2Table of contents 2. Table of Contents 23. Policies 3. Teachers 24. Crying Policy4. Jesus Junction Introduction25. Promotion Policy5. Purpose and Vision26. Class and Parent Policy6. The Contents27. Illness Policy7. The Strategy (Three Basic Truths)28. Child Abuse Policy8. Jesus Junction Team members General Qualifications29. Comfort and Discipline Policy30. Bathroom Policy9. Jesus Junction Volunteer Roles31. Emergency Policy10. Responsibilities of Teachers and Their Helpers32. Our Mission33. The Transition11. Training New Jesus Junction Team Members12. Know The Lingo13. Partnering with Parents14. Parents Cue15. Team Member Information16. Team Member Agreement17. Schedules/ Security/Class Setup/ Communication18. Ministry Communication19. Registration Security20. Class Setup21. Class Sunday Schedules22. Class Wednesday Schedules
3teachers Terri Ellison – 3 year olds Lead Teacher Shelley Childers - 3 year olds Lead TeacherMisty Street – 3 year olds Assistant TeacherLisa Fett – 4/5 year olds Lead TeacherCindy Nickerson – 4/5 year olds Lead TeacherMary Beth Nickerson – 4/5 year olds Assistant TeacherJay Jefsen - 4/5 year olds Co-Lead TeacherShelley Jefsen – 4/5 year olds Co- Lead TeacherAshley Lambert – 4/5 year olds Co-Lead TeacherMary Kirsch – 4/5 year olds Lead TeacherBethany Brose - Assistant/HelperRenae LuketicStudent Ministries PastorHolly HandleyJesus Junction AdministratorMelissa OlsonPreschool Captain
4Introducing… Jesus Junction We truly believe that no greater ministry exists than ministry to the children God has placed in our care. We are privileged to be a part of ministry that will pour into the lives of these young children. They are not so much the church of tomorrow, but the church of today and now! The goal of children’s ministry is to minister to every child on their own level and in a way that meets their needs physically, emotionally and most of all: spiritually. We additionally seek to encourage and support parents and guardians in their role of “training children in the way they should go” that they may “grow in the image and likeness of God.” “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10: 14, 16
5Purpose and visionWe want to go somewhere on purpose! We have a vision for our student ministries to ensure that we will teach all the basics from the time they are in our nurseries to age 25. Student ministries is simply the big picture vision that will make the individual departments of the ministry connect in such a way that nothing is missed. Think of each department in this ministry as a puzzle piece. Each piece is important and necessary to complete the “picture”. We believe that every age level must work towards the end goal: To develop sold out young people for Jesus. We want them to be changed from the inside out!!! We don’t want them to “like” church; we want them to realize they ARE the church. The purpose of our ministry at Christian Life Church is to provide a happy and joyful environment for pre/k children to learn about Jesus. We want them to hear the stories in the Bible, know who Jesus is, how much He loves them, and how to praise Him. A structured teaching and praise program has been established for our children.
6The contentsMAKE IT FUNEach teaching lesson begins with activities that are fun and welcoming. These activities are designed to make the children feel drawn into the classroom. Not only do they help the children become more comfortable in their classroom, they also introduce the Bottom Line for the month. In addition, these activities build community with leaders and friends.MAKE IT TRUEAfter a fun time with classroom friends, children are led to a large group time for the Bible story and worship. Whether we use our interactive Bible story DVD or live storyteller, this is when children get to hear the truth of God’s Word and rejoice through worship.First Look provides the Bible story in words that children will understand and relate to their own lives. By telling the story in an exciting and interactive manner, we enable children to want to learn about God and all that He has done.During worship, children are encouraged to openly express their love for who God is and praise Him for all He has created. The curriculum recommends songs as well as provides hand motions. Get up and dance with the children! In addition, leaders are equipped to teach the month’s memory verse in this section.MAKE IT STICKChildren return to their classroom to participate in a variety of activities that will help them apply what they have learned. These activities may be crafts, games, or even yummy snacks. Each activity reinforces that month’s Bottom Line in a fun and interactive way. Throughout this time of the lesson the Bottom Line is repeated to be sure each child knows the truth of God’s love.MAKE IT REALThree- through 5-year-olds are led into a prayer time where they can personalize the lesson and have a time for prayer. In small groups, relationships grow as children are encouraged to share their thoughts about the Bottom Line and talk to God in their own words. PARENT CUEDifferent Parent Cues are provided depending on the age group. Each has a way for the parent and child to interact over what was learned at church. What happens at home is more important than what happens at church.
