Yes. It is available mornings only from 9:00am – Noon starting on Tuesday, July 5th through Friday, July 8th. Childcare for infants, toddlers and children not yet in Kindergarten will be in Mahaney meeting room in Roger Williams Inn, off the lobby to the right.
2. Who is providing Childcare?
Childcare providers are:
Rowena Sizemore, former director of Children’s Ministries at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parkersburg, WV
Rev. John Simmons, retired Associate Executive Minister for Mission and Administration for the WV Baptist Convention and former IM missionary in Thailand
3. Is there a Children’s Program?
Yes. It is available mornings only from 9:00am – Noon starting on Tuesday, July 5th through Friday, July 8th. Students will be divided into two age groups:
Kindergarten – grade 2: in McGarvey meeting room in Roger Williams, off the lobby to the right.
Grades 3 – 6: in Crystal meeting room in Roger Williams, off the lobby to the left.
4. Who is providing leadership for the Children’s Program?
Leaders for K – grade 2 are:
Debbie Shadowen – Director of Children’s Programming, Emmanuel Baptist Church, WV
Lisa Simmons – Retired Director of Discipleship Ministries, WV Baptist Convention, and former IM missionary in Thailand
5. Leaders for Grades 3 – 6 are:
Kelly Hensley – Director of Children’s Ministries for First Baptist Church of St. Albans, WV
Koreen Villers – Director of Discipleship, West Virginia Baptist Convention
6. Is there a program for older students?
No. Students in grades 7 – 12 are encouraged to attend the programs. We believe they will enjoy the interactive and engaging nature of each morning’s program.
7. What should my child wear to the children’s program?
Comfortable, casual clothes, and shoes for playing outside and hiking.
8. How do I know my child/grandchild will be safe?
International Ministries vets each adult by running a background check as required by our insurance company. We only work with adults who are known and recommended by other American Baptists. We follow state recommended guidelines on the ratio of adults to children based on their ages. We also have a “floater” who can step in assist at any time.
9. How will I know what is happening in the children’s program?
Schedules will be available at registration. The program includes introducing children to missions through a variety of activities. Missionaries will visit the programs sharing things of interest to the children specific to their age. There will be field trips to locations on the property such as seeing J.L. Kraft’s collection of fluorescent rocks or visiting Chapel Car Grace. Each program has age-appropriate games, crafts and activities.