The mission of Denver Community Church’s Kids Ministry is to journey alongside families, educating and equipping children as followers of Jesus in order to share God’s love. This is in keeping with our broader mission at DCC to be a community that journeys together following Jesus, while demonstrating God’s love to all people. We believe the best way to raise kids to become adults who follow Jesus and demonstrate God’s love is by teaching biblical truths, providing opportunities to apply those truths, and by striving ourselves to be role models whose own lives serve as a consistent illustration of what is taught. Our goal is to serve parents as a partner in teaching children the practices of exploring God’s words, communicating with God and celebrating a relationship with God through their lives as they continue to journey together within their community, and serve their neighbors.

CLICK HERE to listen to a recording of the Parent Learning Group on Sexuality

SUNDAY CLASSES DCC’s goal is to provide fun, safe, and age appropriate activities and content that will help teach all children, from infants to 11 years old, the values and practices of DCC.

The Children’s Ministry is available during the 9am and 11am services.

INFANT ROOM Nursery care is offered for newborns and infants up to 12 months. Nursing mothers are welcome to use this room; diaper changing facilities are also available.

TODDLER ROOM For children 12-24 months. It is a time to play, eat snacks (goldfish & animal crackers), and have fun.

2 & 3 YEARS OLD ROOM In this class kids begin to learn and practice God’s word through a more structured curriculum. This includes: stories, center-based activities, circle time, games, table time, snacks, and prayer/Bible verse.

PRESCHOOL / KINDERGARTEN  In this class kids will learn more about The Big God Story, and how they are invited to play a part through their unique story. They are also learning how to put biblical truths into practice in their own lives.  This class includes a time of musical worship, small groups, and Christ-centered activities.

ELEMENTARY In this class kids will continue learning about The Big God Story and how they are invited to play a part. This class dives deeper into scripture studying biblical truths and putting it into practice. Through large group teaching, musical worship and small groups, the kids are introduced to many different avenues of learning.

SPECIAL NEEDS Are you a family who has kids with unique and special. Our Special Needs ministry is here to serve your kids on Sunday mornings and support families throughout the week through care and connection. If you are interested in connection or finding out more information please contact Lauren Jackson.  

DCC KIDS VOLUNTEER/CHILD RATIOS

Infant room (0-12 mos)           1:4
Toddler room (12–24 mos)     1:6
2s&3s                                           1:8
4-6 Yr. Olds                                1:12
7-11 Yr. Olds                               1:12

Families SERVEDENVER As a children’s ministry we do not have separate ministry partners or events that are specific to kids. We have carefully chosen our ministry partners for their alignment with DCC’s mission and vision. We encourage families to participate in events with all of DCC’s outreach partners. But for more ideas of where to start, here are our partners that are most accommodating to kids and families.

JOSHUA STATION

Joshua Station is a faith-based community helping families make the transformation from homelessness to a healthy, stable living environment. Joshua Station is a home to 24 families made up of 43 children and 28 adults who are on the road to self sufficiency.

Ways for families to get involved: Kids Club, Community Dinner, One Time Seasonal Events, Spruce a Room, Tutoring, monthly dinner/playdates

Contact Rebecca & Jeff Jackson for your family to get involved. 

DRY BONES

Dry Bones staff and volunteers are committed to serving the large population of homeless teens and young adults living in downtown Denver. The youth who live on the streets of Denver range in age from 12 to their mid-20’s. Dry Bones connects these young people with resources, nutrition, entertainment, and new friends. Dry Bones is a place where followers of Christ connect with those living on the streets and all of our faith grows as we discover new life and good news together.

Ways for families to get involved: Yearly fundraiser, Thursday Bowling Nights, Weekly serving dinner, Make “Care Bags” with daily needs items.

Contact Tracy Ro for your family to get involved.

THE WOMEN’S HOMELESS INITIATIVE

The Women’s Homeless Initiative is a consortium of interfaith congregations facilitated thrgouh Capital Hill United Ministries (CHUM) to serve women who are homeless and who are put in the vulnerable circumstances while on the streets. Each night, one of seven sites provides space to sleep up to 20 women.

Ways for families to get involved: Sunday nights: prep meals, serve meals, prep breakfast bags, play card/board games, spend time. Contact Tracy Ro for your family to get involved.

 

Families SERVEGLOBAL

Through Service Journeys we recognize our role as global neighbors. These are short-term experiences in other cultures through which we learn from and serve alongside leaders and communities with whom we maintain long-term partnerships. In addition to serving, we put a special emphasis on learning and relationship in community. By serving through a process of action and spiritual reflection, these experiences have been transformative for many in our community.

Ways to get involved: Join DR Denver community building events (gatherings, fundraisers, serving), attend Family Trips, attend informational meetings.

For more information contact Brooklyn Allen.

Connect We believe that there are many ways to connect your family to the DCC community. Two main ways we connect is through journeying together and demonstrating God’s love. We feel children will experience these things as their parents connect to the larger faith community.

We have many family-friendly groups which are a great place to begin building connections through community.

We also have many service opportunities for families to build better connections to your community here at DCC and in the city of Denver.

