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Wednesday Night Programs – FAQs

What is available for my children/youth on Wednesday nights?

Childcare (Infants – 2s)

Loving, safe and engaging childcare provided for our youngest children.  (Available only for those parents attending a Grow Group)  For more information contact Eunice Pimentel at epimentel@newportmesa.org

Rainbows (3’s thru Pre-Kindergarten) 

Rainbows is a preschool program specifically designed for the 3’s thru the Pre-Kindergarten child (We have 3s and 4s/Pre-K classes).  Bible Stories, songs, games, crafts, snacks and lots of friend-time are a big part of this evening!  Simple badges can be earned by children as a reward for memorizing Bible verses.  However, all learning is celebrated and enjoyed!  For more information contact Eunice Pimentel at epimentel@newportmesa.org

Brave Hearts for GIRLS (A mentoring program for Kindergarten – 6th Grade)

The Brave Hearts Girls Ministry is an active program that builds confidence in young women through Christ-centered mentor and peer relationships, small group Bible studies, the development of life skills, and FUN outdoor, indoor and sometimes “very girl-type” activities!

The ministry is divided into Lil’Hearts (K-1st grade), Discovery Hearts (2nd-4th grade), and Adventure Hearts (5th-6th grade).  For more information, contact Kimberly Corfield at kcorfield@newportmesa.org

Royal Rangers for BOYS (A mentoring program for Kindergarten – 12th Grade)

The Royal Rangers program is an activity-based ministry for boys and young men.  The Ranger’s mission is to evangelize, equip and empower the next generation of men to imitate Christ and be lifelong servant leaders.  A hands-on, interactive learning style featuring an intentional character-based program for boys and young men through the mentorship of men to boys is the focus. Every meeting, outing or service activity is designed to encourage boys and young men in their walk with God.

The Ministry is divided into Ranger Kids (Kindergarten -2nd Grades), Discovery Rangers (2nd-5th Grades) and Adventure/Expedition Rangers (6th-12th grades).  For more information contact Commander Pete Triana at trianamo@yahoo.com

NMC Youth Group for Jhigh & High School

Hanging out with friends, worshiping God with friends, learning God’s Word with friends, laughing with friends, being mentored by mature youth leaders – all describe a youth night at the Dome!  Tough to be a teen in today’s morally ambivalent world but everything is easier with good friends and godly leaders who can walk beside you through all the ups and downs of Jhigh and High School!  (Jhigh and High School will be together for worship, message and then split up for small group time.)

For more information, contact Chris Duncan, Youth Director at cduncan@newportmesa.org;  Alex Esperanza, Jhigh Coordinator at aesperanza@newportmesa.org and Brittany Dalafu, High School Coordinator bdalafu@newportmesa.org.

 What is available for adults or parents?

Grow Groups for Adults

Sharing life in community is not only enjoyable, but it’s built into the fabric of our faith. God designed us to be in community with each other. It’s where our faith is flushed out into real life application. It’s where the rubber meets the road. It’s where support, protection, and accountability can be shared. It’s a place to know others and a place to be known by others.

A variety of Grow Groups, for adults, are offered on Wednesday Nights on campus.    This year we have a Marriage Group, Parents of Preteens & Adolescents Group, Women’s Group, Single Parents Group, and Concerned Persons Group. Go to https://newportmesa.org/growgroups for more information and to sign up.

How do I register my kids or youth for any of the Wednesday programs?

Registration for Wednesday Nights is easy!  All your child needs is an emergency release form (that has been attached to this email) completed.  Simply complete the form and bring with you on the first Wednesday Night.  We will explain the programs further in the Parent Orientation.

Where do I go when I first come to the campus Wednesday, September 19?

Go ahead and check your child(ren) in on our electronic system (located next to Kids’ buildings).  You can enjoy a taco dinner at 5:00pm with your family and then at 6:20pm we will begin to gather in the Worship Center for introductions.  Kids and Youth will be released at 7:00pm to meet their leaders.  We will finish with the Parent Information and head outside for some Coffee and Dessert and an opportunity to purchase uniforms and supplies.

How long do these programs run?

The first semester runs from September 19 – December 12, 2018 (break on October 31 for Halloween and then November 21 for Thanksgiving).  The second semester runs from January 9 – May 29, 2019 (break on April 10 for Easter).

Is there a cost to the kids/youth programs?

Rainbows, Brave Hearts, and Rangers have a $25 program fee each semester.  This is NEW this year.  The costs of running quality kids’ programs have increased and we are asking that parents now help supplement the cost each semester with this small program fee so that we can continue to provide these outstanding programs.

Several of the programs have t-shirts, handbooks and other items that you can purchase for your child to use while participating in the program however no purchases are required for a child/young person to participate.  A few of the programs also ask children to bring in small dues each week.

Some special outings/trips are planned for kids/families.  All activities are optional and you will be given enough notice so that you can save money for any trip you would like to have your child/family attend.  Limited scholarships are available.

Are parents required to volunteer for the programs?

We do ask that each parent of the Rainbows, Little Hearts and Ranger Kids serve one time a semester to help us ensure that we have adequate ratios in our youngest programs.  All programs have lots of opportunities for parents to serve and support the programs.  We will present the opportunities at the Parent Information Meeting.

How do you provide for the safety of my child?

All our volunteers have been screened and background checked.  Each person falls under the supervision of a Coordinator who ensures that each volunteer is continually trained and held accountable for their role.  Our volunteer teams run through several emergency drills each year to ensure we are equipped in the event of a shelter in place or evacuation.  Finally, a member of our NMC Safety Team is present each Wednesday Night.

Do you provide accommodations for Special Needs Kids?

We are working diligently to provide accommodations for all children.  If you have a child, with special needs, please email Ethan Noble at ethan.noble@vanguard.edu, Family Ministries Special Needs Intern, and we will do our best to assess your child’s needs and determine if we are able to accommodate him/her in our programs.  We want your child to have the best experience possible!

I am not really a “church” goer – will my family feel comfortable?

Absolutely!  Our Kids and Youth Programs and Grow Groups are biblically-based but that simply means that we use the Bible as a standard for making moral choices in life.  We will also speak to our faith but not to the exclusion of including others who are exploring the faith or have no faith.  So much of what we offer on these nights is simply real life – life skills, making friends, supporting one another as parents, developing a solid marriage, etc.  All are welcome!

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me at snoble@newportmesa.org.

Hope you can join us for NMC Wednesday Family Nights!

Sharon Noble

Kids & Families Pastor

Snoble@newportmesa.org