“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” Matthew 19:14
Hosanna Lutheran Church provides a nursery for parents and guardians of small children birth to three years in age. The nursery is open during specific hours (see below) so that parents/guardians can worship without distraction while offering small children a comfortable introduction to Children’s Ministries. We also desire to minister to families with young children by providing information and opportunities to connect with other families with preschoolers.
Normal Nursery Hours:
The nursery is open and supervised on Wednesdays during the 6:45 pm worship and on Sundays during the 9:30 and 11:00 am worship times.
- Infant Room—Blue nursery: Birth to approximately 12 months (until they’re walking).
- Toddler Room—Yellow nursery: 12 months (walking) to 3 years.
Older than 3 are not allowed in the nursery but are welcome in our Connect U Kids program.
- Please check in, via computer, at the nursery check-in station in the hallway. We will escort your child to the nursery.
- Once signed in, you will receive a number tag for your child. Please hang onto this tag as you will need it to pick your child up.
- Your child will receive a corresponding number tag to be pinned on his/her back along with a nametag. This same number will also be his/her cubbie number in which we will store diaper bags, etc.
- If your child needs you during the service, the number on your tag may be displayed in the sanctuary on both sides of the sanctuary. We also may call your cell phone.
- If your child is newly potty trained, we ask that you leave them in diapers or a pull-up for their time in the nursery.
Diaper Bag Suggestions:
- Diapers (Diapers are changed as needed.)
- Pacifier or other “comfort” item(s)
- Change of clothing
- Bottle or plastic cup (optional)
- Label all supplies left with us with your child’s name.
- PLEASE pick up your child at the nursery desk. We will bring your child to you.
- Hand your pick up tag to the nursery worker at the nursery desk and wait for your child outside of the door.
Is My Child Well Enough for the Nursery?
Many parents are frequently concerned about when to keep children home or send them to the nursery. The following information is intended to help parents with this decision.
- If child has had a fever of 100 or more, the child should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal.
- If child has yellow or greenish nasal discharge, child should stay home until it clears up.
- If child has any type of cough or is heavily congested, child should stay home until cough clears up.
- If child has an infection (ear, throat, etc.), the child should stay home until he/she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
- If child has vomited or had diarrhea, the child should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
- If child has any rash that may be disease-related or you do not know the cause, check with your family physician before sending your child to the nursery.
- If child has head lice, child should stay home until it is treated effectively.
- We hope these guidelines will make you feel comfortable in knowing that your child will not be exposed to children with a known illness. Please be considerate of the other children in our care and of your own child by keeping a sick child home. If a child arrives ill to the Nursery, our Nursery Staff may decide whether or not the child is able to be in the Nursery or should remain with the parent.
Volunteer and Paid Opportunities in the Nursery
If you are interested in being a nursery volunteer, please click on the link below to complete the Nursery Volunteer Application Form. Please note that a background check is required of all volunteers that work with children and youth. This is simply a liability step that most churches feel is necessary to safe-guard the children in our care.
On occasion, paid childcare provider opportunities are available. These opportunities are for times and events outside of worship, such as a weekly Bible study or choir rehearsal. Adults, as well, as “babysitters-in-training,” that is 13-16 year olds, can apply for these paid opportunities.
If you feel that you or your teenage son or daughter would be interested in serving God in that way, please complete the appropriate application forms below. Again, a “clean” background checks is a prerequisite for this type of position.
For more information about the Nursery, please contact Elisa Knoepfel, Nursery Coordinator at 507-550-4046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for helping us provide a safe place for your children!