In StoneBridge kids, we believe that these early years of faith development provide a significant opportunity for encouraging a firm foundation and deep roots in the faith of our children. We seek to connect our StoneBridge Kids to Jesus in meaningful ways, and to support parents in disciplining their children at home. We want to help children view themselves and the world around them through the good news of the gospel as they grow in understanding of God's love for them and in turn, grow in their love for Him.
The StoneBridge Kids Ministry seeks to connect children to Jesus and encourage them to grow in a faith rooted in these essential truths: We know that our true identity is found in Christ. (Romans 8:14-15), We have confidence in our access to the Holy Spirit and God the Father through faith in Jesus. (Hebrews 10:19-22), We trust that God is a good father who loves and responds to His children. (Matthew 7:7-11), We share the good news, knowing that Jesus is for everyone. (Acts 1:8).
Below you will find more information on each of the StoneBridge kids ministry areas. Feel free to email any questions to our Children's Ministry Director, Katie Leverett at Katie@stonebridgemarietta.org
(Infants 4k Preschool )
NEED TO KNOW: Each Sunday, staff and volunteers work hard to create a safe, fun, and meaningful experience for your children. Here are a few things you need to know to help us make church great for your little ones.
Nursery rooms are located in the bottom floor of our church.
Whether you are a first time guest, a returning visitor, or a regular to the Nursery, please come to the East Entrance at the opposite end of the church from the front door. This is where your children will be securely checked-in, and you will be able to enter the nursery/preschool hall.
After signing in and receiving a nametag for your child, you may walk your child to his/her classroom.
Please make sure all items belonging to your children are labeled, and that you inform your child’s leader of any allergies or health concerns.
Classrooms open 15 minutes before each service. Children’s ministry volunteers will be prepared to greet your children at that time. For security, outside doors are locked at 15 minutes after the beginning of each service. Please plan to check-in children during this 30-minute window.
Please do not pick up your children before the service ends, as it can be disruptive to other children and the classroom activities.
CHECK IN/SECURITY PROCESS: In order to provide the safest environment for your children while in our care, we follow a strict check-in process.
When you stop at our Information Table, you will sign your child in and receive a two-part security nametag. One portion of the numbered tag will stay on your child at all times. You will receive the other portion of the tag with the matching number. You must have this security tag to pick up your children! This is to ensure that no one picks them up without your permission. In the event we need to contact you during the service, a children’s ministry staff member will come get you, or the security tag number will be posted on the screen in the adult service.
For safety and stability reasons, we ask that parents say goodbye to their children at the door, instead of going into the classrooms.
Staff or volunteers monitor the entrance to the children’s area before and after every service.
All our volunteers go through a screening process and have completed a criminal background check.
Staff and volunteers are trained to adhere to “Safe Sanctuary” policies.
THE REGISTRATION PROCESS: All first-time guests are asked to register at the Information Table so we can get to know your child a little better. If you decide to make StoneBridge your church home, you may complete a registration card and your children will be added to our database, a classroom roster, assigned to a small group (where age appropriate), and your family will be added to our email list.
What To Expect: Infants
Leaving your new baby for the first time can be overwhelming. The volunteers in our infant classrooms have been chosen for this age group because of their love for babies and their training to care for all your infant’s needs. Our main goal is to help your infant feel safe, secure, and loved. We believe even the youngest child can begin to know God and his love for them when they encounter that type of environment in a church setting. We hope the following information will help you and your baby have a great experience at church.
Please follow our security check-in procedures for your baby.
Please bring diapers, bottles, pacifiers, and any special blankets that will soothe your baby through their time at church. Label all items that belong to your baby.
As you drop off your baby, please inform volunteers of any details concerning feeding and napping schedules.
To ensure that your babies receive the best care, we adhere to safe adult to child ratios at all times.
We promote your children from one nursery room to the next based on age. Signs with age ranges are posted outside each classroom door.
