WHAT TO EXPECT
Check In for First-Time Guests
When you arrive at the Fairfax Kids check-in area, we’ll ask you to provide (for each child):
- Parent/legal guardian names
- Children’s names and birthdates
- Address and phone number
- Any special instructions (allergies, special needs, etc.)
After we enter this information into our database, you and your child will receive identification tags that are unique to your family each week. For the duration of the service, your child wears the nametag portion while you keep the receipt tag. During dismissal, you’ll need to show your receipt tag before your child is released from class.
If we need to contact you during the service, your family’s unique identification code will appear on the screens in the sanctuary and Great Room Coffee Shop. If your code appears on the screen, return to the check-in area and we will have you reconnect with your child.
Self Check-In for Returning Families
When you make the decision to attend Fairfax Community Church on a consistent basis, you can request a key tag. Once you have your key tag, you may check-in your child at any available self check-in stations.
To ensure the safety of your child, every Fairfax Kids volunteer is screened with an interview and background check. We use an identification tag system for child check-in and pick-up and a paging system for parents/guardians in case we need to reach you during the service.
Creative Bible Teaching
The Bible is the most amazing book ever written! We strive to bring its stories to life through activities and discussions that keep kids engaged. We want all children to love God’s Word and discover why it’s so important to apply it to their lives.
Being a part of a small group is a powerful experience for adults and kids alike. Starting from age 3, children are a part of a small group environment where they learn how God’s Word fits into their lives, how to talk to God, and how to develop friendship with their small group leader and peers. We believe that life is better together!
Kids love to have fun! We create fun, engaging ways for children to learn about Jesus. When children have fun at church, they can not wait to come back!
Have questions about Fairfax Kids? Check out our FAQ.
Each parent or guardian dropping off a child into Fairfax Kids must fill out a Welcome Card. We ask for your name, phone number, and address as well as the child’s name and date of birth. You will receive a nametag and numbered tag for each child, which shows your child’s full name, grade and a unique three-digit code.
When you pick up your child, we will only release him/her to the adult with the matching numbered code. Our volunteers are background checked and go through training during the year for classroom management, emergency procedures, etc.
The unique code on each child’s nametag serves as a way for us to page parents via the onstage screens. If you see your child’s code, please exit service and proceed to the children’s ministry area. A staff member will be waiting for you in our hallway to assist you.
If this is something you’d like us to understand before you attend FCC, contact our Children’s Pastor, Marcy Davis. She would love the opportunity to discuss your specific concerns and help communicate it to your child’s teacher. If you are a first-time guest there is opportunity to share special needs on the Welcome Card filled out at Check-In. Keep in mind, these concerns are more easily managed if your family is consistent in the service time attended; this enables the leaders for that service to be familiar with your family.
Our staff and volunteers are trained on how to manage children with different capabilities in the classroom. If a child needs a buddy to help with any needs during their time in class, we would love to work with you to find someone who can do that!
We want your child to LOVE coming to church as much as we LOVE having them! Here are some strategies to help set your child up for success:
- Attend church regularly and frequently. Make church a familiar place!
- Pick one service time and stick with it. Get to know your child’s teachers.
- Arrive on time—or even early. We welcome children 30 minutes before services.
- Eliminate distractions. Have a snack before coming to church, visit the bathroom before drop off, and leave toys/electronics in the car.
- Communicate with us. Talk with Fairfax Kids staff regarding any custody, medical, or behavioral concern. The more we know about your child, the better we can serve them.
- Has your child had fever, diarrhea, or vomiting in the last 24 hours?
- Has your child been sick and not on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours?
- Does your child have discharge in or around their eyes?
- Does your child have a green or yellow runny nose?
- Has your child been coughing frequently and/or excessively?
- Does your child have a communicable disease?
If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these, then your child should not attend Fairfax Kids this week. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping all of our children healthy by not bringing a child who may be sick.
Children under the age of 5 are welcome to sit in the Great Room with you during the service (located near the sanctuary foyer). We have the entire service on a screen for those desiring a worship experience outside of the main sanctuary. Older kids are welcome to join you in the main service.
No. We ask the responsible adult to remain in the building once their child is checked into our ministry.
We promote babies in the Nursery (birth-age 2) to the next level throughout the year based upon the development of their motor skills. Once an infant is capable of walking around and is steady on their feet, they move to the Walkers’ Room.
Preschool (3’s-prek 5’s) and Elementary children are promoted to the next class level at the beginning of the school year. Kids will remain in their current class level through the summer; however rising seventh-graders are invited to Student Ministry events during the summer to help them meet friends in their age group.
Although we love teaching your child, we know YOU have the greatest potential for influence on your child’s relationship with Christ. So thank you for partnering with us to make the most of your family’s time at church! We currently use Think Orange’s First Look and 252 Basics for birth-4th grade, and PreteenMinistry.net for 5th and 6th grades.
Each month, you’ll find our latest take-home resources at the bottom of this webpage or you can pick them up at check-in.