We also feel that at times families need a little extra support designed just for them. So we have partnered with two ministry organizations that are geared specifically for building community and equipping parents and families.

 CHILDREN’S MINISTRY PARTNERS AND PARENT SUPPORT

TRU HOMEFRONT

HomeFront Magazine is a monthly resource that gives parents ideas on how to create fun, spiritually forming times in their home – even in the midst of their busy lives. This Spiritual Parenting correlates with the mission and vision of our kids Sunday lessons and it can be sent to your inbox, you can pick up a hard copy at DCC, or download the app, making it easy for parents and grandparents to shape a vibrant faith in the lives of their children.

HomeFront Weekly is a weekly take home for each age group. It is designed to allow your kids to have time learning about God before they attend church. Because we believe that parents are the primary spiritual voice for their children and we want you to be the first ones to introduce the Big Story of God to them each week.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS

DCC MOPS meets every other Friday morning at DCC.

MOPS is a space for moms of littles- by that we mean, pregnant with your first up to having kids in preschool. If we are being honest, sometimes deciding to flourish scares us, because flourishing is wild and organic. It is unpredictable and hard to define and far from tame. It is a dance with holy goodness. And that is both terrifying and thrilling. This next year at MOPS, we are choosing to flourish fiercely together.

Click Here for information about MOPS groups starting in September 2015 at Uptown and Wash Park. You can also send an email to MOPS@denverchurch.org, or visit our Mops Facebook, or the Mops wesbsite.

SERVE God calls us to join together, each using our unique gifts to create one body. If you are gifted and passionate about serving families and teaching children we would love to connect you to the children’s ministry. We also believe that many people have gifting that supports the children’s ministry but outside of Sunday morning and teaching. We have a place for you with many of our new ministry teams.

  • Sunday Morning Room Volunteers
    • Infant Volunteers
    • Toddler Volunteers
    • Classroom Volunteers
    • Lead Volunteers
    • Creative Arts Volunteers (Worship & Story Telling)
  • Curriculum Team Are you gifted in lesson planning, room structure, centers-based activities, children’s literature, or crafts? We are beginning to write our own curriculum for the toddler to 5th grade classrooms. This team will be diverse in gifting so that each member can contribute within their own area of strengths in teaching children. Interested? Contact Lauren Jackson, ljackson@denverchurch.org

Contact Lauren Jackson for interest in any of these open positions: ljackson@denverchurch.org

 

DCC KIDS CHECK-IN

In order to provide the best safety for your children and our volunteers, we have a computerized check-in system. Check-in computers are located on the 3rd floor in the front of the Children’s Ministry entrance. Families may check-in at either computer kiosk. A volunteer will walk you through the check-in system on your first visit.

Families will receive two nametags for each child with a corresponding family ID number. One name will go on the child and one nametag will go on a clipboard inside the classroom. All children in the family will have identical numbers.

If, for any reason, you are needed during the service your family number will flash on the bottom of the screen in the sanctuary.

To pick up your children you must show your corresponding ID number to the classroom volunteer, they will take it and match it to the nametag on the clipboard.

Only parents and Children’s volunteers are allowed on the third floor during service. If you do not have your pager number or an orange volunteer lanyard, you may not be allowed access to the third floor.

DCC KIDS GENERAL SAFETY PROCEDURES

This is a general list. Each room contains a more detailed Policies and Procedures Manual that can be accessed by all volunteers and parents. Click here to view illness guidelines.

  • Do not allow children to share bottles, pacifiers, cups – this is to prevent germs from spreading.
  • At snack time, check children’s allergies before giving any snacks to children. Snacks can only be eaten at the table.
  • When giving a baby a bottle, follow parent instructions for warming.
  • Remember to replace all items in the diaper bag as soon as you are finished with them. This will keep things from being misplaced. Children’s belongings remain in their cubby.
  • If you are unable to comfort a child—a child is clearly causing stress to other children; has been crying constantly and the crying continues to escalate; or is inconsolable after reading, rocking, holding, walking—use the paging system to alert the parents.
  • If a problem arises with a child during the service, it is the responsibility of the volunteer to share that information with the parent upon pick-up (i.e. picking fights, starting to feel ill, unusual diaper rash, etc.).
  • If an accident occurs, you MUST fill out an accident report, inform the parents, and have them sign the report.
  • A child can only leave with the person who brings back their assigned pager number.
  • If you observe either questionable actions by another church worker or questionable marks on a child, follow Denver Community Church’s child abuse reporting procedures (see CHILD ABUSE AND MOLESTATION POLICY).
  • If discipline is necessary, a brief time-out may be administered in a chair in the classroom. Discipline may not be associated with food or toileting. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, and derogatory remarks about the child are not permitted.
  • Provide positive affirmation.
  • Provide a consistent routine.
  • Set clear and specific boundaries for the children in our care that are age appropriate.
  • Provide a variety of activities to prevent boredom.

Remember that all children are a gift from God and need to be cherished and valued regardless of their actions.

STAFF

LAUREN JACKSON

Children’s Pastor

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MAGGIE KNIGHT

Children’s Coordinator

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