KIDS, YOUTH & FAMILIES:
While you’re in church learning and connecting with God in community, we aim to create a space each week where your child(ren) can do the same. At Brookview it is our desire to partner with families to help them grow in their ability to walk with Christ together. We believe that parents on their own and the church on its own aren’t as powerful as the two forces combined together, therefore, we encourage parents to put themselves in places where they are growing in Christ and bringing that growth into their homes in intentional ways. At church on Sundays we are committed to programming that is oriented toward your child’s heart. We don’t want our kids to simply know the Bible, we want them to know Jesus and what a relationship with him can look like. We want them to begin developing a rich faith of their own that impacts how they live and love those around them.
our volunteers will play with and care for your baby, ages birth to 24 months, while you attend church service. We only give bottles or water provided by parents and offer a snack of cheerios. We’ll only give these to infants with permission from parents, which can be noted on the sign-in sheet. Because of the wide-range of allergies that infants may have, we don’t allow any outside food given to children outside of the cheerios we provide. In the event of illness, we ask that you keep your child with you in the infant care room just off of the lobby upstairs if they have a fever, cough, or mucus that isn’t clear. There is a TV with audio as well as toys in that room. Children graduate into our toddler class (2-4's class) at their 2nd birthday.
This classroom is a pre-school-like setting, where your toddler will get to enjoy free-play as they interact with other kids their age. They will have a short circle-time directed by a teacher who is helping them develop self-control as they sit on a mat. We love to watch these kids grow confidence in sharing their ideas and stories, as well as learn to listen to other people talk while they patiently listen. Circle-time includes an age-appropriate story from the Bible. We offer a snack of Ritz crackers & water as part of the morning. Due to potential allergies, we don’t allow any other food in this classroom. Children graduate to the 5-K's class at their 5th birthday.
Each Sunday, your school-aged kids will engage in free-time activities upon arrival, and sing together as a large group along with our 2-4 year old class. After our large group singing time, classes are divided into three groups, to hear a story from the bible, engage in games and activities related to the lesson, as well as talk about how to apply the message for the day to their lives. Our three school-aged classrooms are: 5's thru K, 1st & 2nd grade, and 3rd thru 6th grade. Every classroom checks-in at the black curtain area (only our volunteer team with background checks are allowed past the black curtain at drop-off), and pick-up happens in the age specific classrooms (posted outside of the classroom door). Even though we don’t allow any food past the curtain area, we would appreciate knowing if your child has allergies, by having you fill out a new family card on your first visit. Good behavior in the classroom is encouraged by using a color-coded behavior chart posted outside of the classrooms with information for you. This is one way to see how your child is doing at church, however, we know that how things are going isn’t always reflected in behavior and we welcome contact with parents whenever they would like!
WHAT TO EXPECT AT OUR SUNDAY GATHERING:
Our children's programs for babies thru 6th grade are held in the downstairs area of our church. There will be a table to sign your kids in at as well as give us some information about your child. Our check-in and drop-off opens 15 minutes prior to the start of church and only volunteer staff are beyond the black curtain. All of our volunteers have had background checks done prior to working with kids. If you would like to experience our children's program with your child, or get them settled in, we would love to welcome you into our space, but please make prior arrangements, by emailing email@example.com, so that the only adults in our programs are those who have had background checks and prior training.
Middle school students attend church on Sundays with parents and immediately following church we gather in a classroom in the downstairs building for 15 minutes after church to talk about what they heard and any reasonable steps of action they might take as a result. We also attend a weekend conference/retreat in the Fall with middle school students in other churches around Washington state and then a smaller gathering of just Brookviewers in the Spring. During the week we encourage students to attend their local school's young life program. For more information on our gatherings and ministry to middle schoolers, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
High school students attend church on Sundays with parents. For a season at Brookview, we had more high schoolers than we did adults, but now that those students are the adults, we only have a handful of high schoolers. Because there are so few, our current strategy is to get to know families and figure out a way for students to grow in their faith. For some they attend our young adults life group, for others they attend their school's Young Life program, and for others they attend area church's youth groups. It is our projection that when our current middle schoolers become high school-age, it will make sense to host a mid-week gathering, and we are excited about entering into that again! For more information about area gatherings for high schoolers, email email@example.com.
For more information about our kids and families ministries at Brookview you can call, text, or email Jen Huguenin, 425.275.3171, firstname.lastname@example.org.