We love our Lord Jesus, who dearly loved and welcomed children to His side. It is our desire to reflect that same priority and love Christ had for the little ones as precious souls, world-changers of the future, and kids of His Kingdom. Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers work passionately to provide these ongoing ministry opportunities listed below. For seasonal and special events, check out our website and Facebook page!
Our desire for our infant and toddlers is to provide a safe and loving environment for our littlest ones. Our staff will rock, feed, walk, and play with the infants and toddlers. They will be read a bible story and have praise music so they can sing and dance! For ages 2 through 5th grade, our Sunday School lessons are scripturally sound and taught by knowledgeable and experienced teachers. Our goal is to see our children grow in their faith through solid teaching and fun hands-on activities.
Church, unlike quiet times of Bible study and prayer, is a communal experience. We come together to make a joyful noise for our God. At HPC we welcome and desire for children to be part of the worship service. Many parents choose to have their younger children remain in the service in its entirety, We also offer children's church during the worship service, one for ages 2-4 and another for ages K-1st grade. It is an experience designed to prepare children to engage in lifelong participation in worship. Our goal is to equip kids with the knowledge of the elements of our worship here at HPC while also guiding them in a time of singing and rich teaching that will speak to their hearts. For K-1st grade, this occurs as a split service, meaning families will begin worship together in the sanctuary. At a designated point in the service, the children will have the opportunity to line up to be escorted to the children’s wing to continue in worship. For preschoolers, ages 2-4, they will begin the service hour in children’s church, followed by time in their classroom. Our children's church service is led by a passionate ministry team and will include songs, prayer, offering, Bible story, and lessons on the elements of worship.
Sunday Evenings (will resume August 20, 2017)
Sunday evenings are full of songs, games, activities, and more! We are entering our third year of The Gospel Project and we will continue to learn about Jesus and the early church. Join us for this time of deepening our understanding of God's Word and discovering that everything in the Bible points to Jesus. There will be childcare available for birth through 3 years old enabling parents to participate in Sunday evening small groups and activities.
Wednesday Evenings (will resume August 23, 2017)
Take this time mid-week to take a break from schedules and studying. We will spend this evening singing, playing games, and participating in missions. Occasionally we will have the kids sing in the worship service as well as local nursing homes. In addition, we will read about missionary stories and find ways we can serve our neighbors and community. We look forward to our time together so join us! For ages birth through 3 there is still childcare available in order for parents to participate in choir and Wednesday evening activities.
In order for us to provide a healthy and safe environment for your children, we ask for you to read and follow these procedures:
In order to ensure the safety and health of our children and staff, we kindly ask to refrain from bringing your child if they have had fever, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours. While your child is in our care, if they suddenly develop any of these symptoms, we will let you know immediately.
Sign in and out Procedures
In order for us to run an environment where visitors feel welcome and secure, we are asking that all children, birth through 5th grade, be signed in and out by a parent or guardian each time. Thank you so much for reminding and encouraging each other in this way.
Our Children's Ministry Team
While there are some paid staff as part of our nursery care, our ministry runs mostly on volunteers. Our paid staff offers consistency in order to build relationships with our littlest ones and to maintain safety standards. Volunteers fill many roles including Sunday School teachers, Music leaders, Small group facilitators, Children's Church leaders, and Shepherds (care for the kids while others lead programming). In addition, we have a church-wide nursery rotation which is for all members in good standing who have been here at least six months. All diapering and special needs are taken care of by the paid staff enabling the volunteer to assume responsibilities like reading a story, building blocks, singing, rocking a baby, etc. The children receive the blessing of love and attention while our volunteers receive the blessing of getting to know these precious children. If you would like to be part of our ministry team, please contact Alisa Gillis.
A note concerning children with special needs:
John 9:1-3 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."
Hixson Presbyterian Church is to be a safe place for families who have children with special needs. Our desire is to come alongside families and determine how best to meet those needs on a case by case basis. Our goal is to make every effort to share the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ to every child in a way that they can understand. When necessary, we will use alternative teaching formats such as multi-sensory activities and lessons. Our goal is to intentionally build relationships and the trust of the entire family affected by special needs. For more information or to discuss how we can meet your child’s needs, contact Alisa Gillis.