We’re excited about our interactive children’s ministry, coordinated by our Children and Family ministries coordinator, Erica Lovejoy, along with an enthusiastic team of kid-loving members of the HopeGateWay community.
HopeGateWay Kids New Series - The Beatitudes
Sundays at 9:30am on Zoom
We are excited to start a new series with our young friends, age 3 through 5th grade! Our study of the Beatitudes will include movement, crafts, games, story books and discussion. Together we will be exploring how Jesus turned expectations and traditional beliefs about being blessed upside down, and imagining ways to fill the world with more love and justice.Some activities will also be posted in the HGW Kids facebook group, for families to do at home. Contact Erica for more information! HGW Kids Zoom Link
What’s the age group for HopeGateWay Kids?
All kids grades K-5 are invited!
We also have a group for Middle Schoolers!
What happens on a typical Sunday morning?
(currently we are fully virtual, due to Covid, see HGW Kids Zoom series above)
Between the 9 am & 11 am worship gatherings, at 10:15 am, kids gather for an engaging, multi-sensory, interactive time exploring the Bible and concepts of faith through story-telling, music, and movement.
How’s it different from a typical Sunday School?
We hope we’ll capture all the best things of a typical Sunday School: loving relationships with caring adults, opportunities to explore new ideas and grow in faith, and plenty of fun. Our approach may be different in some ways, too. HopeGateWay Kids is not intended to be curriculum-directed, but kid-directed and kid-centered. We believe that children already have a deep understanding of God, and we believe that Bible stories can form and inform that understanding. We call our approach “engaged story telling.” Because kids learn through repetition, and enjoy repetition, we’ll spend three weeks on each story, approaching the stories in multiple ways, with the goal of introducing all the major stories of the Bible over the course of a six-year rotation. Every fourth week, we’ll engage in a service project, meant to instill in our children an understanding of the importance of putting faith into action to help others.
Where does all of this happen?
HopeGateWay Kids meets in our children's rooms at our 509 Forest Avenue site, just steps from the worship space.
Do you have any program for younger children?
We offer loving childcare for preschool-age children during both the 9 am and 11 am worship gatherings in our onsite nursery room.