Contact person: Gloria Eckert
Parents of babies and toddlers will receive a pager in case we need to reach you during service.
Meet the Staff! Mrs. Julie Skripka, our specialized Nursery Caregiver: Julie is not only First Aid and CPR Certified, she also studied Child Development at Michigan State University. She is the mother of three little boys and one girl! Julie says, “I love watching children learn, grow and develop their own personalities. Caring for children is my passion and gift. I could not imagine doing anything else.” Julie will be present in the nursery each Sunday, along with a trained volunteer.
Babies spend the worship service hour in rooms designed especially for them, with at least two trained caregivers. The nursery and toddler rooms are conveniently located just to the right of our entrance.
Toddlers who have reached the age of 18 months to 4 years of age are welcomed into the Little Lambs room adjacent to the nursery. They engage in a program led by two teachers which includes Bible stories, songs, games, and art activities all based on that day’s story. Toddlers also receive a snack.
Children who are four years of age and older begin their Sundays by attending the worship service with their families. After a Children’s Moment during the service, the children leave the sanctuary with their teachers to participate in their own Worship Centers.
Used in churches nationwide, these Worship Centers use Montessori-like teaching methods. An important part of the lessons each week is the “wondering” question that the teacher asks after telling that week’s story. The children participate in response activities to express what they have learned through art, music, and even telling the story themselves. Rather than requiring children to learn answers to questions, this curriculum strives to help children experience the presence of God. Teachers and helpers receive ongoing training in the presentation of their lessons.
Once or twice a year, the children and their teachers plan a service project, contributing to the annual Mitten Tree sponsored by the Park Church Women Material Aid committee or collecting money to add to the fund that supports Park’s monthly food truck. These projects help to connect the children with the church’s wider mission.