I HAVE A NEW BABY AND I’M NERVOUS ABOUT LEAVING HIM/HER IN THE CHURCH NURSERY. HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE INFANT CLASSROOM AND WHO WILL BE WITH MY BABY?
Congratulations! Your feelings are very normal. We are happy to give you a tour of our nurseries and even have the teacher caring for your child contact you to let you know what all they do to create a warm and loving environment for our youngest ones. We are also happy to share with you the certification and vetting process each staff member and volunteer must undergo to serve on our team. If you are nursing or wish to handle feedings yourself, we provide a quiet space for this purpose. If you have other special instructions regarding the care of your child, you need only let us know.
CAN I STAY WITH MY CHILD WHILE THEY ATTEND CHILDREN’S MINISTRY EVENTS?
We understand that some children have unique circumstances and this means that sometimes partnering with parents in the classroom can make ministry events a much more meaningful experience for the child. Any parent may check-in as a visitor during Children’s Ministry events. However, you will be asked to sign-in with your name and driver’s license number at our Welcome station, and you will be required to wear a badge identifying you as a non-certified adult. You will not be able to give care to any child other than your own and will not count toward our student-teacher ratio. Any parent visitor who causes disruption or causes us to feel the safety of our children might be compromised by their continued presence will be removed immediately and not allowed to visit again.
I HAVE A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD. HOW CAN I KNOW IF YOUR TEACHERS, FACILITY, AND LESSONS WILL BE CONDUCIVE TO MY CHILD’S NEEDS?
FBC Plano has a heart for our special needs community and we completely understand your concerns for your child. We are in the process of growing and developing our special needs ministry. We would love to show you our current facility as well as our plans for our new location on the GBTP and visit with you about how we might meet your child’s specific needs. We can also share with you more about our teachers and lessons and what other accommodations we are working to provide meaningful ministry to our special needs children and families.
CAN I VOLUNTEER IN THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES?
We run quite an operation and it takes a great many volunteers! That said, we require a strict screening and training process to be certified to serve in our children’s ministries. If you feel called to serve in our Children’s Ministries, we invite you to visit with our Children’s Pastor about volunteer opportunities and Child Safety Policies. Volunteers must first apply to serve and interview with the Children’s Pastor, submitting references. Criminal background screening (including sex-offender database) must be conducted and the applicant must pass the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Training prior to volunteer placement.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD WANTS TO BE BAPTIZED?
It is wonderful to see a child express interest in baptism! Baptism “outward display of the inward commitment” to follow Jesus. Once a child has accepted Christ as Savior, we will help you set the date for your child’s baptism and explain the process to them. It is a very exciting day! They receive a special gift on their baptism day and they get to invite their family and friends to come and watch.
Ms. Rachel is happy to visit with you and your child about salvation and baptism and to provide you with further resources.
WHAT IS A BABY/CHILD DEDICATION SERVICE?
Children are a blessing from the Lord and parents are given the great task of raising them in the knowledge and love of the Lord. More than this, though, parents are called to help guide their children to grow into who God has created them to be and to fulfill his purpose for them. For this reason, parents dedicate their children back to the Lord in a special service that we call the Baby/Child Dedication Service. During the special time in our worship gatherings, parents acknowledge the rearing of their children as a spiritual process and promise to raise their children in the love and nurture of the Lord and the congregation promises to support and pray for the parents as they fulfill this task.