Programming for children of all ages (0-5th grade) is available during and between all three worship services.
Around Hope, infants and toddlers are cared for in our Nursery (ages 0-2).
We call our “Sunday School”:
- “Sunshine Factory” – for preschoolers (ages 3-5)
- “NRG Zone” (pronounced “Energy Zone”) – for elementary kids (ages 5-11)
Our Sunday Morning children’s programs are designed to engage your child in age-appropriate interactive learning from the time they arrive until the time they leave, and run concurrently with the adult worship times. While you attend the adult church service, your children are safe and happy participating in programming just for them.
The Hope Kids’ Ministry is open from 8:20am to 12:45pm each Sunday. Our programming runs generally the same as the adult worship times (8:30, 10:00 and 11:30). Your child’s schedule will depend upon your child’s age:
Ages 0-3 – Nursery
The nursery opens at 8:20am each Sunday, and remains open until 12:45 pm. Knowing their little ones are safe and well-cared for, parents are able to enjoy the worship service and to volunteer in other areas with peace of mind.
Ages 3-5 – Preschool (Sunshine Factory)
Sunshine Factory opens at 8:20am each Sunday with our first program time beginning at 8:30am.
8:30 – 9:45 Boys and girls together
9:45 – 12:30 Boys and girls meet separately
Grades K-5th – Grade School (NRG Zone)
NRG Zone opens at 8:20am with our first program time beginning at 8:30am.
8:30 – 9:45 Kids Arts and Leadership (music, games, Bible lessons)
9:45 – 10:05 Power Surge (kids worship all together)
10:05 – 12:30 NRG! (Hope’s gender-specific, values shaping curriculum, designed to make a lasting impact in your child’s life)
- Younger Girls (K-1)
- Older Girls (2nd-5th grade)
- Younger Boys (K-1)
- Older Boys (2-3)
For the sake of continuity (and to prevent disruption), we recommend that, when possible, parents of grade school children check kids in/out in the times between the services rather than during a service.
NOTE: Older NRG Zone Children sometimes change rooms during the services. If you need help locating the room your child is in, a Welcome Station Volunteer can help you.
Your child’s safety is of prime importance to us! For this reason, we have security procedures in place.
Nursery parents are identified as they return the pager they received when they checked in their child.
Sunshine Factory and NRG Zone
Both you and your child will receive a matching code number, printed on your child’s nametag and on your parent receipt at the time of check-in on Sunday mornings. Upon check-out, receipts are monitored to ensure that each child is leaving with his/her appropriate adult.
Parents and other adults who do not have a matching code will not be allowed to leave with their child until their identity has been proven and cleared at the Kids’ Welcome Station.
NOTE: You may wish to arrive 10-15 minutes early upon your first visit to allow time to complete the check-in procedure for first time guests and to get your children settled before the start of the adult worship service.
Parents are welcome to observe in any of our classrooms in which they have a child. Parents, who desire to observe in their child’s classroom, can pick up a visitor’s badge at the Kids’ Welcome Station near the entrance to the children’s area.
For security purposes however, visitors (people other than parents) are not allowed in the Kids’ Ministry rooms during times of operation. Exceptions may be made only with approval from the Kids’ Ministry Director.
Because our programming runs continuously from 8:20am to 12:45pm each Sunday, parents are free to attend worship, volunteer, or simply visit and relax on Main Street while their children are in our care.
NOTE: Parents are asked to remain at Hope while their kids are checked into the Kids’ Ministry.
We have three worship services at Hope: 8:30am, 10:00am, and 11:30am.
On Sundays, our live worship service in Town Hall is reserved for an audience of 6th grade and older. However, if you choose NOT to check in your birth-5th grade child into our Kids’ Ministry areas, we ask that you will walk them out if they start to get to fussy or fidgity.
Hope Kids have fun when they come to church! Your child may want to dress in clothes that are comfortable and will enable him/her to participate in games, crafts and activities without concern of “ruining” an outfit.
