These words of Jesus help shape our belief that children are full participants in the gathered church and Highland’s Restoration Vision. We invite children to join God’s story as we gather in worship, in table communities and in service. Getting to know Jesus and each other is at the heart of His Kids Ministry. Opportunities to hear and respond to God’s word happen every time we gather.
These unexpected days at home bring lots of different feelings running the gamut of emotions. Some of us are enjoying times of rest, relaxed routines and Sabbath. Others are scrambling to make sure childcare is in place because work continues. Almost all of us are experiencing increased anxiety as we try to help our children make sense of what is going on in our world. The recently confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Abilene may have triggered even more questions and some fear in our kids, and if we’re completely honest, in us, too.
What can you do? Be calm and speak words of hope and blessing in your home. Your reassurance that God is always with us and always working through life’s uncertainties will help your children feel at peace. Practice breath prayers when peace isn’t the emotion you’re feeling! As you inhale, silently say, “Your peace, Lord” and as you exhale, silently say, “I receive now.” Or think of another phrase that will be meaningful to your family, and make that your breath prayer. In this challenging time, we are all learning that a deep breath is a gift from God, and even very young children can join in a breath prayer.
Have fun together! Take a walk outside, listening for the birds singing and watching for signs of spring coming to life as Easter approaches. Build a fort in your living room for bedtime stories or an indoor picnic. Have a family dance party. Don’t forget to video and share the fun! Use #HeyHighland so we can see what’s going on in your world.
How can you serve others? Look for ways you can take care of your neighbors, especially if they are elderly or need other assistance. Offer to do their shopping when you do yours, sidewalk chalk their driveway with colorful greetings or send a handmade card with an encouraging message. Serving others helps us all step outside our frustration that life is different right now.
HELPING HANDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
One of our favorite things is watching relationships develop between the children and the volunteers who make His Kids Ministry happen each week! More than 100 volunteers serve each week, making a difference in the lives of our children. It takes a village to share and live God’s story together. We have opportunities for all kinds of service in His Kids Ministry. We hope you’ll consider how your gifts and talents can enrich our faith community.
Young Children's World strives to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate, Christ-centered childcare. We believe that play is child's work and encourage exploration through play. YCW is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-2:30pm from September to May.
There are 3 locations where you are able to find information about Children's Ministry experiences on Sunday mornings: the information desk in the Atrium, the children’s information desk in the North Foyer and the Nursery Suite (located off the South Foyer). If you need help finding these areas once you are at Highland, look for a volunteer wearing a "Hello" lanyard. Click the button below to see a campus map.
When you check in at a one of our kiosks, you will see a place for you to designate allergies or special needs. This information will be printed on your child's name tag. Then when you drop off your child at their classroom, please let one of our Children's Ministry leaders know as well.
Snacks are provided in most of our classes, and usually consist of a package of fruit snacks, goldfish, animal crackers or pretzels. Occasionally the snack will be a supporting part of the lesson. In that case, the snack and ingredients will be listed outside the classroom door. For allergy concerns, please visit with an adult class leader.
Typically, our worship services average 70 minutes and Bible classes are 45 minutes. You will see everything from jeans and play clothes to dresses. Children sit on the floor in many of our gathering spaces, so comfortable clothing is best!