At Hope East Queens, our motto for families is: "what happens at home is more important than what happens at church."
Therefore, we try to resource and come alongside parents and caretakers by providing engaging environments for their children on Sundays and creating avenues of resourcing and connecting families to each other throughout the week. We also have a Parents with Kids Home Group (P&G HG) which meets once a month after service for small group and a meal (contact Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org).
We have a school safety official with us at all times on Sundays to ensure that your children are well protected. Also, all of our volunteers undergo mandatory background checks prior to serving.
Walking - PreK.
During the service, our Tots have a busy morning, full of the Big God Story, songs, crafts, and a small snack. Each week, they
EXPLORE – use tactile learning to peek interest in the story.
DISCOVER – hear a story with the help of our hedgehog friend, “Hamilton.”
RESPOND – engage in worship with instruments and their voices.
BLESS – our volunteers take time to bless and pray for the Tots.
By the time a child is five years old, we want them to know:
1. God Made Me
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
2. God Loves Me
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
3. God is With Me
"…And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
For questions about Hope Tots or to enroll your child, contact email@example.com
*For parents of Tots, we ask you to bring your own bag with diapers and bottles with everything labeled.
Hope Kids alternates between small groups and large groups, and the session includes songs, activities, and an engaging Bible Study.
Each week, our Hope Kids:
CONNECT- with each other and their leaders
GATHER – to hear from the BIG GOD STORY
RESPOND – to what the Holy Spirit is teaching them through creative worship
ENGAGE – with each other through fun and energizing games
BLESS – be blessed and prayed for by their leader each week to live out what they have just learned
Some of our core values are as follows:
2. Spiritual Formation
Kids need a strong foundation of biblical knowledge in an environment where they can encounter the living God. Children open their hearts to God, learn to discern His voice, have a desire to obey Him, and do so in the power of the Holy Spirit (Phil. 2:13).
3. Holy Spirit is the Teacher
Parents and leaders have the opportunity to create "environments" where the Holy Spirit is free to move, teach, and lead (Jn. 14:26).
4. Authority of Scripture
The Bible is God's truth for daily living. God's Word holds instructions and inspiration that guides children to know God and interpret their lives through the lens of His will (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
5. The Big God Story
"The Big God Story" is God's ENTIRE story. It incorporates all of history, stretching from Genesis to Revelation and beyond. Kids understand that they not only play a part in this incredible story, but are also part of a much larger faith community of past, present, and future believers.
Because it is one story with the emphasis on God's love and redemption through Jesus (Col. 1:20), not the supporting cast in any given storyline (eg. "God Is Victorious" vs "David and Goliath").
7. Ministry Support
"Inspire, equip, and support" are three words you’ll see throughout Tru. We believe these three concepts encapsulate the mission of Tru. We seek to inspire, equip, and support churches as they do the same for their families.
Hope Kids provides families with materials to help them connect as a family and grow together spiritually.
For questions about Hope Kids or to enroll your child, contact firstname.lastname@example.org