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 encouraging an attitude of excitement and curiosity.

Sunday mornings at House of Hope:

The following provides activities and support available on Sunday mornings.

Nursery

We provide a space where our littlest ones can be cared for while engaging in early childhood faith formation. The nursery is available from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please sign-in your child beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the following rooms:

  • Room 8: 0–18 months
  • Room 2: 18 months–3 years

Please note we use a texting system to page parents when necessary.

Children in Worship

Children of all ages are welcome to stay in worship with their families. Children Pre-K through grade 4 begin in the 10 a.m worship service with their families—worship bags are available at the sanctuary entrances. Following, a Time for Children, Pre-K through grade 4 are invited to exit the sanctuary and proceed down the center aisle. In the narthex of the church, children will accompany their classmates and adult volunteers down the hallway to the education wing. Children may be picked up at 11:15 a.m.

If your child will be attending Sunday School following the Time for Children, please take a moment before worship to sign-in at the Summit Avenue door, located by the narthex.

Godly Play

Godly Play serves as a continuation of worship for children. Children Pre-K–grade 2 are invited to enter into God’s Story as it is told in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament. Godly Play helps engage children where they are developmentally and helps provide a language around the mystery and history of our faith, our lives, and our existential limits. Godly play is held in the following rooms:

Room 7: Pre-K and Kindergarten
Room 5: Grades 1 and 2

Sunday Studio

Sunday Studio is a continuation of worship with a twist on entering into God’s Story. Children in third and fourth graders will learn about basic faith practices and engage with various stories in the Bible. Teachers combine Dwell Marvel Curriculum and creatively written lessons to lead the group in meaningful conversations and activities. Sunday Studio is held in Dining Rooms A & B located downstairs. Elevator access is available.

Tween Transitions

Fifth and sixth graders are invited to stay in the worship service until after the sermon, exiting with volunteers to discuss the sermon and worship elements. This approach to our faith formation helps to transition a child from the Sunday School experience into a deeper understanding of worship and the church as a larger community. It is located in Room 17 on the second floor of the East Wing. Please be advised that no elevator access is available.

Additional Support and Activities

New Baby Visits
House of Hope welcomes newborns with a small gift and a card. If you or someone you know is expecting a baby, set up a new baby visit, receive information about our nursery-age offerings, or talk about baptism. We want to support you in this time of transition. For more information, please contact the church office at (651) 227-6311.

Storytime
Children, infants–3 years old, and families are invited to join us every Wednesday morning from 10:30–11 a.m. at Red Balloon Bookshop, located at 891 Grand Avenue, St Paul. Storytime is free and a great way to connect with other families. 

Family Events
Each month, families are invited to events in the community or at the church to celebrate the holidays or create a space for fellowship. For information on upcoming events, join our Facebook page, subscribe to the weekly Enews, and check the weekly bulletin or Anchor newsletter.

Tween Events
Children, grades 4–6, are invited to a monthly event just for tweens focusing on fellowship, fun, service, and friendship. Gather for a variety of social events and service projects throughout the school year. Tween events usually take place on a Friday evening. For more information, subscribe to the weekly Enews, and check the weekly bulletin or Anchor newsletter.

Ways to Be Involved

Register your child for programming in their designated nursery or Sunday school room.

Volunteer as a Nursery Helper, Godly Play Storyteller, Door Person, Sunday Studio Teacher, Tween Transition Discussion Leader, Creative Expressions Assistant, Chaperone, or Event Assistant. For more information, please contact Kiera Stegall at KieraS@hohchurch.org or (651) 223-7547.

We believe faith formation occurs both within and beyond the church and would happily help any parents who are looking for such resources. FaithFormationJourneys.org is a great source for families looking to develop the faith lives of children at home. For more information, please contact Kiera Stegall at KieraS@hohchurch.org or (651) 223-7547.