"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14
We are excited to welcome your child and introduce him/her to Jesus Christ. We offer age appropriate classes in a safe environment with fun, creative activities and screened volunteers.
Why are kids important?
Your child is not the "church of tomorrow" but the church of today! God loves kids and wants a personal friendship with them. We count it a privilege to help introduce them to Jesus.
-To Support you as your child's spiritual hero and enable you to participate in your Sunday School class and worship
-To expose your child to attitudes, actions and an atmosphere that will begin to help form their spiritual foundations
-To present age-apprapriate activities, equipment and materials
-To create an inviting, inclusive church experience for your child with an opportunity for them to serve
-To help your child know and understand that God loves them and created them for a unique purpose
How do we choose our Children's Ministry Team?
All Children's workers are volunteers with the exception of our KidZone Pastor, Brian Eatock. He is employed at Pekin First Nazarene and oversees all volunteers. All 150+ Children's workers who are regularly scheduled go through a screening class, fill out an application, have 2 reference checks, are interviewed, and have a background check. To remain eligible to work with Pekin First Nazarene children, each person must go through the screening procedure every other year. All KidZone Team members meet with the KidZone Pastor 4 times each year for training and to remain organized. Terri Trueblood and Jenny Stevens oversees Early Childhood Director, helping with all ministries having to do with birth through Kindergarten children. Shawna March is our Preteen Director, and leads our 4th - 6th grade worship service. If you are interested in serving on the KidZone Team, contact Brian Eatock at 309.346.3053 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about KidZone, check out our Facebook group!
How does my child stay safe at Pekin First Nazarene?
It is our goal that your child enjoys their time with us AND that you are comfortable leaving them in our care. The following happens at Pekin First Nazarene regularly:
-Each child has a registration form filled out by parent/guardian with specials needs and emergency contacts
-Each child is checked in at a designated Registration Check-In center. Families are given a family pick up number that matches a name tag printed for each child in their family. Children are only released to the person(s) with their matching number. Guests are given a security number and the parent(s)/guardian(s) are given a security card that must be turned in before the child is released to the pick-up person.
-All Children's areas are cleaned after each service including toys, sheets, tables and chairs. All rooms are "child-proofed" with safety latches and outlet covers. First aid kits are available in each room
-2 Adult Rule - every class will have at least 2 adult workers ALWAYS. Screened workers wear ID badges
The following information is posted in each Children's classroom:
-Tornado/fire emergency procedures (each room has a binder with each child's information if an emergency were to occur)
-Special needs lists for that classroom's students
-Medical/CPR certified helpers
-Roster of all children (printed 15 minutes after class/worship service has started) and their families security number.
-"Ouch" report forms for accidents
Children will meet in small groups as workers direct their minds and hearts to the Lord through Bible Study.
Early Childhood Sunday School: 9:00am
-Nursery (0 - 18 months): Room 326
-Toddler (18 months - 3 yrs.): Room 330
-Preschool (3 AND potty-trained): Room 333
-Preschool (4 yrs.): Room 332
-Kindergarten (5 - 6 yrs.): Room 335
KidZone Sunday School: 9:00am
-1st grade: Room 322
-2nd grade: Room 324
-3rd grade: Room 325
KidZone Sunday School: 10:30am
-4th grade: Room 322
-5th grade: Room 325
-6th grade: Room 324
Early Childhood children will experience fun, creative and meaningful worship designed just for their age and abilities! Worship staffing is different from Sunday School staffing. Early Childhood do not change classrooms for their worship time.
KidZone worship - KidZone Worship Area
1st - 6th graders will worship God with a community of their friends and explore topics that are meaningful to their lives. KidZone is action-packed with Bible lessons, memory verses, games, crafts, missions, music and much more! 10:30 AM staffing and the worship experiences are different than 9 AM classes. In June KidZone Kids may apply to be a part of J.V. Ministries (Junior Varisty) where they discover their special interests in ministry and spiritual gifts. We then allow kids to serve with "kid size" opportunities throughout the year in KidZone and in Church.
Early Childhood Worship: 10:30am
KidZone Elementary Worship (1st - 3rd grade): 10:30am
-KidZone Worship Area
KidZone Preteen Worship (4th - 6th grade): 9:00am
-KidZone Worship Area
-Sundays at 4:00pm in Rooms 322 and 325
Nursery/Toddler Church is available Sundays at 6:00pm and Wednesdays at 6:45pm in Room 330.
-Wednesdays 6:45pm (September - May) in KidZone
-Pre-Activate (4yrs. - kindergarten.): Room 332 & 335
Wonderful World of Wednesdays
Kids 4 years old through (finished) 5th Grade will have a blast with the KidZone Team and friends outside...
-Wednesdays 6:45 - 8:00pm (June - August) out on the Green Space
Preteen Promotion Pary
July 2019 at Lake Williamson
Each summer, Northwestern Illinois Church of the Nazarene hosts a week long summer camp for 8 - 12 years old. They will experience crafts, outdoor activities, cabin devotions and making new friends. More importantly, children will experience amazing chapel services where they will strengthen their relationship with Jesus.
Think BIG (Believe In God) Mission Trips
-3rd & 4th Grade
-5th & 6th Grade
Each summer our 1st and 2nd graders spend a day Thinking BIG about their local church as they help clean and do maintenance on the church. Our 3rd & 4th graders Think BIG about our community with a one day mission trip in the Pekin area. Our 5th & 6th graders Think BIG about our Nazarene District by ministering to another Nazarene church for 2 days over a weekend. Applications for Think BIG trips are available after Easter and through Mother's Day.
Vacation Bible School
Every Summer we host Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children to come and learn about Jesus and His grace, love and mercy. We play games, sing great music, create fun crafts and have snacks. VBS is 4 year olds through (finished) 5th Grade. VBS is a week long, during the summer.
All Church Picnic at Dragonland
All Church Picnic at Dragonland is FREE! Bring a dish or two to share. Hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks & tableware provided.
Early Childhood Christmas - December 2nd, 2018 - “Make a Joyful Noise”
KidZone Christmas - December 15th & 16th, 2018 - “Jingle Bell Beach”
Each Christmas our children perform a play sharing the amazing story of Jesus' birth. Special parts, great music, costumes and sets are a great way for your child to get into the Christmas spirit.