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.

Sunday Morning Story Time

Children, birth through pre-kindergarten, and their families are invited to join us on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. for an interactive story time. This time of creative play, music, and stories gives our children and families space to connect and socialize before worship, ensuring kids are home in time for their post-worship lunch and nap time.

Birth through 2 Years Old

We provide a space where our littlest ones can be cared for while engaging in early childhood faith formation, using the Frolic Nursery curriculum. The nursery is available from 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sign-in your child beginning at 9:45 a.m. in Room 8. Infants and toddlers meet in separate spaces that are adjoined, making transitions more comfortable for children as they become confidently mobile.

Please note we use a texting system to page parents when necessary. To ensure your child’s comfort we ask that you provide a labeled diaper bag or backpack containing: bottle/sippy cup, pacifier, change of clothes, diaper, and snack (if applicable). We offer water, cheerios, and goldfish when appropriate.

Three Years Old through Pre-Kindergarten

Children in preschool through pre-kindergarten are invited to explore their faith through play, art, music, and stories, as they engage in the Frolic Preschool curriculum. Children’s social-emotional health and faith development are key components to this new ministry offering. This class is open from 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sign-in your child beginning at 9:45 a.m. in Room 2.

Please note we use a texting system to page parents when necessary. To ensure your child’s comfort we ask that you provide a labeled backpack containing: sippy cup, change of clothes, training pants (if applicable). We offer water and goldfish for snack. Please provide an alternative snack if your child has allergies.

Children in Worship

Children of all ages are welcome to stay in worship with their families. Children kindergarten through grade 6 begin in the 10 a.m. worship service with their families—children’s bulletins and crayons are available at the sanctuary entrances. Following the Time for Children, kindergarten through grade 6 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 (Sunday Studio or Tween Transitions) following the Time for Children, please take a moment before worship to sign-in at the Summit Avenue door, located by the narthex.

Sunday Studio

Children, kindergarten through grade 3, are invited to Sunday Studio from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Inspired by stories and materials from the Godly Play curriculum, young elementary-age children will learn about the church calendar, worship sacraments, stories in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, and other people of faith. During this time, children will build community through conversations, group activities and games. They will reflect on their learning and commune with God through the use of art materials.

Sunday Studio is offered in the following locations:

Room 4: Kindergarten and Grade 1
Room 5: Grades 2 and 3

Tween Transitions

Grades 4 through 6 are invited to further their faith development in Tween Transitions from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. This group is mostly conversation-based. Children will explore Scripture and church seasons more in depth, learning to put their faith into practice. The Tween Transitions group meets in the Tween Lounge in Room 7.

Creative Expressions

Children in kindergarten through grade 5 are invited to join us in Room 4 for a visual arts-based program from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We will explore a variety of media. Note that not all materials are washable, but we will do our best to keep children clean by staying organized and wearing art smocks. Children’s art is displayed in the Cloister Gallery in May.

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, we are happy to set up a new baby visit, provide information about our nursery-age offerings, or talk to you about baptism. We want to support you in this time of transition. For more information, please contact the church office at (651) 227-6311.

Baptism
 House of Hope hosts baptisms on the third Sunday of each month. If you are interested in baptism, contact the church office at (651) 227-6311 to schedule your child’s baptism and learn more about attending a baptism class.  

Family Events
Each month, families are invited to events to celebrate the holidays or create a space for fellowship. For information on upcoming events, join our House of Hope Parents Facebook page, subscribe to the weekly Enews, and check the weekly bulletin or Anchor newsletter. Join the House of Hope Children and Family email list and receive weekly news by contacting the Director of Children and Family Ministry at kieras@hohchurch.org.

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 take place on Friday evenings. For information on upcoming tween events, join our House of Hope Parents Facebook page, subscribe to the weekly Enews, and check the weekly bulletin or Anchor newsletter. Join the House of Hope Children and Family email list and receive weekly news by contacting the Director of Children and Family Ministry at kieras@hohchurch.org.

Bibles for Faith Stages  
Children receive Bibles during three faith milestones. A Frolic First board-book Bible is gifted to infants and toddlers at the time of their baptism. Rising pre-kindergarten children receive a Spark Story Bible on Confirmation Sunday during the Time for Children. Grade 3 receives the Deep Blue Bible on Reformation Sunday, following a three-week Bible class that covers history, literature, and navigation skills.

Family Camp  
House of Hope invites all families to join us for an intergenerational weekend retreat at Clearwater Forest. Bond by the bonfire, enjoy the lakeside view and water activities, hike, challenge yourself to the rope climb or rock wall, engage in communal devotions, create Creative Expressions inspired art, and dine with one another. A prayer labyrinth, worship space, beautiful cabins, and more make this a fun weekend for people of all ages. We hope you will join us for this amazing experience! Save the date: Family Camp will take place on June 7 – 9, 2019.   

Summer Programming

Summer Programming

Summers at House of Hope are a little different, accounting for families on vacation. We continue to offer quality care, stories, music, and activities for infants through rising-kindergarteners in Rooms 8 and 2 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Rising grades 1 – 6 gather for Summer Studio in Room 4 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. In Summer Studio children discuss the teachings of Jesus, play on the playground (weather permitting), and engage in quality art projects.

Note Sunday Morning Story Time and Creative Expressions meet during the school year and take a break over the summer.

Ways to Be Involved

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

Volunteeras a Nursery Assistant, Sunday Studio Teacher, Storyteller, Creative Expressions Assistant, Chaperone, or Event Assistant. For more information, please contact the Director of Children and Family Ministry at KieraS@hohchurch.orgor (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.orgis a great source for families looking to develop the faith lives of children at home.