7The Strategy THREE BASIC TRUTHS Lead with the End in MindEvery Sunday, kids show up in our environments and we have an opportunity to create the kind of experience that will guide them to a relationship with their Heavenly Father.By the time a child is five years old, we want them to know:God Made MeGod Loves MeJesus wants to be my friend forever.Psalm 139:13-14“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”Romans 8:38-39“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”John 3:16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
8Jesus junction team members General Qualifications Believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior.1 Timothy 3A. Be blameless (of good report inside and outside the church).B. Be vigilant, self-controlled, hard working, patient and truthful.C. Be sober.D. Be of good behavior.E. Be given to hospitality (kindness to others).F. Be likely to teach.G. Not be violent but gentle.H. Not be greedy for money.I. Not be envious of others.J. Be one who rules his/her home well, having his/her children obey with properrespect.K. Not be a recent convert.3. Have a teachable spirit. (Proverbs 1:5)4. Be humble, not prideful. (1 Peter 5:5)5. Be willing to submit to oversight. (Hebrews 13:17)6. Have a heart for the children. (Matthew 19:14)7. Be cooperative with the Pastor and CLC church leaders.8. Be faithful to assigned position.9. Be neat and modest in appearance.10. Attended Discover CLC and signed the CLC Covenant.11. Complete Volunteer application and background check.12. Be in good standing at CLC.
9Jesus Junction Volunteer Roles Volunteers work together in their unique roles to create a loving environment for preschoolers. Some volunteers will fill one role, while others will fill multiple roles.Center Leaders: care for an assigned small group of children each week and consistently connect with their families. Classroom Leaders are strong small group leaders who provide leadership in an individual preschool classroom.Room Captain: welcome children into a room by leading the child and parent through the attendance and security procedures; collects the roles and totals the numbers for the classroom.Greeters: greets new families as they enter the preschool environment and guides them through the process of checking in to classrooms.Lead Teachers: provide classroom support during small group time; assist in moving 3- to 5-year-olds to and from large group environment.Prep Team: assists the environment leader by coordinating and creating classroom supplies.Large Group RolesThe Large Group experience is a part of “Make it True,” a section of the weekly First Look curriculum. It is recommended for 3- to 5-year-old children. This experience can take place in part of the classroom or a dedicated space in the preschool environment to which all children are transported.Lead Teachers help serve at Host, Bible Story and Worship.Host: serves as the emcee; usually welcomes the children; may transition to the Bible story and Worship through the Introductory Sketch.Bible Storyteller: presents the Bible story in a creative and interactive way so that it captures the attention of every child. We currently use an interactive story DVD.Worship Leaders: lead the preschoolers in worship with fun music that is full of hand motions and movement.Tech Team: Works together to provide audio, video, and computer graphics support.
10Lead Teacher Responsibilities: To train and disciple all helpers.Prepare and organize your team to work together.Assign lesson supplements (activities, object lesson, etc.) to assist helpers.Oversee class schedule.Greet children at the door before service.Ensure that everything is ready to go before children begin arriving.Train assistant helpers.In charge of determining if a child’s parent needs to be paged.Handle discipline problems.In charge of check-in at door if no captain is available.Oversee room clean-up.Make supply needs/repairs known to Captain or Director.Pray daily for children, volunteers and parents.Maintain and adhere to current Jesus Junction policies and procedures.Refer questions and suggestions to the Captain or Director.Assistant/Helper Responsibilities:Prepare supplement lesson assigned to you by the teacher if applicable.Assist the teacher be serving at a center and doing it with enthusiasm.Be in classroom 30 minutes before service.Pray before coming to class.Participate in the lesson during teaching time.Handle distractions during teaching time.Assist any child with a need while the teacher is teaching.Assist with check-in and check-outs as teacher directs.Assist with clean up.Assist in the physical care of the children.Assist the teacher upon request.
