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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the drop off and pick up procedure?
As you arrive on our campus, please come to the Family Life Center (the white building) to check in your child/ren. A parent or guardian will use a computer based sign in system which will print a name tag for your child and note any allergies or medical concerns. Parents will receive a matching tag for check out to ensure everyone goes home with the correct adult. Then, a ministry leader will answer any questions you have and your child will go to his or her classroom. After the service, parents come to the double doors past the bathrooms and show the pick up tag to a ministry leader who will match tags before releasing your child/ren. As a safety precaution, only B3Kids, one parent with a dated tag and B3Kids leaders are allowed in the hallway past the double doors.
What's new in the Children's Ministry Department?
Our department will now be known as B3Kids which serves children from birth through 5th grade. We are excited to announce that, beginning in 2022, all of B3Kids classrooms will be in the Family Life Center. We hope this move makes things easier on parents since it means one drop off and pick up location and no more walks across the parking lot to pick up your little ones after the 11:11 service.
There will be a light remodel of the area to accommodate everyone and make the B3Kids’ space one that is safe, welcoming and inviting to children. We know that kids learn best in environments that are designed with their needs in mind and we want our ministry space to be age appropriate, supportive of every child’s AND fun. We’re planning for Biblical themes and verses to be prominent, kid sized furniture and a more cohesive look.
Beginning January 9, 2022 we will resume care for infants – Kindergarteners for both the 9:30 a.m. AND 11:11 a.m. services.
When is B3Kids open?
We are open for Infant – 5th grade programs during the 9:30 a.m. and 11:11 a.m. services. Drop off begins 10 minutes prior to the start of each service time and pick up is immediately following the conclusion of each service. If parents are staying on campus during both services (for small groups, Bible study, rehearsals, etc) children may stay for the entire time.
What does my child do in B3Kids?
Children in grades 1 – 5 participate in a worship experience during the 9:30 a.m. service and small group Bible study during the 11:11 a.m. service. Younger children and infants remain in their classrooms for a rotating schedule of faith based activities and play. Teachers often send home worksheets or Bible lessons for children to complete at home during the week as a way to encourage ongoing study and family discipleship.
During the 2021/2022 school year we offer AWANA clubs that meet on Wednesday evenings. AWANA groups have books sections to complete, biblically based activities and Bible verses to memorize each week. Capacity for this group is currently full but we look forward to rolling out a wonderful new evening program for the 2022/2023 year so stay tuned!
How can we build on what they've learned at church?
We care for your children for only an hour or two a week and want to ensure that the lessons they learn in church are lifelong. We know that parents are the largest influence in a child’s life so, we want to partner with you to disciple their children at home. We encourage parents to read the Bible with their child, complete worksheets or activities provided by teachers and ask what they’ve learned each week. Periodically you’ll find small groups or Bible studies offered here based on parenting topics as well. If you would like additional ideas or resources, please ask any of the ministry directors, we’re happy to help!
Who are the leaders?
The leaders and directors in B3Kids are dedicated volunteers who attend Arran Lake Baptist Church that love working with children and sharing the Gospel. Every leader in our department has completed a background check, attends ongoing training on relevant children’s ministry and child safety topics and has signed a ministry agreement which is in alignment with our church’s values related to service.
Our B3Kids Directors are Phyllis Isenhour (Infant – Kindergarten), Tana Dickson (1st – 5th grade), Heather Bobbey (AWANA) and Samantha Davis (VBS). Our directors have served over 50 years collectively and have called Arran Lake their home church for many more. Our Director of Children’s Ministry is Ebon Freeman-James and will be happy to help if you have any questions or comments. She can be reached at email@example.com
How are we encouraging a healthy environment?
Although COVID-19 has brought on enhanced cleaning methods, B3Kids will continue to thoroughly clean rooms, encourage hand washing and remind parents that children or household members experiencing signs of illness join us virtually instead of in person.