Kids & Students

A Place for the Next Generation

Our mission is “Joining Children on their Spiritual Journey.” The purpose of KidStep is to intentionally focus on ways that we can help children from birth through fifth grade take next steps of faith.


We welcome your children at 9 and 10:30 AM to an environment that is kid-safe, kid-friendly, and kid-focused. Our vision is to equip volunteers and empower parents to lead the next generation to live and love like Jesus as they take next steps of faith. Each Sunday our volunteers love and care for your children, while building relationships with them through age-appropriate worship, creative Bible teaching, and small groups. For the safety of the children, we have a check-in system that uses parent pick-up tags. Look for our Kids’ Check-In Stations on Sunday mornings to receive your child’s nametags and your parent pick-up tag.


We are excited to join your children on their spiritual journey at KidStep!

Support for those with special needs. Our special needs ministry is designed to support families and make sure you can come to church and worship together. Our KidStep Ministry (birth to 5th grade) has a specially designed sensory room as well as offering a "buddy" to attend Sunday School classes with your child. If your child needs support, click here to let us know.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Click here for the latest newsletter for KidStep Children's Ministry.

January

Child Dedication | January 27 | Class on January 13

We'd love to see any parents with newborns or children who have not been dedicated join us for a time of discussion about how to disciple your children and raise them in a faith-based home. This required class will held Sunday, January 13 at 9 AM in room 303. Register here for the class.


Hilltop Christian Nursery School Open House | Wednesday, January 30 | 10 AM

Hilltop Christian Nursery School is the preschool that operates inside Hershey Free Church. Their registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open to Hershey Free families. Registration will open to the community on Wednesday, January 30, so register your two-year-olds to five-year-olds now! An open house for Hilltop will be held on January 30 from 10 to 11 AM at Hershey Free.

February

Family Forum | February 24 | 10:30 AM

Fourth- through eighth-graders and their parents will be having another Family Forum in the auditorium at 10:30 AM on February 24. Family Forums are designed for parents and kids to be in the same place at the same time with other families to talk about issues and topics that are relevant in the world of a student in grades four through eight. We hope you'll join us this month as we discuss how to listen and respond to the different views that might be taught at school that don't match what we know as truth. As a reminder, there will be no other class options at 10:30 AM on this day for fourth- through eighth-graders.

March

45 Overnight | March 22-23 | 7 PM to 8 AM


CORE is a place for high school and middle school students to connect with one another, with older mentors, and with Jesus. Our desire is to help students become disciple-makers and to walk alongside both them and their parents in their faith journeys.


We meet on Sundays at 10:30 AM, with high school students in the Core Cafe and middle school in the auditorium. On Wednesdays during the school year, we meet at 6:45 PM. Both Sunday and Wednesday meeting times have a blend of games, community, small and large group teaching, and discipleship. 

Support for those with special needs. Our special needs ministry is designed to support families and make sure you can come to church and worship together. Our CORE Ministry (6th to 12th grade) has a specially designed sensory room. Our goal is to come alongside your family and be a support to you. CORE meets at 10:30 AM only. If your child needs support, click here to let us know.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Click here for the latest newsletter for CORE Student Ministries.

January

WinterBlast (High School Winter Retreat) | January 11-13 | Camp Orchard Hill

Registration Closed

Haiti Meeting | Sunday, January 20 | 12 PM | Core Cafe

This summer high school students will have the opportunity to travel to Haiti as part of a Global Ministry Team. On January 20 we will be meeting with students and parents from 12 to 2 PM in the Core Cafe to talk about general trip information and expectations. Please note that food will not be provided for this particular meeting, but you are welcome to bring along lunch for your family. 

February

Family Forum | February 24 | 10:30 AM

Fourth- through eighth-graders and their parents will be having another Family Forum in the auditorium at 10:30 AM on February 24. Family Forums are designed for parents and kids to be in the same place at the same time with other families to talk about issues and topics that are relevant in the world of a student in grades four through eight. We hope you'll join us this month as we discuss how to listen and respond to the different views that might be taught at school that don't match what we know as truth. As a reminder, there will be no other class options at 10:30 AM on this day for fourth- through eighth-graders.

March

Young Men's Conference | Saturday, March 2 | 9 AM to 3 PM | Register Here

UNITE Youth is sponsoring a Young Men's Conference for students in grades 6 to 12. The theme is "It's Good to be Clean," and we will talk about what it means to live as followers of Jesus with integrity. Former NFL player Steve Fitzhugh will be our featured speaker. There will also be group activities (get ready for a giant ping pong ball fight!) and breakout sessions. The $30 registration fee covers the conference itself, lunch, and a conference t-shirt. Guarantee your t-shirt size by registering before February 15!