11Training New Jesus Junction team members Each Trimester we recruit a new batch of volunteers and prepare them to start serving. We feel it is SO important for both them and our ministry to give these new recruits a great start.Build Relationships. Get to know the kids and their parents. Learn their names. Take the time to make relational connections.Have fun. Be ready to sit on the floor, sing, dance, paint, and throw a ball. Whatever it takes to make this a fun place.We want to begin our training by communicating a compelling vision for our preschool area. Preschool is not childcare! Our environment has a very specific purpose and how it fits into the big picture of our church. We want to clearly communicate the different roles and responsibilities of our team, letting them know that they have a specific part to play on Sunday morning as part of that team.We create a folder of information so that new volunteers can go back and read through the specific information we share during training. This helps them gain a better understanding of things like check-in, security and safety policies.Once you have received general training, you will receive hands-on training. All new volunteers get an opportunity to apprentice in a classroom with some of our best leaders. These leaders answer questions and teach new volunteers the ropes allowing them to see a working model of all they have just learned. After several weeks of hands-on training, our new volunteers are ready to be placed in their fall roles.Here are a few specifics that we want to communicate:Be Prepared. We need volunteers to show up on time and ready to go! The curriculum is available for your access on the church website Grade>JJ volunteers Only> password:252. And we need our volunteers to walk in with a good understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish that day.As preschool ministry leaders, we need great volunteer teams. Investing in them from the beginning is the best strategy for building healthy teams.Pray. Start your morning off by praying for each of the kids who will be walking through your classroom door that Sunday. God wants to use you in their lives.
12Know the lingoBasic Truth: One of the tree things about God that preschoolersneed to know. Each month’s curriculum will focuson one of these three basic truths:God made me.God loves me.Jesus wants to be my friend forever.Bottom Line: This is the key concept you’ll be teaching over and over throughout the month. You’ll stay on the Bottom Line for a month so that preschoolers really get it. You’ll be saying the bottom line often in order to help preschoolers know and understand this idea.Key Question: You’ll use a question to help you make sure the preschoolers are getting what you’re teaching. The same question is used all moth. Ask this question and listen for the preschoolers to answer with Bottom Line.Memory Verse: Preschoolers will hear, see, and say the memory verse and begin to both understand and memorize it. To make sure preschoolers really get it, you’ll teach the same memory verse all month.Bible Story Focus: The Bible Story Focus is just for leaders, change weekly, and is a particular aspect of the bottom line. The Bible story and most of the activities point toward this focus. You won’t say the Bible Story Focus to preschoolers, but it will help shape the week’s content.
13Partnering with parents You’ve only got 40 hours to influence the lives of the preschoolers in your life. The average preschooler is at church for 40 hours in one year. So, where did the rest of the hours go? Preschoolers spend them at home, with their parents. Well, about 3,000 of them are spent with their parents while they’re awake. So the biggest question becomes, since parents have more hours with their children, how do we help them use their 3,000 hours as a spiritual influence in the lives of their preschoolers? The answer is we help them. We show parents that teaching their child about God doesn’t have to be a big, scary issue. Teaching their child about God can happen any time, anywhere. When they are walking to the mailbox and discover a worm on the ground and stop to investigate, they can say, “God made that worm. God made everything.” While they are cleaning the dirt between their child’s toes, they can say, “I’m so glad God made you and your cute little toes.” God is all around us, and parents need to be reminded that they can talk about Him at any time. Many parents need to be trained on how to integrate God into their daily lives, and they need to be shown that it’s not difficult. The small talk helps do this at, Bath Time, Car Time, Cuddle Time, and Play Time. Once they’ve been trained, parents need continual support as they go through their lives integrating God into part of their daily routines. That’s why we will continue to give parents supplemental ideas through the new Small Talk card. This new monthly Small Talk gives parents ideas for incorporating that month’s bottom line and Bible stories into everyday conversation. So, what are you going to do with your 40 hours? Teach your preschoolers that God made them, God loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever. Then, show Mom and Dad how to keep up the learning at home.
