From a child's first day in our church, the nursery team's goal is for each child to feel that the house of God is a warm, friendly, and safe place to be. Please check out this blog post to see just how passionate our nursery volunteers are and to understand how important the ministry of the nursery is to the life of St. John's.
HOW DO I GET TO THE NURSERY?
The nursery/preschool is located closest to the E. White Street Parking lot. As you enter the church doors at the covered roundabout drive, the nursery is located to your right. Our Nursery Administrator, Stephanie Ansley, will be at the desk to help welcome you and your little ones. She will be able to help you with any questions or concerns and assist you with gently placing your children in their appropriate nursery rooms. Our St. John's children know Mrs. Stephanie as "The Sticker Lady!" Stickers are always fun!
AGES AND TIMES
Child care is provided for infants through three years of age for all three worship services (9am Contemporary, 9am First Light, 11am Traditional) and during Sunday school (10am). Children ages four through six years of age may go to any of the worship services and, if they wish, may dismiss to Children's Church immediately following the children's sermon. Children who are three years of age through kindergarten receive a Bible lesson and age appropriate activities for them to enjoy during Sunday school. Parent cell phone numbers are written on security tags so that parents may be reached in the event that communication is needed. Security tags are given to the parent and attached to the child. The tags also note the child's feeding, diapering, and medical instructions for the staff. The nursery is staffed with unpaid as well as paid staff who are trained in Pediatric CPR and First Aid. All classrooms are equipped with age appropriate toys that are sanitized on a regular basis to ensure the health and safety of our children. For additional information about the nursery, including what to bring with you, please visit our Nursery FAQ's.
NURSING MOTHER'S LOUNGE
A Nursing Mother's Lounge is available for our mothers. The lounge is equipped with a changing table, rocking chairs, and a television set that broadcasts both the 9am First Light and the 11am services. See the Nursery Administrator, Stephanie Ansley, at the nursery desk for assistance with opening the room.
STAFF AND SAFETY MEASURES
The nursery is staffed with unpaid as well as paid staff who go through a series of trainings and safety procedures to best serve our children. All individuals who serve in the nursery are trained in Pediatric CPR and First Aid, follow our Safe Sanctuary policies, and adhere to our St. John's UMC Public Health Statement. Please note as part of our Public Health Statement, it is our policy that all individuals (adults and children) who enter the nursery area are up to date on all vaccinations. For details regarding our safety policies, see our Public Health Statment FAQ's or contact our Nursery Administrator, Stephanie Ansley.
If you are 18 years or older, and feel called to care for our smallest church members on a volunteer basis, please contact our Nursery Administrator, Stephanie Ansley (firstname.lastname@example.org). All volunteers must complete a background check and will be trained in all safety measures and policies before serving in the nursery.
The Nursery Committee's mission is to help welcome our newest and smallest members to St. John's. The committee runs a Stork Ministry, which lets the community and neighbors know of new arrivals at St. John's. Wooden storks are delivered to the homes of our new babies to announce their arrival and welcome them into our congregation. The parents are presented with new baby bakets filled with infant necessities, nursery, preschool, and child development information, a diaper bag tag, and a variety of other family treats. If you are a St. John's church member and feel called to become part of the Nursery Committee, we welcome you to contact Sarah Crockford, Director of Children's Ministry.
At times, our nursery staff is able to assist in holding additional nurseries for church events outside of our worship services. If your St. John's church group or committee would like to request a special nursery, please click here. You will be notified shortly after if your request is able to be granted.
FURTHER QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
If you have any further questions regarding our nursery, please contact our Nursery Administrator, Stephanie Ansley.