Children's Ministry: Birth - 4th Grade
There are many volunteers and staff involved in making Children’s Education at Hudson a welcoming and nurturing place. Children of all ages will find a community in which they can learn, play, and grow. Please join us on Sunday mornings!
Joyful Noise is a new way for children to celebrate and sing as we enjoy instruments, friendly fun and engage in games that glorify God!
What? Hudson’s new elementary age music program will be super fun and include games and activities to engage your child in learning more about music, singing, instruments and Jesus.
Who? All elementary-aged children grades 1-5. Please invite your friends.
When? Every Sunday at 9:30 am.
Where? Geneva Hall/Music Room (depending upon the space we will need)
Will the children lead worship in church?
Yes. About four times per year, with lots of instruments included.
Will we still have Christmas and Spring Pageants? Yes. Some may look the same, while some may be completely different.
Contact Gina Hayek for more info
HMPC Nursery Policies and Procedures – Birth through Age 2
Welcome to the nursery area where we care for infants, toddlers, and twos on Sunday mornings and at other times as scheduled. Here is some important information regarding our policies and procedures that will enable you to leave your children with confidence.
On the first visit and/or the beginning of each fall semester, a registration form should be filled out for each child. Forms are available in the information centers in the main hallways and on the HMPC website (www.hmpc.org). Leave completed forms with a staff member, or with the church office staff.
Check In & Check Out
When checking children into their room, sign in on the clipboard noting any feeding or other instructions, and pick up a numbered pager. Please exit the nursery wing promptly so that your child has a chance to settle in. If your child has difficulty transitioning or is upset you will be called within 10 minutes. You may be offered an empty room where you can tend to your child before returning them to their room.
The nursery wing opens 15 minutes prior to Sunday morning programs and closes 15 minutes after worship service ends. Typically the nursery opens fifteen minutes before, and closes fifteen minutes after other scheduled events that include child care. The exact times will be noted in the event information. Please do not check in early as our staff is making preparations for the morning or event. Be courteous about picking children up promptly after the worship service or event.
To minimize unauthorized persons having access to children, only adults checking in and checking out children should be in the nursery wing. Parents will be given a numbered pager with which they can be contacted if necessary. The parent or designated adult who will pick up your child will need to return the pager in order to check out. For security reasons, only staff should be in the rooms with the children. When nursery doors are closed, ring the bell and identify yourself to the staff.
Some snacks will be provided, such as, vanilla wafers, goldfish and crackers, but parents are welcome to bring a snack from home. Do not send foods that are choke hazards including nuts, grapes, marshmallows and raisins. Peanut free snacks are preferred in all rooms. Be sure to include any allergy information on the registration form. Also list any snacks that your child should not have.
Bring a diaper bag with a change of clothes and several diapers, pull ups or training pants. Include wipes, bottles and other items such as a special blanket, stuffed animal or pacifier that will help comfort your child. Items should be clearly marked with your child’s name.
Children's Education & Worship Ages 3, 4 & 5 and Grades 1-5
Welcome to Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church Sunday Morning Education and Worship Programs for children. Our schedule and programs are designed to create a way for everyone in the family to worship and experience spiritual education in meaningful ways. The regular schedule is the first Sunday after Labor Day through the Sunday before Memorial Day.
Safe Sanctuary Policy
All teaching teams are led by church members cleared through the Safe Sanctuary Policy which is strictly adhered to. Policy details may be found on our website and in the information centers in the main hallway. If interested in assisting in your child’s class or asked to volunteer, complete an application form and background check permission form found on the HMPC website at http://hmpc.org/who-we-are/forms.
A registration form must be completed for each child in the Nursery, Pre-Elementary and Elementary programs by the first Sunday of the fall semester, or by the first visit. Return registration forms to the church office during the week, or to your child’s teacher on Sunday. Forms are available for download on the church website (www.hmpc.org/hmpc-forms), and at the information centers in the main hallways. The class your children attend is based on the age requirements of Wake County Schools (age as of August 31st).
Pre-Elementary: Three’s & Fours
9:30–10:20 am, Room 218
Children are invited to participate in faith based, age-appropriate songs and finger plays that introduce the Bible stories.
Joyful Noise: grades K–4
9:30-10:20 am in Geneva Hall/Music Room
Joyful Noise is our children’s music program led by Gina Hayek. Using games and activities and playing instruments, children learn about Bible stories appropriate to their age and development. Joyful Noise children will have the opportunity to lead worship a few times a year through music and simple pageants.
The Explorers: 5th, 6th, & 7th Graders
9:30-10:20 am, Room 227
Coordinated by Frank Boyd and Lee Corbett.
During Worship children are invited to participate in Sunday School Education after the Children’s Message. Before the service starts, please make sure your child has been signed in at the back of the church in the narthex and has gotten a lanyard designating which age group they are in in order to leave with their leaders.
Children ages 3–5 will go with the Pre-Elementary group.
Children in grades 1–4 will go with the Elementary group.
Children in grade 5 should sit with their parents
At the end of the service, the children will return to the Sanctuary and wait in a pew near the children’s worship area to be checked out. For the safety of our children and to keep this process as easy and unobtrusive to the service as possible, we ask that you please follow these guidelines.
Children’s Worship Area
2nd grade and younger
If your children are not participating in Sunday school, feel free to utilize the children’s worship area which is open following the children’s message. Sit nearby and assist them as needed.
On Communion Sundays
Children participating in the Sacrament can be checked out early from Sunday School in Geneva Hall or kept with parents in the Sanctuary.
Parents who are members of HMPC are encouraged to have their children baptized as a sign of their commitment to raise children in the church and as an opportunity for the congregation to pledge their support to the family. Dates for baptisms are scheduled throughout the year and members may sign up by completing the baptism request form available in the main hallway and here.
Baptized children may participate in the Lord’s Supper (Communion or Eucharist) at the discretion of their parents. The table is about welcoming and grace, which is something the children experience as they share in the sacred meal of the Christian community.
A Communion Education Class is offered each fall and spring for children (age 4 and up) and their parents. Hosted by the Children’s Committee, and led by Debbie Kirk, the class is ideal for children who have not yet participated in Communion, as well as those who want to learn more about it. Classes will be publicized in various church media. Registration is available prior to each class.
Boys and Girls Scouts
Hudson is honored to host a number of Girl and Boy Scouts troops. Please click below to learn more about our troops!