Children in Worship
We believe that Jesus clearly encourages children to come to Him and worship. We enthusiastically welcome all children to worship! Partway through the service, children will be invited to gather at the front of the Sanctuary for the Time with Children. They’ll sit on the steps during an interactive message.
Worship and Sunday School Hour: 10:30–11:30 am
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 Children's Worship area in the back of the Sanctuary and is wearing his or her lanyard nametag in order to leave with the Sunday School leaders. If you are visiting with us please use the stick-on nametags until we can create a lanyard for your child.
Following the Children's Message, children age 3 through 4th grade will leave the Sanctuary and go to Sunday School. Children in grades 5 and up will remain in Worship with their parents. You will be instructed where to pick up your child after Worship when you sign him or her in. If your child is staying for our Children's Music program, you do not need to pick up your child between Sunday School and Music. A volunteer will escort your child to have a short Children's Fellowship time before bringing them to Geneva Hall for Music.
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 in the back of the Sanctuary. 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.
For more information about our program or to be added to our family-specific mailing list please contact Cary Dickerson, our Interim Director of Children and Family Ministries.