WHAT DO WE HAVE FOR YOUR KIDS?
Adventureland is North Heartland’s children’s ministry program for babies through 5th grade and is offered during the 9:30a & 11:00a Sunday morning services.
The goal of Children’s Ministry is to love children, their parents, and volunteers like Jesus, expressing God’s truth and grace in relevant ways.
The hour we spend with the kids is split into three parts: Activity Stations, Large Group, and Small Group.
Activity Stations are fun and engaging activities designed to help each child transition into Adventureland. These activities are carefully planned each week, and are designed to be attractive to each specific age group.
In Large Group, the lesson or message for the day is presented in a creative and relevant way. Our passionate volunteers use props, music, skits, and multimedia to present these impactful biblical concepts.
Small Group is a time to connect with peers and discuss how to apply the lesson for the day. In our younger classes, we have at least one volunteer who serves every week to build consistant relationships with the kids. In our Elementary area, our Small Groups are split by age group and the Small Group leader serves with the same age group each week. We want each child to feel known!
- We run a background check on all volunteers serving with children in Adventureland.
- Our Greeter team is present at our Check-in center before, during, and after all services.
- We have a “two-volunteer rule” which means at no time will a child be left alone with a volunteer.
- Each class follows specific volunteer-to-child ratios to promote a safe and relational environment.
- All parents receive a printed badge with a code specific to their child. This code is used to page a parent in the service if needed, and is used at pick-up time.
- You will be greeted at the Check-in center by a volunteer who will walk you through our check-in process. If you like, you can download the registration form, complete it, and bring it with you to speed up this process.
- All children receive a printed name badge with their class and allergy information.
- A volunteer greeter will walk you and your children to their assigned classrooms and introduce you to the volunteers in their class.
- You will then be guided to the Main Auditorium to enjoy the service.
- We use relevant and age-appropriate curriculum which focuses on creatively presenting a biblical lesson or concept.
- Toddlers hear a simple Bible story and have loving interactions with volunteers to experience God's love.
- Two year old through Pre-K children experience First Look curriculum. First Look is designed lovingly and expertly to be age appropriate for preschoolers. The team behind First Look is passionate about making sure that preschoolers know THREE truths before they graduate into your elementary ministry: GOD MADE ME, GOD LOVES ME, and JESUS WANTS TO BE MY FRIEND!
- Elementary age children use a virtue-based curriculum called 252 Basics. 252 Basics is designed to provoke discovery and invite kids into a new understanding of how to grow in relationship with Jesus. Everything we teach with 252 Basics is based on one of three basic, but powerful, truths modeled by Jesus in Luke 2:52. I NEED TO MAKE THE WISE CHOICE. I CAN TRUST GOD NO MATTER WHAT. I SHOULD TREAT OTHERS THE WAY I WANT TO BE TREATED.
- North Heartland Community Church also provides childcare for several church events. Look for more information about current events on our website, in the program and at our Information Center.
- The purpose of our PALs program is to provide a fully inclusive experience for children who have special needs.
- Our PALs program is designed to partner an adult volunteer one-on-one with a child.
- There is an application process and sometimes a short wait for a PAL. Please contact Julie Smoldt, Director of Children's Ministry, for more information.
- We offer a childcare program for families participating in Wednesday & Thursday small groups during the small group season. Contact Jill Allen, Coordinator of Childcare, for more information.
- Each summer, North Heartland takes a group of elementary children to Youth Front Camp. This exciting mini-week camp is located in Edgerton, KS. We typically go at the end of June, but registration begins in February because the camp fills up so quickly.
- We do not offer a traditional Vacation Bible School, but Adventureland runs all year long.
In a year, parents have approximately 3,000 hours to invest in their children's development while the church has about 40-50 hours. This is why we believe in partnering with parents to help them maximize their role as the primary spiritual leader in their child and student's life. To that end, we seek to equip our parents for this role through resources and parenting classes and conferences through the year.