Avenue 252 - Our Environment Kids Grades 3-5


Avenue252 for our Preteens!

What is Avenue252? Avenue252 is our environment for older children in Third – Fifth grades at Hillside. It is designed to be a transition between Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry. The environment is led by people who “get” pre-teens and want to bring them into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ while preparing them for the shift to Middle School. Avenue252 is offered at both the 9:00 and 10:30 services.   This environment shares core values and teaching materials with UpStreet but not teaching styles because we realize that pre-teens are more experienced in “school” and have different learning styles than the younger elementary kids. But using the same materials allows for families to have discussions about what their kids are learning and parents can make better use of the parent resources we offer to them.

Room Location: Avenue252 is located in the Conference Room down the hall off the Foyer.
Please note that during the summer and some holidays, K-5 are combined for Large Group in the UpStreet Room and then separated for Small Groups. 

Schedule: Avenue252 begins promptly each week with fun games and activities. We then move into a time of prayer followed by an innovative and creatively told Bible Story (www.thinkorange.com).

Your attention please…
Because children arriving late not only hate walking late into the room but they have missed at least a portion of the foundation for everything that follows. Fifteen (15) minutes after the service begins the children’s areas will be closed for the remainder of the service to allow for teaching and small groups to occur without interruptions or distractions and to increase our security and safety. Being late happens to everyone once in a while, so if arriving after check-in closes, your children are welcome to join their parents in the auditorium or main lobby for that day and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Please note that not all topics taught in our adult or teen venues are suitable for little ears but are essential teachings for our adults and teens.  That is one of the reasons we strive to offer excellent children’s programs for your children that are age appropriate and helps them to be in a growing relationship with Jesus.

Registration and Check in:
First time? Registration is located in our main lobby. You will be asked to complete an short form on our iPads and will be given two-part name tag, one for your child and the other is a parent pick up tag for security reasons.

Parents may check-in children from fifteen minutes prior to the service until fifteen minutes after the beginning of the service.

Well-Child Facility:  Please note that we are unable to care for children who have runny noses, coughs, fevers, or other symptoms of illness.  Please note that if your child presents with cold-like symptoms or appears to not be feeling well, you may be asked to keep them with you or may be called to come get them mid-service.   We also do not know if children are immunized or not so it is important for parents to help us keep Avenue252 safe for all children.  If your child has been exposed to a contagious disease within the last two weeks, even if they have no symptoms, we ask that you keep your child with you during the incubation period.  Thank you.

New to Avenue252? Please arrive a few minutes early to complete a registration form and provide your personal cell phone number which we will use to notify you by text messaging in the event your child needs you during their time with us on Avenue252.

Partnering with Parents:

GodTime is the weekly devotional that small group leaders send home with your child each week.  Parents need to encourage their upper elementary aged child to create a time each day to read through the GodTime, do the activities and pray with them.  This will help your kids really make scripture a part of their every day life (and yours too!).  We are finding that many families like to do them as a family devotion after dinner and before the bedtime process begins. To encourage kids and their families to make the most of the GodTime devotions, we have begun a reward program where kids who do their GodTime (4 days between Sundays) and parents have initialed that they have completed each day, then the kids get to go to the Treasure Box or save points for a group treat!

ParentCue is our parent take-home resource available in our Avenue252 environment on Sunday mornings. ParentCue offers parents a plan for bringing home the faith discussions that began on Sunday.

ParentCue App is also available for your smart phone.  This has become a favorite among parents because it also give access to our monthly theme song, weekly storytelling video and a whole host of other fun things to do with your kids.  Check it out at the App Store.

Join our HillsideKids Facebook Page: click here.

For more information, please contact Terri Woodard, Pastor, Kids & Families, at terri@hillsidemarin.org or 415/924-2297 x104.

HillsideKids Volunteer Positions
We are looking to add to our Sunday Positions:
Nursery Leaders & Cuddlers.  Best volunteer job ever! Help kids and parents start out strong.  Consistency is important for the Lead roles.
Toddler Leaders (WL1) for each service (9 & 10:30) These are our walkers and early talkers. Socialization and routine help these little ones learn to love church.  A single teaching activity each week and story time make this fun for everyone.
Leaders for a new room specifically for 2 & 3 year olds.
We have a huge number of 2-3 year olds this year.  With a couple of dedicated leaders these kids could really be a strong group of believing and bold teens in Marin.  Would you help us begin this new ministry to 2 year olds?
UpStreet: one co-leader for 10:30am.
Teen Helpers in Waumba Land (MS) and UpStreet/Avenue252 (HS) for both hours to be a small group leader to a group of kids in one grade level.
Non-Sunday Volunteer Positions Open:
Admin for registration/attendance data entry
Event Planner: someone to work with the team and bring events to HillsideKids at every age level.
Mainly Music Host: meet/greet/welcome new families to our Monday morning preschool music parent/caregiver/child program.  Help with set up and tear down each week.
Mainly Music Leader: train to become a mainly music song leader and help us to open up other time slots to reach Marin families and our own preschool better.

Important DatesAMPED! Vacation Bible School/Day Camp, July 23-27, 8:30AM-12:00PM.

For children 3 (potty-trained) year olds through incoming 6th graders. Registration available at the quick link below. 

Promotion Sunday – Moving Up! July 15th during the second service.

Important milestone for the kids and their families as kids move to their next environment.