"One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts." - Psalm 145:4
Our nursery serves children, newborns - age 4, during both our Sunday School hour (9-10am) and our Sunday morning worship service (10:15-11:30am).
A VISION FOR FAMILY MINISTRY
We are responsible to declare the mighty works of God to the next generation (Deut. 6:7, Psalm 145:4). The central and supreme work of God in all history is the gospel. The fundamental need of both adults and children is to behold the glory of God through the message of the gospel of Christ. We are therefore committed as a local body and as parents to teach our children the gospel from all of Scripture, and to model gospel living to them by our lives.
We are committed to making corporate and personal efforts to call on God in order to faithfully fulfill our God-given responsibilities. We see that our love and help towards one another includes faithfully praying to God on their behalf. We are committed to praying for the next generation. That they would love Jesus Christ as their Savior at an early age, love wisdom from Him and be “like a tree, planted by streams of water” and grow into strong “Oaks of Righteousness” planted by the Lord.
Elm Nursery - Ages 0-18 months:
A Sure Foundation: The Fragrance of the Knowledge of Christ
Loving care and prayer characterize this room. Infants are cuddled, played with and rocked in rocking chairs. This nursery offers a nap room, age-appropriate toys and safe space for exploration. This room is for newborns to crawlers only. Once a child is able to walk, he will be moved up to the Oak room. Caregivers pray individually and together for your child. Monthly prayer themes are provided as a guide and focus in praying for each child, each week. Worship music is played and sung. The caregiver/infant ratio is 1:2.
Oak Nursery - Ages 19-36+ months:
A Sure Foundation: The Wonders He has Done / His Praiseworthy Deeds
This nursery provides care for toddlers who are walking. The morning begins with quiet supervised free play. This play consists of activities using such toys and activities as puzzles, blocks, coloring, play dough and the reading of books. A snack of graham crackers and water is given. A series of four lessons is presented to children in a group format using age-appropriate curriculum, “The Wonders He Has Done”. Volunteers repeat simple Biblical Truths for Toddlers, and seek to relate them to activities or moments in the child’s experience. Parents receive weekly lesson handouts and a copy of the songs. Caregivers pray for and with the children. The caregiver/child ratio is 1:3.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD?
If you are planning to use the nursery regularly, please register your child(ren) by printing and filling out our Family Registration Form. Only one completed form is needed per family for children in nursery and Sunday school (form to be updated each year). You can turn in your completed form to one of our nursery workers on a Sunday morning.
HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER IN FAMILY MINISTRY?
The opportunities in Family Ministry are varied enough to involve many different people with different gifts. If you have a heart for God and a desire to make him known to the young people of our church, there is probably a place for you in these ministries. Our volunteer application process is designed to help determine where our opportunities and your gifts and interests meet.
We prayerfully consider every person who applies to partner with parents in ministry to our young people. Volunteers who serve children, youth, or young adults (birth–Sr. High) are required to fill out an application and complete a screening process. We take very seriously our responsibility to diligently work through every stage of the application process, and to do it in a timely manner.
The first step is to print and fill out our Family Ministry Volunteer Application. A few documents that are referenced in this application should be reviewed:
- The Heights Church Covenant
- The Heights Church Congregational Affirmation of Faith
- Policies and Definitions Regarding Inappropriate Behavior
- Family Ministry Training Manual
Thank you for considering pursuing the Vision for Family Ministry!