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The children’s ministry is a place where children discover and experience God. We love partnering with parents to help kids from 6 weeks to fifth grade grow in their walk with God and develop a lasting relationship with him. We invite you to check out all of the amazing opportunities we have to grow our children!
Our Concord Kids are our future, so we make sure they are fully engaged and secured in fun, age-appropriate Bible experiences during Kids Church and special events.
We also believe that children should have fun, so we use creativity, innovation, and adventure in reaching them and holding their attention. We believe that children are more receptive to the lessons when they are presented in a creative way.
- When kids are having fun, they remain actively engaged
- When they are actively engaged in the lesson, they are learning
- When they are learning, they are growing
KID’S CHOIR REHERSAL
Join the Concord Kids choir for an exciting time of worship. The Kid’s Choir is led by Sis. Yvonnne Harris.
Rehearsal: on 1st & 2nd Wednesdays of the month.
*Any changes will be communicated through the Concord Worship Team and NextGen Leaders
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Our Concord Kids are our future, so we make sure they are fully engaged and secured in fun, age-appropriate Bible experiences during Kids Church and special events.
- Preschool is open every Sunday for 6 weeks to Pre-K.
- Elementary is open every 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sunday for Kinder to 5th grade.
- Elementary is closed every 3rd Sunday for Next Gen Sunday, where the Kids serve in the main service.
- Kids Check-in opens each Sunday at 8:30am and 10:30am. For security reasons, you must be at least 18 years of age to drop-off and pick up a child.
- If there are any food allergies or special instructions, please let the check-in volunteers know so the information can be added for your child’s safety.
We believe that spiritual growth happens best in an atmosphere of emotional and physical safety, so we employ a strict check-in / check-out system to ensure your child is secure. You will receive a receipt when you drop off your child. Please remember to hold onto your check-in tag or take a picture of it with your phone to send to a designee. The individual who is picking up your child must be a person who is at least 18 years of age, even if they have the matching check-in tag.
BABYLAND – TODDLERS
We are committed to providing a safe environment for children to be introduced to God and his love for them.
For infants six weeks to 15 months. We encourage parents to bring one diaper bag with labeled bottles and pacifiers. You can expect that your child will be checked and changed periodically throughout service.
We encourage parents to bring one diaper bag. With diapers, pull-ups, wipes & sippy cups labeled. You can also expect that your child will be checked and changed periodically and given a snack. Toddlers are introduced to the Small Group and Sunday School structure through age-appropriate songs, activities, and play.
REACHING OUR KIDS!
An exciting time for worship is important for all age groups! At Concord all children begin in Large Group for a fun community worship experience. A monthly theme is introduced with complimenting lessons and creative elements. For morning lessons, all children are broken up into age-appropriate groups in the Concord classrooms for activities and prayer.
FIRST – FIFTH GRADE
Children participate in age-appropriate worship service that consists of devotion, announcements, sermons, and offering. The last half of the Sunday morning hour is dedicated to Small Group and Sunday School. Children are separated by grade in classes that teach biblical truths and establish their spiritual foundation. Children are promoted to the next grade in August after the Promotion Ceremony.
Fifth graders will graduate in August during the Promotion Ceremony and receive an Adolescent/Teen Bible to prepare them for the Student Ministry.
VOLUNTEER WITH KID’S MINISTRY
Our Concord Kids volunteers and staff are screened with background checks and trained for teaching and fun.
Keeping your kids safe with vetted staff and volunteers is a top priority. Our screening process ensures we have the best volunteers teaching and encouraging our children.
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Kids Baptism Information
KID’S MINISTRY (1ST – 5TH GRADE)
The children have a 3-step process:
- Baptism Interview
- Baptism Class
If you are interested in baptism, please register here for a Baptism Interview.
Ministry Leader: Kimberly Briggs, Children’s Director
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
The Bible makes it clear how God crafts each one of us uniquely and for His purposes. At Concord, we seek to celebrate the awesome gift of children by way of a Baby Dedication Ceremony. We walk parents through a parenting class to both confirm God’s plan for raising Godly children and Godly parents. We are honored to serve you in this season and in the journey ahead. Please click the button below to register your child for baby dedication.
If you have previously taken a parenting class to dedicate a child at Concord click below:
Best Places to Take Kids in Concord
There’s something for everyone in Concord. The city offers wonderful attractions, delightful parks, newly built shopping areas, and a healthy dose of small-town charm. Families can’t go wrong spending time in the area—about 30 minutes east of Oakland.
