Programs and curricula
We offer Children’s Ministry programming for children from birth to fifth grade at the 9:30 a.m. service only. There are no children’s programs or childcare provided at our 5 p.m. service.
Birth to pre-k
Check-in begins at 9 a.m. in Railton Hall. Railton Hall is located west of the main entrance of the Salvation Army. It is accessible from 14th Street. Check-in closes at 10 a.m.
Elementary (kindergarten to fifth grade)
Children check in at Railton Hall before going to service with their families for the worship portion of the service. When announcements begin, children are dismissed to join their classes. Teachers are at the front of the sanctuary to pick up the children and escort them to their classes. K-3rd grade students are picked up on the 7th floor, accessed through Mumford Hall. Club 45 (4th and 5th grade) are picked up in Railton Hall at the conclusion of the service.
Check-in and security
This ministry exists to provide a loving, safe environment for our children. For the safety and security of your children, all parents must check in their children prior to attending worship.
Check-in takes place in Railton Hall on iPads using our online check-in system. Once you check in, you and your child will be given matching identification tags that are exclusive to your family and your visit. Your child will need to wear the name tag portion of your matching identification tags, which bears a code that is matched to your portion during checkout at the end of the service.
During checkout, you will need to give your tag to your child’s teacher in order for your child to be released back to you.
Our desire for these little ones (infants to 2-year-olds) is to provide a loving, safe environment where they begin to hear, learn and experience the love of Christ. Babies and toddlers will be held, fed, diapered, played with and loved upon. All nursery classes are divided by age and development.
Each nursery class is also visited by an engaging curriculum teacher who ties every lesson back to God as creator and introduces the Bible as God’s word. Additionally, our permanent staff teachers lead circle time, story time, coloring activities and snacks each week.
The preschool (for ages 3 and 4) uses David C. Cook’s TruWonder curriculum — a spiritually forming, family empowering curriculum designed to meet the specific needs of today’s generation.
TruWonder reveals the wonder of who God is to preschool children, allowing them to explore, discover, and respond in a Gospel centered environment. Lessons focus on “The Big God Story” and allow children to learn God’s entire story, with a different emphasis each year. The goal of TruWonder is for children to understand not only that they play a part in this incredible story, but also that they are part of a much larger faith community of past, present and future believers.
Our preschool classes begin the morning together, with a time of open play, followed by worship. At the conclusion of the worship time, they divide into two classes (three’s and four’s) for bible lesson, catechism, bible verse, craft and snack.
Elementary students use Lifeway’s The Gospel Project curriculum. The Gospel Project aims for heart transformation through the gospel as children see how the gospel is present in the entire Bible,“not just a collection of stories, but one unified story—God’s story of redemption.” It is our prayer and deepest desire that the Lord would use this curriculum and lesson format to help your kids go deeper into God’s word, grow in the gospel of Christ, and then be able to share the joy and love they have received from God with others.