Every family should have full confidence that we provide a secure and safe environment for their children to learn about Jesus. That’s why our first KC principle is: prioritize safety.
Safety starts with a good first impression
A family’s first impressions will be formed as they walk to the door of the classroom. They will notice if there is organization and structure in the class or if kids are out of control. Greeting families as they enter is also very important to that first impression. For the regular attenders, it’s a great way to greet kids by name. For guests, this can be a helpful transition to invite new kids to come be a part of the fun.
Safety is based on the policies and procedures
You need to have clear policies and procedures for Kids Church. They should be posted in every room and should be a part of any training you do for new volunteers. The policies and procedures are for the protection of everyone- children and volunteers. It isn’t enough to just have policies, you need to enforce them in every class and with every volunteer.
Safety frees volunteers to serve with confidence
Volunteers will serve with more confidence when they know what is expected of them. You don’t want volunteers to feel like they have to figure things out for themselves. You want them to know exactly what’s expected of them and exactly how to do it. Also, volunteers who understand the policies and procedures will have better classroom management.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What experiences (good and bad) have you had with churches or Kids Church volunteers? What things did you notice that excited you or turned you off?
- What are some conclusions parents might draw if they see a messy, disorganized classroom? What are they likely to think about a structured and clean classroom?
- Why are policies important for safety in a church setting?
- Why is it important to have good classroom management?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.