Kids can climb up and around the Vertical Climber at The Veranda. | Photo: Maureen Burke
Where to Play with Kids in Concord:
Matteo’s Dream Playground
This all-abilities playground allows all kids to play and make believe in the spacious play area. With a tot lot and a big kid playground, the structures are made from a wood-like material and feature tunnels, bridges, ramps, slides, turrets, and other features to spark imaginary play.
Meadow Home Spray Park
This free splash park is open on afternoons and provides a playful space to cool off from the heat. Mixed-age families will appreciate the water features in the park. A baby/toddler area includes a cute slide and adorable statues that use lower water pressure, while the big kid area has a pirate ship, water-dumping palm trees, and soaring water fountains.
Toddler area at the Meadow Home Spray Park in Concord | Photo: Maureen Burke
Vertical Climber at The Veranda
This climbing structure allows kids to climb up and around in a safe and interactive environment. The modern jungle, evocative of lily pads suspended in space, is suitable for toddlers to grade schoolers.
Pixieland Amusement Park
Families in search of pint-sized thrills will enjoy this pay-per-ride theme park. Check out the carousel, dragon roller coaster, teacups, and other child-sized rides at the outdoor fun park. Some say it’s a more modern, smaller version of Children’s Fairyland.
Pixieland’s Frog Hopper | Photo: Heather Flett
Rockin’ Jump is the operator of several Bay Area trampoline centers, including a location in Concord (formerly Sky High Sports). Come to jump leaps and bounds on the trampolines, but families can also expect: a stunt bag to bounce or swing into, a dodgeball room, an aerial skills space, an arcade, and a 28-foot rock-climbing wall. Put Rockin’ Jump on your list of places to visit when school is closed.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
For a special outing, this mega waterpark is sure to be memorable! From daring waterslides to a tot-friendly splash area, the park is a great fit for littles to teens and adults, too; though, children who are 48 inches or taller will have the greatest access to water rides.
The massive water park is worth the drive. | Photo: Hurricane Harbor Facebook
Unique Family-friendly Outings in Concord:
West Wind Drive-in Movie Theater
Pile into the car and go to a drive-in movie theater – a rarity these days! Movies are shown throughout the year and typically feature the same blockbusters as indoor theaters. Arrive early to purchase tickets, park the car, and grab a bite from the concession stand. Pro tip: bring camp chairs and blankets.
Photo of Solano West Wind Drive-in by Thomas Hawk
Observation Area & Playground at Buchanan Field Airport
Watch airplanes soar into the sky at Buchanan Field. The viewing area features a sweet airport-themed play area, a miniature runway, bleachers, and shaded picnic tables. Plus, it’s fully fenced!
Wave to the pilots from the play area as they drive to and from the runway | Photo: Maureen Burke
Where to Eat with Kids in Concord:
There’s no shortage of dining options at The Veranda. The upscale and new-ish destination has choices that kids and parents will enjoy for lunch, dinner, and dessert. My family likes Super Duper Burger, Mikuni, Nick the Greek, Popbar, and Angel & Devil. For a pseudo-date, order food to go and then enjoy it together while your kids explore and play on the aforementioned vertical climber.
The fountain display will dazzle toddlers before or after a meal at the Veranda. | Photo: Maureen Burke
From Mexican to Niguaruan, Concord has an abundance of restaurants that serve scrumptious offerings from Latinx countries. My family enjoys dishes from Mercado del Sol. Though with so many options, why not try them all?
Todos Santos Plaza Farmers’ Market
Shop local at the farmers market in downtown Concord. Browse fresh produce, hot food stands, and sweet pastries on two days: Tuesdays year round and Thursdays from April through October. On Thursdays, there’s also live music and a green space for kids to run around.
Todos Santos Plaza is a hub for community events in downtown Concord | Photo via City of Concord Facebook
Everyone has their own idea of what makes the best pizza (my vote is for Chicago-style deep dish pizza), but Skipolini’s is a local favorite. You may have heard of its Prego pizza that’s rumored to jump-start labor. Whether or not you’re expecting, the Concord location is worth a try, especially if you can sit outside on the large outdoor patio.
Side Gate Brewery
This brewery and beer garden has a beautiful, fenced-in outdoor space to enjoy a drink or meal from the rotating food trucks. You’ll love the chill vibe and the fact that kids and dogs are welcome.
