Treasure Island Volunteer Handbook

Mission:

To reach kids and come alongside families to help them walk with God.

What we teach:

We use a curriculum called The Gospel Project which takes kids on a 3 year Christ-centered, chronological journey through Scripture. Kids get to discover how the gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation. We believe when kids truly experience the gospel, their hearts are transformed. It is the gospel, not good behavior, that changes everything and that is what we want our kids to walk away from Treasure Island understanding.

Treasure Island Rules:

  1. Engage in small group.

  2. Only one person may talk at a time.

  3. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

  4. Participate in large group.

  5. Have FUN!

Treasure Island Values

  • Christ-Centered

  • Child Targeted

  • Volunteer Owned

  • Relational

  • Fun and Engaging

Volunteer Responsibilities:

During the week:

-Maintain a consistent and growing relationship with Jesus.

-Pray for our TI kids and families.

-Read our weekly volunteer newsletter.

-Let us know when you are going to be absent.

-Remember that your lifestyle and decisions are a model for the children of TI. Your relationships, hobbies, activities and social media should bring glory and honor to God.


On Sundays:

-Arrive on time and prepared!

-Dress appropriately with your TI shirt and name tag.

-Be present both physically and mentally. Put cell phones and other distractions away so that you can be fully engaged.

-Attend a worship service at Port City Community Church.

Policies and procedures:

Child Safety- We are committed to providing a safe, engaging and supportive environment for all children. Our goal is to protect the children from incidents of misconduct or inappropriate behavior while also protecting the staff and volunteers from false accusations.

Each volunteer must complete the following screening:

  • Complete Volunteer Application

  • Interview

  • Criminal Background Check

  • Reference Check (for those under 18)

  • Completion of Child Safety Awareness Training

Two Adult Rule- A minimum of two adults shall be present during any scheduled children’s ministry event. We strive to never have an adult along with any children.

Open-Door Policy- All Children’s ministry classrooms will have either a viewing window that will remain free of covering at all times. If the door does not have a viewing window, the door must remain open at all times. A volunteer should never be in a closed-door situation with any children.

Visible Presence- A ministry coordinator will be responsible for monitoring the program areas wherever volunteers are leading children. This person will act as a visible presence in support of teachers, as well as a deterrent for any potentially harmful situations for our children.

Restroom policies- All children as escorted to the Treasure Island auditorium restrooms by a volunteer or staff member who will remain outside of the restroom. The volunteer/adult will never be in a closed door situation with a child. If there is an emergency and a child needs assistance, the volunteer needs to grab a staff member or captain for help. One leader will hold the door open and one will walk in to assist. We do try to discourage bathroom and water breaks if at all possible during TI as the kids are here for a short time. However, sometimes they are unavoidable. If a child really needs a drink of water during TI, there are cups in the bathrooms. If you need to use the restroom, use the restroom in the TI greenroom or in the main hallway.

Discipline- Corporal punishment, of any kind is prohibited (this includes the use of “time out”). Teachers will give verbal redirection to a child if he/she should display inappropriate behavior. After repeated attempts to redirect, the parents will be notified to pick up the child. In the rare instance that a child would need to be restrained, this would only occur with a staff member trained in the proper techniques for this.

Managing behavior can be challenging but can make a huge difference when you are able to do it well! Always address the misbehavior immediately. We believe it’s in these challenging moments that you have with your kids can be a great opportunity to really disciple them well. Discipleship is training yourself and others to be trained by Christ. When addressing a behavior issue, always try to approach the child with intentions to disciple them versus only focusing on disciplining.

We follow this three step process when addressing behavior:

1st offense: “Warning”- If a child is misbehaving, talk to them about respectful conduct and what is expected. Try redirecting their focus to the activity at hand.

2nd offense: “Speak with the captain”- Ask the captain to take the child aside to reinforce why their behavior is not appropriate. Pray with the child.

3rd offense: “Page Parents”- If the child continues to misbehave, then parents(s) must be summoned. Be firm about this so that the children know that you mean what you say.

Monitoring- As appropriate, a staff member, Ministry Director or Pastor will supervise ongoing programs and may make unannounced visits into classrooms or other program sites.

Supervision- Whenever practical, there will be a minimum of two adults supervising children’s ministry functions. For safety purpose, the suggested Child:Adult ratios are 5-8:1 for grades K-3rd and 12:1 for grades 4th-5th.

For more information on child safety, click here to read more about our Child Protection Policy.

Phones & Photos- Please put your phones away while serving! We have a short window of time with these kids each week and we need to make the most of the time we have with them by being ALL IN! Pictures of Treasure Island children should not be taken or posted on any social media!

Food & Drinks- Please finish up your personal snacks or snacks from the greenroom before the kids arrive! The greenroom snacks are meant for you to enjoy before or after serving, not while you are serving! Having food out in front of the kids can be really distracting not to mention needing to be really careful with food allergies!

First Aid Kit- These are readily available in each zone (in the small group leader resource basket) and in the cave out front! We also have a safety/medical team that is ready to act if a need ever occurs. The quickest way to get medical help is to communicate the situation/need with us over a TI walkie and we can easily and quickly page the medical team to come help!

Check in/Check out- Each family must check their child in at a kiosk out front to receive their sticker before they enter into Treasure Island. Parents must have their matching sticker with their child's number in order to pick their child up at the end of service. Please remove the child's sticker when the parents pick up so that safety team in the hallway knows that the child is no longer checked in TI!

No one should enter TI without a sticker or unless they are accompanied by a staff member. If someone wants to peek in and check it out a TI volunteer can walk in with them to show them around and tell them more about what we do in TI!

Emergency Plan- Please click here

Baptisms:

We want to be clear in how we explain salvation and baptism to kids in TI so here is how we break it down. God loved, God gave, We believe, We receive. To learn more about this you can go here. This is also the same link that we give to families when their child is interested in baptism. We have business sized cards in each zone and out front. If you have a child asking about baptism, make sure to grab a card and give it to their parent!


Centrikid Camp:  

We provide two camp opportunities each summer for Treasure Island age kids. One is an overnight camp for 3rd-5th graders and the other is a day camp for Kindergarten-3rd graders. Both camps are wonderful opportunities for kids do dive into their walk with God on a deeper level while still having lots of fun. Cost, location and dates of these camps vary from year to year. If you would like more information regarding our summer camp programs please email katie.robinson@portcitychurch.org


Impact Zone:

Impact Zone is our service opportunity given to families 3 times throughout the year. Our mission in these projects is to help kids develop a heart for others. The Spring Impact Zone is a one month push for families to pick from one of the many opportunities and serve together as a family either inside the church or out in the community. The Summer Impact Zone is a beach sweep the day after 4th of July. The Fall Impact Zone is separated by grade levels and each family is encouraged to come serve alongside their child in a particular service project set up for their specific grade. If you would like more information regarding our service projects or would like more information on how to get involved please email katie.robinson@portcitychurch.org


Meet the staff:

Rich Biagini- Director

Sierra Barnes- Volunteer Coordinator

Katie Robinson- Curriculum Coordinator

Greg Tart- Production & Medial Coordinator

Denise Lord- Large Group Coordinator