We take your trust seriously.
That's why we go the extra mile with your kids.

Are Lighthouse Kids safe?
Because we love children and desire to protect them, Lighthouse requires all staff members and volunteers working with our children to complete the Four Step Safety Process before ministry work or volunteer placement can begin. We also have a member of our Eyes and Ears security team present in the children’s area during all worship times. Our check-in/out system requires that each child and parent wear matching system-generated stickers. Any person checking out a child must have an appropriately matching sticker.

What if it's my first time at Lighthouse?
When your children visit for the first time, they will need to be registered. Registration provides a pick-up sticker for you and a name tag for your child at each visit. Children are not released to adults without the correct sticker. Please come to the check-in station to get the appropriate paperwork and check your children in.

How does check-in work?
Once you check in your child at the check-in station and will receive two tags, one with your name and one with your child’s name. After the service, you will return to your child’s room and show your tag in order for your child to be released back to you. The next time you come and any time after you will find your child’s name in the database, you and your child will be given matching identification tags that are exclusive to your family and your visit. Your child will need to wear the name tag portion while you keep the matching tag. In the event that we need to contact you during the service, we will do so via text message or phone call. We ask that you exit the auditorium immediately and go directly to the room where you checked in your child at the beginning of the service.

How does Lighthouse serve children with special needs?
Lighthouse has a Buddy program, designed to serve families with special needs by providing a dedicated volunteer to be with your child while you attend service.

What is Kids Cash?
Our “Kids Cash” program is and incentive program to encourage learning within our Lighthouse Kids. Children can earn Kids cash for things such as participation, attendance, scripture memorization and more! The kids can then “purchase” items from the Kids Cash Store weekly or save up their Kids Cash for bigger items.

How will I know what my children are learning?
Our curriculum has follow-up tools for parents, and we send home review questions and lessons so that you can continue conversations at home by asking your child questions like, “What did you learn at church this week?,” or, “What was your favorite part of the service?" 

Safe kids, happy families.

Because Lighthouse loves children and desires to protect them, our church requires all staff members and volunteers working with youth to complete FOUR SAFETY STEPS before ministry work or volunteer placement begins.

Step One: Sexual Abuse Awareness Training

Our church’s policies and procedures require that staff members and volunteers avoid abusive behavior of any kind. Staff members and volunteers are required to report any policy violations to a supervisor or a member of our Safety Committee. Staff members and volunteers should have a basic understanding of the characteristics of sexual abusers and their behaviors in ‘grooming’ a youth for sexual abuse. Grooming is the process used by an abuser to select a youth, win the youth’s trust (and the trust of the youth’s parent or ‘gatekeeper’), manipulate the youth into sexual activity and keep the youth from disclosing the abuse.

To equip our staff members and volunteers with information necessary to recognize abuser characteristics and grooming behavior, we require all staff members and volunteers to complete MinistrySafe sexual abuse awareness training. This training must be renewed every two years.

Step Two: Screening Process

A volunteer must attend our church for six months before being eligible to serve in positions providing access to youth. Staff members and volunteers are required to complete our Screening Process, which requires a staff member or volunteer to:

  1. Complete an Employment/Volunteer Application
  2. Complete the Safety Application.
  3. Complete a face-to-face interview.
  4. Provide references to be checked.

Step Three: Policies & Procedures

Staff members and volunteers are required to review the policies contained in this manual and sign the last page indicating that he or she has read and understood the material, and agree to comply with policy requirements.

Step Four: Criminal Background Check

All staff members and volunteers working or volunteering in youth activities or programming must undergo a criminal background check similar to how a background check in Oregon is carried out. This is because you may be working with vulnerable people. Differing levels or intensity of background checks may be required based on your role.