The Children’s Ministry at Providence Church exists to come alongside parents to equip, train, and help them to raise up a godly generation. All of the children’s programming, from the nursery through high school, focuses on this purpose.
The mission of the Children’s Ministry is to glorify God by bringing children the BASICS: Biblically Based Teaching Age Appropriate Lessons Safe Environment Innovative and Fun Atmosphere Christ-centered Shepherding Relationships
What to Expect
How do I Check in? The Children’s Ministry wants every parent and child to feel comfortable about staying in our care. A Children’s Ministry staff member will greet you as you enter the children’s wing. You will be asked to fill out an information card for your family. This card will include any information or instructions we need to know to best care for your child/ren. Your child/ren will be given a nametag with a security number and you will receive the corresponding number for pick-up. Please keep this number with you and be prepared to show it to the teacher to verify authorization to pick-up your child. Children will only be released to the parent with the corresponding number.
How are classes structured? Children are placed in classes based on their date of birth. Children under 2 years of age are promoted based on developmental progress. Children 2-years-old (Butterflies Class) through 6th grade (Horizon) are promoted once a year in the fall.
What if my child needs me? Pagers are available for any parent who would like to be called if they are needed. Regardless of your child’s age, you are welcome to take a pager with you. Once you have a pager, we can then discreetly call you if your child needs you to return to the Children’s wing.
When can we use the computer check-in system? When you feel your family is ready, we will place you in our computer system. You may then use the computer check-in kiosk to register your child’s attendance and receive their nametag and your security number. Any Children’s Ministry staff member will be glad to show you how to use the check-in system. It is very easy to use and saves you time on Sunday mornings.
The Children's Ministry staff and volunteers work hard to make sure that your child has a safe and welcoming experience. If you have questions or would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact our staff.
, Director of Children's Ministry
When you enter the children's wing, a Children's Ministry staff member will meet you and direct you to the appropriate classroom according to your child's age. The Children's Ministry team is a group of committed, screened, and trained volunteers who have a passion for presenting Christ's truth in a way that children understand.
Classes are available during each Sunday morning service for newborns through preschool. Current classes are listed below.
Birth - 12 months
12 - 24 months
2 years by 8.01.12
3 years by 8.01.12
4 years by 8.01.12
Please do not leave a child who is ill. If your child has had a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, congested cough, sore throat, lice, unexplained rash, pink eye (or other eye infection), skin infections, or green or yellow discharge from the nose within the last 24 hours, your child should not be in the nursery. This is for the comfort and health of all children and caregivers. If your child becomes ill within 24 hours of being in the nursery, please let us know so that the proper precautions can be taken.
Medication We will not give any medication to your child. If your child requires medication you will need to make arrangements to administer this yourself.
Diaper Changing The caregivers will check all babies each hour they are in the nursery. Be sure that you have supplies for changing (diapers/wipes) in your child’s bag. Please include an extra diaper and a change of clothes.
Crying We ask that parents and other family members not look in on your child. We will not allow your child to cry for a long period of time. You will be paged if we cannot calm your child within 10–15 minutes. If you have specific requests regarding this issue please communicate them with the nursery workers upon leaving your child. A nursing room is available in the interior of the nursery or in the ladies rest room.
Food Please do not send any food item other than formula/juice (labeled with your child’s name) into the nursery. Please bring bottles already prepared, as each person prepares them differently.
Personal Items Please label all of your child’s belongings. Parents are responsible to keep track of any personal items brought into the nursery. Please do not bring toys from home and have your child’s pacifier clipped to his/her clothing.
Summer Worship Schedule
Sunday, May 26 - Sunday, September 1
During the summer months we will hold one worship service at 10:00am. Children's classes will be provided for Nursery - Lambs (4-year-olds) only.
Classes for Kindergarten - 6th Grade will resume on Sunday, September 8. All children will promote to their new grades on this day.
In keeping with the BASICS, the elementary ministry desires to teach kids Biblical truth in an atmosphere that is safe, fun, age appropriate, and nurturing. Our church is committed to helping parents see their God-given role as being responsible for the spiritual development of their own children. We believe that it is important to equip and teach parents how to be the spiritual leaders in their home and to pass on a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ to their children. We desire to partner strategically with parents in their responsibility and privilege of raising Godly young men and women. We encourage all families to take part in both hours of Sunday morning programs.
