Knowing that parents are the number one influencers in their child’s life, we choose to partner with parents in their efforts to pass on a legacy of faith to their children using a co-op format that helps sustain our Kreek Kids weekend programs. We ask parents, who call AC3 home and have attended AC3 for about six months, to support our weekend programs by volunteering just 1-2 hours a month, either in a classroom, our nursery, at our check-in desk or by supporting the co-op by doing simple behind-the-scenes projects. Below you’ll find out why a cooperative effort is good for our kids, healthy for our volunteers and why it’s been a growing trend in churches. Proverbs 22:6, Psalm 78:1-8, and Deut. 6:1-9.
Good for Kids, Healthy for our Volunteers
Our co-op model is not only good for our children, but it also provides a healthy support system for our volunteer teams. Children need to know that faith-based learning is a priority in their household and our ministry volunteers need to feel supported and valued.
Kreek Kids Weekend Mission: “To be the BEST HOUR in every family’s week!”“We leave what we live, not our intentions.” (author unknown)
Kreek Kids Co-op Mission/Vision: “Partnering with parents to raise up the next generation of heroes in the faith.”
Get on the Fast Track
There are ‘perks’ to our co-op format. Parents partnering in our co-op program just 1-2 hours per month are moved to the head of the line! They can enroll in our Fast Track Check-In program by completing the Parent Application. Fast Track (FT) parents will use our electronic ‘self’ check-in kiosk when arriving with their children at Kreek Kids which helps expedite their check-in process. It also allows us more time to check-in guests and chat with those attending less often.
FT parents will receive numbered key tags. These key tags help check children in and out of Kreek Kids safely and quickly during weekend programs with no pick up slips needed. Mobile passes are available upon request for Fast Track families.
Online Team Training
You won’t be left in the dark when you join our co-op ministry team! From classroom shadowing, one-on-one training and our Kreek Kids Team Central basic training web page, we’ve got you covered!
A Growing Trend In Churches
In March of 2010, The Kreek Kids team, along with insights from families and AC3 leadership, officially became a co-op ministry. Co-op children ministries are currently the growing trend among churches for several reasons: 1) Churches realize parents are the most influential people in their children’s lives. 2) Children’s ministry teams understand that they can no longer effectively do children’s ministry or provide safe staffing ratios without the support of parent involvement and support.
Parents are called to be part of the faith training process of their children (Proverbs 22:6, Psalm 78:1-8, Deut. 6:1-9) so churches are taking active steps to partner with parents in their legacy creation efforts. At AC3, parents along with other caring adults serve in our co-op format just 1-2 hours monthly, keeping in mind individual passions and talents. There are a variety of ways parents and others can serve that will fit their own individual giftedness; inside and outside the classroom.
You can also take a peek at a few other kids ministry co-ops opting into this newer trend:
We are always looking for ways to improve our co-op format and how to make Kreek Kids the BEST HOUR in every family’s week! Contact Twila to meet over coffee and discuss the possibilities!