McDowell KIDS

Building a foundation of faith in the youngest generations.

What is McDowell KIDS?

First Time Here?

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What is McDowell KIDS?

McDowell KIDS partners with parents and provides children with experiences,
resources, and skills that encourage them to be followers of Jesus.


Kids love to have fun, so we create exciting and engaging ways for children to learn about Jesus! When kids have fun, they can’t wait to come back!

Small Groups

Starting from age three, children are part of a small group environment where they learn how God’s Word fits into their lives, how to talk to God, and how to develop friendships with their small group leader and peers. We believe life is better together!

Creative Teaching

We strive to bring the Bible’s stories to life through activities and discussions that keep kids engage. We want all children to love God’s Word and discover why it’s so important to apply it to their lives.

Child Baptism


Baby Blessing


Super Summer

June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17
For K-5th Graders

Overnight Camps


Family Events


5th Grade Launch


Connect With Us

Visiting McDowell KIDS for the first time?

Be prepared, your kids are going to love it! Below are a few things we want you to know.


When you arrive, our team will happily show you the way to the children’s area. You’ll go to the first-time check-in station where you can tell us a little about your family to help us serve you well. On our check-in form, we’ll get your contact information and give you space to record any allergies your children may have and other important information about your family.

You and your child will receive identification tags that are unique to your family each week. Your child will wear the nametag portion while you keep the receipt tag.

During dismissal, you’ll need to show your receipt tag before your child is released from class, so be sure not to lose it!

Contacting Parents

If for any reason we need to reach you during the service, you’ll receive a text message. If your presence is needed, please return to the check-in area with your receipt tag and we will reconnect you with your child.

You may also receive a text to let you know your child is having a great day in their classroom!


Keeping your child safe is a priority! Every McDowell KIDS volunteer is screened with an interview and background check. They are also trained in our policies and procedures to help ensure the safety of every child.


How should I communicate a custody, medical, or behavioral concern with staff?

If you are a first-time guest, there is opportunity to share special needs on the Welcome Card filled out at Check-In. Keep in mind, these concerns are more easily managed if your family is consistent in the service time attended. This enables leaders for that service to be familiar with your family and their needs.


If this is something you’d like us to understand before you attend McDowell, contact our Kids Pastor, Sarah Stevens at [email protected]

What is your sick child policy?

Ask yourself:

Has your child had fever, diarrhea, vomiting in the last 24 hours?

Has your child been sick and not on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours?

Does your child have discharge in or around their eyes?

Does your child have a green or yellow runny nose?

Has your child been coughing frequently and/or excessively?

Does your child have a communicable disease?

If you answered yes to one or more of these, then your child should not attend McDowell Kids this week. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping all our children healthy by not bringing a child who may be sick.

Can I run errands while you teach my child?

No. We ask the responsible adult to remain in the building once their child is checked into our ministry.

What if my child doesn’t want to attend class?

Children are welcome to attend services with their family. We have the entire service on a screen in the lobby for those desiring a worship experience outside the main auditorium.

When will my child move up to the next class?

We promote babies in the Nursery (birth-age 2) to the next level throughout the year, based on the development of their motor skills. Once an infant is capable of walking and is steady on their feet, they may move to the next level. Preschoolers (3-5 years old) are promoted on their birthday.
Elementary children are promoted to the next class in May of each year. Kids will remain in their current class level until the following May.

Do you have parent resources?

Yes! We recommend following us on our social media accounts to stay up to date on all things McDowell Kids! Check out the links below for more parent resources.

I still have a few questions. Who should I contact?

We would love to talk with you and answer any questions. Email [email protected]