Haymarket Church Kids
From 6 Weeks through Elementary School
All children are loved by God. At Haymarket Church, we seek to help children and their families build a solid foundation for a lifetime of faith, while also equipping them to live as Christians today. Therefore, we seek to give children the tools that will help them mature in faith as they get older while also offering them opportunities to participate in ministry in the present.
By participating in the Kids’ Ministry at Haymarket Church, children learn stories of faith and begin to discover their own place in God’s story. They also learn habits and practices that are essential for a lifetime of faith – worship, prayer, communion, studying Scripture, service, and more.
We are still navigating kids ministry during a pandemic. We have re-opened for indoor Sunday School on Sundays (see below for more details). We are also providing video content and activities for families who are not ready to return yet. During the fall we are offering Playground Worship that is great for families with kids. It is held the first Sunday of the month at 8:30 am at Haymarket Elementary School.
Connect with Haymarket Kids
Every Saturday morning we send our Haymarket Kids email. It includes any announcements for upcoming events, links to our Kids Zoom Hangouts, weekly video lessons for both PK/K and Elementary, and easy family activities that tie into the week’s lesson.
Each week, the family videos and activities for PK/K and Elementary are posted, as well as other parenting resources to support your family. We also post reminders for special events, and other info you may find helpful.
Due to the recent Covid-19 surge, and in accordance with guidance from the CDC and public health officials, masks are required for all persons age 2 and older indoors.
Our kid’s ministry is centered in what children experience on Sunday mornings. At 10 AM each Sunday, children are invited to gather with their families in our worship space at Haymarket Elementary School. Because we believe that children learn to worship God by worshiping (and by watching adults worship), our worship service begins with all ages worshiping together. This gives our children the opportunity to gather, sing, pray, and feel included in the “big church.” We believe that this sense of inclusion makes a big difference in enabling children to know, deep down, that they are always welcome and “at home” in God’s church. At some point early in the service, children are invited forward for “Children’s time” – a time when they get to sit with our kid’s ministry director or our pastor and explore faith together.
Once children’s time is complete, as the rest of the congregation prepares to listen for God through Scripture and sermon, children from preschool (3 and up) through 5th grade are invited to head off to our children’s classroom, where they will encounter God’s story in ways that fit their particular developmental and learning needs. After the sermon is over, the children return to our worship space to participate in communion with their families. Kids will receives communion with their families so they are separated while they need to remove their masks and then can line back up at the back door, before returning to their classrooms for the rest of worship. Parents are invited to pick their children up from their classroom once worship is completed.
Nursery care is available each Sunday morning during worship for children from 6 weeks through 3 years old. Our nursery is staffed by trained childcare workers and volunteers who love sharing God’s love with our littlest ones. Your children are always welcome to stay with you during worship, but if you need a break we are happy to host them in our nursery.
Note: All photos that are inside without masks were taken pre-covid.
When you arrive in worship, you are asked to check in your children at our children’s registration station (by the front door). You will receive a nametag for each child. You will also receive an identification tag for yourself that includes a unique identification number. These are used to enable our teachers to call each child by name and to help us make sure that each child goes home with the right person. In addition, there is space to include special notes – things like allergies, etc. – that will print on the nametag. This system helps us care for your child during our time together!
Planning to Visit? You can fill out the permission form online ahead of your first visit so we can have all your information in our system and be able to check you in more quickly.
Help for Talking to your Children about Race
These resources are from Orange:
Why You Need to Talk About Race With Your Kids (Podcast)
Raising Kids Who Will Initiate Racial Equality (Blog Post)
How To Talk To Kids About The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Blog Post)
Talking to Children About Racial Bias (From the American Academy of Pediatrics)
How to talk to kids about racism: An age by age guide (From todaysparent.com)
27 Books that talk about racism (From todaysparent.com)
Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism (From Sesame Street and CNN)
Anti-Racism Resources (From Illustrated Ministry)
Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism (From PBS Kids)