14Parent cueParent Talk Offered monthly, each “Parent Talk” includes a real life parenting story that reflects the ups and downs of parenting small children. This piece is also rich in vision and practical suggestions to help parents as they raise their kids and grow in their own faith. Small Talk “Small Talk” will be offered both as a monthly and weekly piece. This piece provides summaries of each Sunday’s lesson and equips parents with ideas to integrate Sunday’s learning into everyday activities with their child throughout the week through: • Drive Time • Play Time • Bath Time • Cuddle Time Parent Cue Poster The Parent Cue Poster highlights each month’s bottom line and memory verse is posted on all 3 TV’s in our Jesus Junction area. Extra Fun at Home We have identified three times a year where we think it would be fun to offer parents some additional ideas that they can do at home with their kids. Sometimes it might be a fun party idea or maybe a family parade! All of these ideas will connect to what they are learning at church and give parents the tools to create some special teaching moments at home. These extra fun activities are provided in October, December, and May.
15Team Member information Training Resources:Volunteer ManualOnline Training VideoSmall Group TrainingStory Teller Training
16Team member agreementUnderstand that you represent Christian Life Church even when you are outside of the church walls. We expect you to be a good example in your neighborhood community and this includes media such as facebook and twitter.I understand the importance of being dependable and I agree and understand that I will be consistent and arrive 30 minutes prior to each service I am scheduled to work.I understand that I am a part of a team and will be respectful to the other team members and will not call off last minute. I will try my best to find a replacement, and if I cannot find someone I will inform the Jesus Junction Administrator (Holly Handley) that I have tried to find a replacement and was not able to.
18Ministry communication · Refer questions and suggestions to your Room Captain or Jesus Junction Coordinator.- Each Children’s Ministry leader has a paging number to be contacted in the sanctuary during service. These numbers are located at each registration area.· Our schedules are created monthly and are consistent from month to month. Ex: Always the first Sunday of each month. They are online approximately two weeks prior to beginning of month.Things you can find online· Monthly Schedules· Lesson Outlines· Lessons· Teacher Checklists· Snack Forms· Reminders· Class Manuals· Supply Request Form· Church Directory· Sunday & Wednesday Class Schedule· Incident Reports
19Registration/ security CHECK-IN Children are greeted at the beginning of Jesus Junction by someone from our registration staff. They are signed in and the child is given a name tag. The parents sign in their child and are given a security number card that they will need in order to pick up their child. (Each child/family is given a security number. This number correlates on all nametags, security cards, and sign in sheets).The children are then directed to class and the service class greeter, along with the lead teacher, is waiting there to greet them with kind words and a smile. It is important to greet each child by name. That is a great benefit of all the children having nametags. You have the ability to make everyone feel welcome by name, even visitors who you are meeting for the first time.The parent(s) drop the child off to you at the door.CHECK-OUTThe lead teacher or room captain will be ready with clipboard to sign out children.Parents must hand in their number card and sign out their childPLEASE REMEMBER TO COLLECT THE CHILD’S NAMETAG before they leave.The teacher will call for the child and dismiss them.We do ask that the parents go immediately after service to pick up their child.No one may pick up a child with out handing the teacher the security number card. If for some reason someone does not have one, please notify the captain to compare to our records to the adult’s driver’s license with the names of adults authorized to pick up the child. A child can only be dismissed to someone that is at least 18 years of age even if they have a number card.It is important that if there was a problem that the Coordinator or Student Pastor needs to be the one to let the parents know. The teachers and helpers should not address the parents about any problems; we do not want the parents to feel that everyone has something to say about their child’s behavior.Helpers are responsible to either:Be involved in an activity away from the door with the remaining children.Help collect the leaving child’s belongings.Begin classroom cleanup.
20Class setup Arrival Checklist : Departure Checklist : Center supplies are in the cabinets and are labeled in bins:ActivityCraftSnackWe ask that counters and tables are left cleaned off as our classrooms are used for various functions throughout the week.Arrival Checklist :Turn on lightPut on nametagSet up CentersLead Teacher- Turn on projectorSet up DVDSanitize handsBe prepared to greet the childrenDeparture Checklist :Return nametagReturn all supplies from centers to appropriate cabinetClean off countersSanitize any toys usedSanitize tablesTake out the garbageVacuum the floorTurn off the projectorTurn off light
25Crying PolicyWe know that some children sometimes have an adjustment period when moving to a new classroom and this is completely normal. Usually the best thing a parent can do is encourage them in the car on the way to church highlighting all the fun things they will get to do. When arriving at their class, it is usually best to drop them off with encouraging words and make drop off as quickly as possible. 9 times out of 10, preschoolers are fine in just about a minute as we have teachers who are great at getting them involved. You can enjoy service knowing that we have teachers who serve weekly with this age group and they will call you if they need your help. If a child continues to cry uncontrollably, then we will use the paging system and have the parent come to calm him/her.
