KidStep Events & Registrations

Joining Children on their Spiritual Journey

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.


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Online KidStep

If you are unable to attend on a Sunday morning, you can watch the service as a family and print off the weekly Just for Kids document for your kid(s) to be able to participate in the service with you as well! A new Just for Kids will be available each Sunday. 


In-Person KidStep

KidStep meets on Sunday mornings at 9 and 10:30 AM. Class sizes are limited. If a class is full and you want to be added to our waitlist or if you can no longer attend, please email KidStep. Check-in will happen on a first-come, first-serve basis based on each room’s maximum capacity and the number of volunteers available that Sunday morning. We are encouraging our KidStep volunteers to wear a mask, but at this point, masks are not required for children or volunteers at either the 9 or 10:30 AM service.

 

Nursery (Birth-24months) – Our nursery is open at both 9 and 10:30 AM with four rooms divided by age. We have a 0-6 month room, a 6-12 month room, a 12-18 month room, and an 18-24 month room. Nursery kids will be promoted to the next room once they hit the next age bracket.

Preschool (2 Year Olds – PreK) – Our preschool classrooms will be located in the KidStep Tower at both the 9 and 10:30 AM services with three rooms divided by age. We will have a 2&3 year old room, 4 year old room, and a 5 year old/PreK room. Preschool kids will be promoted the Sunday after their birthday to the next room. Preschool programming will include worship and Bible time, craft time, snack time, and play time.

Elementary (Kindergarten – 5th Grade) – Our elementary classrooms are located in the KidStep Tower at both the 9 and 10:30 AM services with three rooms divided by grade. We will have a Kindergarten and 1st Grade room, 2nd & 3rd Grade room, and 4th & 5th Grade room. Elementary kids will be promoted each fall on promotion Sunday to the next grade. Elementary programming will include worship and Bible time, group time, and an activity time.


Wellness Policy: Now, more than ever, we will be adhering strictly to our wellness policy. Should your child have any of these symptoms 24 hours before Sunday morning, email KidStep to let us know you will not be coming to church. If anyone in your household contracts COVID-19, please notify KidStep immediately. When we are made aware of such a situation, we will keep the family details in confidence and we will notify all families who had potential exposure. The KidStep tower will be closed until CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines have been fulfilled.


Winter Jackets

As we head into winter weather, please leave your child’s coat in their classroom. If we ever have to evacuate the building, we want the kids to be able to grab them on their way out the door to stay warm while being outside.


There will be no KidStep on Sunday, December 26, and January 2.


Upcoming KidStep Opportunities

KidStep Christmas Song Video

KidStep is excited to celebrate Christmas! Out of precautions of Covid, we have decided to put together a collage video of KidStep kids singing "Born is the King." This video will be played during the Christmas Eve services and shared on our social media pages. Recording will take place between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, December 12. Kids will be split into family groups, and each group will be given a time slot. We estimate the time for recording to take 15 to 20 minutes per group. Please email Amy Miller with any questions.


Advent Calendars

On Sunday, November 28, the season of Advent begins. To observe it together, we have an Advent Calendar available for you to pick up or to download and print at home. Each day of the Advent season will include a Scripture to read, a prayer prompt or reflection question, and a Christmas activity to do as a family! We hope you’ll take advantage of being intentional together this Advent season!


Volunteers Needed!

We would love to be able to keep all our KidStep classes open on Sunday mornings, but we need your help to make that happen! Our hope is that parents would volunteer to serve a minimum of two Sundays over the next four months, between now and January 31. Hershey Free policy is that there are two adults (18+) in each room, and everyone who serves must have current PA Child Abuse Clearances. If you don’t have clearances, we will get the paperwork completed and submitted as soon as possible. We have all the forms needed and will cover any costs. Please let us know, in person or via email, if you’d be willing to serve!


Stay Connected with Us

Be sure to follow us on our KidStep Facebook Page and on Hershey Free Church's YouTube Channel to stay up to date on resources and information.