CONNECTING KIDS TO GOD’S WORD THROUGH STORY
The best way to reach a child is to tell a story. Each weekend on all of our campuses, kids (babies to fifth grade) experience the life-changing power of Jesus and His Word through worship and story. We’ve designed our kid environments with your child in mind to be safe, fun, and filled with age-appropriate learning tools.
Harvest Kids loves to partner with Awana.
Through their ministry, God is changing the world by equipping leaders to reach kids with the gospel and engaging them in long-term discipleship. Children engage in worship, teaching, games, and memorizing verses alongside their Harvest Kids community.
Get the details here for the 2021–2022 ministry year.
THE WEEKEND EXPERIENCE
We love to lift Jesus’ name high in worship and kids do this better than anyone.
Kids learn both new and old songs, and hand motions to help them engage.
Creative Bible Teaching
We strive to captivate the hearts and imaginations of kids by creatively telling them the stories of the greatest book ever written…the Bible. We use discussions, activities, and crafts to help kids connect and apply God’s word to their lives.
We aren’t meant to do life alone. We find it important to help kids build friendships, so kids are grouped by age and grade. As families commit to attending the same service each weekend, your kids will see familiar faces, and their relationships will grow.
Classroom environments, materials, and activities have been designed in a way your child will understand. Our desire is to make God’s Word accessible to each age group.
When kids feel safe, they can relax and learn (and so can their parents!). Each weekend your child is assigned a random code that matches both their tag and your parent receipt. All volunteers are screened through an interview and federal background check, and security personnel monitors each hallway.
Kids love fun, and when they’re having fun, they can’t wait to come back.
Each campus has a check-in desk designated for first-time visitors, where we’ll meet your family, register your child in our database, and connect you with a volunteer to show your child their classroom.
We’ll ask for the following info: name, birthdate, address, phone number and special instructions, like allergies. You can also complete this electronically before you arrive by clicking here.
Our weekly check-in process is simple and user-friendly. We’ll provide you with a barcoded tag, specific to your family, that you’ll use each week to check in. Just scan your tag at one of our check-in kiosks, select the child you’d like to check in, and then grab the nametag and parent receipts that print.
Each time you check in, a random security code will be generated and will appear on both your child’s name tag receipt and your parent receipt. Your child will wear the name tag portion and you’ll keep the parent receipt for pick up.
In case we need to notify you during the service, your security code will appear on screens in the worship center. Please exit the worship center immediately and look for a HarvestKids leader who will take you to your child’s room.
BEYOND THE WEEKEND
We’ve created a weekly resource that provides follow up devotionals and questions you can do with your child, helping to hit home what they learned.
Awana is our weekly program for kids that runs on Wednesday nights during the school year, where kids learn about Jesus through stories, games, and memorizing Bible verses.
Our epic, unforgettable, high-energy, explosive-fun, kids-talk-about-it-all-year-long, elective-based day camp for kids is one of a kind and runs every summer on all of our campuses.
American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA (Elgin only)
American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a Christ-centered character and leadership development program for girls. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.
American Heritage Girls event website.
Trail Life USA partners with churches and parents across America as the premier national character development organization for young men which produces the next generation of godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens.
Trail Life event calendar and website.
We believe that each child matters. Since not all children are able to learn in a traditional setting, we provide options for kids with special needs— including one-on-one’s within the classroom environment—that allow them to connect to God’s Word on their level.