26Promotion PolicyAll children in our Jesus Junction department will be promoted to their new class the Sunday AFTER their birthday.When a child is ready to enter kindergarten, they will be promoted upstairs to our UpStreet department the first Sunday of July.The parent will be notified when their child will be promoted to another class. We ask parents not to move their child unless they have been requested to do so. This will help us maintain the proper ratios of teachers to children.
27Classroom and parent policy 1. When children arrive they will have a nametag on with a number that corresponds with a tag that their parents were given. For security reasons before releasing children back to their parents, please be sure to recover both parent and child tag. 2. A parent should pick up their child immediately following the service. We ask parents not to send older siblings under the age of 18 to pick up a child. 3. We can not release children if parents do not have their assigned security number card. If they do not have it at pick up, they will need to show their driver’s license to be compared to our records. 4. If any child exhibits biting behavior, the parent will be called to remove their child from the classroom. We encourage parents to sit in our cry room to finish watching the service. 5. For 3–5 year olds, we ask that all toys and sipper cups be left with the parent, so they will not be lost or misplaced. 6. All children in the preschool class must be at least 3 years of age and be potty trained. If achild is not fully potty trained and still wears pull ups and should need to be changed, a parent will be called to change their child.
28Illness policy ILLNESS POLICY For the protection of all children, please do not bring a child who appears to be ill to class. The following guidelines are taken from the report of the Committee On Control of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A child should not be brought to class when the following exists:· Fever within the last 24 hours (99.6 oral; rectal)· Vomiting or diarrhea· Any symptom of the common childhood diseases: scarletfever, German measles, chicken pox or cough· Common cold from onset through one week· Sore throat· Croup· Any unexplained rash· Any skin infection, boils, ringworm, impetigo or scabies· Pink eye or other eye infections· Head liceNO TEACHER OR WORKER is allowed to administer any medication. In cases of chronic conditions, please discuss the specifics with the Student Ministries Pastor,Renae Luketic.We appreciate your cooperation to ensurethe health and safety of all the children and workers!
29Child abuse policyDefinitions of Child Abuse Defined by The National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse Physical Abuse: Non-accidental injury, which may include beatings, violent shaking, human bites, strangulation, suffocation, poisoning, or burns. The results may be bruises and welts, broken bones, scars, permanent disfigurement, long-lasing psychological damage, serious internal injuries, brain damage, or death. Neglect: The failure to provide a child with basic needs, including food, clothing, education, shelter and medical care; also abandonment and inadequate supervision. Sexual Abuse: The sexual exploitation of a child by an older person, as in rape, incest, fondling of the genitals, exhibitionism, or pornography. It may be done for the sexual gratification of the older person, out of a need for power, or for economic reasons. How to Report Suspected Child Abuse · All caregivers are to be familiar with the definitions of child abuse (see below). If a caregiver suspects that a child in the department has been abused, the following steps are to be followed: · Report the suspected abuse to either the coordinator, director, student pastor, or the assistant and senior pastors. The church has the responsibility to be mindful of laws and procedures regarding reporting child abuse. · Do not interview the child regarding the suspected abuse. The interview process will be handled by trained personnel. · Do not discuss the suspected child abuse. It is important that all information about the suspected child abuse (victim and suspected abuser) be kept confidential. · Caregivers reporting suspected child abuse may be asked to complete the Suspected Child Abuse Report. Confidentiality will be maintained where possible. This report must be completed within 24 hours. · Once a suspected child abuse case has been reported by a caregiver to a supervisor, it may be reported to the designated reporting agency.
