Here at JICC we love families! We hold that children are one of God's richest and most precious gifts, not only to parents and families, but to the church as well. Our ministry to families with children flows from the following core beliefs:

1. Parents are the primary evangelizers and disciplers of their children. This means that, while the church certainly has a part to play in helping and equipping parents in this work (more about this in a moment), it is Dad's and Mom's responsibility to lead their children to Christ and in the life of Christ.

2. Families should experience worship and the other "rhythms" of the church together - not separately. Children need to see their parents worshiping, praying, singing, reading scripture, and relating to other brothers and sisters in the body. We know that this gets messy, noisy, distracting, even frustrating at times - but the fruit of families engaged in the life of the church together rather than segmented out is deeper, richer, and more rewarding than would be the case otherwise.

3. The Church is called to equip the saints for the work of ministry. Believing parents (saints) are to be about the ministry of raising their children in the fear of the Lord. Some families are a little further down the road here than others - that's okay! And it’s even to be desired because this is where the beauty of the body at work is clearly seen. We want to be a place of grace and compassion that partners with parents wherever they are on their journey (new believers to seasoned, mature believers) and equip them with resources, examples, and teaching to be about this great work.

4. Next Generation: Children's Sunday School. Currently, we do offer a Sunday School class for 1st - 5th graders on Sunday mornings from 9:00am - 9:45am. Please bring your children to the children's check-in desk and go through our secure check-in procedure before dropping your children off. 

 

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Is there childcare or a separate worship service for kids?
    We offer worship care from birth through kindergarten (age 5) during the main worship hour (10:30-12) on Sunday mornings. During this time each week, the children are cared for, played with, prayed over, and led in songs of worship. Most significantly, we seek to teach our children rich, foundational, biblical truth that declares and impresses upon the young hearts the greatness of our God, the wonders that He has done, and the centrality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We employ curriculum from Children Desiring God - you can overview the curriculum here.
     
    What is the check-in process?
    Children from newborn to kindergarten may be checked into their classrooms between 10:15am and 11am. This allows for families that choose to bring their younger children into the first part of the larger worship of the church to do so and then check them into worship care for the remainder of the morning. Parents may check their little ones in at our Children's Check-In Desk, where they receive a unique ID tag and name badge for each child that is specific to the day. We have a great team of folks on hand each Sunday at the Check-In Desk to help with the process. After they receive the IDs, parents accompany their child to the designated classroom where the child is officially signed into that room. Following the worship service, parents must present the unique ID tag at their classroom to receive their child. (Don't worry if you lose it though, we have a secure process to verify and retrieve it!)
     
    What resources are available for families with children on Sunday morning outside of the worship service?
    We offer Family Breakout in our Dority Hall space. This environment is specifically dedicated to help families teach and train children (and Moms and Dads) in in how to worship together. Here, there's lots of margin for families to go about the task of raising children to participate and experience worship without worrying if they are bothering anyone. There are dedicated families available to assist parents in the "how-to" and "nuts-and-bolts" of how to worship together as a family. Additionally, we offer both activity sheets and coloring pages applicable to that Sunday's sermon for children that also offer helps on Family Worship throughout the week.
     
     
     

    Baby Dedications

    At JICC, we believe that baptism is something done only after a person makes a conscious choice to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.  However, we recognize the importance of making a commitment to raise your child in a Christian manner.  A Baby Dedication is a ceremony in which believing parents, and sometimes entire families, make a commitment before the Lord to submit a child to God's will and to raise that child according to God's Word and God's ways.

    If you are interested in having your baby or children dedicated, please take a moment to read through our Baby Dedication Packet, fill out the last page, and email to Karen@jicc.us. Thank you!