DOWNTOWN elementary

Downtown Elementary is here to partner with parents to help our children discover and embrace a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

What is it?

DOWNTOWN Elementary is a place where kids meet friends, learn about God, and participate in a time of exciting and relevant worship.  This is all done through appropriate large group and small group environments.

When is it?

Saturday at 6:00p.m.

Sunday at 9:00a.m. & 10:45a.m



We use 252 Basics from Orange:

Everything we teach from 252 Basics is based on one of three basic,
but powerful truths from Luke 2:52.


I need to make the wise choice.


I can trust God no matter what.


I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

We teach these core truths by showing kids:

That the Bible is the source of wisdom and truth.
That what they learn applies to their daily lives.
That their relationships with small group leaders and friends matter.

Most kids will form their entire idea of who God is and choose whether or not they will have a relationship with Him before leaving 5th grade. That’s why weekends are so important here at Lima Community Church.

Stuff you need to Know:

In order to provide for the ultimate security of your child while in our care, we follow a strict security policy.

*All of our DOWNTOWN elementary volunteers and staff have been through volunteer training and have been background checked.

*Parents may check their kids into DOWNTOWN Elementary beginning 15 minutes prior to service starting.  They will do this using our “Secure Check-in” computer system.

*When you check your child in, you and your child will be given matching security ID #’s as well as a pager number.  When the service is over, you must present your ID # to receive your child.  Children are not permitted to leave DOWNTOWN Elementary without the proper adult.

*If your child needs you during the service, we will put your pager number on the screen in the main service.

*20 minutes after each service begins, the children’s area is secured and only parents with security tags are allowed to access the area by seeing a safety team member.

*In the unlikely occurrence the building needs evacuated, all parents will be directed to the east driveway parking lot where you may pick up your child with the approval of the leader.

Well Child Policy:

We ask that sick children NOT attend DOWNTOWN Elementary in order to ensure the health of other children and staff.

Discipline Policy:

It is the desire of the volunteers and staff of DOWNTOWN Elementary to create an environment that promotes learning and spiritual growth for our children.  When correction is necessary, children will be treated with gentleness, respect, and understanding.  Should a child conduct him/herself in a manner that is distracting or harmful to another child, he will be asked to change his behavior.  If the behavior continues, the parent will be paged and the child may be removed from DOWNTOWN Elementary for that service.


All children Kindergarten-5th Grade are promoted in the fall at the beginning of the school year.


Join Us In Blessing Area Families This Christmas

Children’s Ministry is partnering with the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities to make Christmas a bit brighter for some families this Christmas.  Beginning November 11th, you will find “Angel Trees” in tinytown nursery, upTOWN preschool, and DOWNTOWN elementary.  Check out the angels on the trees, choose one to take with you, and purchase gifts for that child.  For more instructions, see the trees in each of the children's ministry areas or contact Pam Little at or 419-223-9646 ext 1133. 
This is a great way to teach your child about the joy of giving and sharing God’s love with others in a tangible way.  (Adults without kids in our children's ministry - you are more than welcome to participate too.) 

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Pam Little

Director of Children's Ministry

Have any more questions? 
Contact Pam.

419.223.9646 ext 1133

Check out what we learned this weekend.