30Comfort and discipline policy COMFORTING A CHILD · Check “Special Instructions” section of the child information sheet hanging on the supply cabinet for any situations you need to be aware of. · Encourage the child to relax by encouraging him or her to take deep breaths of air. · Talk to the child, assuring that his or her parents will return in a little while. · Encourage the child to become active with the class and/or coloring pages. · If it is necessary to hold the child, it is important that the child be gradually encouraged to participate with the class. · Try to distract the child with a toy or other objects in the class. DISCIPLINE POLICY Never slap, spank, or yell at a child at anytime. This includes your own if they are in class. Someone walking by may not know that is your own child. To maintain a balance of discipline in the classroom, and be an example of the love of Christ, is sometimes very difficult. The following are discipline procedures that may be used in a classroom: · Verbal warning – Tell the child this is the first warning. · Second verbal warning – Inform the child this is the second verbal warning, and if the behavior continues, the third step is a time out. · Time out – This occurs in a chair located away from the rest of the group, for a short amount of time. Approximately 1 – 3 minutes. An assistant should watch the child to see that the discipline is carried out. If the problem persists and is disrupting the class, the lead teacher should have the Captain on duty page the parent to allow the parent to handle their child. It takes wisdom and patience to know how to effectively discipline a child in a classroom situation. We must use wisdom at all times, always keeping the best interest of the child at heart.
31**WE ARE A PEANUT FREE MINISTRY. NO PEANUT ITEMS OF ANY KIND.** Bathroom policyPOTTY TIMEChildren may use the restroom located next to the nursery or if taking group breaks they may use the main restroom in the lobby. The 3 year olds will take a group potty break after the skit and worship.General policy: A female worker may only take children to the restroom. If a child wears a pull-up that needs changed, a parent will be paged.SNACK TIME**WE ARE A PEANUT FREE MINISTRY. NO PEANUT ITEMS OF ANY KIND.**Please make sure that the snack being served is written on the form posted beside the door.Snack Time will usually take place after lesson time in a designated area, where the children are to stay seated. Please check classroom schedule for specifics.Before the snacks are given to the children, the helper will instruct them to fold their hands and bow their heads as one child is selected to pray over the snacks.· A snack will be supplied for each child.· Never force a child to eat the snack and do not let them over eat, spoiling dinners and lunches after services.· At no time should children ever share a cup or snack.· Do not allow children to walk around with their snack or drink.· Clean up any crumbs or spills the children may have made.
32Emergency policyEMERGENCY PROCEEDURES 1. In case of an emergency during class, please contact: Renae Luketic (007) - Student Pastor. 1. In the case of an accident, sickness, or injury, please complete an incident report form (available on the teacher’s checklist clipboard.) 2. Emergency phone numbers: 911 Phones located at nursery check in. 3. Fire extinguishers are located: kitchen, main hallway, and in nursery area 4. First Aid Kit is located: In Resource Room in Room 204, Visitor Booth and a smaller one is located at the Jesus Junction Registration Booth counter. If a child gets injured, an injury report needs to be filled out and given to the Coordinator. The reports are located in the drawer of the Jesus Junction registration desk.
33Our Mission: To guide children to put their faith in Jesus and to teach them who God is and how He wants them to live.Our prayer is that each child during their childhood would:Accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.Develop a relationship with God, The Father; Jesus Christ, The Son; and They Holy Spirit.Learn how to pray effectively to the Father in the Name of the Jesus.Feel the love of Jesus Christ through all persons involved in our Children’s Ministry.Come into a great knowledge of the Bible by studying its characters, teachings, principles and verses.Perceive a loving, peaceful, and safe environment conducive to nurturing the Holy Spirit.Feel free to be actively involved in ministryLearn the Fruit of the Spirit and Godly character.Learn stories of the Bible with practical application on their level.Learn how good it is to come to church.Learn that it is important to use the gifts God has given each child.Learn that serving God is fun and brings abundant life.Above all, understand that God has a plan for his/her life and see that plan fulfilled inhis/her life.
34The Transitions Leverage Change ACTION Steps Change can be overwhelming for both kids and their parents. It is during times of transition that we have the most potential to lose our connection to a family. So when it’s time for kids to move up from one department to another, we must be intentional about the Critical handoffs from one stage of life to the next.As a family ministry, it is important that we are committed to the success of each department and the unique role it plays in the life of a child. It’s possible to LEVERAGE these times of change to capture the attention of kids and parents in a new way. We are constantly trying to do a GREAT job with the critical handoffs from one ministry to the next, making sure that both our kids and our parents are prepared for transition.ACTION StepsAll leaders of our ministry departments will work together so that we can design a plan about what each role our departments will play in each stage of a child’s life.We will look at every critical handoff and evaluate the current method for transitioning kids in and out of each department.We will constantly work to improve these handoffs for both parents and kids. What is required of parents is often different than what is required to prepare kids!