• Nursery Policy
  • Nursery Philosophy
  • Although the Bible is relatively silent on the subject of very young children in worship, there is sufficient evidence that children were included from an early age, which is identified in Scripture as when they “could understand.” (Nehemiah 8:2) We believe children are able to understand at an early age, and we see great benefit in learning to worship while still young. At the same time, we do provide care outside the service for the youngest children. It is beneficial for parents to be able to concentrate on worship without needing to care for children too young to understand. Neither is it beneficial to the congregation when worship is regularly interrupted by children too young to sit quietly and listen.
  • Age of Children
  • CRBC will provide a nursery for children through two years of age. This does not mean that we require children to remain in the nursery through that age. We understand that parents will make individual decisions regarding when their children are ready to sit through the service. However, the nursery will be available to children until they turn three.
  • Children in the Worship Service
  • Children who are three or older should sit with their parents in the church service. With this in mind, we would ask everyone to try to leave the last two rows of the meeting room open for families who are training young children to participate in church.
  • Times of Nursery Service
  • The nursery will be staffed with volunteers during the Sunday morning worship service and during the midweek service on Wednesday night. When Sunday School begins, nursery will be provided for children younger than two. For the time being, mothers of nursery age children have been asked to arrange for nursery care among themselves during the Sunday evening prayer service.
  • Sick Children
  • Children should not be left in the nursery when they are demonstrating flu symptoms. They should also not be left in the nursery during the early stages of colds. Please show courtesy to other families in this regard.
  • Nursing Mothers
  • The back room adjacent to the kitchen should be left available to nursing mothers during all services and fellowship meals. If a nursing mother needs to use the nursery before the morning service or at the end of Sunday services when that room is in use, older children should be asked to leave the nursery.
  • Nursery Workers
  • The nursery is staffed with volunteers from our congregation. We maintain one nursery worker for every three children. There is always at least one adult worker in the nursery. Teenagers and older children may also serve in the nursery.
  • Policy for Nursery Volunteers
  • The nursery policy has been developed by Tom Chantry at the request of the elders. We have asked Karen Chantry to continue serving as nursery coordinator. Any concerns about this policy may be addressed either to Tom or Karen.
  • Volunteering for the nursery is an important way to serve others in the congregation. We would like to see many of our people volunteer to help. Obviously, the more volunteers we have, the less frequently each individual must serve. If you would like to volunteer for nursery service, please speak with Karen Chantry. If you have not regularly volunteered for the nursery, you may be asked if you would be willing to do so. Please prayerfully consider whether you would be able to serve in this capacity.
  • Karen will be producing a schedule for nursery service on a quarterly basis. Volunteers should tell her whether or not they are available on Wednesday evening. Volunteers are asked to check the schedule and make certain they will be available for their scheduled times. If the scheduled time is inconvenient, volunteers should attempt to switch with another worker before contacting Karen. If a scheduled nursery volunteer is sick or otherwise unable to make it to church, an effort should be made to arrange for a substitute or to contact Karen as early as possible.
  • The ratio of children to workers in the nursery should not be greater than three children to one worker. (If a fourth child is in the nursery, a second worker is necessary; if there are seven children, a third worker, etc.) If there are more children in the nursery than expected, nursery workers should get word to Karen so that she can arrange for an additional worker.
  • There must be at least one nursery worker who is 20 or older at all times. Teenagers and children as young as ten may assist as the second nursery worker so long as their care for the children is appropriate. The adult worker must be in charge at all times. If any concern arises over any children working in the nursery, it should be reported to Karen.
  • Nursery workers are to be responsible only for the nursery. They should not be expected to watch the kitchen on days of fellowship meals or to perform any other extra duties.