children's ministry parent newsletter

May 2019 Edition

Welcome to the first Children's Ministry Parent Newsletter.  I’m Amaris Jones, New Community’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator.  I’ve developed this newsletter to bridge the communication gap between our children’s ministry and your family.  Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of getting to know you and your children and New Community’s KIDZ hold a special place in my heart!  With your permission, I’d like to consider them, “our children” because it is my primary responsibility to make sure that our children feel loved and safe while under the care of myself and New Community.  

I believe that church and family are the most important influences in a child’s life. Together, we can make a greater impact in the lives of our kids for Christ!  A partnership between church and family will enhance each child's experience within the children’s ministry, connect them with the word of God, and broaden their impact beyond these walls. 

It is our hope that by partnering with parents we can provide a safe, nurturing, and Christ-centered learning environment for your child.  Our immediate goals are to grow in our communication, fellowship and discipleship with all parents.

  • COMMUNICATION: send monthly parent newsletters where parents will learn about what’s happening in our Children’s Ministry.  
  • FELLOWSHIP: schedule quarterly playdates around the city of Cleveland with parents to get to know each other better.
  • DISCIPLESHIP: share resources to assist you as you disciple your child outside the walls of New Community.

Below you will find information about our updated safety procedures, parenting resources and more.  The link to all of these resources can be found below.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 216.397.7992 or email me.

Thank you and Be Blessed!

Amaris Jones


For additional information or further inquiry, contact:

Elder Charles Domingue, Executive Director of Ministries

216.397.3392 ext. 13 |

3557 Washington Boulevard

Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

On Sunday, April 28, an allegation of sexual misconduct was brought to the attention of one of our ministers. We have contacted child protective services and the family has contacted Cleveland Heights police department. The police have opened an investigation and all parties,

including New Community, are cooperating fully with this investigation.

We are grieved over this incident and we’re very sorry that this child or any child could be exposed to sexual misconduct here at New Community.

Again, please contact Elder Charles Domingue directly either

via 216.397.3392 ext. 13 or via email at or via reaching out to him in person with any questions.


The following areas have been refined and updated:

Check-in procedures- Parents will now receive wrist bands at the registration desk to be visibly identifiable in the hallways of the children’s ministry wing. Additionally, Parents will sign kids in and out of every classroom during drop off and pick up.

One Way Traffic- A uniformed officer and Registrars will be implementing one-way traffic entering from the registration desk and exiting down the children’s ministry stairs during pick up only.

Security- At least one church officer will be assigned and stationed in the children’s ministry wing.

Restroom Procedure-The restroom policy and procedures have been refined to implement group bathroom breaks for all children starting with the Pre-K classroom concluding with the 2nd and 4th grades. Please take your child to the bathroom before drop off.         

9a Service-   9:30a

11a Service-  11:30a

1p Service- 1:30p   

how to help children cope with change

by dr. chinwe williams

“Change” is a powerful word. One that invokes countless reactions depending on who you ask.

Change is also unavoidable. Sometimes it’s within our control, but most often it’s not. Certain changes such as the loss of a loved one, serious illness of a parent, and divorce can be painful, and some of the hardest changes to adjust to. Perhaps any unforeseen event can be anxiety-provoking, however, unexpected events that occur in childhood can be particularly difficult to manage.

Click here to learn more about how to discuss change with your child. 

how to

explain the unexplainable

by joy bowen

Perhaps you are struggling with how to reconcile the grievous nature of recent disasters and feeling the emotional effects of the nightly news in your home. Finding the right words to say to your children following horrific events can leave many of us feeling tongue-tied. While we can’t control when bad things happen, we absolutely can control how we respond and communicate with our children. 

Click here for more information about how to explain the unexplainable to your child.

talking to a child about sexual abuse

Talking with your child about rape and sexual abuse can seem overwhelming, but it may be one of the most important talks you have with them. Whether your child is telling you that something has happened, or this is just a normal talk, here are some important things to keep in mind before you talk to your child.


  • Breathe. This can be a difficult topic to talk about. Take a few deep breaths before you begin.
  • Listen. Let your child lead. Giving them control over the conversation will make them feel more comfortable.
  • Affirm. Let them know that you’re listening. Don’t tune out or just “wait for your turn to talk.”
  • Believe. It’s critical that you believe your child. They’re trusting you with this information, and that’s a big responsibility.
  • Be Judgement-Free. If your child feels blamed for what happened, they may not want to talk about it. Similarly, if they feel like you as the parent are hard to talk to, they’ll stay silent.
  • Be Mindful of Tone & Posture. Speak softly, trying not to raise your voice or use your “parent voice.” Body language matters, too. Face your child head-on at eye level, avoid standing over them.

Serve as a children's ministry volunteer

You have the opportunity to be a part of helping shape the next generation, by serving in our Children's Ministry. You can build their faith by working directly with them using Gospel stories, songs and group activities. We also have ways that you can work behind the scenes to create the best experience for our children. Below we have featured the various ways you can help serve in our Children's Ministry. If you are ready to serve, contact Amaris Jones at 216-397-3392, etc. 20 or by email at Click here to register!