Hope Kids

Know - Love - Follow

In HopeKids we want your kids to know, love, and follow Jesus. We know that with kids, every moment matters and we know that God works in and through kids. Our goal is for your kids to experience Him through worship, story, and small groups. Every year in HopeKids we go through the Big God Story from Genesis to Revelation. We learn that God had a plan to send a Redeemer named Jesus and that He makes things better than ever before and we get to be a part of that story! 

Saturday night service

Kid's Ministry - birth through 3rd grade

Sunday morning services

Kid's Ministry - birth through 5th grade


Hope Kids Ministry Environments

Infant & Toddlers

  • The infant & toddler programming is available during all the weekend services. Staff and volunteers work hard to create a safe and meaningful experience for your children. We know that leaving your new baby for the first time can be overwhelming. The volunteers in our infant classrooms have been chosen for this age group because of their love for babies and their training to care for all of the needs of your infant.
  • Check-in information for infant & toddlers - Infants & Toddlers are checked in at the desk right outside the nursery rooms 


  • Our preschool programming is available during all the weekend services. When we meet, kids will have a connect activity/craft/game, where they have fun and get to play with some of the leaders in the room and get comfortable. After connect time, we have a large group lesson with video, music and teaching. After, the kids break up into small groups where they connect with their leaders and friends and learn about ways they can remember the story.

Elementary - Kindergarten - 3rd grade

  • K-3rd grade programming is available during all the weekend services. When we meet, kids will have a connect activity/craft/game, where they get to know each other and their leader. After connect time, we have a large group time where we worship and hear the story. After large group, the kids break out into small groups by their grade, where they dive deeper into the story, learn a remember verse, and pray together.

Elementary - 4th & 5th Graders

  • 4th & 5th grade programming is called "MERGE" and is available during the Sunday morning services. At the beginning, kids will have time to hang out and get to know each other and the leaders.  We then have a large group time where we worship and hear the story. After large group, the kids will go back to the MERGE room and dive deeper into the story, learn a remember verse, and pray together. 
  • FAQs for parents

    What security procedures does Hope use to make sure my child is safe?

    Parents and children are issued matching identification tags in order to control access into our children's ministry areas and designate who is authorized to pick up your child.

    Hope thoroughly checks and trains staff and volunteers to ensure a clean, safe, loving environment properly prepared to handle emergencies and security procedures.

    My child has allergies. What can I expect?

    Our Toddlers, 2, and preschool rooms serve snacks. The snack for the week is posted each week, so that you can see the snack of the week when you drop off your child. Be sure to advise us of your child's allergies, so we can provide an alternative snack.

  • Learn more about what we have available for children with special needs.


    P.A.L.S. (assisting ministry for special needs children during the weekend service & Buddy Break (weekend respite ministry for families of special needs children)



    Our P.A.L.S. ministry is specially designed to assist children with various needs during our weekend services.  We'd love to have a brief interview with you to get to know you and your child better to determine how we can best serve your child better. 


    PALS is:  An all inclusive special needs ministry; An environment that will assist any and every need;  environment where our staff will show your child unconditional love  An environment where your child is assessed and/or diagnosed; An environment where your child will receive therapy services


    If you have any questions or would like to bring your child please contact: Belinda Turley  217-891-5982



    Buddy Break - The weight and stress of finding proper doctors, teachers, and financial resources for a VIP child’s care can be overwhelming. Those responsibilities, as well as the never-ending demands for daily care-giving, are squeezed into days already filled with the usual routine of caring for a household, siblings, and self. Opportunities for caregivers to take time for themselves, run errands, or plan special one-on-one outings with children or a spouse are rare yet desperately needed to survive. Buddy Break provides a safe place for VIPs and their siblings to have fun and establish meaningful friendships with other kids and adults while their caregivers get a break.


    Who are VIP kids?

    VIPs are kids with special needs, which include any physical, cognitive, medical or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile. This program is for VIP children birth ages: 2-16 years old, and their siblings two years and up. Some Buddy Break locations expand their program based on their need to serve a wider age range.


    Who are Buddies?


    Buddies are friends of VIPs. No previous experience with VIP kids is necessary to be a Buddy, just a loving heart, open arms, and a willingness to learn. Screened volunteer Buddies are paired one-to-one with a VIP kid. Buddies must be at least 14 years of age, complete a two-hour Buddy Training 101 program, and agree to have a background check run.


    To Volunteer - please email Kim 

    To reserve a spot for your VIP/Participate (be a VIP) - please email Belinda 

    You must make a reservation for every Buddy Break meeting your VIP plans to attend!

Feel led to help out?

HopeKids volunteers have the opportunity to influence the next generation for Christ. If you would like to learn more about joining the HopeKids team, please let us know!