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Nursery Ministry Purpose Statement

The child care at Covenant Presbyterian Church is provided for the children of our members and visitors as a ministry unto them, their parents, and unto god.  Children are God's gift (Psalm 127:3), entrusted to us to nurture and to train up according to His Word (Prov.22:6).  The church nursery is often the first exposure children have to the corporate body of Christ and God's love through that body.  Therefore, we desire to make their nursery experience as pleasant as possible.  Just as "the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto but to minister" (Matt. 20:28), we provide nursery care not because we have to but because we want to take part in this important ministry to God's children.  The purpose of the nursery is to secure quality nursery care for all our nursery age children and to encourage all those who labor in the nursery to not lose heart or grow weary with nursery labors.  We know that a pleasant, safe, and well-run nursery will help to promote a life-changing faith and a loving fellowship all for the glory of God.

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."  Proverbs 22:6

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Guidelines for Parents

1.  The nursery is for children ages three and under.

2.  Please fill out an information card for each of your children attending the nursery and update it as necessary.

3.  Please label diaper bags and any other items.

4.  Sign in your child upon arrival.

5.  For the benefit of all the children, please do not bring a child to the nursery who has had a fever or vomiting in the past 24 hours, or who has severe coughing or runny nose.

6.  Please do not allow your children over three to play in the nursery or on any of the nursery equipment.  This is for the safety of our little ones.

7.  In order to have enough workers, we ask that parents who have children in the nursery, volunteer on a regular basis.

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Guidelines for Nursery Volunteers

First and foremost, thank you for volunteering your time to this important ministry!  A successful nursery could not be possible without you!  Here are some guidelines which will help make the nursery experience more positive for all.

1.  Please arrive a few minutes early so parents can get to Discipleship Classes and Worship on time.

2.  As parents deliver children, please make sure they sign in.

3.  If a visitor arrives, please have the parents fill out an information card for their child.  As the nursery is often a visitor's first glimpse of our church, it is important to make them feel comfortable leaving their child with us.

4.  Please place the child's belongings in the cube marked with his/her name or in a visitor's cube.

5.  Check the information cards to see if there are any special instructions.

6.  At the end of the session, please pick up toys, place any toys that have been in a child's mouth in the dirty toys tub and place any dirty linens in the hamper.

7.  If for any reason you cannot work on your scheduled date, please switch with someone else on the list, or call one of the substitutes.  If you cannot find anyone to replace you, please call the nursery coordinator.

8.  Please report any problems or suggestions to the nursery coordinator.   "I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1: 3-8

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