Each Sunday morning will begin by signing your nursery-aged children in at the "welcome table." We have volunteers there with a clipboard who will get you to fill out just a few essential pieces of information. If your child has an allergy there is an additional "allergy alert" sticker that you can fill out and place on your child that will let the teacher know of any special allergy concerns that they need to be aware of.
We would also ask that you please use this time to make sure that all of your child's items are labeled with your child's name.
Once all of your nursery-aged children have been signed in you can drop off diaper bags, back packs, and Bibles in your child's classroom if you would like. Then we ask that your family join us in the sanctuary for our time of family worship.
At Escalate we think there is great value in the family worshiping together, so we try to offer a time at the beginning of our worship service each week that engages the whole family - whatever the age. The first part of our worship service includes singing and the giving of our tithes and offerings. These are great aspects of worship for children to learn and to be a part of with their family. Singing is a great opportunity to worship God AND songs can also be a great aid in teaching children about God. The act of worship through the giving of tithes and offerings is also very instructive as it helps children to understand the value of giving back to God because of all that He has given to us. Therefore, rather than having the children spend all of their time in the classroom, we have them participate with their families in the worship service for the first three songs and for the giving of our tithes and offerings. Upon the completion of those things the children are dismissed with their teachers to their classrooms where they will continue their morning with more age-appropriate lessons and activities.
We use the Gospel Project curriculum each Sunday morning to help teach our children. Because children are so important we are committed to using what we consider to be the best curriculum available. If you're interested in learning more about the curriculum we use, click on the Gospel Project link and you can find out more on their web-site.