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Where to Score Points with Tweens and Teens:
Dave & Busters
Tweens can hit the massive arcade, play virtual reality games, or watch a sporting event at the Concord location. A parent must be on site, but adults can give kids their space by spending time at the on-site bar. Website >
Dave & Buster’s pop-a-shot basketball is fun for all ages | Photo: Carol Burton
The Flipper Room
Kick it old school at this pinball arcade. With 30 pinball games, there’s a big opportunity for fun. Bring plenty of quarters because games are pay to play. Don’t get thrown off by the framing business in the front of the buildings; the owners also run a custom framing center. Website >
Round1 Bowling & Amusement
There are so many activities under one roof at Round1 in Concord. Kids can choose from bowling, arcade games, karaoke, billiards, ping pong, and darts. Read about Whitney’s visit to the Round1 arcade with kids; she recommends visiting in the morning.
Karaoke room for up to 6 people at Round1 | photo: Whitney Moss
Selfie Wrld has various installations where visitors can pose and create content for social platforms like Instagram or TikTok. Think of small rooms with lots of colors, props, and neon signs galore. It may not be a parent’s cup of tea, but sometimes you just “gotta do it for the gram.”
What are your favorite spots to spend time with kids in Concord? Tell us in the comments section.
Parents “with consent” and children without trial: what is behind the amendments to the Family Code
The authors of the introduced bill declare that its main goal is to strengthen the legal status of children in our country and protect the “respectable” family from unlawful interference in its affairs. If the amendments are adopted, this will be one of the most ambitious reforms in the history of family law since 1995 in general, and child-parent relations in particular. With a more detailed consideration and analysis of the document, the question of whether children in Russia will live as well as the legislator promises, and whether the number of guarantees for the protection of their rights is really increasing, remains debatable.
Protection of the family from “destruction”
In addition to intricacies in legal technique and the introduction of a number of new concepts, the draft law provides for a significant increase in the number of principles on which the family should be built, for example, the authority of parents, the presumption of their good faith, the independence of spouses in making decisions about their lives, common family traditions and values, mutual rights and responsibilities to each other, and others.
Known to everyone since childhood, the principles of “be patient, fall in love”, “beat means love” and the method of “carrot and stick” received a new life and now sound like “the inadmissibility of destroying or creating a threat of destruction of a family against the will of its members, including in the case of protection of the rights and legitimate interests of individual family members who, due to their helpless state or age, cannot protect themselves on their own. In conjunction with the release of third parties who became aware of a threat to the life or health of a child, a violation of his rights and protection of legitimate interests, from the obligation to report this to the guardianship and guardianship authority, guardianship and guardianship authorities from the obligation to appoint a representative to protect the rights and interests children in the event of disagreements between parents and children, depriving a child of the right to go to court from the age of 14 in case of violation by parents of his rights and legitimate interests, and the introduction of any negative consequences only for cases of misconduct of parents, established by a court decision, it seems that there are no tools left to protect the rights of children from abuse and (or) self-exclusion of parents from their upbringing (for example, in the case of issuing consent to it to other persons before the child reaches 18 years of age). In pursuance of this principle, it is proposed to abolish such grounds for the removal of a child as a direct threat to the life of the child or his health, which indirectly indicates that the family is becoming a completely autonomous and closed cell of society, and the choice of methods for raising children belongs to the full discretion of the parents, intervention in cases which are possible only in extreme cases.
The new principles actually indicate that parents are now allowed everything in relation to their children, until the court decides otherwise. The right to apply to it is vested in a limited number of persons and only on grounds specified in the law. If no one takes legal action, the parents are presumed to be in good faith even when they do not pay child support, abuse or treat their children. It is forbidden to take children from such families without a court decision. Until its adoption, children will continue to live with their parents, which is of particular concern in conjunction with the exclusion of the provisions on the inadmissibility of exercising parental rights in conflict with the interests of children, as well as on the obligation of parents not to harm the physical and mental health of the child, his moral development, on the prohibition of the implementation of unacceptable methods of raising children (disdainful, cruel, rude, degrading treatment, abuse or exploitation of children).
Exclusion of the principle of prompt response to violation of children’s rights upon notification of any persons who become aware of this, as a basic guarantee of ensuring the safety of the life and health of a child in a family, as a result, can lead to irreparable consequences and destroy any fate, and make children completely invisible to society and the state behind the always “right” parents, who “know better”.
Children and abroad
The draft law proposes to exclude a direct indication of the child’s right to communicate with parents if they live in different states, limiting themselves to general formulations. Against the backdrop of the large-scale relocation of our citizens to other states for the country, the unceasing growth in the number of divorces, and regularly arising disputes about international abduction or retention of children, they retain the right to maintain personal relations and direct contacts with both parents on a regular basis, as guaranteed by the Convention on children’s rights is critical. Together with the possibility of delegating the exercise of parental rights to other people, this can lead in a number of situations to a complete break in relations and alienation of the attachment of a child and a parent living abroad.
