Children's Ministry

 

Knowing Jesus, and Each Other!

 

PROGRAMS

Babies-2 year olds

Weekend Ministry

Moms and dads of young children need to go to church. Our Nursery through 2-year-old rooms are staffed by caring, safe staff and volunteers who want to help you do just that. On Sunday mornings, we have rooms for babies & crawlers, walkers (up to age 2), and 2 year olds.

We also have a quiet room for nursing moms just off the main lobby, a parent-child viewing room (A-104), and a parent-child viewing area at the back entrance to the children’s building, for kids who are having trouble separating from their parents.

Saturday nights we offer one room for children ages 0-2. Sunday nights is a childcare-only program for kids ages 0-5.

Child Dedications

We love to celebrate as a church body when a family chooses to dedicate their child to the Lord. Families can choose from several “Dedication Weekend” dates throughout the year to have their child dedicated during one of our weekend services. “In-Home Dedications” are also available. READ MORE HERE.

 

Mom’s Day Out

Mom’s Day Out is a caring environment for 1 and 2 year olds on Wednesday mornings, 9:00am – 12:00pm. It’s not a drop-in program but a program for little ones where you drop off and leave. We run September-June and take off all the major holidays. Cost is $90/month.

Children in the One-Year-Olds class must turn 1 by November 1. Children in the Two-Year-Olds class must turn 2 by November 1.

The 2018-2019 session is full. You may sign up for the wait list by e-mailing Lisa Edwards, director of Mom’s Day Out.

 

Preschoolers (3 & 4 years old)

Weekend Ministry

In our weekend ministry, we follow Jesus’ example and put children at the center. We have separate rooms for three- and four-year-olds. With parents, families, staff, and volunteers, we are building friendships and building blocks, discovering God’s promises as we play with Noah’s ark. We invite children to wonder, to ask questions, and explore God’s creation.

 

Our Buddies program exists to provide one-on-one support to children who need it in order to participate fully in our weekend programs. If you have a child who would benefit from having a one-to-one buddy, or if you would like to learn more about becoming a buddy, please contact our Buddies Coordinator.

 

 

Weekday Preschool

Coast Kids Preschool serves area children and families with full-day and half-day programs, two, three, and five days a week. Registration remains open until classrooms are full. Contact Alisa Wickham, director, to inquire about space available and to schedule a tour.

Coast Kids Preschool website (760) 579-4190 • alisa@northcoastcalvary.org

K-3rd graders

Weekend Ministry – Saturday nights 6 pm, Sunday mornings 8:45 & 10:45

Kindergarteners and 1st graders meet in K1 Explorers, upstairs in Building B. With live bible teaching, engaging games, and meaningful sensory stations, your child will experience wonder and the joy of knowing God in a safe and fun environment!

 

2nd and 3rd graders meet up at Safari 2-3, where kids are inspired to ask questions, share ideas, and work together as they discover God’s truth. Through live worship, interactive stations, and friendship building activities, 2nd and 3rd graders will have a blast while growing in their understanding of God’s deep love for them!

Note: On Saturday nights, K-3 grade meet together in one room.

 

Our Buddies program exists to provide one-on-one support to children who need it in order to participate fully in our weekend programs. If you have a child who would benefit from having a one-to-one buddy, or if you would like to learn more about becoming a buddy, please contact our Buddies Coordinator.

 

Midweek – Wednesday nights, 6:30-8

GameLife is a midweek discipleship program for kids. The games aren’t an extra – they’re central to the learning process! Parent classes are often offered during the same time window. To learn more, visit the GameLife page.

4th-6th graders

Weekend Ministry – Saturday nights 6 pm, Sunday mornings 8:45 & 10:45

Surge is our ministry to 4th-6th graders. Surge meets during regular weekend services – Saturday nights at 6 pm, Sunday mornings at 8:45 & 10:45 – as well as conducting camps, special events, and a 6th grade leadership program on Wednesday nights.

For more information, visit the Surge page.

 

Midweek – 4th & 5th graders – Wednesday nights, 6:30-8

GameLife is a midweek discipleship program for kids. The games aren’t an extra – they’re central to the learning process! Parent classes are often offered during the same time window. To learn more, visit the GameLife page.

Buddies program for children with special needs

Some children need extra help in order to participate in our weekend programs. If you have a child who would benefit from having a one-to-one buddy, or if you would like to learn more about becoming a buddy, please contact our Buddies Coordinator.

YOUR FIRST VISIT

Our Children’s Ministry at North Coast Calvary Chapel is led by a team of staff and volunteers whose passion is loving God and children. Our goal is to provide a fun and interactive program tailored just for kids no matter age and grade to help them know Jesus and grow spiritually as they build meaningful relationships with other children and adults!

