Children in the Church?
Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent me.” Mark 9:36-37
Children are the Ministers of the Future
At Calvary Chapel Visalia, we realize the future will one day be in our children’s hands. We want to do all we can to encourage and equip the children in our congregation to walk with God, both now and throughout their adulthood.
As a church that loves children, we place a high priority on providing a loving, relaxing, and clean environment for your children. The goal of Calvary Visalia’s Children’s Ministry is to minister to the needs of each child whom God brings us and to lead that child into a closer, more productive, and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ. Our well-rounded curriculum and activities are geared to minister to the children’s needs, with service opportunities to help them become a functional member of the body of Christ. With Calvary Kids Club, a puppet ministry, Vacation Bible School, Divine Drama Club, a Christmas program, and a Harvest Carnival, the Children’s Ministry offers a variety of activities and learning opportunities for children of all ages.
We provide a soundproof, private room for nursing mothers who desire to hear and observe services in progress in the sanctuary. Located at the back of the Sanctuary, the Mother’s room is reserved for nursing mothers and infants (up to 6 months) only. Husbands and siblings are not permitted in the Mother’s Room.
We provide nursery care for infants up to two years old, with a ratio of one worker caring for every five infants.
For children ages two and above, we offer Sunday school classes that include curriculum for children in the first through sixth grades. Please check at the Information Center for current room assignments.
Guidelines for the Main Sanctuary
To provide an environment free from distractions, we do not permit children under the age of ten in the Main Sanctuary. Our Sunday school and nursery care programs are designed to minister to the children at their level, and we encourage all parents to take advantage of these ministries. If parents are reluctant to place children in Sunday school or nursery care, they may take them to our parent’s rooms located behind the sanctuary. Our desire is to provide a quiet and distraction free environment to enable everyone present to worship the Lord, hear God’s message clearly, and to respond if an invitation is given. If an usher approaches you regarding your underaged child’s presence in the Main Sanctuary, we greatly appreciate your cooperation with our guidelines for the benefit of those around you.