Child care is provided for children age 3 and under in our nursery. The nursery is located across the hall from the restrooms and is staffed by caring, CAAPPS certified nursery staff and volunteers. Nursery is available both during worship (9:30 - 10:30 am) and during the discipleship hour (10:45 - 11:30 am).
The Children’s Sermon is a period of about 4-6 minutes during the weekly services at ARC in which the kids are welcomed up to the front of the sanctuary for a special message designed especially for them. This message typically ties into the sermon delivered by the pastor that week, but the content is up to the discretion of the teacher. The message takes place after the Words of Assurance and before the children (3 yrs -1st grade) leave for Children & Worship downstairs.
Children and Worship creates space for children to experience worship rather than simply learning about it. Through story, art, singing, and wondering, children actively participate by using their senses to know God.
Children are invited downstairs after the Children's Message during the 9:30 AM service.
Children ages 3 to 4 gather in Room 103 and children ages 5 years old - 1st grade meet in Room 104.
After their worship and feast time in Children & Worship, the children 3 years old through first grade gather for a time of praise through singing and playing hand-bells.
Sunday morning 10:30-10:45 AM - Room 111
Teacher: Pam Anderson & Marlene De Zeeuw
Hands of Praise is a worship group for children in grades 2 through 5 to express music with American Sign Language (ASL). Children are encouraged to visualize and ponder the words of praise songs as they sign. We lead worship with sign language approximately 2-3 times each semester.
Sunday morning 10:30-10:45 AM - Room 113
Teacher: Laura Jonker & Nicole Beltman
Join us as we explore God’s word through lessons, activities and
challenges as presented in the dWell Sunday School curriculum each week.
Sunday morning 10:45-11:30 AM
Pre-school/TK - Room 102
Teachers: Cindy Cleveringa & Jill Bahrenfuss; Meagan Wallinga & Lisa Schwarz
K-1 - Room 106
Teachers: Sharon VandeSteeg & Lesley Tjaden; Mary Fernow & Deb Anderson
2nd-3rd - Room 101
Teachers: Brent & Teresa Sampson
4th-5th - Room 105
Teachers: Steve & Emily Mahr; Beau Koerselman & Laura Stauffer
F3 is a time for children 1st - 5th graders to gather in Christ mid-week to fuel the Holy Spirit’s work in their hearts through Bible stories,
prayer and activities. Each week, children learn about an aspect of God's Big, Beautiful Story, reflect in spiritual journals, enjoy a snack, work on application projects and explore the
lesson through a different station activity (art, drama or games).
6:15-7:30 PM - Room 104
Teachers: Laura Jonker, Lizzy Rice, Amanda Bunce, Bethany Dykstra, Nick Heider, Amber Altena, Mike Hardeman & John Hofmeyer
Families with young children (birth-6 years) are invited to an informal time of play and fellowship together in the church nursery each week. Come enjoy different toys, a change of scenery and new relationships with other young parents.
Monday morning 9:00-10:00 AM - Room 207
Coordinator: Laura Genade