One family – one school
The current legislation grants full and half brothers and sisters the right to study in one school. The draft law proposes to retain the right to preferential admission to an educational organization only for those of them who live in the same family and have a common place of residence. As a result, this can lead to the fact that in the case of separation of parents and not communicating with each other, the brothers and sisters who remained to live with each of them will also lose any connection, the only place to maintain which for many of them was the school.
Parents “with consent”
The bill gives parents the right to involve relatives or other persons in the upbringing of the child. Such participation is voluntary, carried out at the request or with the consent of the parents, and does not require mandatory documentation. First of all, of course, we are talking about grandparents with whom the child lives, for example, during the summer holidays or when the parents are on a business trip, treatment (rehabilitation) or studying in another city or country.
In addition, the bill proposes to provide an opportunity to exercise the powers of a legal representative, if necessary, by other persons by issuing a notarized consent (for relatives and in-laws) or by submitting a written application for the appointment of a guardian (custodian) for a child indicating a specific person to the guardianship and guardianship authorities. Such consent is not absolute, it cannot include the child’s departure from the Russian Federation, the child’s acceptance of citizenship of another state or the adoption of a child, filing a lawsuit in his interests with a claim for deprivation or restriction of parental rights, transactions with the child’s property or from his name, issuance of powers of attorney on behalf of the child. In addition, it is impossible to give informed voluntary consent to medical intervention to provide a child with medical care (specialized and planned) and to refuse it, unless otherwise expressly provided in such consent.
Most of the questions are raised by the proposed form for empowering such persons with the authority to protect the rights and legitimate interests of the child – consent, and not a power of attorney, which, unlike it, can be revoked at any time. The bill speaks of the revocation of consent only in relation to the situation of its issuance by both parents, without specifying how disputes between them will be resolved if one of them refuses to withdraw it. The very term for which consent can be given – up to the age of 18 years of the child – is not consistent with the concept of “temporary nature” of cases of impossibility of exercising parental rights, which the amendment was originally intended to resolve. In practice, this can lead to situations similar to the well-known case of a girl who, with her parents alive and not deprived of parental rights, for the first 6 years of her life, lived unreasonably in a perinatal center – now parents, on quite legal grounds, will be able to entrust (and actually transfer) the implementation of their parental rights in relation to the child to unauthorized persons from birth until he reaches the age of majority. To what extent this is consistent with the right of a child to live and be brought up in a family, to communicate with both parents equally, and with other close relatives, remains unclear.
The draft law also proposes to give parents the right to apply to the guardianship and guardianship authorities with a written application for the appointment of a guardian for the child, indicating a specific person in the event of their death or for a period when, for valid reasons, they will not be able to exercise parental rights (business trip, rotational work , prolonged illness, being in custody, serving a sentence of imprisonment, etc.). Such an application must be submitted jointly, in case of disputes – they are subject to resolution in court. Thus, potentially it is the court that will decide who to appoint the child as a guardian, how to overcome the court decision and whether this can be done in principle in the future with the mutual consent of the parents – the bill says nothing. Since the subappointment of a guardian is also not provided for, in the event of a potential guardian’s refusal to accept such an obligation or his death, the situation of placing a child in a family of interested people will remain unresolved.
Removal of a child from the family
Today, the guardianship and guardianship authority has the right to immediately remove a child from the family in case of a direct threat to his life and health on the basis of an act drawn up by him. At the same time, as a rule, it is not social workers who take children from families, but internal affairs officers, most often at night at the request of neighbors in situations of drinking alcoholic beverages, debauchery, and violence. Only after the child has been taken away and placed in a medical organization, the guardianship and guardianship authority is obliged to ensure its temporary placement in a family or social institution and apply to the court with a claim for deprivation or restriction of parental rights. The law allocates 7 days for the entire procedure, if during this time the guardianship and guardianship authority does not go to court, the child must be returned to the parents.
The draft law provides for two grounds for the removal of a child from parents – a court decision on deprivation or restriction of parental rights / on the cancellation of adoption, which has entered into force (that is, until this moment the child continues to live in a family in which he may be in danger), and also an act of the body of guardianship and guardianship on the removal of the guardian (not the parents) from the performance of the assigned duties and the removal of the child. Thus, the removal of a child is no longer an immediate response to a violation of his rights.
