Children are a valued and vital part of our faith community at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. Children can begin their faith journey in our nursery and progress through preschool programs, elementary, middle school and finally high school ministry programs. Each part of the journey is uniquely tailored to the needs of the age group. Children and youth ministries work closely together so our goal of building life changing friendships with Christ and others is always our top priority. Our staff and volunteers care deeply about the lives of each student and enjoy watching them grow up in faith.
Sunday School is the traditional title for Christian Faith Formation. In a effort engage individuals as life-long learners, Hennepin Church offers a variety of Faith Formation activities and classes including traditional Sunday School for grades preK through 12th. During these formative years our staff and volunteers will guide students into a meaningful relationship with God through story, activity, crafts, fun and fellowship. Grades PreK-6 meet from 9:45 to 10:45 AM. They gather in the Border Chapel.
In the United Methodist Church, we celebrate baptism of infants and of adult believers. In the scriptures we find many times when a believer was baptized and the believer’s whole household was also baptized (Acts 16:15, 16:33, 18:8; 1 Corinthians 1:16), thus signifying that baptism has more to do with God’s action than our own belief. For more information about Baptism at Hennepin Church, click here.
Hennepin Church joins you in one of the most important tasks God has given to you as a parent and to us as part of a child’s church family – to “so order our lives after the example of Christ that each child, surrounded by steadfast love, may be established in the faith and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal.”
It is a goal at Hennepin to make sure each child experiences the love of Christ every time we provide care in our nursery. We feel that this is laying the foundation for all that comes later in a child’s faith development.
Hennepin Church’s Nursery is open every Sunday from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM to serve infants through age 3. It is located in Rooms 101/103 on the first floor of the Education Wing.
Children begin worship 9:30 Sanctuary worship with their families and after Children’s Time (approximately 9:45) the children move to the Border Chapel. At each age level on Sunday the children will be invited to a faith experience. It is during this time that they can come to a better understanding of God and what God calls them to do and be. They come to know Jesus as the Son of God and take his messages to heart. They seek where the Bible speaks to them today. We want children to build a strong faith foundation that will stand strong and give them the comfort, strength, and shelter found only in a loving God. Sunday School will conclude at 10:45 am.
5th and 6th Graders
Sunday school for youth in Grades 5 and 6 is at 9:45 am. Students meet outside Carlson Hall and their teachers will accompany them to the Parsonage Basement (next door to the Church) and return them to Carlson Hall at 10:45 am.
Club 56 is designed to meet the changing needs of our pre-teens. Youth in Grades 5 and 6 often hunger for something different from younger kids, but they aren’t developmentally ready for Teen Ministries. Club 56 helps bridge the gap that preteens feel as they transition from their elementary to teenage years by using a format similar to youth programs, but with subject matter and activities that address their age-appropriate needs and issues. In order to best meet those needs and issues, Club 56 is designed as a holistic ministry that includes Sunday School and Fellowship. Changes have been made to each of those program areas to help ensure that our 5th and 6th grade youth experience their faith and their church community in fuller, deeper and more meaningful ways.
Children who have completed 1st through 4th grades are eligible to attend Earth Camp in July. Earth Camp is an overnight camp at Koinonia, our church retreat center in Annandale, Minnesota. In addition to fostering opportunities for personal growth and fellowship, Earth Camp gives children a chance to celebrate and learn more about God’s creation.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a week long event in the summer for children ages 3 years through 4th grade. Children participate in crafts, games, singing, and stories that center around a fun, relevant, Bible-based theme.
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church offers children and adults of all ages the opportunity to participate in and experience choir music.
Cherub Choir: We are 4-5 year olds, having our first choir experience for six Sunday morning rehearsals before we sing on Christmas Eve.
Carol Choir: We are a group of 1-2nd graders, meeting for about six weeks twice a year, preparing to sing in worship on Christmas Eve and Mother’s Day.
Altar Choir: We are an excited bunch of 3-6th graders! We meet every Tuesday at 6:00 during the school year and sing in worship about once a month.