DC KIDS

The vision of DC Kids is to see a future where every child has someone who knows and loves them... someone to encourage and support them to live and grow in an authentic, everyday faith.

In DC Kids, we want to support and encourage families by connecting them with leaders who know and love their kids. Leaders who start conversations during our weekend services that can help them demonstrate and teach the kids how to live and grow in an authentic, everyday faith. We strive to create a safe, fun environment for every single family! We keep it safe by providing a secure check-in and check-out process for our families and by maintaining policies for everything from cleaning to emergency protocols. Our amazing and incredible Dream Team has also been background checked and interviewed before they begin serving. We know that by also providing a fun environment, we create a place where our kids feel safe and can build encouraging, formative relationships. And by doing this, you, as their parents/guardians, can attend and enjoy a weekly service, 100% worry free.

DC KIDS VIRTUAL SERVICES

LEADERSHIP

Justin & Chelsea Finley

DC Children’s Ministry is led by Justin and Chelsea Finley.
Justin Finley is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College, graduating with a bachelors in Biblical Studies. He is a native of St. Petersburg, FL, and grew up working alongside his parents, who were children’s pastors there. After graduating, he worked as a teacher in both an elementary-middle school and in a preschool for a number of years before moving up to Waycross. He is an avid hiker, chess player, ice cream devourer, and video game conqueror. (He welcomes competition for the title.)

Chelsea Finley is a native of Waycross, GA. She has been involved with Destination Church, and their children’s ministry since the founding of the church. (Minus one year when Justin stole her away.) In addition to her service, she has also worked at the local family YMCA as a teaching assistant, at the GA Baptist Children’s Home, and as a teacher at Calver Kids Care in St. Petersburg, FL. She is currently a SPED paraprofessional in our local community. She enjoys hiking, shopping, and the musical arts.

CONNECT

Even though you may or may not be able to connect in person at times, there are still many ways for you to keep your kids connected with what's happening in DC Kids!

DC Kids Facebook Group

We will post daily ideas for you to keep your kids engaged with what they’ve learned all week long!

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Areas of Ministry

Infant Room (6 weeks - 18 months)

The best place for the littlest members of Destination Church! Our infant room is stocked with many safe and age appropriate toys for your children. We have dedicated and friendly staff volunteers who will love and care for your little ones while you attend the service. We provide a changing service by pre-screened adult volunteers, who will pray over your children and begin to introduce them to the big world that God has created. They will use age-appropriate ideas to show them that God Made Them, God Loves Them, and that Jesus Wants To Be Their Best Friend! There will also be plenty of free time for your children to play and interact with the other children around them.

Toddler Room (18 months - 2 years)

The Toddler Room is where the play and fun combine with crafts and songs! This room is stocked with safe and age appropriate toys for your children, with dedicated and friendly staff volunteers who will love and care for your children while you attend the service. For this age group, our volunteer staff will begin to teach your children that God Made Them, God Loves Them, and that Jesus Wants To Be Their Best Friend! They’ll do this through basic, monthly bible stories, crafts, songs, and other activities. They also oversee free play as a time to interact with their peers and maybe practice what they have been learning.

Preschool Room (3-5 years; must be potty trained)

The Preschool Room is where the fun kicks into high gear! In this room our awesome, dedicated, and friendly volunteers engaged the children with crafts, activities, songs, and stories in a high energy, theme-based service designed to teach them biblical characteristics and remind them that God Made Them, God Loves Them, and that Jesus Wants To Be Their Best Friend!

Journey (Kindergarten - 5th grade)

Journey is for elementary aged kids from Kindergarten – 5th Grade. In this area of ministry, we focus heavily on meeting in small groups! Each group meeting with a dedicated and consistent leader who focuses on connecting with the children to help them develop an authentic faith! They’ll also connect with you as the parent/guardian to encourage you as you help your kids develop an everyday faith! Each small group leader will lead their group through age appropriate activities to help them connect with each other, memorize a monthly Bible verse, apply the Biblical story, and pray for one another. Our hosts and worship leaders bring the fun and energy into the room by leading all the groups in our Core Values, Memory Verse Motions, Worship, and the Bible Story of the week.

We want every kid who moves up to middle school to know they can Love God, Love People, Be Different, and Change the World!