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Babies through 5th grade

“ Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so WALK in him, ROOTED and BUILT UP in him and ESTABLISHED in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving “
Colossians 2:6-7

Our Mission:

Using Colossians 2:6-7 as our mission focus, our desire is for kids to learn what it means to be a follower of Christ, who they are in His eyes, and how they fit into the church family. We strive to accomplish this by:

  • providing strong leaders who model what it means to live a life in Christ.
  • systematically teaching through the Bible, showing how it points to Christ.
  • nurture kids' hearts through prayer and encouragement. 

We love our Lord Jesus, who dearly loved and welcomed children to His side. It is our desire to reflect that same priority and love Christ had for the little ones as precious souls, world-changers of the future, and kids of His Kingdom. Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers work passionately to provide the ministry opportunities listed here on the website. You can also keep up with Hixson Pres Kids happenings on Facebook through our group page. 

 

Our Policies: 

Policies and Procedures 2020-2021

HPC Child Protection Policy

Changes in policies due to COVID-19 for staff, volunteers, and families:  

  • We kindly ask that anyone stay home if they have had fever, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 72 hours (3 days) without any anti-fever medication such as acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. We ask staff to do the same.
  • We ask that if you or your child has been around anyone with COVID -19 to please stay home from children’s ministry activities and nursery for 5 days. If at that point there are no symptoms are present, you may return.
  • If you, your child, or a member in your house has been diagnosed with COVID-19 it is your responsibility to inform the Director immediately.
  • If you, your child, or a member in your house has been diagnosed with COVID -19 you may return to children’s ministry after the required 72 hours (3 days) of being fever free without the use of anti-fever medication and symptoms improved and 10 days since symptoms appeared
  • The desk attendant at the check-in station will sign kids in as they arrive. No self check-in will done at this time. 
  • Temperature checks will be done with a touchless thermometer at the check-in station. Any child, staff, or volunteer with a temperature above 100.4, per CDC guidelines, will be asked to leave. 
  • Hand sanitizer will also be used as everyone enters the class and as they leave.
  • Per HPC Covid policy, children ages 10 and under are not required to wear a mask. Staff and volunteers will wear a mask in transit and while serving snack. Once settled in the room for lesson time, they may remove the mask for teaching purposes if they choose.
  • Children may walk independently to the classroom or with a runner. While parents are highly encouraged to remain out of the children’s wing hallways, children having difficulty separating may be walked to class by the parent.
  • Parents and Guardians with a pickup stub may enter the children’s wing to pick up the child at the classroom. Noone else will be allowed into the area.

 

Our Children's Ministry Team:

While there are some paid staff as part of our nursery care, our ministry runs mostly on volunteers. Our paid staff offers consistency in order to build relationships with our littlest ones and to maintain safety standards. Volunteers fill many roles including Sunday School teachers, Music leaders, Small group facilitators, Children's Church leaders, and Shepherds (care for the kids while others lead programming). All diapering and special needs are taken care of by the paid staff enabling the volunteer to assume responsibilities like reading a story, building blocks, singing, rocking a baby, etc. The children receive the blessing of love and attention while our volunteers receive the blessing of getting to know these precious children. If you would like to be part of our ministry team, please contact Alisa Gillis.

  

A note concerning children with special needs:

John 9:1-3 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."

Hixson Presbyterian Church is to be a safe place for families who have children with special needs. Our desire is to come alongside families and determine how best to meet those needs on a case by case basis. Our goal is to make every effort to share the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ to every child in a way that they can understand. When necessary, we will use alternative teaching formats such as multi-sensory activities and lessons. Our goal is to intentionally build relationships and the trust of the entire family affected by special needs. For more information or to discuss how we can meet your child’s needs, contact Alisa Gillis.

 

Children's Ministry Director - Alisa Gillis