First Worship Service, 9am During the 9am worship hour, the Kindergarteners - 2nd Graders will be learning from our Desiring God Curriculum. The ABC's of God uses the framework of the alphabet to teach children the attributes and character of God. Although not strictly systematic, the ABC's of God presents God in His fullness as He has revealed Himself throughout redemptive history.
Our 3rd-5th Graders will be taught from the Desiring God curriculum, In The Beginning...Jesus. The children will be collecting clues as they learn about the major events of the Old Testament and how all these events work together to reveal God's redemptive purposes through the Person and work of Jesus Christ.
Second Worship Service, 10:30am During the 10:30am worship hour, the Kindergarteners-4th Graders will be taught from a new curriculum by Lifeway called The Gospel Project. It is the BIG PICTURE - the story of redemption through Christ - in one giant chronological time frame over the course of three years. We are so excited to be a part of the pilot program!
The 5th-6th Grade Girls will meet in Room 15 to study Elizabeth George's How to Become A Young Woman After God's Own Heart. The 5th-6th Grade Boys will meet in Room 13 to find out Everything You Need To Know To Be A Teenager.
During both worship hours Pocket Annie and Andy have helped bring the Scriptures alive to our preschoolers through Bible stories and worship. What a privilege to see our littlest children excited about the Scriptures and singing praises to our Lord and Savior.
All of the lessons in Desiring God and The Gosple Project are cumulative, so it is extremely important for your child to attend on a consistent basis. We would also encourage you to sit in church as a family to worship together one of the hours.
Parents are always welcome to come see what we do at any time. If you have any questions or concerns please contact: Dawn Gerent at
, or call her at 440.937.5001, ext.324.
Awana exists to “help churches and parents worldwide raise children and youth who know, love, and serve Christ.” These weekly clubs integrate evangelism and discipleship to grow children into mature Christian adults. Each week’s club includes group games, large-group worship and teaching, and small group discipleship. All children in grades K-6 are welcome to participate in Awana.
The Awana clubs at Providence Church meet on Tuesdays from 6:15–7:45pm, beginning in mid-September. The Awana clubs will meet on the following dates for the 2013-2014 program year.
September 10 - December 17 (no meeting on November 5 or 26) and January 14 - April 8
Registration packets will be available at the Information Center in August. To register your child or to find out how you can be an Awana leader, contact
, Director of Children's Ministry.
Throughout the summer months we have several events planned for the children of Providence and their friends:
Upcoming Providence Events:
Vacation Bible School Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21, 9:00-11:30am Registration continues at the Kiosk in the Foyer. Registration forms are also available to download here and must be received by June 9.
Cookie Decorating at Providence Tuesday, July 23, 10am-Noon (For children up through 6th Grade) Registration is required at the Informtion Center on July 21 or by calling the church office. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cookies and icing will be provided. Please bring a cookie topping to share.
Mini VBS at Providence Tuesday, August 6, 10am-Noon For children entering K-5th Grade in the Fall Registration is required at the Information Center on July 28 or August 4 or by calling the church office. An adult does not need to stay with the child for this event.
The following opportunities are not Providence events but an invitation to join a group of moms and kids doing some fun activities together!
Happy Feet Two at Cobblestone Theater, Thursday, June 27: the movie starts at 10am.Tickets are $1.00/person and you can purchase food. Meet in the lobby at 9:45am.
Bradley Rd Nature Park Tuesday, July 9 at 10:30am 3800 Bradley Rd, Westlake. Bring a snack/picnic lunch.
Cleveland Metropark Zoo Day Thursday, July 18, 10am Meet at the elephants exhibit between 10 and 10:15am. If you are running late call Jamie or Steph.
Westlake Rec Center Playground Thursday, August 1, 10:30am 28955 Hilliard Blvd, Westlake. Bring a snack/picnic lunch.
Smurfs at Cobblestone Theater Wednesday, August 14, the movie starts at 10am Tickets are $1.00/person and you can purchase food. Meet in the lobby at 9:45am.
If you have questions or would like more information about Children's Ministries at Providence Church, please