What To Expect: Toddlers Twos & Threes
This is a fun and active stage in your children’s lives. We are excited to have them in our ministry and look forward to teaching them that God made their world, God made them, and God loves them. Our teaching plan begins in our toddler classroom. All activities are age-appropriate (and fun) with plenty of flexibility for the normal needs of this age group.
Since our curriculum is centered on three basic truths, you will see those truths repeated in different and creative ways throughout the year. Your toddler will learn these foundational truths about God through music, movement, and tactile experiences. Your 2- or 3-year-old will focus on a specific truth related through a Bible story, worship, and a game or craft activity.
To ensure that our classrooms are safe and to create the best possible learning environments, we adhere to safe adult to child ratios at all times.
We provide snacks in the classrooms. We serve only Cheerios in our toddler and twos/threes rooms. Because of food allergies, we do not serve any food brought in diaper bags. *If at any time we will be serving a special snack, you will find a note posted on the door outside of your child’s classroom informing you of the special food item. If your child has any allergies or special dietary needs and cannot eat what we have provided, please inform a ministry leader.
Be sure to bring extra diapers and a change of clothes. Label all items, including cups, diapers, pacifiers, etc. If your child is potty training, please be sure to communicate that to a leader. We ask that they wear pull-ups to the classrooms.
Please do not bring extra toys, since it is hard to distinguish what belongs to whom. This can cause the children unnecessary frustration when they are asked to share something that was brought from home.
Promotion from Toddlers to Two/Threes: We promote your children from one nursery room to the next based on age. Signs with age ranges are posted outside each classroom door.
Promotion from Twos/Threes to 3k preschool: Your children will be promoted to the preschool classroom based on the age cut-off set by the school system. Promotion takes place in the summer before your child would enter three year old preschool.
What To Expect: 3k Preschool
We believe it is our responsibility to introduce preschoolers to their Heavenly Father. Before they leave the Nursery area, we want them to know: God made my world, God made me, God loves me, and Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
Since our curriculum is centered on four basic truths, you will see those truths repeated in different and creative ways throughout the year. Every month we focus on one of these basic truths, plus an additional focus on spiritual formation, like Scripture study, memory verses, prayer, or worship. With each lesson, your child will learn a Bible story and participate in fun, creative activities that help teach and apply the one key truth.
We want Sunday to be the best day of your child’s week. The following information will help you understand what the Sunday experience is like in our children’s ministry.
In order to create the most ideal teaching environment, and to ensure that our classrooms are safe, we adhere to safe adult to child ratios at all times.
Your children will be placed in small groups and assigned small group leaders.
The Sunday service for this age group is divided into several segments: As soon as children walk in the door, they participate in fun activities that are designed to grab their attention, as well as introduce the day’s lesson.
Children will hear a creative presentation of the Bible story and participate in worship, where they are encouraged to sing and dance and interact with their leaders. Following the worship and story time, they will go to their small groups for a brief time to talk about what they’ve learned that day and what it means to their young lives. They will pray together as we teach them what it means to talk to God. They will also participate in several creative and fun activities designed to help them better understand the key truth of the day through hands-on experiences.
If your child is still in the process of potty training, please communicate that to the leaders and bring an extra change of clothes.
We provide snacks in the classrooms. We serve only Goldfish in our 3k preschool room. Because of food allergies, we do not allow any other food in the room. *If at any time we will be serving a special snack, you will find a note posted on the door outside of your child’s classroom informing you of the special food item. If your child has any allergies or special dietary needs and cannot eat what we have provided, please inform a ministry leader.
Do not bring toys from home, as it is very difficult to keep up with them and it causes unnecessary stress for the kids when they are asked to share with other children.
Please label all items, such as coats, bags, etc. that belong to your children.
Promotion from 3k Explorers to 4k/K room: Your children will be promoted to the next area based on the age cut-off set by the school system. Promotion takes place in the summer before your child would enter 4k preschool.
StoneBridge Kids Info
THE BASICS: PathFinders is our Sunday environment for kids in 4k preschool and kindergarten through 5th grade.
PathFinders meet in our upstairs space above 164 Roswell St.
