Just as Jesus gathered the children into his teaching and care, Children’s Ministry at Harvard Avenue serves from the same heart – that all might know Christ’s love shining brightly, that the joyful welcome of Jesus is felt by every heart.
We believe church should be a place where children want to be, where they learn new exciting things about God each week. We believe in the gift of time and presence, and explore faith through music, stories, crafts and games. Our children’s ministry leaders, storytellers, shepherds, and caregivers are committed to providing a warm environment where children of all ages feel safe and loved.
Our Children’s Ministry ~ lovingly called The Orchard (where we are planting our roots in Christ (Col 2:7) and growing in the fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22) ~ is tailored for the needs of each age group so that every interaction will be a positive and helpful experience.
During Worship (9am & 11am):
Children begin in the sanctuary at worship with their families, and are then invited to be part of Children Worship and Wonder, a multisensory storytelling that brings God’s word and people to life in remarkable ways. We believe it is important that children have both the whole-church experience AND the opportunity for faith lessons that are directed to their specific learning needs and expressions.
Sunday School (10am):
Children gather in classes by age (within a two-year range) for lesson time. Under the care of parent and member volunteers, children learn scripture, music, and caring for others in age- and development-appropriate experiences.
Nursery care is available all morning Sundays. A nursery for babies under 3 years of age is provided with its own developmental program.
A great time for Harvard Ave parents to have an evening out, and a really great time for the kids to be here at the church for friendships, crafts, games and other great learning activities.
> 6pm – 10pm, 2nd Fridays (September – May)
> for infants through 5th grade
> youth helpers (6th grade + older) always welcome!
We have wonderful Children’s Choirs offered for Kindergarten students through 5th grades. The children’s choirs prepare in short-term rehearsals as part of Sunday School and PNO gatherings, and share in our worship services. Each student also receives a rehearsal CD so they can play and sing along at home!
Children’s Music Director : Ashley Pease
Easter Eggstravaganza // Fall Family Festival
Seasonal events for children and families, these spring and fall special occasions include games, crafts, food, prizes, music, and more! Parent volunteers and supporters from the congregation create fun and exciting events for our children and their families; friends from the neighborhood, and our two neighboring schools, are always invited.
The Eggstravaganza is usually the Saturday afternoon of Palm or Easter weekend (depending on Spring Break), and the Fall Festival is usually the Sunday afternoon closest to Halloween.
June 4 – 8, 8:40am – 4:00pm
Created, sponsored, and directed by the widely-known Kanakuk Camps, this Christian day camp for kids is hosted for one week at Harvard Avenue Christian Church.
For information, questions, or to register, visit Kanakuk KampOut!, select ‘availability’, and scroll to the Harvard Avenue listing.
Rolling River Rampage
June 18 – 22, 10:00am – 1:00pm
A week-long adventure sets off each summer as children 4 years through 5th grade explore a Bible theme from every angle. Adventurers enjoy a week of faith development, fellowship, music, science, storytelling and FUN!
A Theater Arts Camp for Kids!
July 23 – 27, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Created by Children’s Music Director Ashley Pease, this week of musical fun will feature a closing performance on Sunday July 29 @ 10am in the Family Life Center.