At Gateway Church Downtown, we strive to maintain a clean, safe. and caring environment where children are shown God's love through words and actions.
Children learn the Christian faith best by seeing it modeled in parents and other mature adults. However, we understand that their learning needs are different than those of adults. For this reason, we encourage families to keep children with them during the opening singing time so they can learn the value of being part of the Body of Christ.
Just before the sermon, we break to greet each other. At this time, we dismiss the children for age-appropriate offerings.
Older children are encouraged to stay throughout the service, and we provide a "Kids' Bulletin" designed to help them stay engaged during the sermon. We encourage parents and caregivers to follow up with their children about the sermon's message when service has concluded.
All of our children's ministry volunteers are active members who have passed thorough background checks. We try to maintain a ratio of at least one volunteer for every 4–5 children in this area. There are always multiple adults present in each room.
Our nursery also doubles as a quiet space for nursing mothers to feed their children. The nursery overlooks the sanctuary with shades that can be drawn for primacy. Service audio and screen content are available in the nursery to help moms follow along.
Nursery. Children 2-years-old and younger are dismissed to our nursery care
Transition. Children ages 3 and 4 are dismissed to our children's classroom for a snack and story. They are then escorted to the nursery where they can be picked up after service.
Young Elementary. Children starting at age 5 and up through 3rd grade are taught about the message of Christianity through songs, crafts, stories, and the Bible. Often the kids learn things their parents didn't know, so we encourage parents to talk with their children about what they learned and what it means.
Children at other events
Children are almost always welcome to participate in any church event with their parents. Teaching children the value of learning or serving in church is often best accomplished at the side of their parents.
However, we do understand that sometimes the adults need time to learn and serve apart from their kids. Talk to us about how we can assist you with this!