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 6th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship for Children
Sunday School is our primary school year program. All three-year-olds through 6th graders are invited to join our Sunday School program which meets Sunday mornings September through June at both services. There are times we have Family Worship Sundays with no Sunday School classes so children can be in worship with their family.
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.
9 AM Service Schedule:
3-year-olds – 1st Grade 2nd – 6th Grades
9:00 – 9:15 Sanctuary with parents 9:00 – 9:15 Sanctuary with parents
9:20 – 9:40 Skylight Room, Large Group 9:20 – 10:00 Classrooms
9:40 – 10:15 Classrooms 10:00 – 10:15 Skylight Room Music
10:30 AM Service Schedule:
3-year-olds - 6th Grade
10:30-11:30 Meet in the Fellowship Hall for group Sunday School program
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.
Kids' Church is a summer worship experience for children 1st grade through 6th grade. Kids will have their own music, prayer time, and sermon. KC Time is typically lead by HPPC high school or college age students.
Mid-Week Program: Journey
Journey, for 1st through 6th grade children, meets Wednesdays, October – May from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. It is a fun time of games, dinner, music and Bible study. Kids are fed fantastic food (cooked by volunteers), play goofy games, take fun-filled field trips, 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. Each evening there is a $4.00 donation per person requested to cover expenses. Bring a friend for an evening of excitement.
Join us for Journey, starting October 2, 2019!
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.
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.
Vacation Bible School
VBS is a five day event, 9:00 AM to noon, for 4 year olds through 5th grade. VBS occurs June 22-26, 2020.