A Cooperative Effort
The Nursery is staffed by volunteers from our church. Volunteers are informed of safe church and abuse prevention before serving in our nursery and a background check is conducted on all nursery volunteers. The nursery is a cooperative ministry and we ask that each parent serve at least one service every three to four months.
When is the Nursery Available?
- Worship Services: Nursery is available during the Sunday School hour and during the Worship Service (including special worship services such as Good Friday, Christmas Eve and etc…) for infants to three-year-olds. The greeter can show you the way. Children two to three years old who are in the nursery will be moved during the service to the Little Lambs class when it begins during the latter part of Sunday worship. Please tell a nursery attendant if you prefer for your child to stay in nursery.
- Wednesday: Nursery is available during Wednesday night classes for infants to three-year-olds.
- Thursday: Nursery is also available for infants to two-year-olds for women participating in Coffee Break. Volunteers from our church staff it.
Things You Should Know
- Check-in: When you check your child in to the nursery, please provide any special instructions, including any allergies or health conditions which we should be aware of. Please direct any questions to an attendant serving in the ministry. They should be able to answer your questions or direct you to someone who can. A pager will be assigned to you. We also ask that you label all personal belongings left for your child. Parents are required to stay on the church premises while their child is in nursery.
- Leaving Your Child: Leave your child with the nursery attendant at the check-in area. You may stay with your child while he or she adjusts to the nursery or until you feel comfortable leaving. However, it seems to help children at this age if you leave quickly and not return until you are ready to pick them up. If they see you before then, they do not understand you leaving them again. Your child may cry when left with us – this reaction is a normal, healthy show of preference for parents. Fussing usually stops within a few minutes and becomes less common with regular attendance. If your child continues to cry, after 10 minutes and all efforts to console and comfort fail, we will page you and ask you to return to the nursery to stay with your child. We ask that you keep any older children outside the nursery area. This will keep the room safe for the little ones.
- Diaper Bag: Please include the following in your child’s diaper bag: blankets, pacifiers, bottles (please, no red or grape juices—dark juice stains cannot be removed) and any other item your child may need. We will accommodate cloth diapers; however, we do use disposable diapers for convenience. Please let the adult attendant know if your child is allergic to disposable diapers.
- Diaper Changing: Most nursery attendants will change diapers as needed, however, some will feel more comfortable paging a parent to care for this need. Please make your preference known if you wish to be paged.
- Nursing/Feeding: Feel free to nurse your baby in our nursery. Just let the attendant know and they will see that you are made comfortable. Crawlers and toddlers receive a small snack, usually Cheerios and/or animal crackers. Let the attendant know if you do not want your child to have a snack. Infants are offered only what you bring in a bottle. Our nursery is a nut-free room. No peanuts or tree nuts.
- Illness: We are a well-baby facility. If your child is not feeling well, please allow him or her to return to health at home and avoid exposing other children or nursery staff to any illnesses. We cannot accept a child who is ill. Even if a child has been on antibiotics and is feeling better, a green/yellow discharge through the nose/eyes indicates that they are still contagious and should be at home to recover. Medicines must be administered by parents. Nursery workers are not permitted to administer any medicines.