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CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

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 8:45AM, 10AM and 11:15AM 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.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

VBS is during the week of June 24 thru 28.

Register for VBS here

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 8:45 and 11:15 AM worship services. 

Sunday School

Sunday School

10:00AM-10:50AM

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!

Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Harbor UMC Summer Camps 2018

Week 1      June 11-15 Pirates and Mermaids Ahoy Matey! Come kick off summer with us! Climb aboard our pirate ship, make your own treasure chest and dig for buried treasure if you dare!  Deadline 6/4

Week 2      June 18-22 Out of This World Explore our space control tower, build a rocket ship, and prepare for lift off! We will throw in a little space slime for extra fun!  Deadline 6/11

Week 3      July 9-13 Camping & Nature Pitch a tent or two, have a sleeping bag relay, and make a messy S’more! The Stars will be all that’s missing from this camping week.  Deadline 7/2

Week 4      July 16-20 Holiday Hullabaloo Where else can you go trick or treating, have an Easter egg hunt, and decorate a Christmas tree all in one week?   Deadline 7/9

Week 5      July 23-27 Scientist & Inventor Where are those creative campers? This is your week to explore the wonders of Science and even participate in a Lego building competition, and what’s a science week without a little slime?   Deadline 7/16

Week 6      July 30-Aug.3 Camp Harbor Has Talent Have you ever wanted to be on TV? This week is for you, bring your talent and shine on a game show, singing show, even commercials! We will even roll out the red carpet for you!   Deadline 7/23

  • Camps are for children ages 2 (potty-trained) through 5th grade (just completed)
  • Children will be in groups based on their age.
  • Hours are 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Cost is $100 per week per child
  • Preregistration and prepayment are required, and no refunds will be given.
  • Early Drop off and Lunch Bunch are available. $5.00 per day per each session.
  • Snacks and materials are provided each day.

Register for Summer Camp here

YOUTH MINISTRY

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

Join us for YOUTH WORSHIP on Wednesdays!
5:45pm – Congregational Dinner; 6:30-7:30pm – Youth Worship

Hinton Trip Flyer and Forms
Parents – Our informational meeting for our Summer Mission Trip is Wednesday, March 14, 2018. All the forms are below. Please click on each link to download and read. Contact Pastor Emily at emily@harboronline.org with any questions.

Hinton Trip Flyer 2018 
Individual-Registration-2018

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Adult-Liability-Medical-2018

JOIN US

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

Join us for YOUTH WORSHIP on Wednesdays!
5:45pm – Congregational Dinner; 6:30-7:30pm – Youth Worship

Click this link – Youth Ministry Calendar Spring 2018 – for a copy of the Spring 2018 calendar

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS)

MOPS OF HARBOR meets the first and third Wednesdays, September to May, from 9:30AM – 12 noon. 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.

COME JOIN US!

If you are interested in coming or receiving more information, please contact Sarah Chamberlain at  828-773-3999.  Registration for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) International is less than $30, which pays for MOPS’ bi-monthly magazine MomSense, weekly emails, and online resources.  Harbor MOPS also charges $40 each semester to help cover the cost of childcare, craft supplies, and other necessities