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Kids Ministry Volunteer Training Book – Free Download

January 22, 2015
Volunteer Handbook

Every year we have a volunteer training event in September.  We review the safety stuff as well as the vision and values.  It’s a chance for new volunteers to learn the basics and returning volunteers to be reminded about why we do what we do.  At this event we review our Volunteer Training Handbook.  This book outlines our safety policies as well as the need to know info for our Kids Volunteers.

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How to handle food allergies in kids ministry

August 14, 2014

Food Allergies are common in children.  Kids Ministry should be a place where kids are safe & details such as food allergies are important.  When I was at Crossroads Church they told me about their system when it comes to Food Allergies.

  1. Parents are responsible to put an Allergy Sticker on their child each week.  Stickers are available at every check-in station.  Parents simply write the allergy on the sticker, and put it on their child.  They use round stickers that have red printing on them, so that it stands out from their name tag.
  2. Snack options are limited to 2 choices.  Goldfish crackers & Graham Crackers.  That’s it.  Nothing else.
  3. Stickers are placed on the snack containers that clearly label the name of the snack as well as common allergy ingredients that are found in that snack (e.g. milk, wheat)
  4. A list of ingredients is taped on the inside of the cupboard door for volunteers to easily reference.  The font size is much larger than what you would read on a packaging label.  Easy to read!
  5. A list of ingredients is laminated & kept in the snack cupboard to give to parents to read if they ask about an ingredient list.

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DIY Safety Manual

August 13, 2014

Does your church have a clear plan for emergencies?  Crossroads Church does.  In fact, it’s so clear, that they have a Safety Manual displayed in each Kids Room.  Each Manual is custom made with instructions for that specific room.  The staff was kind enough to give me permission to share their Safety Manual on my blog with pictures for everyone to see.  Hopefully it will inspire you to make a plan for emergencies that is clear for your volunteers.