“We will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a decree in Jacob,and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children; that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and rise up and tell them to their children, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.” -Psalm 78:4-7
Children are vital to the life and worship of Hope Presbyterian Church. There are many ways that children from birth through grade 5 and their families can engage in the ministries of Hope.
Nursery care for younger children (ages 0-3) is provided in the Nursery/Pre-School area located in the Fellowship Center during both Sunday morning worship services and during the Christian education hour. Parents are given pagers so that, if there is a problem during the service, they can be summoned. Parents are to meet their children in the Nursery area immediately after worship.
During the school year, our Pre-K through 5th grade students are busy learning Bible stories and growing in their faith from. All children’s meet together first when their parents drop them off in their classrooms at 9:30 a.m. (Sep – May) 0:00 a.m. (Jun – Aug)
As members of the Body of Christ, children of all ages are always welcomed and encouraged to attend worship with their families. Child-care is available for children ages 0-3 during worship, if the parents would like to use it. The Hope Room in the narthex is also available to use as a cry room to soothe a fussy baby, or let a restless toddler roam. Worship packets are available in the Children’s Worship Center with activities that help the child to focus on the scripture for the day. Children’s Bibles and other resources are also available there.
All children are invited to come up front for the Children’s Sermon towards the beginning of the worship service. After the Children’s Sermon at the 11:00 a.m. service, children ages 4 through 1st grade are invited to Children’s Church, which is held in the West Building (W-3) for the remainder of the service. On Sunday’s when communion is celebrated, the children return to the sanctuary at the end of the service to partake in the sacrament with their families. Older children are encouraged to remain in the sanctuary and worship with their families for the entire worship service.