Children

Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church is committed to assisting families as they pass faith on to their children and youth. We believe parents have the largest role in a child’s faith development: The role of the Children’s Christian Education team at Hamblen is to come along side of families to offer classes, programs, and experiences that enhance faith development in their children.

 

The children’s ministry at Hamblen offers many programs to support children (birth to 5th grade) as they begin to explore and grow in their faith.

 

If you have questions about children’s ministries within Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, contact Joe Bruce, Director of Children’s Ministries; 509-385-0626, or email joeb@hamblenpres.org.

Children's In-person and Online Ministries

Read about new ways for kids to learn about Jesus 

and have fun in-person or online during COVID-19. 

Join us Sunday, December 5 beginning at 6:00 PM for the Advent Fair and Christmas Pageant From Scratch. You don't want ot miss this fun famiiy event.

Our J.A.M. Sunday School theme this year is Heroes Of The Bible. 

Class begins immediately after the Junior Sermon. 

Face masks and social distancing will be utilized.

If you would like to volunteer to help with children's ministries at Hamblen this year, please checkout the following SignUpGenius link;

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4cafad2da57-childrens

December 5th we begin our new series David The Boy.

 

The nursery will be open Sunday monrings.

Please contact HPPC Director of Children's Ministries, Joe Bruce if you would like to receive JAM Sunday School information.

Checkout HPPC Children’s Ministries on Facebook

The Wednesday evening Journey program for 1st through 5th grade children  Wednesday, 5:00PM to 7:00PM.

Dinner will be provided.

A donation of $4 is requested to cover Journey costs.

We will be swimming at the Valley YMCA Wednesday, December 8. 

We will be learning about teen heroes of the Bible over the next several weeks.

Join the email list by clicking on this box.

Shortclips are short two to four minute videos for kids with a question about 

God. Examples might be; "Does God Have a Pet?", "Who Is God's BFF?" or "What Is God's Favorite 

Food?"

Checkout the HPPC YouTube Channel for Shortclips.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

We had a cool and fun VBS this year! Over 70 kids participated from as far away as Deer Park. About two thirds of the children attending VBS were new faces from the community that we were excited to welcome! Over 50 of your friends from HPPC and other churches from the area volunteered their week to give the kids an encounter with Moses. Check out all the fun we had during VBS 2021 in this video: bit.ly/HPPCVBS2021

Thank you so much to all the volunteers for helping to bring this ministry to the children of our community!
 

Worship for Children

Sunday School is our primary school year program. All three-year-olds through 5th graders are invited to join our Sunday School program which meets Sunday mornings September through June. There are times we have Family Worship Sundays with no Sunday School classes so children can be in worship with their families.

 

Three-year-olds through first grade utilize lessons from Augsburg Fortress “Spark” curriculum. Second through sixth graders use Cokesbury “Power Express” Rotation Model curriculum. Each week children travel to another “site” to learn about the Bible in a hands-on way. One week a class may be in the movie room learning about a Bible story and the next week in the kitchen learning about the same story in a different developmentally appropriate leaning style. In a typical 4-week rotation, children may experience the computer lab, a dramatic performance, the movie room, puppetry, music, storytelling, cooking, or games.

Family Worship

Worship is defined as "honor, homage paid to God, formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage." How do we teach our children to “worship”? At HPPC, we teach by sharing worship in the warm and welcoming surroundings of their church family.  Family Worship occurs several times throughout the year in place of Sunday School.

Having children in worship is what we are told to do in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke when Jesus tells the disciples to “let the little children come to me, and do not stop them….”. We welcome the energy and joy children bring to Family Worship. Our church family is not complete without them.

Wednesday Evening Journey Program

Journey, for 1st through 5th grade children, meets Wednesdays, October – May from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. It is a fun time of games, and Bible study. Kids play goofy games, and have awesome activities (theme nights, talent show and pizza parties are very popular!).

Journey is a place where kids can feel safe and, in developmentally appropriate ways, begin to verbalize what it means to be a follower of Christ. Parents are encouraged to volunteer with Journey throughout the year to help in the kitchen or classrooms. Bring a friend for an evening of excitement.

Join us for Journey and bring a friend!

Special Classes

2nd Grade Worship and Communion: This class will prepare all second graders (and any older children who haven’t yet taken the class) to take communion. Students will learn about the events surrounding the Last Supper and discover the meaning behind the communion sacrament. A culminating activity will include baking communion wafers.

 

3rd Grade Know Your Bible Class: This course is for third grade students (or any students in grades 4th– 6th who haven’t taken these classes.) Students will be taught: how the Bible is organized; how to look up a Bible passage: the differences between versions of the Bible; and will most importantly learn how to read, understand and apply the Bible to their own lives. Bibles will be presented on a Sunday prior to the class at the 9:00 AM service.

 

4th Grade “Hey God, Let’s Talk!” (Prayer): Relationships are built upon conversations; this is true for our relationship with God. In the” Hey God Let’s Talk” class 4th grade students (or any 5th – 6th graders who haven’t taken this class.) will strengthen their relationship with God by learning how to talk with God. “Hey God, Let’s Talk!” curriculum from Abingdon Press will be used.

 

5th Grade “Gifts” Class: Each of us have been given gifts from God that we use in our daily lives. Parents and their children will participate in an assessment that will reveal their spiritual gifts. Students will learn the difference between talents and God given gifts.

 

6th Grade "Apostles' Creed" Class: The Apostles' Creed teaches us about God, Jesus and the Church.  During this 3 week class, 6th graders will get the opportunity to study this important statement of our beliefs.

Christmas Pageant from Scratch

The Christmas Pageant From Scratch is an annual inter-generational event where everyone has an opportunity to take part in the Christmas story.  After a potluck soup dinner, volunteer performers go to rooms to dress as their favorite character from the Christmas Story and, as the story is read, enter on cue. You never know what is going to happen in the Christmas Pageant From Scratch.

Day Camp

January is a time of year for a mid-winter taste of VBS with Day Camp. On a semester break from school, Kindergarten through 6th grade kids are invited to take part in a day long themed camp.