Children and Family Ministries

The Holy Spirit is alive and well at House of Hope, fostering deep connections with God and one another, as well as generating an attitude of excitement and curiosity for our youngsters.

The Children and Family Committee and small focus groups have been developing and implementing plans to best serve and connect our children, youth and families with God and the community. This program year, we are providing a solid base for the faith formation of children and families, one that will allow for spiritual growth, depth and transformation within the House of Hope culture of social justice and artistic expression.

TWEEN SERVICE PROJECT. Fourth through sixth graders are invited to join us for a night of service and fun at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan. Help us pack meals for hungry children around the world. This event takes place on Friday, October 6, 2017, from 6–7:30 p.m. Adult chaperones are needed. Carpool is available but limited. To participate R.S.V.P. to Kiera Stegall at KieraS@hohchurch.org by noon on Thursday, October 5. Let us know how many children will be attending, if parents are available to chaperone, and if carpool is needed. Friends in fourth through sixth grade are welcome to attend!    

What to expect on a Sunday morning:

We don’t underestimate the amount of energy and effort it takes for a family to arrive at church on a Sunday morning. Please know that you are loved and held in gracious hands. The following provides logistical information to help ease some anxiety.

Infants and toddlers are always welcome to stay in worship with their families. However, we do provide a space where our littlest ones can be cared for while engaging in early childhood faith formation. Please feel free to check-in your child starting at 9:30am in the following rooms:

·        Room 8: 0-18 months

·        Room 2: 18 months to 3 years

·        Room 4: Ages 3, 4 and any child whose guardian(s) feels s/he is unable to be in worship through Time for Children but who are ready for more structure via Godly Play.

Children, Pre-K through 4th Grade are invited to begin in the worship service at 10:00 a.m. with their families – worship bags and art supplies are available in the Narthex at the back of the church. Following a special Time for Children, the children exit the sanctuary by processing down the center aisle. In the narthex of the church, kids will accompany their classmates and adult volunteers down the hallway to the education wing (adults will have signs to hold up for kids to follow). Children can be picked up on the following locations at 11:15am.

·        Godly Play – This curriculum and classroom experience for Pre-K through 2nd Grade serves as a continuation of worship for our children. Children are invited to enter into God’s Story contained in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament. Godly Play helps engage the child where s/he is and helps develop a language around the mystery and history of our faith, our lives, and our existential limits.

o   Room 7Pre-K and Kindergarten

o   Room 5 – Grades 1st and 2nd

·        Sunday Studio – This curriculum and classroom experience for 3rd and 4th Graders continues as a continuation of worship, but with a twist on entering into God’s Story. Teachers will be combining Dwell Marvel Curriculum with some Godly Play elements to invite our 3rd and 4th graders to make visual and digital renditions of various stories of the Bible.

o   Room 11, Art Room and Room 12, Filming Room (2nd floor)

·        Transitioning Tweens – Our 5th and 6th Graders are invited to stay in the worship service until after the sermon, exiting with special volunteers to Room 17 (2nd floor) to discuss the sermon and worship elements. This approach to our faith formation helps to transition a child from the “Sunday School Experience” and into a deeper experience and understanding of corporate worship and the church as a larger community.

Ways to Be Involved

·        Register your child for programming: online or in paper form found in Room 6 on Sundays

·        Serve as a Godly Play Storyteller or Greeter (and/or refer us to someone to hire – www.hohchurch.org/career)

·        Volunteer to escort our children from the Sanctuary to the Education Wing

·        Use your artistic inclinations to help with the Children’s Art Show scheduled for December

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We believe faith formation occurs both within and beyond these church walls.  Jeff Foels, Associate Pastor, would happily resource any parents who are looking for such opportunities! This website is a great resource for families looking to develop the faith lives of children at home: http://faithformationjourneys.org/.  

For more information please contact Jeff Foels at (651) 223-7545 or  jfoels@hohchurch.org.