The purpose of the nursery ministry is to provide a clean, safe, and welcoming place for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families to begin to feel a part of the church community, as well as to plant the seeds of Biblical truth so that our children will begin to understand Jesus’ love for them.
In order to provide a safe, healthy nursery for all our children, we ask that you keep your child at home any time he or she exhibits any of the following symptoms:
- Fever within the previous 24 hours
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the previous 24 hours
- Any symptoms of childhood diseases (scarlet fever, measles, mumps, chicken pox, whooping cough, etc.)
- Runny nose with any colored discharge
- Excessive coughing
- Sore throat
- Any unexplained rash
- Pink eye
- Head lice (child should be free of all nits)
If your child is being treated with an antibiotic, he or she should have received treatment for at least 24 hours before coming to the nursery.
For the protection of all the children, our caregivers follow these guidelines when admitting children to the nurseries.
How to serve:
We are always in need of extra hands in the St. Patrick nurseries! Please consider volunteering to serve!
In order to volunteer, you must complete a volunteer application with references. Because we value the safety of the chilldren in our care, we also run a background check on anyone who works with our babies, children, or youth.
Please see our nursery chairmen – Lisa Erhardt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Wesley Horobetz (email@example.com) for more information on joining our team!
Tammy Mensi has been the primary caretaker in the St. Patrick nursery since 1999. She is in the toddler room on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Tammy enjoys seeing the children each week and the children LOVE her! She is affectionately known as Tata by all of the little ones who spend time in her room. Tammy has two grown sons, Josh and Matt, and she lives in a cabin in Slayden, Mississippi.
Maureen Rice rejoined our St. Patrick nursery staff in the spring of 2015 as the permanent caregiver in the baby nursery on Sunday mornings. Maureen is married to Rick and they have two grown sons, Mark and Zack. Maureen and Rick have been members at St. Patrick since the formation of the church. Maureen has served in the children’s ministry as a Sunday School and SonShine teacher. You will frequently find her pouring candles and soaps, arranging flowers, or making something beautiful from wood.