Kids are our future!
We want to work with parents and caregivers to help them equip their kids to take their place in God’s world. We work hard to lead kids into a living relationship with Jesus that is worked out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While our programmes are entertaining and fun, we want their faith to be alive so that they experience God’s word and see it working in their lives and impacting their homes, neighbourhoods and the world for the extension of God’s kingdom.
Crèche is a fun, safe place for our littlies to enjoy once the children of the church are released to their programmes. Our desire is for the children to love coming to church to learn biblical truths through playing and listening to stories. We also see Crèche as an important time for parents, as it gives them the opportunity to relax and focus on the adult side of the service.
- Creche is for approximately 18 months to 4 years (those children who have newly turned 5 are also welcome).
- A typical morning includes free play, colouring-in and mat time.
Mat time is a short fun interactive session which includes a bible or values story, prayer and sometimes a song, followed by rice crackers and water.
- Creche is supervised by adults and youth volunteers and is held in the room behind the stage.
Our SPARK Children’s program runs every Sunday throughout the year for kids in Years 1 through 6. During school terms we run a biblical based program that seeks to teach kids the fundamentals of faith through a fun and interactive curriculum. The program endeavours to mirror the lessons and topics from the church service so that kids and parents can learn together and continue the discussion at home.
The program is run by a teaching team of four volunteers who are supported by assistants from the church family. Each week the program begins by bringing all the kids together for songs, skits and morning tea, before breaking into smaller groups for the main lesson and aged tailored activities.
Our small groups are:
Sparklets Years 1 through 3
Spark Years 4 through 6
During the school holidays a more relaxed ‘school holiday’ program is run that focuses more on enjoying a range of activities together during the break rather than biblical teaching -this way both kids and teachers get to have a break and refresh!
More about our Kid’s Ministry Leaders
Korina leads the Spark aged kids each week. She lives in Rolleston with her husband David and her step daughter Amy. Prior to joining the Hope Church family Korina attended Life Church in Riccarton at La Vida where she taught Sunday School for 15 years. Korina has a real passion for children’s ministry and hopes to be able to inspire and teach children values and tools that will last them a lifetime. When she is not teaching Korina is busy helping to run her family metals recycling business with her sister and parents. Korina says that while she doesn’t have a huge amount of time for hobbies, she does enjoy reading, travelling and any form of cheese! You are welcome to contact Korina on 021 482 286 or email her at email@example.com.
Ellie leads the Sparklets aged kids and was excited to join the teaching team as she believes that children’s ministry is a vital part of the church, and can be the foundation of a child’s faith for the rest of their lives. Ellie has been involved in many forms of kids ministry over the years including Scripture Union, Mainly Music and a number of Sunday Schools during her travels. Ellie is a mum to four awesome kids who keep her and her husband Steven busy. Ellie loves running (she has even been know to do a marathon on purpose!), skiing and being anywhere that she can see the beauty of our amazing country. You can reach Ellie on 021 267 6688 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teresa teaches both the Sparklets and Spark aged kids and is part of the team responsible for the pastoral care of children in the program. Teresa lives in Rolleston with her husband Michael and their ‘son’ Bismarck. Teresa is a qualified teacher and has been involved in children’s ministry at Hope and in South Africa for a number of years. Teresa was also involved in FAB Club during its foundation days. Teresa has a passion for seeing children (and adults!) reach their potential and to know the amazing love God has for us all. Teresa enjoys gardening, socialising with friends and meeting new people, and she looks forward to getting to know the families of the children in the program. You can call Teresa on 021 025 00272 or email her at email@example.com.