Weekend services are at 5 pm Saturday (get you & your family in and out by dinner!) and at 8:45 and 10:45 Sunday mornings. Sunday night is a limited childcare program for children ages 5 & under.

On your first visit, plan to arrive about 15 minutes before service so you can fill out a registration card with your child’s information. We will enter this into our check-in system so that in the weeks following, you will just enter your phone number and our system will print nametags – quick and easy.

Check-in stations are located on the ground floor of the Children’s Building (look for the playground) on Saturday night and Sunday mornings. In addition, on Sundays you will find outdoor check-in stations near the entrances to the Children’s Building. Check-in volunteers will be able to direct you to the rooms your children should go to.

Dress is casual, and services last about an hour and twenty minutes. You will be given a pick-up tag with a unique four-digit number, in case we need to page you during the service. You will also be asked to verify your phone number when you drop your child off.

If your child is apprehensive about being left, it is totally ok for you to stay with them until they’re comfortable. Additionally, we have a parent & child viewing area in the back lobby of the Children’s Building where you may sit with them and watch the main service until they’re ready to re-join their age group.

Then, head to service, knowing that your child is in good hands! When service ends, you will be asked to turn in your pick-up tag at the door.

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COMING EVENTS

Carols by Candlelight

Friday, Dec 7, 5-8pm. Bring your friends and family and join in the fun as we celebrate the Christmas Season with camel and pony rides, a petting zoo, the Santa Fe Christian choir, snacks and cider, as well as a retelling of the Christmas story at 6:30pm with caroling featuring two choirs and the Carlsbad High School Orchestra.

 

 

Christmas Eve Services

Join us for Christmas services on December 24, at Noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30, and 6 pm. Special Children’s Program for ages 5 and under at the first 4 services. Kids ages 6 and up are invited to join their parents in the main service. The 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm services are great for families with kids! Enjoy cider on the patio while you visit with live stable animals at our Bethlehem Petting Zoo, which opens at 11 am.

VOLUNTEER WITH US

This many kids walk through our doors each weekend!

Do you have a heart for kids and want to help them discover who God is? Let’s talk. We have many ways you can help in our children’s ministry:

  • Greeting – Be the first friendly face that families see when they walk onto campus on a weekend, and help new families feel right at home.
  • Check-In – Help families get checked in and directed to the right rooms by manning one of our computer check-in stations.
  • Buddies – Work one-on-one alongside a child who needs extra help and attention in order to participate in the program.
  • Large Group Storytelling – Lead kids in activities that bring them into that day’s Bible story.
  • Small Group Leading – Shepherd a smaller group of kids as they retell and play with the day’s story.
  • Worship Leading
  • Tech
  • You tell us! Do you have a unique skill or gift that you think could be used in ministering to children?

All prospective volunteers must fill out paperwork and be approved to serve.

  • The process begins with a “Come and See”. Whether you already know how you want to serve, or are just exploring whether children’s ministry is a good fit for you, it starts with observing one of our weekend programs in action.
  • Next comes paperwork. All volunteers complete a written application that gives us information on your Christian testimony, your experience in ministry, and your gifts when it comes to working with kids. You also must give us permission to run a criminal background check, and provide us with the names of two character references.
  • Finally, we will train you, often by having you shadow an existing volunteer in the same room where you want to serve. You’ll meet your coordinator, have a name tag made, and learn all of our safety policies and procedures.

Questions about serving? Ready to get started? Send us your contact information here

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OUR STAFF

General Questions? e-mail children@northcoastcalvary.org

Weekend Ministry

Joan Stevenson

Director

joans@northcoastcalvary.org

760.579.4119

Mary Ann Nunez

Elementary Team Leader (K-3rd grade)

maryann@northcoastcalvary.org

760.929.0029

Blyth Schmidt

Early Childhood Team Leader (birth-PreK)

blyths@northcoastcalvary.org

760.929.0029 x333

Rachel Prentiss

Buddies Coordinator

rachel@northcoastcalvary.org

 

Midweek Program

Ryann Smith

The Harbor – midweek program Team Leader

ryann@northcoastcalvary.org

760.929.0029 x335

Christa Sliffe

GameLife Coordinator

christa@northcoastcalvary.org

760.929.0029 x335

Coast Kids Preschool

Alisa Wickham

Preschool Director

alisa@northcoastcalvary.org

760.579.4190

Mark Friestad

Children’s Pastor

friestad@northcoastcalvary.org

760.579.4102