Children and Youth

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)


We want to help your children come to know the love of God through Jesus and help them live out their belief in God in their everyday lives.

We are a “Safe Sanctuaries” church, which means all trained volunteers and staff working with children have been screened and passed a background check.

Children of all ages are invited to attend Worship. Sunday Worship Services are at 9AM and 11AM and include a special message for children, as well as Activity Bags that are located in the Gathering Space near the church’s front doors. Following the Children’s Message, parents may escort their children (ages 3 years – 1st grade) to Children’s Church in the Ministry Facility.

Ages 6 weeks through 36 months may check in to our nursery in the Ministry Facility. For details, see When You Bring Your Child.

Please scroll down to read about each of our child ministry options.

Children's Church

Children's Church

Children’s Church is a special time focusing on age-appropriate faith activities modeled after the adult service. Children are introduced to various aspects of worship (praise, prayer, passing of the peace, message, Scripture reading, the Lord’s Prayer) and then encouraged to put them into practice in worship with their families. As United Methodists, worship is the most important practice of our faith tradition. Children are a vital part of worship at Harbor and we are intentional about including them.

All classes are held in the Ministry Facility during the 9:00 and 11:00 AM worship services. 

Sunday School

Sunday School


Deep Blue is our Sunday School resource for children ages 2 through 5th grade. It incorporates Bible stories, science activities, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games into a lived-faith experience that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today!

The Deep Blue kids—Asia, Edgar, and Kat—will lead the children through the Bible using animated videos that tell the story. The student resources-the Bible Story Stuff, the Kids Activity Stuff, and the Deep Blue Kids Bible—are colorful and engaging, encouraging the children to “dive deeper” into the Bible and explore their faith in fun and age-appropriate ways.  Check out Deep Blue .

Wednesday Nights

Wednesday Nights

Kids Crew  is our time for kids ages 3 through 5th grade on Wednesday nights.  We meet in the Ministry Facility from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM (September-May). The children rotate through groups that are filled with awesome music and fun, age-appropriate activities. We share our music in worship every 4-6 weeks and have a special program for Easter and Christmas. All children are encouraged to participate for great fun and fellowship!

Mission Mariners

Mission Mariners

Our service group for children in grades 2 through 5 meets once per month to plan our church, community and global service projects. We are learning that doing good deeds doesn’t help us get to Heaven – God’s Grace alone does that! We do good deeds because they are pleasing to God and they are fun!

Our group volunteers at First Fruit Ministries and The Good Shepherd House.  Agape Shoe Boxes is a new project for children in Armenia.  We have adopted 2 New Hanover County Sheriff deputies through the Adopt a Cop program. We participate in Work on Wilmington, a community-wide service day in April.  Please join us!


Join us for YOUTH ACTIVITIES on Sundays!
5:00pm – 5:45pm     H20 Youth Band – Sanctuary
5:45pm – 7:00pm     UMYF – Room 235

Join us for WAVE on Wednesdays!
5:45pm – Congregational Dinner; 6:30-7:30pm – WAVE – Room 235

Follow the links below for a monthly Youth Ministry Calendar

October 2019 Youth Ministry Calendar

November 2019 Youth Ministry Calendar

December 2019 Youth Ministry Calendar

January 2020 Youth Ministry Calendar

February 2020 Youth Ministry Calendar

March 2020 Youth Ministry Calendar

April 2020 Youth Ministry Calendar

May 2020 Youth Ministry Calendar


Click here for our Safe Sanctuary Policy



HARBOR MOPS day group meets the first and third Wednesdays, September to May, from 9:30AM – 12 noon.   HARBOR MOPS night group/ MomsNext meets on the 1st Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 PM.  

In both groups, we share our experiences and encourage one another through small group discussions & quest speakers. We also enjoy refreshments and making crafts. While the moms are meeting, our children have a great time in the MOPPETS program, with loving child care workers providing Bible stories, crafts, games, a snack, and songs.


If you are interested in coming or receiving more information, please contact us via our FaceBook page at Harbor MOPS or speak to Lisa Southerland ( at the preschool.  Registration for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) International is just over $30, which pays for a wonderful welcome kit, weekly emails, and tons of online resources.  Harbor MOPS also charges a fee each semester to help cover the cost of childcare, craft supplies, and other necessities.