Connect Kids is designed specifically for babies through fifth graders, where we’ve created a safe and fun environment just for them to learn about Jesus on their level. We want you to feel comfortable about your kids’ safety and for them to look forward to coming back each week.
What to Expect Your First Time at Connect Kids
When you arrive you will see a large sign near the main entrance for Kids Check-In. In this area, we’ll meet you and your family, gather your basic information and check your child into our secure system. You will receive matching identification stickers with a corresponding number for that day. This will be used to identify both you and your child for pickup. Once you’re all checked in, a volunteer will show you to the age-appropriate room we have created just for your child and introduce you to their teachers. Each of our four rooms — Nursery, 2s & 3s, 4s & 5s and Elementary Age — are staffed by caring, trained volunteers who are gifted to love and teach children.
A Place Where Kids Look Forward to Coming Back
Kids and Family Pastor Melissa Hess is an expert at developing curriculum, activities and creative elements designed to engage kids of all ages. Your kids will experience music, teaching, small groups, games and lots more during their time with us. Connect Kids is high energy and full of life. It is a place where the Bible comes to life and kids fall in love with Jesus.
Safety is our Top Priority
We want you to feel secure in leaving your kids with our volunteers. Every person involved with Connect Kids (in any capacity) is required to pass a full background check. In addition, you will check your child in to a fully secure system, they are identified at all times, and you are the only person who can pick them up. Our Kids rooms are all secured and monitored before, during and after every service by our dedicated Security Team.
More About the Connect Kids Team
We have an incredible team that is gifted to connect with kids of all ages, and they are led by our Interim Kids and Family Pastor Melissa Hess. Melissa is excited about building a strong family support system and partnering with parents to raise kids to love Jesus. She has a ton of knowledge and experience dealing with kids considering she has spent more than 15 years in the classroom and is an education professor at Cincinnati Christian University. Each of our environments — from the nursery to preschool to young elementary to older elementary — are led by Connect volunteers who are passionate about sharing the love of Jesus with your kids.
Connect Kids is committed to a healthy environment for all our children, so we ask that parents refrain from sending children to church if any of the following conditions are present: Fever within the last 24 hours; Vomiting or diarrhea; Runny Nose with colored discharge; any unexplained rash; Sore throat or ear ache; Pink eye or any other eye infection; Lice; as well as any symptom of a childhood disease such as scarlet fever, German measles, mumps, chicken pox, or whooping cough.
Mom's Viewing Room
We know that for many new parents, it can be difficult to leave a newborn while they take part in our worship service. Our hope is that you will trust our loving and caring nursery workers to care for your baby during that hour so you can worship truly distraction-free. For those who aren’t quite there yet, however, we have created a special environment just for you. Inside our Worship Center a sign points to a nearby private room specifically designed for parents to be with their baby and still be able to watch and listen to the service or nurse their child.
Volunteer in Connect Kids
If you love sharing the love of Jesus with kids, we would love to get you involved in our ministry. Just fill out this simple Next Steps form, and we’ll be in touch to help you align your passion with our serving opportunities. Volunteers are kept informed weekly on exactly their role each Sunday through our password-protected website.
Stay in touch
We want you to know what’s going on with Connect Kids and what we’re talking about each week. The best way to stay connected is to follow us on Facebook.