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Arlington Heights | Kids

We are passionate about shaping the lives of children as they grow and flourish in their understanding of who God is and what He’s doing in the world!

We have created a safe and caring environment. Every volunteer goes through a screening process and our secure children’s area is limited to children, their families and our volunteers. We also celebrate various milestones in a child’s life through child dedications, kindergarten Bible presentations and 5th grade graduation. 

If you're joining us in person, stop by our Welcome Center. We’d love to meet you! Please introduce yourself to one of our staff so that we can answer any questions you might have about Orchard Kids.

When We Meet

Orchard Kids | Sundays, 9:30 & 11 a.m. 

  • Nursery for infants and toddlers: Upstairs in the middle hallway
  • Preschool for children age 2 through 4-year-olds: Preschool wing downstairs, enter through Orchard Kids Lobby
  • Kindergarten: Preschool wing downstairs, enter through Orchard Kids Lobby
  • Primary: Primary wing downstairs, enter through Orchard Kids Lobby (meets September to May)

Awana | Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Awana, our mid-week program, is a ministry committed to reaching boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and training them to serve Him. Awana clubs are a place where children 3-years-old to 5th grade can play games, memorize Bible verses and learn Bible lessons. We meet during the school year, September to April. 

  • Cubbies (3 & 4-year-olds) - Calendar here
  • Sparks (Kindergarten to 2nd grade) - Calendar here
  • T&T Girls (3rd to 5th grade girls) - Calendar here
  • T&T Boys (3rd to 5th grade boys) - Calendar here

Register for Awana

 

Online Resources

We are using the Gospel Project's online curriculum to allow children to grow in their understanding of the Bible at home throughout the week. You can find those resources here (scroll to the bottom under Kids Resources).

Security

All children are required to check in at one of our kiosks to receive a child check-in name tag and a matching adult pick-up name tag. Guests can obtain a temporary name tag at our Orchard Kids Welcome Center. Our volunteers are background checked, screened and trained.

Special Needs

If your child has special needs, contact Heather Safford, Director of Children’s Ministries, to discus your child’s needs. It is our desire for your child to acclimate well.

Child Dedication

Child Dedications will happen next on Sunday, May 22. Please apply by May 13 if you would like your child to be dedicated on that date, and mark your calendars for a required class on May 15 after the 11 a.m. service. Childcare and lunch will be provided. Please complete a Child Dedication Request Form and we will be in touch with you.

(Child Dedication usually takes place twice a year. One of the child's parents must be a member in order for their child to be dedicated at The Orchard.)

Contact

Heather Safford, Director of Children’s Ministries, 224.764.4026
Amy Wilson, Children’s Ministries Coordinator, 224.764.4031

FAQs

We use the same system as the local public schools to determine which classroom is the most appropriate for your child—with a September 1 cut-off date. 

Parents of infants through kindergartners will be contacted through a pager you will receive at check-in. Children 1st through 5th grade will be escorted to you during the service.

If your child has a severe food allergy, please let us know when you sign in or on the registration card so we are aware of the specific allergy and its severity. Additionally, we try to stay away from common food allergies with our snacks, such as nuts.

Yes, we encourage families to worship together! It’s okay if your kids are a little squirmy.

Whether you are here for the first time or have attended for years, all parents are asked to show their child’s ticket when picking up children, infants to second grade.  Third through fifth grade are allowed to leave their classrooms upon dismissal, so please set up a family meeting spot.

Yes! Child dedication is an acknowledgment by parents that they have been entrusted with their child by God. It is also a commitment to teach, train and model godliness for your child—a pledge you are asked to take publicly, before God and our church family.


Please fill out a child dedication request form if you’re interested in dedicating your child and our staff will be in touch with you about the next child dedication dates and meetings.