FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

At Hancock we welcome and support with love and rejoicing all children!

For Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for such belongs the Kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.  And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.” -Mark 10:14-16

Children and youth are an important part of the Hancock community and are welcome to participate in worship.  Upon arriving at Hancock, families will find bulletins, names tags & pew packs for kids in the Narthex near the historic entrance to the Sanctuary.  “Greeters” are on hand to offer any assistance needed.

Each Sunday morning children begin in worship with their families.  Following the Gathering of Children in the sanctuary, children are invited to process to the Education Wing where they gather in the children’s chapel to share joys and concerns, collect their weekly offering to Heifer International, sing, and offer prayers of thanksgiving.

Children then break into smaller groups for a lesson and activity based on their grade level (K-1, 2-3, 4-5). On several Sundays throughout the year, all children and youth are invited to participate in Hancock’s intergenerational worship services.

Middle School Youth (grades 6-8) are invited to Hancock’s Junior Youth Organization class in the Upper Room.

Nursery care and toddler care is also available in the Christian Education wing with trained Childcare Providers and student helpers.  Our goal is to meet the individual needs of families while offering a safe, nurturing and caring environment for infants and young children.  Live streaming of morning worship is available in the Nursery Room.

Evening Worship @the Well.  At Hancock, we believe that families should have the opportunity to worship together so children of all ages are invited to join in Worship @the Well.  Before worship children and youth are invited to help prepare the space for worship.  Lighting candles, setting the communion table, helping as greeters, are all ways children and youth can be part of the preparation for worship.  Pew packs, children’s books and bibles and carpet squares are also available at the welcome table.

Recognizing the children as important members of the congregation, children take part in worship services on a regular basis, sharing their gifts with the congregation through music, art, and storytelling. Hancock aims for children to become life-long learners of faith while making deep faith connections through active learning!

CLICK HERE to read more about our Faith Formation for Children and Youth!

We also have a Children’s Choir and Handbell Program! CLICK HERE to read about our music programs!