Green Acres Preschool Ministry
Welcome to our Preschool Ministry! We hope to be a blessing to you by providing the finest Bible-based care possible. Children from the earliest ages can learn basic truths about God's love. Even simple concepts like "Jesus loves me" and "God made the world" provide a strong foundation for every child. Our teachers and caregivers love Preschoolers and strive to provide the best care, while demonstrating Christ's love each week through our many ministries.
Our policies ensure that your children are safe, loved and able to learn about the love of Jesus while in our care. We depend on you to help us maintain this standard of excellence. If we can be of assistance, please call us anytime at 903-525-1122.
For the children,
The Preschool Ministry Team
How Our Ministry Works
Sunday Morning Promotion
Babies through Toddlers are promoted within the preschool year as they mature and develop in their abilities.
When Preschoolers are ready to promote, a postcard informing parents of their new placement will be mailed.
Two-year-olds (by September 1) promote annually.
Check-In / Security
A computerized check-in system is provided for all children Birth - 5th grade.
Upon check-in, parents will receive 3 labels: one for the Preschooler, one for the teacher and one for the parent to be used to pick up their child.
Labels are crosschecked before the child is released.
During check-in, you will be asked to provide a number to call if there is any need to contact you during your child's stay.
For Special Needs, please contact the Kids Ministry Office so we can ensure proper provisions for your child's needs.
SMBS, Second Hour
Preschoolers from Birth to four-year-olds may be taken to a Connect Group class and remain there for a second Sunday Morning Connect Group hour while parents attend worship. Classes open 15 minutes prior to any adult session.
When Preschoolers enter Kindergarten each fall, they begin attending "Big Church" (worship service) with their parents. We host an annual Big Church Seminar each fall to help prepare Preschoolers and their parents for this transition. Children will receive their first "Big Church" Bible at this time.
For the safety and health of all children, pediatricians recommend that children remain at home if in hte last 24 hours children have shown any of the following symptoms: fever, diarrhea, vomiting, persistent cough or runny nose.
Allergy Policy / Snacks
Many children suffer with childhood allergies. We are a nut-free environment.
All snacks are provided by GABC. Snacks from outside environments are not permitted. One exception: Children with allergies may provide their own snack.
A list of potential snack options includes Puffs, Cheerios, and Goldfish. Special snacks will be posted at classroom doors.
Please inform the Children's Ministry office of your child's allergies. Allergy notes may be included on your child's nametag each week.
For a complete list of allergy policies, please contact the Children's Ministry office. ()
Please be sure to send all necessary supplies in your bag: diapers, wipes, bottles, sippy cups and an extra change of clothes.
labeling ensures that your child's items are returned and kept for their use only.
Due to the number of children in our care, we are only able to bottle feed.
Please only pack plastic bottles with pre-measured formula and water.
All other Preschoolers will be fed a snack served with water. See our Health Policies section above for more information on this.
A nursing room is available in the Preschool Building for nursing moms and their infants.
Opportunities for Service
The Preschool Ministry is volunteer - based. We depend on parent participation, and our Ministry would not be possible without you! Therefore, all parents are encouraged to serve as a volunteer in some way. Commitments range from once every 6 weeks, to once a month, to every other week or weekly. We work diligently to accommodate your schedule while remaining committed to quality preschool education. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Children's Ministry anytime or stop by the Welcome Desk on Sunday mornings to talk about the possibilities.
A national and state background check is required for anyone to serve in a Preschool class.
A volunteer must be a member of GABC or a GABC class for at least 6 months.
Two adults are always present in a classroom.
Volunteers under the age of 16 are not permitted to serve in our Infant/Toddler ministry.