We are requiring masks for every person PreK+ in the kids space. This includes volunteers, staff, parents, or anyone who comes through the LIDE Kids doorway. We are recommending masks for Toddlers.
We have a new Check-In Process! We are asking parents to check-in allow their child to be taken to class by a volunteer. This will eliminate the number of people entering the kids space. (Toddlers will continue to be dropped off by parents)
Step 1: Register your family to attend Sunday morning.
Step 2: Check-In Entrance: Front left doors in the Umbrella Gallery. Exit through the venue doors. (Pick-Up at the venue doors.)
Step 3: Using the Church Center app, scan your Check-In barcode using our new self-service kiosk.
Toddlers: Walk your child to their classroom.
Kids and Preteens: A volunteer will walk your child to their appropriate classroom.
PICK-UP – Pick up Toddlers and PreK at their classroom, and your at the pick-up desk. Show the volunteer your barcode sticker or app. They will match the number and remove your child’s sticker, indicating your child was checked out.
This is a two-pronged answer.
First, the safety of your infant or baby is our first priority. Our health team felt that our current facilities could not meet the special needs of infants at this time. We will continue to offer a nursing room and a cry room. You can access the nursing room through the women’s restroom. The cry room is located in the Chatter room. Both spaces are set up to livestream or listen to the services, and have rockers, tables, and privacy. If you need assistance in finding either of these spaces, a member of our team would be happy to assist. We will continue to evaluate the possibility of opening the babies room at a later date.
Additionally, as toddlers are unable to physically distance, they needed to be separated into smaller pods. Toddlers now meet in two rooms, Toddler A and Toddler B.
In addition to our exceptional volunteer training strategy (see below), we have added some steps during this pandemic season. Volunteers must agree to self screening for COVID symptoms, confirm they have fully received the COVID-19 vaccine, report if they have been in contact with someone who is, or potentially is, COVID positive, and when in doubt, stay home.
Leader Assimilation and Training:
We are fortunate to have parents periodically assisting the leaders. These parents are paired with a veteran volunteer. They must also have a long-standing history with LIDE and pass a background check.
These 7th-12th graders are “leaders-in-training.” They also must complete a youth volunteer application, interview, and have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian.
LIDE Kids provides our children from babies – 6th grade space to learn, connect, and find authentic faith. We also provide parents with resources, support, and community. There are many ways to serve our kids.
The Experience Team is responsible for everything outside of the room. From greeting families, to setting up tvs, to prepping supplies – the Experience Team gets the space ready to go to receive our kids.
SMALL GROUP LEADERS
Small Group Leaders, or SGLs, are the heartbeat of LIDE Kids. They meet weekly with our kids in small groups, pouring into their few over the year. Times of celebrations, times of mourning; playing and singing, crafting and building. Our SGLs pour into our kids lives and remind them that they are safe, loved, and important.
It takes many different skills and talents to make LIDE Kids a success. Our amazing Small Group Leaders spend each Sunday creating a nurturing, exciting, and safe environment for your kids. But without a solid Experience team, the small groups can’t function to their fullest potential.
We are asking you to consider serving on our Experience Team. From greeters to security to prep teams, there is a space for you to help curate the LIDE Kids Experience!
At Life In Deep Ellum, we believe a small group leader is someone who, “chooses to invest in the lives of a few to encourage authentic faith.” (Creating a Lead Small Culture, Reggie Joiner, 2014) Our Small Group Leaders are asked to do 5 things:
Be Present: Connect their faith to a community
Create a Safe Place: Clarify their faith as they grow
Partner with Parents: Nurture an everyday faith.
Make it Personal: Inspire their faith by your example.
Move them Out: Engage their faith in a bigger story.
Our small group leaders serve one Sunday per month. They lead a group of 6-10 kids divided by age. From Toddlers to Preteens – each group leader is given curriculum, supplies, a script, a space, and time. The group is yours to shepherd. If the script is followed word for word, or if it was thrown out for a much-needed debate about which Lego Movie was best, we believe community happened. So, will you join us in showing our children what it looks like to live out authentic faith in community?