ENCOUNTER CONFERENCE KIDS TRACK

Dec 28-30, 2020 at the DeVos Place Convention Center

GRAND RAPIDS, MI

For the Encounter Conference Kids Track, we have gathered some of the best children and family ministers in the Church to present dynamic sessions that will truly lead your children to encounter the King of Kings in a profound way. Our kids do not have a mini Holy Spirit, and Jesus was very clear that the Kingdom belongs to them.

The Kids track will provide a safe pastoral environment for our kids to Encounter Jesus and learn to minister in the power and love of the Holy Spirit. Through sessions that incorporate worship, skits, themed games, crafts, presentations and activations of spiritual gifts, the Encounter Conference Kids track provides a powerful encounter with the Lord for your child!

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KIDS TRACK FAQ'S & SCHEDULE

The Kids Track is designed for children ages 6-12. Because the evening sessions will end at 10pm, please thoughtfully consider whether your younger children will have the stamina and focus to attend these sessions and also will not be too exhausted to attend morning sessions the following day.

Why can't I register my child(ren) for the Kids Track yet?

The Kids Track and Teen Track registration are scheduled to open at 12pm on June 1st. We are delaying because we need to confirm several additional volunteer leaders so that we can assess the maximum number of participants we can allow. Once a final decision is made on that, we will open up registration ASAP. If you would like to be notified as soon as registration opens, you may enter your email address at the bottom of this web page.

Are my children required to be registered for the Kids Track or Teen Track?

The regular conference is suitable for all persons age 18 or older. Although not a hard and fast requirement, we highly recommend that all children present who are ages 6-12 attend the Encounter Kids Track, and ages 13-18 (still in high school) attend the Encounter Teen Track. That way, both adults and children/teens receive content customized for them. Note: If children ages 6-18 do attend the regular conference with you, they must be registered with the appropriate Youth Track ticket and simply choose from the drop-down list under the ticket types that they will not need to be assigned to a small group.

When and where are the Kids Track sessions?

The Encounter Kids Track sessions occur during the morning and evening adult General Sessions, and will be located in Ballroom C – just around the corner across from the main conference hall (see our main conference page FAQ’s for a map of DeVos Place).

What age and maturity level is expected from a child attending the Kid’s Track?

The Kids Track is designed for children ages 6-12. Because the evening sessions will end at 10pm, please thoughtfully consider whether your younger children will have the stamina and focus to attend these sessions and also will not be too exhausted to attend morning sessions the following day.

What safe environment regulations are in place?

All volunteers have been through the VIRTUS safe environment training and have received a backround check. For more information visit the VIRTUS website here: What is VIRTUS?

What happens if my child melts down during the Kids Track?

In the event that a child becomes distressed and inconsolable during a Kids Session, a staff member will attempt to call the cell phone number provided for the primary parent/guardian and parents should keep their phone on vibrate during the general session.  If the staff cannot contact the parent, they will escort them to the general session and locate the parent.

What does my child do during the afternoon breakout sessions?

During the afternoon breakout sessions, your child(ren) will be under your supervision and can attend normal conference breakouts with you. If you prefer, one parent could also take them to local attractions such as four local museums all within walking distance, including the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

Is childcare available for my children under age 6, or is there a dedicated space for small children?

Although no childcare services will be provided, parents are free to bring their small children under age 6 into the main sessions if they are able to quietly color or entertain themselves in their seats. The facility is very large and parents are free to use the back of the Main Hall, the lobby area, or the dedicated room we have reserved for parents with small children immediately across from the Main Hall. We will be livestreaming the Main Stage conference sessions into that room so you won’t have to miss a thing!

Also, two dedicated nursing mother rooms are available in DeVos Place Convention Center located on the Street Level and Overlook Level on the west side of the facility, just a short walk from the Main Hall.

Are there any accommodations for nursing mothers?

Yes, two dedicated nursing mother rooms are available in DeVos Place Convention Center located on the Street Level and Overlook Level on the west side of the facility, just a short walk from the Main Hall.

Thank you for choosing to allow your child the opportunity to attend Encounter Conference Kids Track! We are so excited to be able to help create an environment for your children to encounter the love and power of the Holy Spirit. We have seen many amazing signs and wonders the Lord has done through children, and know they have access to the same inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven as all other baptized Christians. It is truly a blessing for us to experience how the Lord is going to work through this group of children. There is something so special to see true childlike faith at work, and our team feels very blessed to be able to help your child encounter the Living God through the Holy Spirit.
The first Kids Track session on Monday begins at 5:00 pm at Ballroom C, which is just around the corner across from main conference hall.When you arrive outside of Ballroom C, please head to the check-in/check-out table. Upon arrival, your child will be given a group number identifiable in Ballroom C by the posted group number on the wall.  There, name badges will be available for your child which your child must wear for the duration of the Kids Track sessions (most small groups simply turn them into their group leader after each session so they are not lost).  For check-out, please find your child's small group, and sign them out with their group leader. If someone besides yourself will be picking them (i.e. spouse, child's grandparent, etc), this person MUST be listed as an acceptable party on your sign-in form. See Check-In / Check-Out Schedule to the right for more information. The schedule will also be printed in the conference program.
Although you will have already provided this information at registration, if your child has any medical concerns those should also be communicated to the Kids Track team at initial check-in as well as to your child's small group leader. Please especially alert the team if your child has any allergies and if they have an epi-pen they will have with them. 
In the event of an emergency or if a child becomes distressed and inconsolable during a Kids Track Session, a staff member will attempt to call or text the cell phone number provided for the primary parent/guardian and parents should keep their phone on vibrate during the general session. If your child becomes uncomfortable for any reason, they are free to join you in the adult track.
We are not permitting parents/guardians to come and go to observe the Kids Track.  Every adult volunteer has been cleared to work with children through their home diocese by completing safe environment training. In order to ensure all of our participants safety we will be enforcing this strictly. If you do want to be present at the Kids track, you are free to be a Kids track volunteer which means that you will be committed to 1) providing our staff with your safe environment credentials from your home diocese and 2) committing to volunteering and supporting the programming needs of every Kids Track session.
Please address any questions or concerns to our Director of Events, Sean Breeden, at sean@encounterministries.us. He will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for allowing your child this opportunity. Please continue to pray for all who will be in attendance of the Encounter Conference! We look forward to seeing you in December!

MONDAY EVENING SESSION: INVITATION TO FOLLOW JESUS

5PM - CHECK-IN BEGINS (CHILDREN WILL RECEIVE THEIR NAME TAGS)

6:30PM - SESSION BEGINS

9:30PM - MANDATORY PICK-UP

TUESDAY MORNING SESSION: MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE

8AM - CHECK-IN BEGINS

9AM - SESSION BEGINS

11:30AM - MANDATORY PICK-UP

TUESDAY EVENING SESSION: THE HOLY SPIRIT

7PM - CHECK-IN BEGINS

7:30PM - SESSION BEGINS

10PM - MANDATORY PICK-UP

WEDNESDAY MORNING SESSION - JESUS STILL HEALS

8:30AM - CHECK-IN BEGINS

9AM - SESSION BEGINS

11:30AM - MANDATORY PICK-UP

WEDNESDAY EVENING SESSION - PRAYER MINISTRY

7PM - CHECK-IN BEGINS

7:30PM - SESSION BEGINS

10:30PM - MANDATORY PICK-UP

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