Mars Hill

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are common questions we hear in Mars Hill Kids. If you have a question and find that it’s not addressed here or on our other Kids pages, or if you’d like to request additional information, we invite you to contact us or stop by one of our Kids Welcoming Centers on a Sunday.

What do you believe/what do you teach kids?
Our ability to grow together as a church stems from what we hold central—Jesus and our commitment to the biblical narrative. By the grace of God, this story becomes our story and we perpetuate it by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we serve our local and global community, and invite others to participate in this pursuit of Jesus together. Demonstrating a harmony of both orthodoxy [right thinking] and orthopraxy [right living/practice], our Narrative Theology seeks to not only guide our thoughts and minds, but the way we live our lives. [Essentially, we teach a kid-friendly version of the Mars Hill Narrative Theology.]
When does Mars Hill Kids meet?
Mars Hill Kids meets during most Mars Hill Gatherings on Sunday mornings. Specifically, from 9am-10:15am and from 11am-12:15pm in the Kids hallways at Mars Hill. Our Kids volunteers are present and our areas open 30 minutes prior to each Gathering. Due to the high number of participants in our programs, we encourage parents to arrive and check in their children early.
What's your program like on Sundays?
We seek to provide consistent, age-appropriate, and theologically sound programming that gives opportunities for kids to learn the biblical story with their peers and under the guidance of a dedicated and approved staff and volunteer team. Programming is implemented through both large and small group venues.
What measures are taken to keep Mars Hill Kids a safe place?
To ensure the safety of every child, we implement check-in and check-out procedures, including a parent/child wristband system, that prevents any child from being removed from the Kids areas by any person other than the one who dropped off the child. Background screenings and interviews are also required for all staff and volunteers serving in Mars Hill Kids. Find out more by checking out our policies and procedures.
Can I stay and participate in the program with my child?
Yes, however, to maintain a safe environment for all of our Kids we require a background check on all parents/guardians who wish to stay in a classroom for the whole Sunday morning program.
Why do you have child/leader ratios?
To maintain a safe and positive learning environment, we seek to ensure industry standard, child/leader ratios. On extremely busy Sunday mornings, there are times we have to close these areas to be faithful to our safety and educational values. In our preparation, we make every effort to welcome every child that comes to our MHK programming. 
Must I register/enroll my kids ahead of time?

No. While you are welcome to contact Mars Hill Kids in advance of your first morning with us, we will be able to register your child[ren] on Sunday when you arrive. Allowing yourself a few extra minutes to fill out a short form for each child is all the preparation you’ll need. Registration enrolls your child for the ministry year and allows us to connect with you regarding MHK information, updates, and events.

On Sundays, where do I drop off and pick up my kids?
Entrances to all 3 Kids areas are located in the North Hallway at Mars Hill—easily accessible from all main entrances. Large signs indicate entrances for Babies and Preschool as well as for the Elementary drop-off and pick-up hallways. Should you have questions upon arrival at Mars Hill, feel free to visit the Mars Hill Welcome Center located at the convergence of the East, West, and North Hallways.
If my child needs to be picked up in advance of check-out time, how will I be notified?
If during the Kids program our staff and volunteers determine that a child should be picked up early, the parent/child wristband number will be flashed on a small red screen in the Shed. The parent/guardian with the matching wristband will then be permitted to enter the Kids areas and pick up the child, and the number will be taken down from the Shed screen.
What about fifth graders?
Mars Hill is committed to helping Fifth graders and their families learn how to participate in life of the larger community. Research indicates that helping young people integrate with the adult faith community helps nurture their faith for the long haul. As a result, Mars Hill invites 5th graders on up, to participate with the gathered community for worship on Sunday. Also, 5th graders join the Mars Hill Students [MHS] ministries where they can be a part of Fifty6 programming that occurs on Sunday nights. Mars Hill seeks to resource 5th graders and their parents during this transition through intentional events, training, and resources. View their 2013-2014 calendar for more info.
Do you practice child dedications or infant baptism?
Mars Hill recognizes the deep and meaningful traditions of both child dedication and infant baptism. Based on our own tradition and ministry structure, we generally encourage parents to dedicate their children with the intention of seeing them baptized when they sense they are ready to publicly make a profession of faith. Opportunities for child dedications are offered regularly throughout the year. Also, the Mars Hill staff is always available to talk with you should you have specific questions or needs pertaining to dedication or baptism.
Can I dedicate my child at Mars Hill?

Yes! Child dedication is available to any parent or guardian who wishes to declare their intent to raise a child to know Jesus as the only hope for bringing reconciliation between God and humanity. [Although most often it is infants who are dedicated, dedication can be done for older children as well.]
How old must a child be to be baptized at Mars Hill?
There is no age requirement for baptism at Mars Hill; however, we encourage children and their parents to understand what baptism means and what they are choosing to declare by participating in it. Classes on baptism are offered regularly to help children and adults understand what baptism is and to discern whether they are ready to participate in it.
Can I let my child(ren) participate in communion?
Mars Hill practices communion in the Shed on a regular basis. We practice an open table where all are welcome. We trust parents to discern whether their child is ready to take communion.