Children and Youth

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Children's Message

Children's Message

During the present season, when we can’t meet in person, Pastor Russ Nanney records a Children’s Message each week. 

Gather your little ones and watch together each week! Just click on the link below.

May 31, 2020 – Pentecost :


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!

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

VBS for 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19. We look forward to seeing you in the summer of 2021!

2020 Summer Camp

2020 Summer Camp

2020 Summer Camp General Information

  • are for children ages 2 through 5th grade (just completed)
  • Children will be in groups based on their age.
  • Hours are 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Cost is $125 per week per child
  • 10% discount will be given for registration for all 6 weeks paid in one transaction.
  • Preregistration and prepayment are required, and no refunds will be given.
  • Early Drop off (8:15 am) and Lunch Bunch (12-1) are available. $5.00 per day per each session. Advance sign up and advance payment is required.
  • Snacks and materials are provided each day

Please note:

Please send a filled water bottle each day with your child’s first and last name.

Only closed -toe shoes are allowed.  No flip flops or sandals.

Please apply sunscreen and bug spray in advance.  We are not permitted to apply.

If your child is doing Lunch Bunch, please send lunch each day.  No Peanut or other Nut Butters permitted.

Please register and make payment on

Weekly Schedule:

Week # 1- 6/15-6/19FROZEN & Pirate Week – Do you want to build a snow man or maybe steer the pirate ship? This is the week to beat the heat with freezing ice games and activities. Pirates will try to crack the code to find the frozen treasure before it melts but it will take all hands-on deck!

Week # 2 -7/6-7/10 Camping & Nature Week – A classic camper favorite! From little explorers to advanced trailblazers, we will discover Gods beautiful world, roast a marshmallow or two, and have some water fall fun so plan for a water day on Friday.

Week #3 -7/13-7/17 – Star Wars -The force will surely bewith all ages this week at camp! Make a light saber to try out during recreation, wear a Chewbacca mask and communicate using only Wookiee language, or help to create Hans Solo’s spaceship!

Week #4 7/20-7/24Art Spark Week – From the tiniest of hands to advanced artists; campers will spark their imaginations in our art studio and unleash their creativity with art tools and supplies and take home a lasting memory.

Week #5 7/27-7/31 – Adventures In Storybook Week–Wonder and adventure await all children able to turn the page of a book! Books will be incorporated into all activities, with so much fun and laughter campers are sure to leave camp wanting more!  Friday is Don’t get the book wet day!  Wear your bathing suit and bring a book and a towel!

Week # 6 8/3-8/7Olympics Week–It’s not Tokyo but it might feel like it!  Campers from our little Olympians to our competitive athletes will participate in our camp wide Olympics!  Friday is Trike, Bike, Scooter, or Skateboard day, bring your bike and protective head gear! We will hold our closing ceremony on Friday as well!


Our wonderful Pastor Emily is leaving us at the end of June to become the pastor of Burgaw UMC. We are thrilled for her, and also excited to see who God has called to become our new Director of Youth and Family Ministries for our amazing group of youth who continually inspire us.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in this position, please click the link below for a complete job description.

Director of Youth & Family Ministries: Job Description

For more information, or to apply, contact Pastor Russ Nanney, Email:
Phone: (919) 412-2026

Position Available



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.