Kids FAQ

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. Throughout the school year, we gather from 10am - 11:25am in the Elementary hallway [off of the North Hallway]. Our Kids volunteers are present and our areas open 15 minutes prior to each Gathering. Due to social distancing guidelines you must pre-register your child.

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. Our current programming reflects our online Kids Gathering while offering additional activities for children to engage in.

What measures are taken to keep Mars Hill Kids a safe place?

We implement check-in and check-out procedures, including a parent/child matching sticker tag, 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. Ratios, maximum child capacities and social distancing are strictly enforced to ensure that we are able to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our ministry participants. Once we reach capacity, you will be put on a waitlist and a text message will be sent to you asking if you would like to join. Masks are strictly enforced at all times. Classrooms are cleaned after each gathering and our cleaning protocols follow CDC guidelines.

Why do we have to wear stickers?

For the safety of our children, it is important that you keep your sticker on you at all times and your child wears theirs on their shirt. No parent will be allowed to pick up his or her child without a matching sticker.

Can I stay and participate in the program with my child?

At this time, parents are not allowed to enter classrooms for safety reasons. however, if you would like to participate with your child, you are welcome to volunteer in their classroom.

Why do you have child/leader ratios?

To maintain a safe and positive learning environment, we seek to ensure industry standard, child/leader ratios.  At this time, we require that you reserve a spot for your child prior to Sunday morning. 

Can I register/enroll my kids ahead of time?

Yes. While you are welcome to contact Mars Hill Kids in advance of your first morning with us, we encourage you to visit marshill.org/kids to register your child with MHK. Registration enrolls your child for the ministry year and allows us to connect with you regarding MHK information, updates, and events. Registering your child allows you to reserve a spot for each Sunday you would like to attend. 

On Sundays, where do I drop off and pick up my kids?

Currently we are utilizing our Elementary classrooms for our MHK programming. The entrance can be found in our North Hallway. After checking your child in at one of our kiosks, we invite them to join you in the Shed for the first part of our Gathering. They will then be dismissed to the Elementary hallway. If you wish to escort your child out of the Shed, you may walk them to one of our staff members waiting outside of the Elementary hallway. 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. After the Gathering, you will present your sticker tag to a volunteer or staff member outside of the Elementary hallway. Your child will be brought to you.

How will I be notified if my child needs to be picked up early?

If our staff and volunteers determine that a child needs to be picked up early, we will send a text message to your cell phone. Please make sure you have your phone handy during the gathering. As a backup, we will display the last 4 digits of your cell phone number on the red screen at the top of various pillars in the Shed.

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. Email kids@marshill.org if you have any questions.

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.

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