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1 We will train covenant families to learn and apply God's word in their lives by enfolding families into our ministry, teaching the children Truth from God's Word, and helping them learn to apply this Truth to their own lives. As a result our children will worship God, grow in community, love others, and serve the world.

2 Dear Volunteer, I am elated that you are interested in becoming a part of the Children's Ministry team at Christ Covenant Church. Your service to our children is one of the most important ways to get involved in training the youngest members of our church for the sake of Christ's Kingdom. Our children are indeed the next generation but they are a part of today's church as well. We will be embarking upon three different studies, divided by age group, beginning this fall. All of our curriculum is done by Desiring God, a ministry of John Piper. In the following pages you will find all of our general policies and procedures as well as policies and procedures that are specific to Elementary. You will also find teaching aides and relationship building suggestions. Finally, thank you for hearing and obeying the call of Christ to worship through service. You are already an example to our children in your willingness and joy in obeying the call of Christ. We are praying for you and your ministry to our precious children! Ashley Shepherd Elementary Manager

3 1.Have you been CARE trained? Please contact Jessica Wells if you have not been 2. The CARE training process takes up to two weeks and is mandatory for all volunteers, so be sure to start early! 3. As always, the Children’s Ministry Staff is here to serve you. Please make sure to let us know if you ever need anything at all. Finally, I will be sending out Weekly Updates/Reminders regarding the upcoming Sunday. Please make sure you read all correspondence.

4 A team leader is someone who works closely with the Elementary Manager to help ensure that activities on Sunday morning run smoothly. There are three positions; K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. Their responsibilities include: · Checking classes in their age group to make sure all leaders are present and have appropriate supplies · Answer questions from parents · Deal with any “last minute” changes to the volunteer schedule · Make sure that large group begins on time · Shepherding volunteers in their group (along with the Elementary Manager). - The Elementary Manager will prepare a notebook each week for the Team Leader “on duty”. The team leader will use this notebook on Sunday mornings to check on volunteers, keep the schedule for the day, and write any changes/concerns to the Elementary Manager. Large Group Teacher Large group takes place after scripture memory, and/or mission’s moment each Sunday. Large group teaching should only be minutes at most. During the school year, Kindergarten – 1 st grade meet together, 2 nd -3 rd grade meet together and 4 th -5 th grade meet together for the large group time. We typically have anywhere between 2 large group teachers for each grade section that rotate throughout the year. Volunteer Positions

5 Small Group Mentor A small group leader is responsible for a particular age group in the Elementary Ministry. Their responsibilities include: · Shepherding the children in their group · Leading the children in small group activities that include crafts, discussion, and games · Keeping attendance The small group leader is the “relationship builder” of the Elementary Sunday School. Their main function is to meet the children where they are so that they can share the Gospel with them. This is not a teaching position. Anyone that loves children and is passionate about their spiritual health will make an excellent leader. During the Summer quarter we don’t ask that you serve every Sunday, but do value consistency in relationships; therefore, we would love to have you as much as we could! Volunteer Positions

6 Where are my supplies? How do I take attendance? What do I do if I need to be out on day I am scheduled to serve?

7 Arrival Substitute Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the beginning of Sunday School. This time will be 8:45am throughout the year. This is one of the most important things you can do to help Sunday School, for all ages, run smoothly. Many of our parents are volunteers in other ministries around campus. If they have to wait with their child, for a late arrival, then they will also be tardy to their ministry which throws off the next waiting individual. If you see that you will be tardy, please let us know as soon as possible by calling the Children's Ministry helpline When "life happens" what do you do? If you know well in advance that you will be absent, we ask that you do your best to find your own substitute. We are always short staffed and often have a hard time filling extra needs. However, we know that having one more thing to do can be frustrating. If you find yourself in a place of needing assistance locating a sub; please call me! What if you have an emergency? If you have a last minute emergency please contact me via cell phone and/or the Children's Ministry helpline. Our Children's Ministry staff will take it from there!

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9 Taking Attendance & Key-Tags Each Sunday you will receive a clipboard that has the attendance attached on top. Please sign in each Sunday you serve at the top left-hand corner. As parents drop off their children they must sign their child in with the place they will be. In case of an emergency we need to be able to locate them. As parents pick up their children please have them initial in the same place. It is very important that parents sign-out their children before you release a child to an adult. This helps ensure the safety and well-being of our children and the volunteers. Key Tags As a child arrives to class, please make sure that each child has a yellow name tag. If they do not have their nametag, send them to the Children's Ministry Visitor's Center, with their parent, to pick up a temporary tag. Each family receives a key-tag, per child, and a matching card for the parents. Every member of the family should have the same number on their key-tag. When a parent picks up their child please ask to see their matching tag. Visitors If you have a child(ren) not on the roster, that are members or regular attendees, please write their name(s) at the bottom of the attendance form to let me know a change needs to be made If a child is a first time visitor please note this on the attendance form and direct them to the Children's Ministry Visitor Center so that we can get important information and issue them a key tag.