Your child is welcome to bring his/her Bible. However, Bibles are provided in each room to enable all children to participate.
Upon arrival at Hope, you will want to find a Kids’ Welcome Station located either in front of the Nursery or at the bottom of the ramp straight ahead of the main entrance. A Kids’ Ministry Volunteer will welcome you and help you get your children checked in and assigned to the appropriate room.
For younger children (ages 1-Pre-K), small snacks are worked into each programming hour. The snacks consist of graham crackers or goldfish.
Children (ages 5 -11) who attend the 8:30am Kids’ Arts and Leadership program enjoy a small snack at 9:25am each week. These snacks are provided by the parents of the participants and vary from week to week.
Water is the only drink provided in the children’s areas.
Our programming is designed to engage boys and girls on their age-level with age-appropriate activities, interactive learning opportunities and safe, clean fun! We provide teaching in an atmosphere of love and acceptance where children are given opportunities to practice the truths they are learning in ways that make sense to them.
Our facilities make observing easy! When you observe one of our children’s programs, you will notice that movement is a key component in all that we do. Keeping your child engaged is what we do best!
At Hope we do not have regularly scheduled “extra” activities for children outside of Sunday morning. However, over the course of a year, our grade school children are offered special one-day programs created to celebrate the way God has made them. These may include a Sock Hop, a Mother/Daughter Tea or a Daddy/Daughter Dance for girls, and a Spec Ops Night, Laser Tag, or a Men and Boys Camping Trip for boys.
The short, honest answer to this question is, “No. At Hope Church we do not have a program especially designed for children with special needs; nor do we have a large enough volunteer pool to provide such a ministry at this time.”
That said, our programming is designed to engage boys and girls on their age-level with age-appropriate activities, interactive learning opportunities and safe, clean fun. And we provide teaching in an atmosphere of love and acceptance where children are given opportunities to practice the truths they are learning in ways that make sense to them. Because of our approach, we have had some success with children who have certain kinds of special needs.
However, because of the fact that movement is a key component in all that we do, and that our classrooms tend to be highly stimulating, there are other children with special needs who have not done well in our environment.
If you would like to discuss your child’s particular situation further, please feel free to contact Rhonda Gayle, Director of Children’s Ministry, at 817.535.5555 ext. 134 or email@example.com.
Anyone wishing to serve as a regular volunteer in the Hope Kids’ Ministry or the Hope Student Ministry must be a member of Hope Church and must undergo a background check (see below) prior to serving in these areas.
All of the information and results acquired for/from the background checks are confidentially secured by Associate Pastor, Jerry Roberts. (Should an issue of concern be identified, he will be the one to discuss it with you.)
Not all issues that may come up in a background check result in the disqualification from opportunities to serve in the Hope Kids’ Ministry or the Hope Student Ministry. However, for the safety and security of our children, our volunteers, our guests and our staff, a person will be disqualified from serving in the Hope Kids’ and Hope Student Ministries if:
- He or she is a convicted sex offender
- He or she has been convicted of any crime against children
- He or she has been convicted of a crime which might pose a threat to children or others
Other crimes/accusations/convictions will be considered on a case by case basis, and will be handled at the discretion of Hope Church Leadership.
All volunteers must be involved with the organization for at least six months before they are allowed in any position involving contact with minors.
Beginning 11.1.08, background check permission forms are kept in a secure location in the Hope Offices. Once a person has completed this form for any ministry position at Hope, another one is not needed.* After permission is given, Hope Church reserves the right to run additional background checks utilizing this information as it sees necessary for the duration of a volunteer’s service in any sensitive ministry position, including Hope Kids’ Ministry and Hope Student Ministry (HSM).
*In the event that anything changes with your status (name, etc.), you will need to fill out a new permission form.
Note: Background checks are not necessary for members who ONLY serve in the nursery on the rotation.