I’m New. What should I expect for my children?
Feeling awkward and out of place will not last long at AVPC! With smaller class sizes and dedicated teachers, our community ensures each child is given both individualized and relational attention during their time on campus. From babies to fifth graders, our team desires to provide your children and family an excellent and encouraging experience, which in turn equips your family to delight and live in Jesus Christ.
As you arrive, greeters and team members will happily welcome you and direct your children to the appropriate programs according to their ages. Follow the signs to the Welcome Center, where a team member will lead you to the children’s area. Our staff and volunteers have completed appropriate background checks, as well as extensive training, in order to provide the safest and best care of your child while they are with us. For added security, our children’s workers always serve in teams of two or more.
We offer families with small children a safe, secure nursery in for infants and toddlers up to 2 yrs old.
We know babies have specific needs and schedules, so when you bring your child to the classroom, we have a simple form which allows you to inform our team of your child’s feeding, sleeping, and changing needs. We also take time to intentionally love and pray for your child each week.
Your child will experience personal care from our well-staffed team. We keep our nursery rooms ready for your little ones with age-appropriate toys that are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between services and events.
Altadena provides weekly activities which are fun, Bible-focused and Christ-centered gatherings in a welcoming and safe environment. Come check us out this week. You and your children will be glad you did!
Sunday Morning Worship Center
There are two Sunday morning worship gatherings specifically for children ages four, five and six. These times begin with children attending the adult worship service, and then being dismissed as a group to the children’s Worship Center area in the children’s building.
Our children’s Worship Center aims to model the format of a regular church service, yet on a child’s level. Children will have time to fellowship, sing, hear God’s word, and finally apply what they have learned through crafts and tangible manipulatives. They are repeatedly reminded during this time that Jesus loves them and invites them to share His light with others.
At the end of early service Worship Center, children will be taken by their teachers to their appropriate Sunday school classrooms. After late service, parents will need to collect their children from the Worship Center room.
Children’s Sunday School
Our children’s Sunday school hour correlates with the adult Sunday school. Between early and late services, children are broken into their small groups where they begin to learn what it means to be part of a Biblical community. With their peers, they have time for Godly play, sharing and prayer and Biblical discipleship on appropriate levels. Our teachers are committed volunteers who desire to help children grow in their understanding of scripture, God’s love for them, and the adventure He has invited us on as Christians. We are richly blessed at AVPC to have instructors who intentionally love, pray for, and invest in our children.
After Sunday school, parents will need to pick up their children from the appropriate classrooms.
Children’s Ministry Staff
Children’s Ministries Director
Catie serves as our Director of Children’s Ministries. She oversees and coordinates all children’s activities, including Sunday school, worship center, summer Camp Solid Rock, and our annual Trunk or Treat. Catie works with the Children’s Ministry Team to show and teach the love of Jesus to the children we serve and to partner with parents in their efforts of Christian education.
Catie and her husband Jamie have attended Altadena since 2001 when they were married. However, Altadena and its ministry of God’s House have been part of Catie’s life since she began attending there when she was two years old. Together, she and Jamie have six children: Caleb, Benjamin, Daniel, Bentley, Ayla Joy, and Isaac. Catie is honored to serve on staff as the children’s ministry director as Altadena has so faithfully partnered with them in showing and teaching her children the love of Jesus.
As our Nursery Director, Alli provides leadership and oversight to our ministry that serves children from birth to kindergarten and their families. Alli is responsible for scheduling workers to take care of the little ones during worship services, Bible studies, group meetings and other events that require childcare.
Alli was born and raised in Pensacola, FL and graduated from the University of West Florida in Elementary Education. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Zac, the Campbells moved around and landed in Birmingham which they now call home. Altadena has been such a vital place in their family’s lives and Alli is grateful to call Altadena her church home. Zac and Alli have 4 beautiful children: Ty, Raegan, Cooper, and Elle. They have attended AVPC since 2007.
Mary Frances Snyder
Children’s Administrative Assistant
Mary Frances was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Mississippi State University in 2004. After serving in a marketing position in Atlanta, Georgia, Mary Frances received a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law in 2007. She worked as In-House Counsel for a bank and for a nonprofit Christian ministry. Mary Frances is now blessed to be a homeschool teacher to her two children, Nora and Benji, and to serve the children and families of AVPC in the Children’s Ministry.
Children’s Ministry Assistant
Caroline assists in coordinating activities for the preteen children of AVPC and focuses on the building up and shepherding of our 4th and 5th graders.
Caroline attended Altadena as a child and then moved to Monroeville, AL where her dad was called to be a pastor. 10 years later, Caroline’s family returned to Altadena where her father now serves as Outreach and Mercy Ministry Pastor. Caroline went to Auburn University with her high school sweetheart, Jack, and they were married at AVPC in 2022. They cherish their church family and are grateful that God brought them back to Altadena.