You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
-- Deuteronomy 6:5-7
We read in Psalm 127:3, “Children are a gift from the Lord.” Just as children are a rich heritage for both parents and the body of Christ, parents and get involvedof the body play essential roles in making God’s love real to little children. It is our desire to come alongside parents in nurturing the faith of their children. Our responsibility is to prayerfully model and teach God’s truth.
Significant ministry to children starts in the Nursery (0 – 1 ½ yrs). Here a foundation of prayer begins for your child as godly men and women are encouraged to “pray without ceasing” for the Lord’s work in the hearts of these little ones. As your child’s language develops (toddler 1 ½ - 3yrs), our prayers continue and we begin introducing biblical truths through frequent use and illustration. We trust the Holy Spirit to bring understanding and to produce faith. This pattern of prayer and instruction continues to develop by building a biblical vocabulary and helping your child see the truth about God through Bible stories they can understand! May the legacy we leave for our children give them eternal joy and glorify our Father in Heaven!
As you invest time in reading these pages, we pray that the partnership between you and the body of Christ at Wellington will be strengthened - so that together we will spread passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of the generations to come.
Partners with You for Christ and His Kingdom,
Wellington Nursery Department
EARLY CHILDHOOD MINISTRY VISION
Our Vision for future generations at Wellington is for the lives of children and adults to be shaped by the Holy Spirit and the teaching of God’s word for His glory.
It is a vision…
… of Wellington parents who are well equipped, encouraged and supported to raise their children to be faithful followers of Christ.
… of parents taking advantage of available opportunities for training, service and support to “train up their child in the way he should go.”
… of weekly volunteers laboring side by side, investing their gifts in complementary ways to provide strength for all who are involved.
… of nursery care givers to persevere in the teaching and modeling of biblical truths.
… that Spirit-led caregivers will pray continually and specifically against Satan establishing strongholds in the lives of our little ones.
… of our children who step into adulthood to be secure in their convictions and grounded in the Word of God with an unshakable faith.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You will be pleasantly greeted by our workers and will check in your child, enter your cell phone number and carry with you the matching the name tag and number given to your child in case you are needed during the 9:30 a.m. Bible Study or the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
Workers are encouraged to sing and/or hum hymns to the babies and to introduce basic biblical truths through finger play and books.
During the 9:30 a.m. Bible Study, a teacher shares a Bible lesson.
During the 10:30 a.m. worship service, the children will be actively learning Biblical truths and Bible verses through the use of interactive play, stories, songs, and simple crafts.
WELL CHILD POLICY
We kindly ask parents to refrain from placing their child in the nursery or toddler room if they have had a fever, vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours or if they have a contagious illness.
There are also workers who take the toys home each week and sanitize them using a Thieves Disinfectant Spray. You can be assured that the toys are safe for play when your child comes to Wellington for Bible study.
THE MINISTRY TEAM
- Nursery Coordinator- Jessica Blackerby
- Nursery volunteers
- Head Volunteer—Toddlers
- Assistant Volunteer—Toddlers
- Nursery Sanitation Ministry volunteer
Wellington has been blessed with an increasing number of children. God commands us to spiritually train our children and to develop godly character within them. This training at an early age prepares them for a lifelong relationship and service to Him.
Our purpose in volunteering is to glorify God through our caring for and teaching the children. In response to God’s grace, we give back by serving wholeheartedly and with gratitude in this ministry.
The Wellington Church Early Childhood Ministry has established specific guidelines to help provide an organized, nurturing environment where the children can begin to understand the gospel. Each volunteer is given a handbook to assist them in this ministry.