Babies and toddlers, ages six weeks through three years, are welcome to take part in our nursery ministry. Our goal is to express the love of Christ to all children while implementing the best care and age-appropriate spiritual formation. Each week, children in the nursery will be prayed over, hear a Bible story, and be taught a simple truth about God.
What to Bring
- diaper bag (Your child's diaper bag ensures that your child receives only his/her bottle/food and wears only his/her own diaper. This is very important as many children have allergies and sensitivities, even to specific brands of diapers.)
- plastic bottles or sippy cup (enough for child's stay)
- a pacifier, if he/she is accustomed to one
- a change of clothing, including undergarments
*The diaper bag and all bottles, pacifiers, and sippy cups should be labeled with your child's name.
We usually provide some form of crackers and water. Please alert us of any allergies on your child's "Nursery Info Sheet".
For the safety of every infant, we ask that parents attending church with a baby younger than six weeks old keep their child with them. Once an infant is six weeks old, he/she may be brought to the nursery.
If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her with you. We cannot allow children in the nursery if they are sick. We feel that:
- Mom or dad best comforts a child who is sick.
- Well children should not be exposed to sick children.
- The teacher cannot teach and take care of a sick child at the same time.
NOTE: Our policy will not allow nursery workers to dispense medication to your child under any circumstances.
Please do not bring a child to the nursery that has any of the following symptoms:
- A runny nose with discolored mucus
- An above normal temperature (over 98.6)
- An irritating cough that has persisted for more than 48 hours
- Drainage in the eyes, conjunctivitis, or pink eye
- Irritability and fever due to immunizations in the last 24 hours
- Undiagnosed rashes or eruptions of unknown origins
- Diarrhea or vomiting within the last 24 hours
- Irritability and pulling at ears
- Parasites such as lice, mites, or ringworm
NOTE: If your child has been sick earlier in the week, the 24-hour rule applies: If a child has been on antibiotics for 24 hours, without fever for 24 hours, and shows no other symptoms for 24 hours, it is considered safe for him/her to be in a nursery setting.