During the time of the pandemic
As of right now, The Church at Highland Park is operating in accordance with the CDC Guidelines for Stage 5 COVID-19 restrictions. Children are currently staying with their parents during the service. However, they do have the opportunity to chime the hour at the beginning of the service and participate in the children’s sermon on the altar steps with our Children’s director Abby.
On Sundays during regular operation:
Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. for all ages. Our pre-elementary children gather in the Nursery wing and school-age children gather in the first floor Multi-Purpose room, Rm. 134. The school-age children begin with Opening Assembly and then continue with a lesson through age-appropriate activities.
The school-age children are invited to the 10:55 a.m. church service, where our older kids assist with carrying elements like the Christ Candle or Gospel Book, and we ask 3rd graders and older to stay in worship with the adults. Following the Children’s Time, children younger than 3rd grade are dismissed to the first floor Nursery wing.
Activities throughout the year:
Summertime Children’s Camp & Vacation Bible School
How to Get Involved
When in-person, we strive to help children see, feel, and experience God’s love through our interaction, programs, and worship. Teachers, sponsors, and van drivers are needed to assist in these activities.
- HP Mini Camp – for Mini Camp this year (in lieu of Children’s Camp), we are looking for 8-10 volunteers to help run stations and groups.
- Monthly “SWEETT” events – such as a bowling outing, arts and crafts following worship, special holiday events. You can get involved by coming along as a sponsor, driving the bus, or providing snacks for the children.
- Vacation Bible School – a summertime half-day experience of fun, Bible study, drama, and games, culminating with a Friday lunch and performance. Volunteers are always needed in many capacities!
- Children’s Camp During a Normal Year – once children have completed the third grade, they are eligible for Children’s Camp in conjunction with the Southwest Baptist Youth Camping Association composed of other churches in the state. If you would like to attend as a sponsor, we would love your help.
Children's Ministry Coordinator
Abby Byrd has been working with children all of her life and is excited she gets to continue her passion for children and teaching through The Church at Highland Park. She took on the position of Children and Family Life in 2019 and has loved every bit of it. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Tarleton University in 2015, and has worked with students Pre-K through 6th grade over the years. Abby is married to Joe, and they have 3 children together who keep them busy and constantly remind her why working with children is both challenging and greatly rewarding. As Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Abby facilitates the children’s Sunday Schools, teaching Children’s sermons in Worship, and organizing events for Highland Park children and their families. Her goal for Children and Family Life at The Church at Highland Park is to make sure every family has a place and a community they can turn to for whatever they might need.