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Due to COVID-19, we will not be having services at our physical locations. Join us online at our regular service times at live.vale.church or check out our "Church at home" section of the website to get access to our resources.

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Vale Kids


Welcome to Vale Kids!

We are so excited that you are checking out our weekend services for ages Birth - 5th Grade. It is our hope and prayer that all kids, volunteers, and parents have the best church experience possible so that they can have a real encounter with Jesus. Our mission is simple: to keep weekends purposeful, safe, and fun.

 


 

Purposeful: The Gospel is at the core of everything we do. We believe that every small group activity, worship song, game, and toy has a purpose. It is our hope that the intentional set-up and programming will encourage your child to commit to following Jesus for the rest of their life. 

Safe: Your child’s safety is our number one priority, and we’ve laid out policies and procedures to ensure safety and protection for every child who attends a weekend service. That’s why every time you check-in, you will receive a unique parent identification number. Additionally, every volunteer is screened and participates in a federal background check, and hallways are monitored by security for the whole service.

Fun: Fun is central to how we create our experiences. We value making every Vale Kids experience a fun and engaging atmosphere to connect with Jesus. Whether it’s with play time before service, large group games, video teachings, or small group activities, we hope your child walks away saying, “I had fun at church today!”

Have any questions about our weekend experience? Check out our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ down below, stop by our Guest Check-In Desk, or ask anyone in a red ‘Vale Kids’ t-shirt. We’d be happy to help!


frequently asked questions

Rooms are grouped by developmental stage to give your child the most age-appropriate worship experience. Our rooms are: Infants, 2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s, Kindergarten - 2nd Grade, and 3rd - 5th Grade.

During your first visit, a Vale Kids volunteer at the Guest Check-In Desk will ask for some preliminary information and your child will be given a First Time Guest tag. At your next visit, you may check in at any of the self check-in stations by entering your phone number.

After you check-in, you will receive three identical tags: one for your child, one to keep, and one to hand to the room leader. After service, just show your child’s tag and your matching tag to the room leader, and your child will be released from his or her room.

Our discipline policy is centered around a model of providing your child with the opportunity to receive full grace and full truth.

At the first and second instance of disobedience (such as ignoring instruction, talking back, showing disrespect, excluding/making fun of other children, etc.), your child will be pulled aside to discuss their behavior, receive forgiveness, and affirm that if it continues, a parent will be notified. At the third instance, you will be notified and asked to pick up your child for the remainder of service.

We have a zero tolerance policy against physical violence of any kind. At the first instance of hitting, pushing, kicking, throwing objects, or any other type of violence, you will be notified immediately to pick up your child for the remainder of service.

Because of safety, cleanliness, and allergy concerns, we don’t currently offer snack in Vale Kids.

In the event that you should need to be contacted (sickness, disciplinary concerns, emergency, etc.), you will receive a text message and your child’s unique identification number will be displayed on the screens in the auditorium. We ask that you leave the service as soon as you can and meet at the Guest Check-In Desk.

If your child is in third grade or above, they have the opportunity to declare their faith and trust in Jesus by being baptized. Baptism is an outward declaration of an inward decision to receive salvation and follow Jesus for the rest of their life. If you feel your child is ready to make this important decision, contact our Elementary Director, Katie Badger, at kbadger@vale.church, where you can set up a time to talk through your child’s decision.


COVID FAQ's

Before Service

If you or your child has been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, or had a fever in the past 14 days, we ask that you and your family stay home and tune into Vale Kids at Home for the weekend, unless they have received a negative COVID-19 test.

For the time being, we will take care of your check-in process. We will have Vale Kids volunteers available at all times to efficiently check-in your family.

Every child will be temperature checked upon entering a room, and required to use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting a room


During Service

Every volunteer will be wearing a mask and have a temperature check before every experience
Every child from Kindergarten - 5th Grade will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the service

Every room will be offered at a limited capacity to allow for social distancing in the room.
All toys and touchable surfaces will be disinfected immediately after use and between worship experiences.


After Service

‘The Shop’ is temporarily closed, however we are offering ‘Mini Shops’ within the rooms for kids to spend their Vale Bucks

There will be one flow of traffic for drop-off and pick-up, starting at the Guest Check-in and ending at the 3rd-5th Grade room. We also encourage all families to only send one parent/guardian to pick up their child.

At this time, if you or a member of your family are displaying COVID-19 symptoms of any kind (such as fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea), we ask that you and your family stay home. We invite you to watch our live stream at regular services times, as well as tune into Church at Home for your child’s specific age group.

If the thermometer reads that your child’s temperature is 100.4 degrees or above, we will ask your child to sit for a couple of minutes and recheck, as it is possible temperatures may be raised due to running or wearing heavy clothing. If, after a recheck, your child’s temperature is still 100.4 or above, we will ask you and your family to attend church online that weekend.

Infrared thermometers pick up heat that your body emits as infrared wavelengths to determine your body’s temperature. We’ve chosen this method because it’s a way to limit contact and maintain distance. It is a common misconception that infrared thermometers send infrared waves into your body during use. Therefore, we believe it is the safest and most efficient way to detect abnormal body temperature.

However, if you still do not feel comfortable with your child getting his or her temperature checked on their forehead, your child can alternatively get their temperature checked in their ear, armpit, or behind the knee.