Children


A Message from the Children's Minister:

Welcome! God has led you to the Children's Ministry department at South Gate, and I am so thankful that He has. My prayer for you is that you feel supported, encouraged, and equipped from your relationship with us. My prayer for your child is that they learn about Jesus, feel connected relationally, and have a great time! 

If there is anything I can do for you or your family, please don't hesitate to give me a call! God has given you a big job in raising your family! I want to be there to help you along your journey!

In Life Together, 
Brandi Melvin

Children's Schedule:

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Life Groups (Birth thru 6th Grade)
9 am
Worship Hour (Birth thru Pre-K)
10:15 am

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

MIDWEEK for Kids (Birth thru 6th Grade) [August-November; January-May]
   6-7:30 pm

parent information:

The Children's Ministry consists of all minors from birth through 6th grade.

Check-in
Check-in happens at the welcome desk. For babies through 4th graders, you will receive two name tags - one for your child, one for you. 5th & 6th graders can check in without a parent present. Teachers will begin accepting children in the classroom 10 minutes before the schedule program time.

Dismissal
Children are picked up from their classroom by an adult. Show the pick-up tag to the teacher. Elementary children may not pick up siblings. If the pick-up tag has been lost, you can obtain one from the welcome desk.

Food
Snacks are given to preschool classes. Snacks ar goldfish, cheerios, or animal crackers. If your child has an allergy, please let the teacher and/or the welcome desk know.
Elementary classes may have snacks on an occasional basis. An allergy alert will be displayed when food is being served.

Incident Reports
If a child gets hurt during programming, teachers will take care of the situation. An incident report will be completed and a copy given to whomever is picking up the child.

Inconsolable Child
We want your child to have a pleasant experience. we will not allow your child to cry longer than 7 minutes. At that time, we will contact a parent.

Medication
Due to liability issues, we are not able to administer medications of any type to your children.

Photography/Social Media
South Gate will not use your child's picture in any kind of advertisement or promotion unless a release form has been completed by a parent authorizing usage.

Room Use
Rooms in the children's area are not to be used when programming or an event is not taking place. This is true if there is no teacher available. If you would like to use a room, please contact the Children's Minister.

Security
South Gate has a security team on location during regular program times. In case of emergency, the children's wing will be locked down until the crisis is resolved.
If you would like more details on the security policies, please see the Security Policy Handbook.

Sickness
We ask that you do not bring your child if they have experienced any of the following within 24-48 hours:
  • Fever (higher than 100.0) 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Severe runny nose (colored discharge) 
  • Croup or bad cough 
  • Ear infection 
  • Strep throat 
  • Rash of any kind (other than diaper rash) 
  • Pink eye 
  • Any childhood disease - measles, mumps, rubella, scarlet fever, chicken pox, fifth disease, etc. 

If your child is on an antibiotic, he/she must be on it for at least 24 hours before attending.

Notify the church office if your child has been exposed to or develops any communicable disease after being in the nursery within the 24-48 hours after exposure.

Special Needs
If your child has some needs that we can help with, please let the welcome desk know. Our goal is inclusion with a buddy, if possible.

Travel
To transport children anywhere, we will need a signed permission slip/authorization form from a parent/guardian. Vehicles will include 2 adults.

Volunteers
Anyone working with children is required to have a background check. Background checks are renewed every 2 years. If interested in serving, please contact the Children's Minister.

Worship Hour
We do not have programming for kids Kindergarten thru 6th grade. They attend the worship service. We offer a children's message approximately once a quarter. We also have a children's bulletin for kids to complete during the service. If a child completes the page with Pastor John's notes, they can come to the front after service and get a piece of candy by showing their work!