In PathFinders we believe that following Jesus is an adventure, that the Bible is never boring, and that learning how to apply God’s Word to our lives is always more fun when you can learn it with your friends.
How To Get Going In PathFinders
Get up and come to church! Whether you are a first time guest, a returning visitor, or a regular to PathFinders, check in at our Information Table at the East Entrance side of the building. You will see our signs in the parking lot. The space opens and volunteers are ready to greet your children 15 minutes before each service. *Please note doors are locked for security purposes at 15 minutes after the beginning of each service.
Get a two-part security tag for your child. One portion of the numbered tag will stay on your child at all times. You will receive the other portion of the tag with a matching number. You must have this security tag in order to pick up your children!
You go to the adult service, and your children start having fun right away!
The Registration Process
All first-time guests are asked to register at the Information Table so we can get to know your child a little better. If you decide to make StoneBridge your church home, you may complete a registration card and your children will be added to our database, assigned to a small group, and your family will be added to our email update distribution list.
For the protection of your child and other children, parents are requested not to bring a child who appears to be ill into the children’s ministry area. Based on the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child should not be brought to church when any of the following exists:
- Fever in the past 24 hours
- Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
- Common cold (onset through one week)
- Sore throat
- Any unexplained rash or skin infection
- Cloudy or green runny nose
- Pink eye or other eye infections
- Persistent cough or croup
- Any communicable disease
- Any symptoms of common childhood diseases, such as chicken pox, strep throat, etc.
- Head lice
Sunday Morning At A Glance
So you got them to church, you’ve checked them in. Now what?
This is what you and your child can expect from a day in PathFinders:
You like to have coffee and talk to your friends before church. We’re not serving coffee to kids, but we are promoting Christian fellowship with their peers. During community time, kids have a chance to talk, laugh, play games, and just hang out with their friends and small group leaders.
Welcome and Ice Breaker
Children gather with their small group leader and the other members of their small group for an activity and discussion meant to introduce the one truth we want kids to walk away with and remember that morning.
Large Group Worship and Teaching
After the short welcome and ice-breaker time with their small groups, kids are moved to the large group area, where they hear the Bible story. We use props, characters, object lessons, and more – anything that makes the Bible come to life. We also carve out time for kids to sing as loudly as they want, jump around, do crazy hand-motions, and tell God how much they love Him through praise and worship.
Small Group Time
After participating in worship and hearing the Bible story and truth for the day, kids return to their small group, where leaders help them understand how the day’s key truth applies to them. Small group leaders are serious about having fun with kids and passionate about helping kids apply God’s Word to their lives. We want kids to see how God’s Word is for them personally, how it applies not only at church, but in their everyday lives, how to talk to God through prayer, and how to build on Spiritual foundations that will last.
Our curriculum is Bible-based and is an adapted version of the Orange curriculum. Each week, we have a key truth we drive home. It’s the one thing we want the kids to understand, grab onto, and know how to apply even after they leave church. The older PathFinders (4th and 5th graders) also are challenged to dig deeper into God’s Word to find the answers for themselves, and are encouraged to share their faith with others.
Orientation For New Families
If you are new to StoneBridge and would like more information about our children’s ministry, including a tour of our facilities and meeting with key staff, please look for orientation dates on our calendar or contact our Children’s Ministry Director, Katie Leverett, at email@example.com
If you have a child under age 2, or are expecting a child, and would like to publicly dedicate your child to the Lord at StoneBridge, you will need to attend one of our baby dedication classes. These are held twice a year, and registration is required. To find out about upcoming classes and how to register, please contact our Nursery Area Leader, Ginny Fobes, at firstname.lastname@example.org At the end of the dedication class, you also will get a full tour of and orientation to our children’s ministry area.
Big 45 is small group discipleship for 4th and 5th graders. This group – which focuses on a deeper level of discipleship, spiritual growth, and leadership development – meets on alternating Sunday afternoons. If you have a 4th or 5th grade child, and would like more information, please contact our Elementary Area Leader, Luke Bentley at email@example.com