Children Age 3 & Under:
Infants and children up to age 3 are lovingly cared for in our Nursery during our Sunday 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM services. We use a text message system so that parents can be notified quickly and easily if their child requires parental attention. We always have age-appropriate equipment and toys to make the ideal environment for the children to begin learning about God and his son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. During nursery time, we also share Jesus through music, coloring pages and age-appropriate activities.
We also offer child care during special times throughout the week so that parents can be involved in a small group themselves and know that their children are being well cared for during this learning time.
Pre-K & Kindergarten Class
Goals for Pre-K & Kindergarten children include teaching each child stories of the Bible from Creation through Jesus’s time on earth. Bible lessons are reinforced with hands-on activities, crafts, and visual aids. The goal is for students to obtain a basic knowledge of the Bible and its message of love for all people.
First, Second Third Grade Class
First, Second & Third graders are invited to explore the Bible and relate it to their daily lives. Students receive their very own Bible in the 1st grade. Bible lessons are enhanced with handouts, crafts, and visual aids. Students will learn how to apply the Ten Commandments to their own lives and grow in understanding God’s grace through His instructions for living. Goals include encouraging each child to include prayer in their daily lives, learning Bible verses and applying them to their life, and learning ways to help and encourage one another by sharing Jesus’s love.
4th – 5th Grade Class
Students share in reading the lesson and the Bible, and they participate in discussions about the topic for the day. Teachers encourage the students to talk about things in their daily lives and how it relates to their relationship with Jesus Christ. Prayer time provides each student an opportunity to share joys and concerns. Goals for the class include communicating what it means to be a Christian, learning where the Bible came from, and exploring the role of the Spirit of Christ in a person’s life.
The Barnyard Bunch & Children’s Church
During the 10:30 worship service, the Barnyard Bunch puppets offer a special message for kids ages four to third grade. After the lesson, children will be invited to attend Children's Church in the Rockstar wing. Parents can pick up their children in the Rockstar wing at the end of the worship service.
Released Time is an important ministry and religious education program sponsored by The Halifax Area Ministerium. It is offered to all 4th and 5th graders at the Halifax Elementary School. Our purpose is to teach the Christian faith through song, verse, prayer, and classroom lesson time.
The program begins in mid-September, and runs through March. There are nine Wednesday AFTERNOON sessions, held at the Halifax United Methodist Church, beginning in the Fall Season. There is a Retreat at Camp Hebron in May. For more information, contact Sherise Mills & Jessica Areford , Directors, Halifax Released Time Program, at 717-896-8092.
Vacation Bible School
VBS will be held August 2-6, 2021; both in-person and online. Stay tuned for more information!
All Teachers, Assistants, Nursery Care Givers and paid Child Care Providers in our Children’s Ministry must meet the requirements of our church’s “Safe Sanctuaries Policy” which includes, but is not limited to, criminal background checks, child abuse history clearances and annual training events. Please be assured that we have taken every precaution to ensure that your child will be safe and properly cared for while in our Children’s Ministry programs and events.
For more information about the children's ministry program,please contact the Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Sami John, at firstname.lastname@example.org.