Children are always welcome in the Sanctuary with their parents during worship. Our Family Room at the back of the Sanctuary is equipped with CCTV to watch the service, rocking chairs for nursing, a changing pad, and appropriate toys for toddlers. The Welcome Center also has CCTV to view the service, as does the CLC lobby.
We also offer Preschool Ministry through our Sunday morning worship experience for kids, The Garden, for kids from 3 months to 4 years old during worship services. Children are welcome as early as 15 minutes before the first service, and can be checked in at any time afterwards, as space allows.
Preschool Ministry Location
Preschool Ministry is located on the first floor of the Christian Life Center every Sunday morning. For special services and events throughout the week, childcare will occasionally use other areas of the campus.
Special Events Childcare
When childcare is offered for special services and events, we ask that parents pre-register for childcare. You may pre-register as early as you wish, with at least one week notice so that we can arrange staffing. Depending on the event, childcare may be offered up to age 10 years. Parents may pre-register for special event childcare by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org with their child(ren)’s name(s) and age(s).
Children who are ill should remain at home. For the protection of all, sick children will not be permitted in the classroom.
Diaper Changing Facilities
Full size changing tables are available in the Women’s bathrooms in the CLC building. A Changing Pad is available in the Family Room at the back of the Sanctuary. Folding Koala-Care Change Stations are installed in most men’s and women’s bathrooms throughout the campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring to The Garden or to special event childcare?
Parents are encouraged to bring:
- A change of diapers &/or underwear and lower garments
- A special soft “Lovey” or blanket, if needed (Please no other toys)
- Bottle for babies with instructions (refrigerator and microwave on site)
What about Snack?
LOPC is a nut free campus. Parents are always welcome to provide their own snack for their children to either supplement or replace the snack that we provide (usually Cheerios, Goldfish and/or Cheez-Its, but occasionally fruit or cookies). Please do NOT pack any items that contain nuts, nut-butters, or nut-oils or are processed in a facility that also processes any kind of nuts. Some of our children have life-threatening food allergies.
My Child has Allergies, who do I tell?
There is a place to list Allergies on the Registration Card. When checking-in your child, please make sure that their nametag also reads either “no snack” or “self snack” so that caregivers can properly monitor and serve your child during snack time. You may pack your own snack for your child.
What is the check-in procedure?
At the preschool gate inside the CLC lobby, please check your child in using the kiosk, and then print your child’s name, your name, and your approximate intended location into the sign-in binder. You will be given a numbered pager. Make sure your child has a name tag and that all belongings/bags are labeled. You may go into the classroom to get your child settled, and may stay as long as you feel necessary. Some children are very happy to walk into the classroom unassisted.
What is the pick-up procedure?
Please wait at the preschool gate. Sign-out your child out in the binder. When you turn in your pager, your child and her things will be collected and brought to you at the gate by a caregiver. This may necessitate a short wait for parents in the CLC lobby; take this time to look through any postings and flyers in the lobby, as well as the Lost & Found in the large credenza.
May I go off campus while my child is in childcare?
No. Parents must remain on LOPC’s campus while their children are under care.
There are a few church events that take place off campus where childcare is provided, but these require special registration and release forms.
Is childcare available before and after services and functions?
Yes, when the event leader has arranged childcare in advance. When parents are involved in on-campus functions, preregistered children are welcome in childcare between/after services, and/or for both services. Please let the caregivers know as you sign-in your children that you will be picking-up your child beyond the usual service time, and write down the name of your event in the binder.
I'm bringing my child to church for the first time. Any tips?
Let us know you are a first-timer. Parents will be asked to fill out a Registration Card for their children upon their first visit. Unless we are over-capacity, parents are welcome to be in the Preschool Ministry area during their first few visits. This will introduce the classrooms and staff to you and your child. Some parents stay for the whole service, some leave after 5-20 minutes.
You are also welcome to come 15 minutes before the service so your child can experience the room before others arrive.
My Child is experiencing separation anxiety, any tips?
Feel free to enter the classroom with your child after check-in and help them start on a toy or activity. Converse with the caregivers in the room to show your child that you have a trusting relationship with them. As you prepare to leave, say goodbye to your child, and ask a caregiver to distract or comfort your child if you deem it necessary. We do not recommend that you “sneak away”. We will page any parent whose child is inconsolable, but we are usually able to get even crying children to engage in the group within 10 minutes. If your child is crying, you may tell the caregivers what your personal tolerance of “cry-time” is, and we can page you early if you wish.
My child has special needs. Can we participate in Preschool Ministry?
Absolutely! Please contact Susan Wentworth, our Associate Director for Preschool Ministry, about a week in advance, and she can send you an intake form so that we can provide the best experience possible for your child.
My child is potty training. Who do I tell?
When you check in your child, let the caregivers know, and we will assist your child in going to the bathroom. Please make sure that you bring along a change of underwear and lower garments.
Are there special recommendations for evening or long events?
If childcare is available for an extended time and/or for an evening event, you may want to pack a blanket and sheet set for resting, a toothbrush for after meals, and pajamas for falling asleep on the ride home.
Kids Rock childcare (for volunteering parents) provides a meal. For other evening events, please send:
- Packed meal (we have access to a refrigerator and microwave)
- Utensils and a plate
How do I know if the LOPC event I am interested in offers childcare?
The leaders of a ministry event request childcare, so contact whoever scheduled the event in question to check. Childcare must have a minimum of 3 expected/pre-registered children to run. However, on-campus babysitting for 2 or fewer children can sometimes be arranged. Our aim is to allow families to participate fully in the life of the Church!
Who are the Preschool Ministry Caregivers?
Preschool Ministry is blessed with many talented souls to care for our children. All adult caregivers have been background-checked, and most have current certification in AED & CPR. Many of our caregivers have Early Childhood Education training, and some have been serving our children for a number of years.
There will always be at least two caregivers working in any area where Preschool Ministry is taking place, and at least one will have current CPR certification.