Temporary protection of the child
In other cases, the child is entitled to “interim measures of protection”, which are applied in the presence of circumstances that made it impossible for the parents to exercise their rights temporarily and, therefore, threaten the life of the child, and terminate as soon as the specified circumstances. If it is possible for parents to exercise their rights, despite the presence of a threat of harm to the life or health of the child, these measures are not subject to application in exactly the same way as they are not subject to application if it is possible to transfer the child to another parent or other legal representative. Such measures are applied on the basis of an act drawn up by the social protection authorities, the police or guardianship and guardianship authorities.
As a priority measure of protection, the draft law allocates the transfer of a child under temporary protection to persons who have previously been issued a notarized consent or who have been appointed by their parents as guardians on the basis of a written application, in the absence of such a child’s grandparents, and only then to other relatives, in-laws, stepfather, stepmother or other actual educators.
Alimony belongs to the child
The bill finally eliminates the problem of selective enforcement and clearly defines that the parties to the maintenance agreement are the parents (even after the child reaches 14 years old), and the maintenance belongs to the child, even if real estate is transferred to their account. The rights to it must be registered in the name of the child, and not his parent, although he is the recipient of alimony.
Rostrud has named the age when a child can work without parental consent0005
Rostrud has named the age when a child can work without parental consent – RIA Novosti, 03.03.2020
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Federal Service for Labor and Employment (Rostrud)
MOSCOW, July 13 – RIA Novosti. Minor teenagers can independently conclude an employment contract upon reaching 16 years old, and sometimes at a younger age, told RIA Novosti in Rostrud. So, for example, 15-year-old teenagers can be involved in light work, but without harm to their health. If a teenager left school without receiving a basic general education, or continues to study after being expelled from school, then work should not be at the expense of mastering the program. Fourteen-year-old children who have already received a general education can also be involved in light work, but in this case one parents and guardianship authorities must give written consent to this. If a teenager of this age is still studying, then he will be able to work only in his free time from school. If one of the parents opposes the conclusion of an employment contract with a child under 15 years old, then the opinion of the teenager himself and the guardianship and guardianship authority is taken into account. Children under 14 years old can work in the cinema, theater, participate in concerts or circus performances, if the work does not harm health and moral development. This also requires the permission of one of the parents and the guardianship authority. The contract for such a child is signed by a parent or guardian. In Rostrud, they recalled that before concluding an employment contract, a minor must undergo a medical examination, and in the future – to undergo it every year until the age of majority. At the first employment, the employer is obliged to issue him a work book and submit data to the Pension Fund for registering the child in the personalized accounting system. Minors cannot be involved in work with harmful and dangerous working conditions or underground work, as well as establish a probationary period for them. In addition, they should not be hired for work that may be harmful to health or moral development: for example, gambling and nightclubs. In addition, employers should be aware of the reduced working hours for minors: up to 16 years old – no more than 24 hours a week , and from 16 to 18 years – no more than 35 hours. When combining work with study, the child’s working time should be reduced by at least half. At the same time, the working shift of children from 14 to 15 years old cannot exceed four hours, from 15 to 16 years old – five hours, from 16 to 18 years old – seven hours. When combining work with study, the duration of the shift is reduced to two and a half hours – for children from 14 to 16 years old and up to four hours – for those who are from 16 to 18 years old.
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MOSCOW, July 13 – RIA Novosti. Minor teenagers can independently conclude an employment contract upon reaching 16 years of age, and sometimes even at a younger age, told RIA Novosti in Rostrud.
So, for example, 15-year-olds can be involved in light work, but without harm to their health. If a teenager left school without receiving a basic general education, or continues to study after being expelled from school, then work should not be at the expense of mastering the program.
Fourteen-year-old children who have already received general education can also be involved in light work, but in this case one of the parents and guardianship authorities must give written consent to this. If a teenager of this age is still studying, then he will be able to work only in his free time from school.
If one of the parents opposes the conclusion of an employment contract with a child under 15 years old, then the opinion of the teenager and the guardianship authority is taken into account.
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Children under the age of 14 can work in the cinema, theater, concerts or circus performances, if the work does not cause harm to health and moral development. This also requires the permission of one of the parents and the guardianship authority. The contract for such a child is signed by a parent or guardian.
Rostrud reminded that before concluding an employment contract, a minor must undergo a medical examination, and in the future – to undergo it every year until the age of majority. At the first employment, the employer is obliged to issue him a work book and submit data to the Pension Fund for registering the child in the personalized accounting system.
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Minors should not be involved in work with harmful and dangerous working conditions or underground work, and they should not be placed on probation. In addition, they should not be taken to work that may be harmful to health or moral development: for example, in the gambling business and nightclubs.
In addition, employers should be aware of the reduced working hours for minors: under 16 years old – no more than 24 hours a week, and from 16 to 18 years old – no more than 35 hours.