It’s Sunday. You’ve just spent an hour trying to get yourself and your family ready for church. Teeth brushed, hair combed, clothes and shoes on. You manage to corral everyone outside and pile them into the car. You quickly drive up to the Highland Village campus and park. Everyone clambers out of the car and heads to a waiting shuttle, which takes you to the Flower Mound campus. You walk down the long hallway past the worship center, navigating through an ocean of people while trying to keep the family together, only to stand in line at the preschool or children’s check-in for 5 or 6 minutes. You get to the front of the line, wait for the next available greeter, and scan your keytag. The greeter checks the computer, and tells you, “I’m so sorry — our 2 year old rooms, Kindergarten Camp, and our 1st grade rooms in Kids’ Village are all full.” The last hour and a half of getting ready and traveling seems to have been for nothing — your kids can’t get checked in. This scene is frustrating. It is disheartening. It is disappointing. It happens to families every week at The Village Church Flower Mound campus.
We understand this frustration and disappointment, and it grieves us deeply to turn families away from The Little Village (weekend ministry to birth – Kindergarten) and Kids’ Village (weekend ministry to 1st-5th graders). Every week we have conversations with parents, trying to explain why we must make the difficult decision to turn away. In an effort to better communicate the situation, we have created this FAQ to help answer some of the questions.
Can you just add one more kid to that room?
The short answer is, “no, we cannot”. We have set limits on the rooms in order to maintain safety, as well as a teachable environment for the children. The heart and purpose of both The Little Village and Kids’ Village is not to merely occupy children and keep them alive while their parents attend adult worship. Each weekend we are teaching and proclaiming the truth of the scriptures. Too many kids in one room creates chaos, and makes it much more difficult, if not impossible, to effectively minister to them.
Can you just put my kid in a different room that still has space?
In order to effectively proclaim the truth of the gospel to so many children, we have created environments and curriculum geared for a specific age, based on developmental levels of the age groups. Because of this age-specific content, it is counterproductive to place children in rooms that are designed for a different age. In some cases in The Little Village, this could actually be dangerous.
Can my child just go to class with his/her sibling?
This question is a slight variation of the above question, and has the same answer.
You just built this building, why didn’t you plan for more space for kids?
We are running out of space for the kids for the same reason we are running out of space for the adults. The Lord is drawing more people to The Village than we currently have space for. We are working diligently to keep up with what the Lord is doing here, and we are trusting in the Holy Spirit to minister to the hearts of those whom we unfortunately must turn away.
How can I keep from being turned away?
Check-in for both The Little Village and Kids’ Village begins 30 minutes before each service. Typically rooms will begin to reach capacity and start to be closed about 15 minutes before the service. As we get closer to the start time for the service, more and more of the rooms fill up. In order to help prevent being turned away, we encourage you to arrive as soon as check-in begins, 30 minutes before the service starts. This will greatly reduce the chances of your child’s age group from being closed before you check-in.
Parents, we understand how difficult this is and are grateful for the gracious response so many of you have had to being turned away from service. It is our hope that this difficulty will help you grow in your trust of the Lord, and drive you to greater depth and intimacy with Him. At the same time, please know that we are working to alleviate these issues. We pray for you often. Your patience and grace are a testimony to the work of the Lord, and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday.