I was talking with some neighbors the other day about how much times have changed when it comes to child safety. Growing up in the seventies and early eighties, we didn’t think much about car seats, seat belts, or bike helmets. We didn’t carry EpiPens for our allergies and rarely used sunscreen on a hot, summer day.
Yet most of us who grew up like this would never dream of being so careless with our own kids’ safety. Why? Because now we know better. Times have changed. As a society we’re continuing to learn more effective ways to care for our children.
The same goes for us here in Children’s Ministry. When it comes to safety we are always trying to learn from others, evaluate what we do, and refine our security practices to provide the safest environments possible for our Big Picture Show kids. Times are changing, and we’re adapting along with them.
That’s why Sunday, August 7 we are making a few changes to limit traffic in our Children’s Ministry environments. If you have Children in the Big Picture Show, please make sure you’re aware of the following changes:
1. We will close down Children’s Ministry Check-In 20 minutes after the beginning of the 9:30 and 11:15 services. That means all children must be checked in by 9:50 or 11:35. No children will be allowed to check in after that point. Children who arrive later than this will have to attend the adult service with their families.
2. Children’s Ministry doors will remain locked until 5 minutes before the end of the adult service. Anyone wishing to pick their up child from the Design Studio, Animation Station or the Drive-In before doors unlock will need to go to Connection Point, where a volunteer will call their child’s environment so that a leader can meet them at the door. Backlot parents may go straight to their child’s environment and see a staff person for assistance.
3. In the event the Children’s team needs to page a parent, we will have a volunteer at the door to anticipate their arrival. If you see your number on the paging system, you will not need to go to Connection Point. Just come straight to your child’s room.
We recognize these changes will be less convenient, but like car seats, bike helmets, and sunscreen, we think they’re worth it because they will help us to take better care of our precious Southland kids.