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.
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.
Mars Hill Kids meets during most Mars Hill Gatherings on Sunday mornings. Throughout the school year, we gather from 10am - 11:25am in our Kids areas [off of the North Hallway]. 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.
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.
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. Ratios and maximum child capacities 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 the number of kids that we are able to safely care for, we must turn away any additional children.
For the safety of our children, it is important that you and your child leave your wristband on until you pick up your child, as the Room Leader will use the wristband number to checkout your child. No parent will be allowed to pick up his or her child without a matching wristband.
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.
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.
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.
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. After the Gathering, our doors will open at 11:25 am for pick up. Babies + Preschoolers will be picked up in the same room in which they were dropped off. Elementary kids will be in their grade-level classroom through the Pick-Up Hall [Entrance with wooden doors].
If our staff and volunteers determine that a child needs to be picked up early, the parent/child wristband number will be flashed on a small, red screen at the top of various pillars in the Shed. The parent/guardian with the matching wristband will then be permitted to pick up the child.
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.
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.
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.
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.