NURSERY + PRESCHOOL

Infants – Preschool

Our vision is to:

 

  • PREPARE the children for a lifetime of praising God.
  • PROTECT the children in our care.
  • PROVIDE the parents an opportunity to worship.
  • PARTNER with parents in ministering to children.

 

Our rooms are prepared to receive children 15 minutes before the start of each service. Questions? Contact Sandy or call (616) 249-3723.

We have a confession to make – WE LOVE KIDS! We believe that young children, even infants, are ministered to and blessed by singing, teaching, praying and interaction with other children. Maybe you wonder what took place in your child’s class while you were in the service. Each class is a little different, but a typical class would include some of the following:

 

  • playtime (puzzles, toys, books, and several large motor-skill toys)
  • gather to sing songs (we teach praise and worship at each service)
  • lesson and time to color a picture that goes along with the story (in the Preschool classes a lesson is taught with the help of friendly puppet characters and we have an offering basket to teach the importance of giving and receiving)
  • wraps up with age-appropriate videos, games, snacks, or free play

 

Special Needs Children

Our vision is to provide a loving and caring environment for the children with special needs, enabling them to worship and be taught the love of Jesus. We want to partner with the parents, allowing them to worship freely while their child is cared for, ministered to, and loved in a one-on-one setting. Available Sunday mornings at 9:30am & 11:30am.

 

Health Standards

Our rooms are cleaned and the toys are sanitized twice a week. Also, any toy that should happen to reach the mouth of a little one is placed into a special bin and will not be used until it has been sanitized. We do all we can to keep out germs.

 

If you child is ill, we ask that you please keep them out until they are completely healthy. If you have any questions about what is considered an illness, please refer to the health standard brochure.

 

We do not administer any medications, ointments or mix formulas.

 

Please let us know of any special needs your child may have – whether allergy or disability.

 

Monthly Nursery + Preschool Lessons:

Infants | 1 + 2 Year Olds | 3 + 4 Year Olds | 5 Year Olds | My Child’s Salvation

Welcome! At 27 years old, when I invited Jesus into my heart, our family plugged in firmly to ResLife Church. I found myself on a fast learning curve to stay ahead of my own children as they learned the Bible and God’s ways. Within a few short years, I found myself responding to the voice of God that was calling me to help at our Kids Camp. In this time, God opened my eyes to the immense field to be nurtured – God’s children. God revealed to me the incredible learning ability children have, and the younger they are, the greater the ability.

 

It wasn’t long until I found myself volunteering alongside my wife in the nursery in a Two Year Old room. God has continued daily to impress and expand His vision on myself and the team making up the nursery and preschool ministry. There is a plan shown in the Bible for His children to be nurtured and taught from infancy. We have a passion to welcome in the youngest of ages and bring Godly teaching into their lives in an age-appropriate manner.

 

One of my favorite Bible verses, which Jesus quotes in Matthew 21:16, is Psalm 8:2, “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise.” As children begin to recite simple Bible verses, and sing songs unto God, they are able to bring the Peace of God upon their lives and begin a lifelong journey of serving Him.

 

If you are a parent of a young child, allow our ministry to partner with you in teaching them God’s Word. If you are looking to get plugged in as part of the serving family of God to impact our world, we welcome you to join us in this incredible ministry.

 

-Pastor Pat Binish

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise.

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We encourage you to have your child dedicated if you have not yet taken that step. Please fill out the form below. For dedication dates or more information, please contact the Nursery Office at (616) 249-3723.

 

Child Dedication Form

Whether you are a single man, woman, or a married couple desiring to join a ministry and serve together, we have a fit for you. Nursery/Preschool team members must be 13 years old or older (11 and 12 year olds may serve in a classroom as long as they are serving with a parent volunteer).

 

As a volunteer in this ministry you will serve under the guidance of a trained teacher and assist with a Bible story, praise and worship, snack time, and overall classroom flow and safety. Fill out an application and attend a one-time orientation class. It’s that easy! We also have a flexible schedule which makes it easy to work around yours. So come have fun with us as we serve God and bless others. Hope to see you soon!

 

How Can I Get Started?

  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation Class
  • Complete and return a ResLife Team Application packet to the Nursery/Preschool offices.

 

Nursery + Preschool Orientation Dates:

Every Sunday • 11:30 am • Hippos Room

No registration is required, walk-ins are welcome.

 

Nursery + Preschool Video

REZKIDZ

Kindergarten – 6th Grade

RezKidz exists to SHOW kids Christ, enabling them: to KNOW Christ, GROW in Christ, and then GO in Christ. RezKidz seeks to give each child an opportunity to experience God in such a way that will inspire them to become totally committed followers of Jesus Christ.

 

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Wednesday Nights

 

What happens during a Wednesday night service?

On Wednesday nights, we have our Bible club program called Starz for K – 3rd graders and Team 116 for 4th – 5th graders. Similar to Awana, your child will grow in their knowledge of the Bible through scripture memorization and lessons geared towards knowing God’s Word. 4th – 5th grade meet in the Zone while K – 3rd graders report to their classrooms after check-in.

 

Sunday Morning

 

Kindergarten

During the Sunday AM services, our kindergartners check into the kindergarten classrooms to engage in fun, Bible-based activities where they have praise and worship and then a lesson. On special occasions Kindergartners will join the 1st through 3rd graders but are checked in and out of their classrooms during these special occasions.

 

 

1st – 3rd Grade

1st – 3rd graders are checked into the gym for a power-packed service filled with exciting, age-appropriate Bible teaching. Kids will learn God’s Word through stories, drama, creative object lessons, and characters. For the last 15 minutes we move to our classrooms for small group questions, answers and prayer.

 

 

4th – 6th Grade

The 4th – 6th graders meet in the 180 room for an age appropriate service of their own. After service, students can take a break, hang out with friends, or purchase goodies from the snack bar.

Kids Camp • 3rd – 6th Grade

July 24 – 28

Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya

 

Register now for early-bird pricing!

Register to VOLUNTEER for Kids Camp!

 

Important Documents for Kids Camp

Camper Info Packet

Camper Guidelines & Rules

Camper Medical Form

Recommendation Form

DHS Form

Staff Info Packet

Staff Medical Form

 

* Registration is also open for Junior High Camp (7th-9th Grade)

There are many ways to get involved at RezKidz. You can….         

  • minister to children
  • use your administrative skills
  • operate sound equipment
  • teach a class
  • monitor classrooms
  • check in children on a computer

 

Get started in 4 easy steps:

  • call the RezKidz office at (616) 249-3713 … or ask a RezKidz staff member how to get involved during any of the services
  • take a tour and go through a brief orientation
  • fill out the online app here or grab a ministry packet from the RezKidz concourse kiosk or RezKidz hallway
  • be placed in an area that matches your giftings and desires for ministry

Staff Contact

 

Pastor Andrew Blauwkamp – The Zone: andrewb@reslife.org
Pastor Jon Lewis – Power House: jonl@reslife.org
Katlin Ferland: katlinf@reslife.org
Agnes Kerkstra: agnesk@reslife.org
Jamar Chevis: jamarc@reslife.org

General Contact

 

Phone: (616) 534-4923

General Email: RezKidz Office