Our Sunday childrens' ministries are up and running! Early childhood ministry and K-5th grade ministry are both available during the 9:30am traditional service and the 11am contemporary service!


Please take the time to read this early childhood ministry safety guidelines document to help provide the safest environment possible for the children, teachers, and helpers!


Little Sprouts’ Sunday message, worship, and announcement video link is available below each week! So glad you could join us as we grow wiser and stronger in God’s Word!

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At New Hope Presbyterian Church, we seek to provide a safe and loving space for the youngest members of our church family by offering special care for children from three months through pre-kindergarten.

 

We offer care for little ones not just during worship services, but also various times throughout the week, allowing you to attend Bible Studies, small groups, rehearsals, etc. See below for our regular schedule of care times!

 

Please contact Pam Poland at pam@newhopefortmyers.org if you need childcare for any other on campus ministry event. 



SUNDAYS

On Sunday mornings, Little Sprouts is open from 9:15am–12:30pm for loving care during the 9:30am and 11am worship services.


Nursery programming is based on special lessons just right for our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Each Sunday we will guide the children in positive experiences related to three simple truths: “God made me,” “God loves me,” and “Jesus wants to be my friend forever,” using age appropriate activities, stories, crafts, and snacks.


During this time we are keeping our children safe by cleaning thoroughly after each service, limiting our class sizes and masks are mandatory for all leaders. To see our complete safety protocols, please click here.


WIGGLE ROOM

A "Wiggle Room" adjoining the sanctuary is provided for the comfort of families with infants during worship.

TUESDAYS

Currently childcare is available for MOPS meetings. Please click here for more info about this ministry for moms.

WEDNESDAYS

Please contact Pam Poland at pam@newhopefortmyers.org if you need childcare during the Women's Bible Studies. 

THURSDAYS

PARENTS' DAY OUT

We hope to bring our popular Parents’ Day Out back in the spring of 2021. Stay tuned in to our Enews (sign up here to receive it each week) or reach out to Pam Poland for more information.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP

  • To assist your child in adjusting to his/her surroundings, bring him/her to church on a regular basis.
  • Be sure to label ALL of your child’s belongings clearly and always bring a change of clothing in case of spills or accidents.
  • Please practice mask wearing with your children 3 years old and up and please read and follow our health and sickness guidelines here.

 

NURSERY GUIDELINES

It is our desire to give young children the very best of care. Our goal is that your child’s first experiences of the church be positive ones. Therefore, we ask your cooperation in observing our policies for the welfare of all concerned.

 

  1. A Nursery Registration Form must be completed for each child, so that we have the necessary information regarding your child’s needs. At minimum you must provide your cell number so you may be reached in event of an emergency.
  2. Child care is provided for various church functions. You are expected to attend the church function if you bring your child to Little Sprouts. Children must be picked up within 15 minutes after an event is over.
  3. If your child has any symptoms of illness, please do not bring him/her to the nursery. If your child becomes sick while in the nursery, you will be called and asked to pick him/her up. Your considerations for others will mean less illness for all of our children. Please keep your child home if you observe any of the following symptoms: excessive or colored nasal discharge, congestion, fever, rash, chills, lethargy, vomiting, pale or flushed skin, red or sore throat, coughing, diarrhea, watery or red eyes.
  4. Please label all of your child’s possessions – diaper bags, cups, bottles, pacifiers, toys, etc.
  5. Parents are to furnish their children’s disposable diapers, infant formulas, milk, and juice.
  6. If your child has food sensitivities or allergies, please notify caregivers at drop off.
  7. If your child is in the process of potty training, please provide a change of clothing including socks and shoes, in a zip-lock bag with your child’s name on the bag. We have provided stickers to alert staff of those children who are “In Training”.
  8. Please have all open sores covered with band-aids or gauze.
  9. Gum is not permitted in the nursery.
  10. Any child can have a bad day.  At any time, if the caregivers are unable to correct your child with verbal messages, then a caregiver will contact you.  If a child is seriously upset for 10-15 minutes and cannot be soothed you will be contacted and asked to help calm the child and try again.  It may take more time for some children to adjust to the separation.

 

SICKNESS POLICY

The New Hope Sickness Policy protects children and staff who are well. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them home so that they can get adequate rest. This is also imperative to their good health and a faster recovery.

 

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Yellow/Green Mucus Drainage
  • Excessive Clear Mucus Drainage
  • Unexplained Rash

 

These symptoms must not be present for 24 hours, without the use of medicine, before bringing them to the nursery. We will do our very best to keep your child healthy while they are with us. We take great care to ensure a germ free as possible environment. If any of these symptoms occur while in our care, we will notify you at once. Thank you for your assistance.


EARLY CHILDHOOD MINISTRIES STAFF

The Early Childhood Ministry at New Hope Presbyterian consists of Pam Poland (Director of Early Childhood Ministries), Julie Higgenbothem (Nursery Supervisor), and a staff of over 20 loving small group leaders who have CPR and First Aid training and completed background checks.

 

We treasure our volunteers who help rock babies, read stories, and give lots of love. If you are interested in serving, please email Pam at pam@newhopefortmyers.org or call her at 239.274.1230. We offer many different opportunities to serve throughout the week.



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