SEPTEMBER 2019

Everyone loves a good superhero story, and every superhero story has a few things in common. No superhero started out as a superhero — they became heroes because of the way their circumstances shaped them,because of the choices they made, and because of the ways they decided to stand up for others. There aren’t any superheroes in the Bible, but there is someone named Joseph who both experienced injustice and let God use him to fight injustice, just like Jesus did. In this 5-week series, kids will discover that Jesus is our hero, God helps us become heroes, heroes make wise choices, heroes help others, and heroes need help too.

FALL 2019 CHILD DEDICATION GROUP

We believe that it takes a village to raise a child and that it is important to journey together through this stage of life to encourage and support families in all that they do. Our Child Dedication Learning Group is designed to intentionally engage in conversations about what it means to be the primary spiritual voice in the lives of our children, connect families in similar stages of life together, and celebrate the commitments made before the greater faith community. Our fall group is starting soon, click here to download our Child Dedication Handout and when you’re ready, apply to participate here

At DCC Kids, our mission is to love God and others, journey together in community, equip children and parents as Christ Followers and share all of that with everyone we cross paths with.

On Sunday mornings, we create an environment for fun and celebration that kids love in order to foster relationships with volunteers and each other. We introduce biblical concepts, just for kids. This means a large group teaching with plenty of  comedy and drama, upbeat musical worship, hands-on learning and small group conversation with kid-centric language. We also send parents and kids home with resources to dive deeper as a family into a relationship with our loving God.

Our prayer is that kids walk away feeling so loved by Christ and our volunteers, whether they are fresh babies or tweens. Christ loves us indefinitely and we hope to pass that along to all kids who walk (or crawl) through the doors of DCC Kids.

Our goal is to provide fun, safe, and age appropriate activities and content that will help teach all children (infants – 5th grade) the values and practices of DCC.

The Children’s Ministry is available during all of our gatherings at Uptown & Wash Park.

INFANT ROOM (0 – 12 months) 

For our smallest DCC Kiddos, our volunteers provide loving care and attention so that parents can engage the adult teaching with peace of mind. Please feel free to share any details about feeding, sleeping and diapering that would make this a success for your baby. Mothers are also welcome to use this room to nurse if needed.

TODDLERS (12 – 24 months) 

Our time with toddlers is spent playing, singing songs, making friend and eating snacks. If your child has any dietary restrictions, please let us know during drop off.

2 & 3 YEAR – OLDS

In this room kids begin to learn and practice God’s word through curriculum. This typically includes stories, circle time, games, table time, snacks, memory verse, and prayer.

4 & 5  YEAR – OLDS

In this room kids begin to learn more about the story of the Bible 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.

KINDERGARTEN – 3rd GRADE

In this class kids will continue learning about the good, big story of the Bible and how they are invited to play a part. This class dives deeper into scripture studying biblical truths and putting them into practice. Through large group teaching, musical worship and small groups, the kids are introduced to many different avenues of learning.

4th & 5th GRADE

At this age kids are ready to be challenged by deeper conversation. We continue to engage in musical worship, small groups, and Christ-centered activities, and begin to help these kids learn how to be young leaders and begin to make faith their own.

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

Psalm 127 tells us that children are a gift from God. Therefore, we have an awesome responsibility to love them, care for them and teach them. As parents who are seeking to follow Jesus, you have the great privilege and responsibility to model what it means to live in the ways of Jesus. More than anyone else, your children will watch you as they seek to follow Jesus themselves. 

Our vision at DCC Kids is to equip you with enough resources to engage with your children in between Sundays and instill the truths from the Bible stories they hear in the classroom.

DOWNLOAD SEPTEMBER RESOURCES

Preschool Parent Take-home for Ages 2-5 Week 1

Preschool Parent Take-home for Ages 2-5 Week 2

Preschool Parent Take-home for Ages 2-5 Week 3

Preschool Parent Take-home for Ages 2-5 Week 4

Preschool Parent Take-home for Ages 2-5 Week 5

Elementary Parent Take-Home Week 1

Elementary Parent Take-Home Week 2

Elementary Parent Take-Home Week 3

Elementary Parent Take-Home Week 4

Elementary Parent Take-Home Week 5

MEMORY VERSES: 

“Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Our priority is to make sure we create a safe environment for all of our volunteers and kids. In order to do this, we have set in place the following policies and procedures.

VOLUNTEERS

All volunteers must go through a background check and approval process before being allowed to serve in each of our classrooms.

CHECK-IN & DISMISSAL

Make sure your child has gone through the official check-in process with our Check-In team located on the 3rdfloor in the front of the DCC Kids entrance at Wash Park or the landing inside the DCC Kids entrance at Uptown. Families will receive two ID tags for each child with a corresponding family ID number.  If you do not have your ID tag or an orange volunteer lanyard, you may not be allowed access to the DCC Kids areas.

RESTROOMS

Volunteers will never go into the bathroom alone with your child. If your child need help, two adults will assist your child.

ALLERGIES

Please communicate any allergies your child may have to the volunteers working with your child.

DISCIPLINE

If your child is having trouble following the guidelines that have been put in place, the volunteers will first try directing the child’s behavior. If that doesn’t work, the children’s pastor will be contacted so that they can handle the situation apart from your child’s small group.

SICKNESS POLICY

We ask that a child be fever free for at least 24 hours before entering the environments.

FIRST AID KITS

First aid kids are readily available to our volunteers and placed throughout the children’s ministry environments.

EVACUATION PLANS

All volunteers have been trained on our church  emergency evacuation plan. There is a map on the wall by the door of each classroom with the emergency exit route, along with a red bag containing everything volunteers will need to execute the emergency evacuation plan and lead the children to safety.

LOST CHILD PROCEDURE

Should your child get lost after he or she has been dropped off, the environment will be shut down and no one will be allowed to enter or exit until your child has been found.

DIAPER CHANGING POLICIES

Volunteers are trained to wear gloves and sanitize the training area. Other adults are around during the process and will let you know that your child has been changed. If you prefer to change a diaper yourself, please communicate this to the volunteers in your classroom and they will page you as needed.

TOY CLEANING

We wipe down each toy with antibacterial wipes and let them air dry after all of the children have left.

We believe that living in community allows us to journey together and demonstrate God’s love to all people. There are many ways for our families to get connected and feel a part of the DCC community.

GROUPS

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

SERVICE

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.

  • Sunday Morning Room Volunteers
    • Early Childhood Volunteers (Infants, Todders, 2’s & 3’s)
    • Small Group Leaders (Preschool/Kindergarten & Elementary)
    • Set-up/Tear-Down Team (UT only)
    • Check-In Team
    • Creative Arts Team
    • Special Needs Team
    • Fill-In Team
  • Other Volunteer Options
    • Curriculum Development
    • New Families
    • Family Groups
    • Events
    • Classroom Design

Contact Maggie (Uptown) or Michelle (Wash Park) to find out more about these opportunities.

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

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS

DCC MOPS meets every other Friday morning at DCC from September through May.
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.
For information about MOPS groups  at Uptown and Wash Park, reach out to MOPS@denverchurch.org, or visit our MOPS Facebook, or the MOPS website.

 

DCC KIDS MAILING LIST

We love to keep our families up-to-date on what’s happening in DCC Kids. Join our listserv to get information on upcoming events, monthly curriculum, and other ideas on how to demonstrate God’s love to your kids and the community.



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STAFF

MICHELLE HAAN

Wash Park Children’s Pastor

 

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MAGGIE KNIGHT

Uptown Children’s Pastor

 

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