We believe that children of all ages are a vital part of our church family, and we love for them to be present during worship. At the same time, we recognize that it is difficult for young children to sit through an entire worship service. Their attention spans are often shorter than the average sermon, and many need instruction in the basics of the faith before they can fully take part in worship. For that reason, we provide a special program during the sermon called Children’s Fellowship. Kids from preschool through third grade are invited to take part.
Children’s Fellowship is much more than babysitting. We use this time to give children the tools that they will need to live as a follower of Jesus. The curriculum, “Kids Own Worship,” features singing, lessons, prayer, and crafts every week. All of these components help our children develop and deepen their faith in Jesus.
On Sundays when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, children come back into the gymnasium after Children’s Fellowship to sit with their parents while they receive the bread and wine. We believe that it is important for children to witness the Supper, and to know that there is a place reserved for them at Christ’s table. On Sundays when we do not celebrate communion, children remain in their classrooms until the conclusion of the service.
Children’s Fellowship is staffed by adult volunteers, all of whom have completed a rigorous criminal background check in accordance with New Hope’s child protection policy. If you would like to obtain a copy of this policy, or if you have other questions about nursery care, click here to contact the church office.