We are here to encourage and support parents in helping their kids love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength and to love their neighbor as themselves. Our children’s ministry provides opportunities for children to know and love God through Sunday morning ministries and special events. We also offer loving childcare for infants and toddlers.
To request childcare for special events, or evening services here at Cornerstone Community Church, please make a Childcare Advanced Reservation.
Welcome to Cornerstone! Thanks for thinking of visiting us! When you come, you can expect your children will be in a safe and loving environment with trained and cheerful staff and volunteers. We love Jesus, we love kids, and we love sharing our love of Jesus with kids!
When you arrive, go to the atrium entrance (on the west side of the building, the big glass doors). There, look for the Child Check-In Sign and we will get your child(ren) checked in to our security system before the service. You and your child(ren) will both get tags – you’ll need yours to pick up your children at the end of the morning!
Your babies and toddlers can then come into the service with you or be dropped off in our nursery. Kids 3-3rd grade will come into the sanctuary with you for the first part of the service. About halfway through the service, these older children be invited to come with the children’s church staff to the children’s chapel, where we’ll continue worshiping in an age-appropriate manner until the service is finished.
At the end of the service, go to the nursery to pick up your baby or toddler, and go down to the basement to pick up your children from Children’s Church. Our staff will ask for your parent tag, check to make sure it matches the information on your child’s tag, and then we will release your child to your loving arms again.
Our nursery is staffed with cheerful, child-loving, fully background checked and CPR trained staff. They have decades of childcare experience between them, and they’re eager to use their full bag of baby calming and cheering tricks to make sure your child has a great time while you are away. (We staff for an average ratio of 1 worker to every 4 children, but there will always be a minimum of two workers for any event). If you are needed for any reason, we will send you a text.
Your child is welcome any time the nursery doors are open and you’re here to worship, learn, or volunteer. However, please make sure your child is illness-free (and has been for the past 24 hours). While we love to teach sharing, sharing illnesses is something we’d like to avoid!
The nursery itself is in the hallway off the west doors to the sanctuary. It is fully carpeted with plush, beautiful carpet and stocked with many age appropriate toys.
During your baby or toddler’s time in our nursery, they’ll play, listen to a Bible story, sing songs, and be invited to participate in a coloring or craft time (if age appropriate). Snacks are only served during our middle hour (Sunday school) time. Snacks are always nut free. Please let us know if your child has any other allergy or special needs.
If you’re planning on using our nursery more than once, please fill out our All About Me form for your child.
Our Children’s Chapel Time – halfway through each service to the end of the service
Our Children’s chapel time is a time where we learn how to worship God. We call our room our special worship center. In it, we have all the time we need, so we walk more slowly, and we talk more quietly (because someone might be trying to listen to God). We have one Bible story a month that we focus on, and teach it in a variety of ways each month. After our story time, we respond to God through art and other sensorimotor activities. At the end of our time, our 4th and 5th-grade leaders, called Crew Kids, lead their small group in a child-appropriate prayer practice.
Our children’s chapel time is quieter than other child spaces, giving them a break from the noise and rush of everyday life. It is an appropriate space for sensory different children and a place where all children, no matter their temperament, are welcome.
Parents are always welcome to come and sit with their child during Children’s Chapel time. We love having parents see what how we do worship in the children’s area!
Crew Kids (4th-5th grade)
Crew Kids are an integral part of our children’s chapel time. Our 4th and 5th-grade students assist children during our story time and response times, and also lead various other aspects of our children’s church time. The younger children love having their older buddies, and the Crew Kids love that they are making a difference in the younger children’s lives.
Sunday School Classes (9:45-10:45am during the school year in the Children’s Center in the basement)
Our preschool Sunday school class is for children ages 3-5 (must be potty-trained). These children have a fun space where they learn through play for part of their time. Then, they learn a Bible story and do a craft for the other part of their time. The preschool room uses a curriculum called Discipleland. Their teachers are always excited to see them and to hear about their lives!
Our elementary students are split by grade level into classes to learn more about God through games, activities, and reflection each week. They are using a curriculum called Rio for the 2018-2019 school year. Their teachers love to be with them and make fun memories while learning about the people of God and the stories of God with our children!
Want to work directly with kids? Great! We need you to fill out this Primary Screening Form first.
Here are ways you can serve directly with our children:
Cuddle babies! I mean, really, who doesn’t want to do this? (Unless you have your own babies, then maybe you need a break. Totally understand.) Must pass a background check.
Skills needed: Baby skills. Patient and eager to show the love of Jesus to those under 3.
Time commitment: One service, once a month.
Total people needed: 6
Age requirement: 12+
Children’s church teacher, assistant, or substitute:
Come and facilitate the worship of God with the energy of children! We laugh, play, sing, and learn about our God together. Background check required. Training provided.
Time commitment: 2-4 times/month during children’s church, either service. Occasional team meeting.
Total people needed: 1-2 teachers, 2-4 assistants, 1-2 substitutes
Age requirement: 18+
For the rest of you…
Are you passionate about Cornerstone having a wonderful children’s ministry? Do you wish you could support the children’s ministry somehow, but you’re pretty sure you shouldn’t be a Sunday school teacher? No worries! There are a variety of ways to serve this year with the Children’s Ministry – from 30 minutes monthly to once a week, we have a variety of ways you can help us out
Help families check-in. Make sure check-in tablets don’t “run away.”
Skills needed: If you can smile, be welcoming, and type on a tablet, you can do this!
Time commitment: 30 minutes each Sunday (serve at least 1 Sunday at month)
Total people needed: 6-24
Age requirement: 16+
“Merry Elves” Administrative Team
Support the children’s ministry with your organizing and planning, and/or decor skills. The only way teachers and other “up front” children’s leaders can be successful is if the systems are in place to make it all run smoothly. Gather materials, organize children’s ministry materials, plan events, create information boards, organize data… the important list goes on. Behind-the-scenes work makes it all happen!
Skills needed: Administrative skills are very helpful.
Time commitment: Varies; generally less than 5 hours/month, during office hours.
Total people needed: 3-5
Age requirement: None
If you are interested in any of these positions, contact Tammi Van Drunen
Children’s Ministry/ Nursery/ Childcare
Contact Tammi Van Drunen