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.

May

Family Sunday | May 26 | 9 & 10:30 AM

Offered occasionally throughout the year, Family Sundays are "child-friendly" and offer families an opportunity to worship together. Nursery and preschool programming will be provided for kids birth to five years of age (pre-K). The next Family Sunday will be held May 26 at both the 9 and 10:30 AM services.


Playground Repairs | May 28 to June 7

We are so excited to be sprucing up our playground just in time for KREW. If you utilize the playground after church or during the week, please be aware that it will be closed from May 28 to June 7 for construction and repairs. We can’t wait to utilize our playground again this summer!

June

Playground Repairs | May 28 to June 7

We are so excited to be sprucing up our playground just in time for KREW. If you utilize the playground after church or during the week, please be aware that it will be closed from May 28 to June 7 for construction and repairs. We can’t wait to utilize our playground again this summer!


KREW | June 10 to 14 | 6 to 8:30 PM | Register Here

KidStep's Really Exciting Week (KREW) is designed for three-year-olds through students who have completed fifth grade to come learn more about who Jesus is through stories, games, crafts, music, and a whole lot of fun! This year's KREW theme is "Dive In"; an underwater adventure filled with sea creatures and fish awaits you as we learn what it means to dive deeper with Jesus.


Baptism Classes | June 23 & July 14 | 10:30 AM | Room 301

Baptism is one way that KidStep Ministry can help children take next steps on their faith journeys. The two required classes will focus specifically on helping children understand the importance of baptism and will be held on June 23 and July 14 at 10:30 AM. If your child has expressed an interest in knowing more about baptism, attending these classes would be beneficial in helping your child make a decision regarding baptism. One or both parents need to attend the classes with their child. Baptism will take place on July 28. Register here for the classes.

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.

May

No CORE | Sunday, May 26


CORE Finals Night | Wednesday, May 29, 3 to 7 PM

This time of year can be challenging for students as they are anticipating summer break and yet still feel the pressure of studying for finals and other end-of-year exams. We want to give your students a place to relax and study outside of their home environment. On Wednesday, May 29, the Core Cafe will be open from 3 to 7 PM with snacks and a space to study for middle and high school students. CORE leaders and staff will be available work with students. 

June

No CORE | Sunday, June 9


Niagara Falls Middle School Mission Trip | June 16-21 | Serving with YouthWorks

For students currently in grades 6 to 8.

Registration

Application

Click here to donate toward this team's expenses.


June Summer Night | June 26 | 6 to 8:30 PM | Shank Park

All middle school and high school students are invited to our June Summer Night of Fun. We will meet directly at Shank Park. There will be snacks available and outdoor activities. The goal for this evening is that leaders and students have an opportunity to have fun together, building friendships and getting to know people you haven't met before.

View our CORE Dress Code Guidelines.


June Volleyball Night | June 30 | 6:30 to 8:30 PM | Hershey Rec. Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey

UNITE Youth is inviting church youth groups within Derry Township to several Volleyball Nights this summer. There is no cost for this event. All middle and high school students are invited and should meet at the Hershey Rec. Center. Snacks will be provided.

July

No CORE | Sundays in July


Houston High School Mission Trip | July 6-12 | Serving with ReachGlobal

Find additional information and meeting dates here. The application deadline has passed. Click here to donate toward this team's expenses.


High School Mission Trip to Downey | July 17-21 | Staying at Bethesda in Harrisburg

CORE students will provide a VBS experience for Downey Elementary students. Click here for more information. The deadline for registration has passed. Click here to donate toward this team's expenses.


July Summer Night | July 24 | 6 to 9 PM | Jeff and Ginny McIlhenny's Home, 7048A Red Top Road, Harrisburg, 17111

All middle school and high school students are invited to our July Summer Night of Fun. We will meet at the home of Jeff and Ginny McIlhenny. There will be snacks available and swimming in their pool, plus a bonfire and outdoor games. The goal for this evening is that leaders and students have an opportunity to have fun together, building friendships and getting to know people you haven't met before.

View our CORE Dress Code Guidelines.


July Volleyball Night | July 28 | 6:30 to 8:30 PM | Hershey Rec. Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey

UNITE Youth is inviting church youth groups within Derry Township to several Volleyball Nights this summer. There is no cost for this event. All middle and high school students are invited and should meet at the Hershey Rec. Center. Snacks will be provided.

August

August Summer Night | August 14 | 6 to 9 PM | Bob and Stephanie Ebersole's Home, 2429 Church Road, Hummelstown

All middle school and high school students and their families are invited to our August Summer Night of Fun. We will meet at the home of Bob and Stephanie Ebersole. There will be hot dogs and hamburgers provided. Everyone should bring a side dish or drink. There is a pool for swimming and other outdoor games. The goal for this evening is for families and students to have an opportunity to get to know each other and to welcome the incoming 6th grade class.

View our CORE Dress Code Guidelines.


August Volleyball Night | August 18 | 6:30 to 8:30 PM | Hershey Rec. Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey

UNITE Youth is inviting church youth groups within Derry Township to several Volleyball Nights this summer. There is no cost for this event. All middle and high school students are invited and should meet at the Hershey Rec. Center. Snacks will be provided.