Dawn Garee


Chapel Kids Ministries exists to come alongside families to nurture the next generation in faith in Jesus Christ.

Chapel Kids: Birth – 5th Grade

Ministries to kids are in full force on Sundays and Wednesdays. Visit our Nursery, Preschool & Kindergarten and Elementary pages for more details. Parents or responsible parties are to remain on campus while children are involved in Chapel Kids ministries.

Families who have children with special needs are welcomed, accepted and loved. Visit our Special Needs page for more information.

Wendy Nowak, our Kids Ministry Director, would love to meet and welcome your family. Our staff includes Kay Lynn Shetler, our Ministry Coordinator, and Dawn Garee, our Administrative Assistant, who is able to help answer your questions.

We fulfill our mission by:

    • Creating fun and relatable spiritual environments where children can personally respond to God
    • Empowering and equipping parents as the primary spiritual nurturers
    • Using Biblical, Christ-centered curriculum as a guide to help students connect to God, find their place in His Big Story, and respond to Him by the power of the Holy Spirit
    • Empowering leaders to love and serve kids from birth through 5th grade, then helping kids transition into middle school ministry.

Events, Celebrations, & Worship

Child Dedication

Each spring and fall, Chapel Kids offers a parent class for those wishing to dedicate a child. Child Dedication at the Chapel is an opportunity for parents to dedicate themselves to training and teaching a child about God’s word and about a relationship with Jesus Christ. Child dedication services are held on Saturday mornings twice a year, and families are encouraged to invite family members to this special celebration.

Next Ceremony: Saturday, Nov. 2 | 10am | Atrium

Parents are asked to participate in a required Child Dedication Class prior to the ceremony. This class takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30pm. Questions? Contact Dawn.

Family Worship

Several times each year we invite all the children into the worship center to join with adults and youth for Family Worship. Kids ministry is provided only for kids age 3 and under on these special days.

Child Baptism

Families with a child wishing to be baptized should contact our Care Office to receive a schedule of baptism classes and information. The Chapel recommends that children be baptized at age 10 or older in order for them to better comprehend the meaning of baptism and the public proclamation of faith in Jesus. Our staff is willing to help families determine if their child is ready.

Other Events

Through the year, our Family Ministry Team plans events that we believe will grow families spiritually, mentally, and relationally, and more. Events will be publicized in our Sunday bulletin, in handouts, on our website, on social media, and on e-screens through the building.

Get Involved

Find ways to stay connected and serve in Chapel Kids!

You have a gift. We all do. Find out more about how you can put yours to use for the sake of God’s Kingdom!

Get to know the Chapel Kids team! We’re a fun bunch. We think you’ll like us.

Safety and Cleanliness

We know you take your child’s health and safety seriously. We do too. Let us help you put your mind at ease. Your child is safe with Chapel Kids!

The safety of our children is our highest priority as we teach the Bible to kids in a loving, clean, fun environment. All of our Chapel Kids volunteers are asked to complete a thorough application and interview process. They are carefully screened and formally background-checked. We train and supervise every adult and student leader as they care for children at church.

Our environments are designed with age-appropriate toys and spaces. We routinely practice safety procedures and drills for shelter-in-place, evacuations, and emergency events. In the event of an emergency, we have plans in place to keep your children safe while adults evacuate or shelter-in-place separately.

Your cell phone is the primary way we contact parents in the event of a need for your child. Please be sure we have your updated cell phone number and that you are aware of potential calls or texts while kids are in ministry.

We place a high priority on cleanliness. We have careful practices and routines in place to keep toys, diaper changing areas, cribs, and play areas clean. All spaces contain hand sanitizer for children and leaders.

We operate a well-child program. For the protection of all the children in our ministry, we cannot accept a child with:

Runny nose
Fresh cold—four days or less
Fever within the past 24 hours
Persistent cough
Any other signs of illness

To avoid exposing other children to illness, please do not place your children in Chapel Kids classes if they are experiencing any of the above symptoms. Thank you for helping us keep our littlest family members healthy!