If you're attending New Harbor with children, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes prior to service to allow time to check in and acclimate your kid(s) to their classroom.
Inside the lobby, you'll find our Kids' Check-In Kiosk.
On your first visit, fill out an info card to inform us of your children's age, allergies, and other things that will help us care for them.
If you've filled out an info card on a previous visit, you can easily check in by entering your mobile number and following the prompts.
At 9 am, services are offered for Nursery (birth-2 1/2), Pre-School (ages 2 1/2-5), K-2nd, and 3rd-5th Grade.
At 10:45 am, services are offered for Pre-School (ages 2-5) through 5th Grade.
After check-in, children are greeted by their leaders and friends with the option for free play, talking, coloring, or games through the first few minutes of service. We start the lesson with praise music (for K-5th during 1st service and all ages during 2nd service), led by Jeff Cornell. He leads kids in song with his guitar, teaching them the meaning behind the words they sing. Following the music, leaders play a video related to the Bible lesson of the week, which transitions into discussion questions. Most children agree that their favorite part of the service is the activity, which connects the “point” of the lesson to a fun craft, project, or game.
Families with newborns or toddlers are welcome to use the Family Room, a quiet, comfortable room that allows parents to see and hear the service.
Preparing for the Nursery
Nursery care for newborns to age 2 1/2 is provided during the 9 am Sunday service.
Research(1) continues to show the importance of talking and reading stories to children under three, and our teachers and care providers use this short time with your precious ones to share the Good News. By singing gospel-centric songs, playing games, and telling stories that tie into the week's Gospel Project lesson, our goal is to provide a warm, safe environment where all little ones begin to learn about God's love for them!
Suggested Items to Pack
Two disposable diapers
Pacifier or other security items
Bottle, formula, and other feeding essentials
Sippy cup of milk, juice, or water
In the nursery, we have soft "superfood puffs" available. They are organic grain, gluten-free, and in a variety of flavors. Please notify your baby's teacher of any food allergies when dropping off.
Nursing mothers may come into the room to nurse. Because our space is limited we ask the mother to keep their stay to just the time required to meet the needs of the child.
Saying "goodbye" and Checking In
After you've checked in your child, here are some tips for transitioning out of the room.
Be Positive! ("it will be fine, you'll have fun here")
Don't Linger - this can make it harder on the child and you.
Say Goodbye, letting them know you'll return.
Feel free to check on your little one at any time during the service. We ask, however, that you do so discreetly, trying not to let your child see you.
Children's Safety Program & Teacher Screening
Your child’s safety is of critical importance to us, and it is our desire that all children would feel loved, safe and secure, and know and experience how much God loves them every Sunday.
New Harbor has implemented a thorough and rigorous safety program that includes the following:
Fingerprinting and background checks for all those 18 and over who are working with children and/or youth.
Annual safety re-training
Check-in / check-out system for every classroom
Two supervisors in every classroom
Front-door monitoring to ensure no child leaves alone or without their parent
Minimum 12-years old for all child and nursery workers
Intercom system in all classrooms
Emergency evacuation plan & emergency lighting
All the children entrusted to us are precious, and we are grateful that no children in our ministry’s care have ever experienced a single safety or inappropriate conduct issue. We believe the above steps will ensure that continues!