKonnect’ – a night of building relationships through worship, Bible lessons, activities and service projects. We meet from 6-8pm in the Faith Factory (parents attending a Life Group or volunteering may drop off at 5:45 and pick up by 8:15.) We plan occasional trips and special events and use the church bus, for which there may be a small cost.

The Foundry

(The place for molding 4th and 5th graders for Christ.)

 

During the Sunday service (9:00 or 10:45 AM), everyone comes together for worship, games and interactive Bible lessons led by a Foreman. ‘Supervisors’ (approved and trained adult/youth volunteers) lead small groups in discussions/activities that help students apply God’s Word. Each week ‘Workers’ are encouraged to discover their spiritual gifts as they serve each and they can earn ‘nuts and bolts’ for serving, reading their Bible, writing in their journals, praying bringing a guest or offering, turning in collectibles, verse memorization, and more! Each grade and gender work together to ‘earn’ fun rewards for their group throughout the year.

 

On Wednesday nights during the school year we offer ‘Forge’ – a night of building relationships through worship, Bible lessons, activities and service projects. We meet from 6-8pm in the Foundry (parents attending a Life Group or volunteering may drop off at 5:45 and pick up by 8:15.) We plan occasional trips and special events and use the church bus, for which there may be a small cost.

 

Kids are encouraged to bring an offering or purchase candy for 25¢ each week – our kids will learn how to share God’s love as these funds are given to kids around the world in creative ways. Kids can also buy doughnuts for $1 and these proceeds help send kids to camp and retreats during the year.

Collectibles

Elementary Kids are encouraged to collect and turn in Boxtops for Education and Campbell’s Labels for Education to benefit George Elementary School. We also collect Kellogg’s Family Reward Points, Eureka Pizza Power Points, and Aluminum Cans and Pull Tabs. When making purchases at Family Christian Bookstore in Fayetteville, ask for Faith Builder Stamps – we can redeem them for FREE resources for our children’s ministry! And when kids bring “collectibles” – they receive a punch on their Faith Factory Time Card or “nuts and bolts” to help their Foundry team earn a reward!

Service Projects/Special Events

Elementary Kids can receive punches on their time cards when they participate in service projects, go to camp and attend special events – some are ‘kids nights out’ and some are for the whole family to enjoy. We will promote these opportunities to the kids during services and to parents/guardians through the Connection & Communique’ and through emails and texts as well as take-home promos.   Families should keep their contact information current  in order to stay informed!

Christmas Kids Choir

1st-5th graders can join the kids choir in the fall – practices are on Wednesday nights from 7-8 PM. Presentations share the real meaning of Christmas in creative ways at both adult services one Sunday in early December and a Wednesday night at a local Assisted Living Home.   This is a great opportunity for kids to work with each other and talented leaders as they discover and develop their own talents for music and drama.

Info for Parents

Our desire is to provide a safe and loving environment for children while at Cross Pointe. Our Church Community Builder (“CCB”) database has an automated check-in system and allows us to not only track attendance, but provide security as well.

 

A parent, guardian, or grandparent (or older sibling with an approved adult’s consent) must sign in their children (birth through 5th grade) each Sunday morning or Wednesday night by simply entering in the family’s last name or phone number digits at the check-in stations in the Fun Zone (Birth-K), Faith Factory (1st-3rd) or Foundry (4th-5th). Each family will be given a printed security tag and each child will be given a printed nametag to wear during the service for that day only.

 

Be aware that ‘No news is good news!’ However, if needed, parents will be alerted during worship with their unique security code flashing on the screen. In that case, please make your way to your child’s room immediately. Although it is not recommended, parents can check on their child at any time, but please be discreet.

 

A parent, guardian, grandparent (or older sibling with an approved adult’s consent) must present the security tag to ‘check-out’ their child from the Fun Zone (Birth-K), Faith Factory(1st-3rd) or Foundry (4th-5th). No child will be dismissed until the security tag and nametags are compared and destroyed. As an added measure of safety, the side entrance (east-side) door to the Fun Zone will be locked 15 minutes after the start of each service. If your family arrives late, please follow the directions posted on the door and use the front entrance.

We desire to have a healthy and safe environment for our children and volunteers. Please let the check-in attendants and your child’s teacher know if your child has a severe food allergy and needs alternative snacks.

 

Also, in order to help us stay healthy and safe, please keep your child home if he/she is experiencing (or has experienced in the last 24 hours) any of the following:

 

  • Contagious or infectious disease
  • Fever
  • Unexplained rash
  • Green or yellow runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Pink eye

 

For your child’s protection, teachers/caregivers are not allowed to give any medications. They are also asked to follow the same health and safety guidelines as our children.

 

NOTE: No child or staff shall be admitted who has a contagious or infectious disease. Parents and guardians shall be notified to pick up the child immediately if the child exhibits any of these symptoms.

Our staff wants to partner with families to ensure every child’s success as part of our church family!

 

We value the contribution that all children make to the church, and we feel that our ministry is not complete when children aren’t given the opportunity to learn from children with special needs. Please inform us when there is a unique way your child learns, behaves in group situations, or responds to authority.  In addition, please let us know if there are dietary restrictions, and when a one-to-one buddy would be of benefit.

 

We desire to work together to make each child’s experience at Cross Pointe a great one!

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It is very important for parents/guardians to know what is going on. Special events will be promoted to elementary kids during services – but we all know that some of that information will not “make it home!”

 

Here are some important ways for adults to stay informed:

 

  • Visit the Children’s Ministry page on the church’s main website crosspointenwa.com for announcements and online signups.
  • Read the Connection on Sundays and the Communiqué on Thursdays.
  • Watch your inbox and/or cell phone for email/text reminders and updates. (Please keep your email address and cell phone number on your CCB account/profile current!)
  • ‘Like’ the Cross Pointe Kids Facebook page.
  • Watch for Info about Events and Signup Deadlines on ‘Take-Home’ Flyers in the Fun Zone, Faith Factory, and Foundry.

Are You Interested in Volunteering?

We need and encourage Cross Pointe grandparents, parents and adults and youth to partner with us and volunteer in their own child’s group or other age groups!  All volunteers will complete an application and go through an approval process including a background check.  We provide training along the way and encourage our volunteers to use their gifts and talents through many ways such as in building relationships, being encouragers, teaching, leading worship, helping set up and chaperoning events, etc.  Visit with one of our children’s ministry staff about how you can join the team!