10 Small Group Supplies The Elementary Manager's commitment to volunteers is to prepare activities, crafts, and gather all supplies needed for instruction. The supplies are located on the cart outside of the Children’s Ministry Visitor Center. Each class has a canvas bag that is labeled. Before going to your class, please come by the Children’s Ministry Visitor Center to pick-up your bag. (There is only one/class; therefore, if you are second to arrive, you won’t be picking anything up!). What’s in your bag: Attendance clipboard with Parent Pages, craft examples, and any extra publications located inside the clipboard. Everything in the clipboard, excluding the craft example, should be sent home with the children. Craft supplies for each small group, labeled and in a bag. Any "teaching aides" will be located in the folders inside the craft bag per small group. Large Group Supplies If you should need any supplies to use as teaching aides, please let me know the Monday before you teach. I will be happy to assist you in gathering supplies, making teaching aides, etc. You can find any supplies needed/requested at your designated small group area in the box/crate labeled appropriately. If at any time you should lose an item or an item did not get delivered, please let the team leader know. She will be able to assist you so that you can remain with the children

11 Curriculum/Structure Welcome (8:50-9:10) When you first arrive on a Sunday morning- please take out your clipboard. During the “Welcome” time of the morning, you will have the unique opportunity to have conversation with the children surrounding their lives. Engage (9:15-9:45) “Engage” is “large group” simply said. During “Engage” children will participate in Scripture recitation, missions moment, and a large group lesson. This will be held, for K-3 rd grade, in the A-building gym and room B203 for the 4 th -5 th graders. Create and Participate (9:50-10:25) Small group will have two components: Create and Participate! “Create” is where they get to engage is some sort of creative activity to emphasize the main point of the lesson of the day. “Participate” is a place where they will learn to apply truths as they delve into Scripture even further. This is also when you will pass out any information that the Children’s Ministry has for them. “Parent Page” is a piece of paper that will hopefully help families to bridge what they are learning in Sunday School each week. It will also offer parent resources, online resources, and information regarding the life of the church. This is the most important paper to send home every week. At the conclusion of Sunday School, around 10:30a, you can bring in remaining children to the Children’s Ministry Visitor’s Center to be picked up by their parents.

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13 Discipline Examples of inappropriate behavior include: o Disrespectful speech, either to an adult or peer o Hitting, kicking, etc. o Distracting/disrupting behavior during teaching time or small group time o Not following directions o Refusing to sit still or participate in activities As a volunteer, you are not responsible to discipline in the classroom. In other words, we are asking you to monitor behavior but not provide the discipline. We have a One Chance Policy in the elementary ministry. If you have to correct a child’s inappropriate behavior or call them down more than one time, you need to bring that child to the Children’s Ministry Welcome Center immediately so that the staff person can handle the situation appropriately. Your role is critical for several important reasons. As a church we have taken vows to our covenant families to help them raise their children in the knowledge and nurture of Jesus Christ. When the children come to our ministry, our responsibility comes to the forefront. In part, this means not tolerating bad behavior that is detrimental to themselves and other children in the class. We know that you may be serving only periodically, however you must communicate any and every issue with me or other Children’s Ministry staff so that we can best serve our families.

14 Emergency Plan Each small group clipboard, team leader notebook and large group supply crate has a print out of our emergency procedures. Please make yourself familiar with that printout, as well as the evacuation plan posted right inside the door of your classroom. In the event of a lockdown, please use the following procedures: · You will know we are in a lockdown drill by either hearing an air horn, hearing the intercom or hearing someone over the walkie-talkie · If you are a classroom with a walkie-talkie, it is important to keep it turned on and in your ear shot at all times · Close and lock all doors in your classroom · Close any blinds/windows and turn off the lights · Gather children together away from windows · Place your green (for all clear) or red (injury in the room) room number sign in the window · Do not leave your classroom for any reason until you have either been told to do so or the lockdown has been lifted · Always follow proper checkout procedures before releasing children In the event of an evacuation (fire, etc.): · Review the evacuation plan posted in your classroom · Gather your children and exit through your assigned exit · Take your clipboard with attendance sheet and walkie-talkie with you · Keep your class together once you are outside · Children will be united with their parents only once the evacuation is complete – always follow CARE policy!

15 Staff________________________________________________ Karen Chambers Director of Children's Ministry Sara McKissick Nursery Coordinator/ Supervisor of Managers Diane Dworek Preschool Manager __________________________ Ashley Shepherd Elementary Manager Mindy Thornton Paid Childcare/Support Jessica Wells Volunteer Coordinator Gatha Schleicher Administrative Assistant Children's Ministry Helpline


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