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We love kids

Learn more about all our kids ministries at Harvest.

Early Childhood (0-5 years old)

The Nursery & Toddler Classes are available for parents of little ones, ages birth to two years old. Our volunteer staff will feed, play with and comfort your child as needed and instructed by the parent.

Preschool and Kindergarten Classes provide fun and interactive learning of Bible stories and songs by volunteer teachers and assistants who love working with this energetic age!

Elementary (Grades 1-6)

KID’S QUEST – our Sunday morning elementary ministry is offered at both morning services. Curriculum is the same during these two classes and include lively kids worship, a Bible lesson and age-appropriate practical application.

DISCOVERY LAB – Wednesday nights from 7:00 - 8:00 pm during the summer. This offers a fun, hands-on exploration of God’s amazing creation that reinforces the fact that nature bears witness to our Creator God and the Biblical account of creation.

AWANA Clubs

AWANA is a non-denominational, international ministry designed to reach children with the gospel of Christ.  Each meeting includes exciting music, a Bible lesson, hand-book time, and an action-packed game time!

Clubs begin in September and run through April, generally following the public school schedule. Register online or call the church office for registration information.

Sunday Clubs: September 10, 2017 – May 6  2018 from 5:30 - 7:15 pm with Puggles and Cubbies dismissing fifteen minutes earlier.

PUGGLES is for 2-year olds and is available to those attending evening service and volunteers serving in AWANA during the same time.  Leaders introduce Biblical precepts using age-appropriate lessons with colorful picture cards, finger puppets, songs and more!

CUBBIES is for 3 and 4 year olds, exciting them to learn Bible verses, enjoy the puppet show bible story, and get out their wiggles during game time while developing respect & love for God, His Son and His Word!

SPARKS is designed for kindergarten through 2nd grade.  It’s a great time of exciting worship, Bible biographies, scripture memory, and game time all intended to expand your child’s knowledge of the people and events found in God's Word!

Wednesday Club: September 13, 2017 – May 9  2018 from 6:30 - 8:15 pm

Truth & Training (T&T) is designed for 3rd thru 6th graders and recognizes that kids are grow up fast, but still love to have fun while worshiping, making new friends, learning God’s Word and playing games.

Children’s Choir

Join with other children to sing and celebrate Jesus!

Sunday nights, 5:30 – 7:15 pm.

September thru May, generally following the AWANA schedule.

 

Child Dedication

Harvest believes children are a gift from God, and we are blessed by your interest in dedicating your baby or child.

Behold children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. – Psalm 127:3

Child dedication is a public commitment before God, the church and your family during a Sunday worship service. The dedication ceremony is an opportunity for parents to express publicly their desire to lead and spiritually nurture their child(ren) in cooperation with the Holy Spirit to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.

Child Dedications are usually held three times a year.  (January, May and September)

Below are some common questions about child dedication. If you have further questions, please contact us.

What is the biblical purpose and history of child dedication?

Child dedication is found several places in the Bible. The godly woman named Hannah prayed for years for God to give her a child. He answered that prayer, and Hannah gave birth to a son, Samuel. After Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words of dedication, “For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.” I Samuel 1:27-28

Joseph & Mary also took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated him in Luke 2. These examples from Scripture show parents entrusting their child completely to God publicly. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 describes God’s plan for parents in raising up a child.

Do I need to be a church member to have my child dedicated at Harvest?

You do not need to be a member at Harvest to dedicate your child. We do desire for dedicating parents to consider Harvest as their church home. Why? Part of the dedication ceremony actually involves the parents stating their willingness to partner with God and this local church to raise the child in cooperation with the Bible. It is important that parents agree with the Harvest beliefs and vision.

Are there any requirements for Child Dedication?

Yes, there are a few …

Dedicating parents should have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If one spouse is an unbeliever but agrees to their child being dedicated, the believing spouse may dedicate the child. We would encourage the unbelieving spouse not to take part in the ceremony, so as to not make promises to God whom they do not believe for their salvation.
Dedicating parents should be in agreement with our doctrines.
Dedicating parents should regularly attend Harvest worship services for a period of at least 3 months.
Dedicating parents who are unmarried will need to meet with one of the Harvest pastors or directors prior to the dedication ceremony.

What can I expect during a child dedication ceremony?

Parents will be asked to come on stage during the service with their child. The pastor will ask the following questions to affirm the commitments:

To Parents: Do you acknowledge with gratitude to God that He is the giver of these children to you as parents?
To Parents: Is it your intention to follow the Word of God in raising your children by instruction, godly example, discipline and love?
To Congregation: Do you promise to support these families by prayer and encouragement in any way you can?
Each family will have an individual prayer of dedication by the pastor for their child. Then that family will exit the stage and be given a small gift for your child.

Does Harvest baptize infants?

The short answer is – no, we do not baptize infants. The Bible only records the baptism of believers (who have trusted in Christ alone for salvation – Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47-48).

Jesus held children, prayed for children, and even healed children; but there are no scriptures indicating that infants were baptized. Learn more about Harvest’s baptism beliefs.

Baby/Child Dedication is not a sacrament; nor does it impart grace or salvation to the child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ, and is a personal decision by individuals who recognize their sinfulness and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross to pay for all mankind’s sin.

How old can a child be to be dedicated?

Harvest does not have a set age requirement for dedications. The average age of children dedicated is 4 –  8 months old. Some parents do dedicate older children for a variety of reasons: the parents are new believers in Christ and want to dedicate their child now that they are believers; the parents are dedicating a younger sibling and want to dedicate an older child(ren) as well.

What about Single Parents?

Harvest encourages and welcomes single parents to dedicate their child to God and commit themselves to raise him or her in the ways of God. Single parenting is challenging, and in special need of God’s help and the church family’s support through the years of child-rearing. We do encourage single parents to discuss the dedication with the other parent or ex-spouse.