SOUTH OGDEN -- There's a place where children can go to church and yell as loud as they are able.
It's all part of the fun and worship in a specially designed Elevate Theater, well away from where they could disrupt their parents' worship at Washington Heights Church.
"We believe God is fun," Pastor Jimmy Pitts said as he explained a philosophy of excitement and enjoyment in church.
Watch a video of the children answering questions about God.
But before and after lively, energetic worship, children move into small rooms with handfuls of children their same age and quietly work on memorizing the day's verse of Scripture.
"Every child learns differently, so it gives us that opportunity to teach both ways," said Pam Sams, who is a staff worker at the church.
The place is the new KIDZ Crossing at Washington Heights, so named because organizers hope to lead children to cross the path of Jesus Christ.
It's designed to be a place where children, from birth through fifth grade, may be in a kid-friendly and safe environment that divides the children by age group into three colorful wings.
Last Sunday was the children's first day in their new facility, which includes a 3,700-square-foot addition with a new theater and 7,800 square feet of remodeled space designed just for them.
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, they'll celebrate with the community in a Grand Opening Family Fun Night. Organizers will show the Disney/Pixar movie "Up" free of charge.
Refreshments will be available at the east end of the church, 1770 E. 6200 South. Look for the building with the red roof.
Those behind the project say it's a way to address today's issues in an organized and safe way.
"We understand that parents today want to know that those involved with their children care for them as if they were their own," said Tammy Higginson, KIDZ Crossing director.
A news release from the church states the new facility will not only provide kids with an area to worship together but will also give parents peace of mind knowing everyone has been screened and the area is a secure environment.
As parents checked their kids in for the first time Sunday, they received printouts with their own and their children's pictures on them that they could take back into KIDZ Crossing as they drop off their children.
The children were given sticky name tags that included their own photos and their names.
"No one is let back unless they are a volunteer who has been background checked, or a parent," Pitts said.
"When parents drop their kids off, (the kids) are not only going to have the best experience possible, but they are also going to be in a safe environment."
The space includes courtyards in the middle of the facility, where children may go outside with their teachers to play and yet stay safely inside KIDZ Crossing.
A recreation room with various games and activities is a central focus as children go through the main entrance.
Volunteer teachers who find they need scissors, tape or any number of other supplies are served by a central supply station, also inside the facility, so they won't have to leave for anything.
About 300 children attended one of two sessions Sunday designed especially for them.
"I love it," said mother Tami Byrd, of Layton, whose children Courtney, 8, and Kaycee, 10, attended the premiere children's service there Sunday.
"The extra screening is something we've been talking about for a long time," she said. "It's nice to have closed doors now."
"They had a great plan for the whole service," said Trish Thomason, also of Layton.
"There was singing, teaching, crafts and a snack."
Thomason's children, twins Ryland and Grace, who are 5, and Kian, who is 8, only took a few seconds to tell their parents that they had learned about building and about Moses.
The lesson Sunday and those for seven more weeks are focusing on building, both past and present.
Orange cones, a ladder and some construction materials adorned various spaces in the new facility Sunday to introduce the theme.
"It's not just about the building," Higginson said. "It's about what happens inside, what God does to our heart."
During the lively part of the service in the Elevate Theater, Higginson, who was dressed in an orange construction vest, told the children that the new building was a gift from God.
Sams said the congregation has paid for all of KIDZ Crossing.
Another addition now under way for junior high and high school students still needs $50,000 in funding to be paid off.
"We want to be good stewards," Sams said, noting that leaders would be asking members for additional contributions in the next few months to pay the balance of that addition.