St. Francis in the Fields Nursery Ministry provides a loving environment where your child can experience God’s love. We provide a safe and nurturing place in which biblical teaching, Christian compassion, and servanthood are demonstrated and practiced so that a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ can begin. We provide parents the opportunity to worship and attend classes, confident that their young children are in a safe and loving place. Our experienced nursery ministry volunteers and staff teachers serve in the nursery on Sunday mornings, 8:45 am to 12:45pm (the nursery opens at 9:45 during the summer).
Our nursery opens (On special service days--or in the summer--when there is a 10:00 service, Nursery opens at 9:45)
Nursery is available for children under the age of 4.
Children 3 and up are encouraged to attend Children’s Chapel.
11:00 a.m.—12:45 p.m.
Children who are Kindergarten age and younger are welcome to come in and play.
Location and Classroom AssignmentsOur infant and preschool classrooms are located on the first floor of the main building and are organized as follows:
Age: Babies 8 weeks to 17 months, Room 112
Age: Toddlers/Preschool 18 months to 3 years, Room 113
Additional Classroom when needed 114
Parents are asked to check their child in at the nursery desk in the hallway at the foot of the stairs. Each parent is given a site-based radio pager so that we may contact you if necessary. The pager will vibrate if we need you, and the parent should promptly return to the child’s room. All parents are required to be on site while their children are in the care of our Nursery Ministry Program.
What to Bring
Please label diaper bags. Include in your bag a pacifier (if so desired), at least two diapers, a labeled bottle and all personal items your child may need. Personal items should be labeled before arrival. If you forget diapers or wipes, we have a small supply on hand.
Please bring appropriate outerwear for the season. Our Bye Bye Buggy is quite an attraction for the babies and toddlers, and your children will take walks outside when the weather permits. A sweater, tights, jacket or hat may be a determining factor in whether your child may participate in this much loved activity.
For the protection of all children and caregivers, please DO NOT bring your child to the nursery if he or she is ill. If a child becomes ill while in the nursery, the parents will be asked to take the child home. Nursery staff or volunteers cannot administer medication. Children who have experienced any of the following symptoms within the past 24 hours should NOT come to the Nursery or Sunday School: Fever * Diarrhea * Nausea * Vomiting * Undiagnosed rashes or sores * On-going cough * Runny eyes and nose * Symptoms of childhood illnesses such as measles, chicken pox, mumps, influenza, strep throat or head lice.
Is your child too old for the nursery?
Children age three and older are encouraged to attend the 9 am service (10:00 during summer) with their parents and participate in Children’s Chapel with their peers. Because of safety concerns for our younger preschoolers, children aged 5 or older cannot be left in the nursery. Any child who is 3 and up will be escorted by a nursery teacher to their Sunday School classroom at the appropriate time.