Kids Ministry in a School: Part 1-Drop Off/Pick Up

This is the first of a three part series where I will describe how Cross Street (Grace’s k-5th Ministry) operates in a Public High school.

Part 1: Dropping off and Picking Up

Cross Street kids and parents first approach our CS Check In Table. Our friendly Check In Team will enter kids into our database (we use Fellowship One) and from there print off a sticker for kids to wear reminding them of their group name and providing their CS ID number for the day. Parents are given a sticker as well with the matching ID number. Cross Street Parents are reminded to hold on to their stickers to show Group Leaders when its time to pick their kids up.

From there, parents walk kids down the hallway following the directional signs. Leaders are strategically positioned to help parents and kids get to their correct Small Group Area.

We are intentional about making sure that only kids, volunteers, and guardians are in the Cross Street area. Leaders are encouraged to approach anyone that is walking around without a child and ask if they need assistance. Within that conversation, if an adult is not a guardian or volunteer they are asked to leave the Cross Street environment.

Once a parent and child arrive at the correct small group environment, parents are asked to “sign in” by writing the name of their child AND writing the name of the individual who is planning on picking up the child.

After the service, when the guardian arrives to pick up his or her child, they must show their sticker. The Small Group Leader will then look at the child’s sticker and make sure the numbers match. If a parent or child has lost their sticker, then the Small Group Leader must ask for the adult’s ID, look at the Sign In Sheet, and make sure the names match up. If not, an Overseer (Cross Street Manager) is called over to handle the situation in private with the child and adult.

I’ll see ya next time as we discuss Small Groups!


About Adam Bayne

I'm the Children's Pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN, a heavyweight Disney nerd, a lightweight sports fan, and an all-out fan of my wife and two daughters.
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