In a culture (especially in the church) in which most products and services are marketed to a particular demographic niche, we at Hope Community Church desire to be different.
At HCC, one of our main goals is to learn to worship God in spirit and truth, and to instill that same love in our children. It is for this reason that we encourage parents to keep their kids with them during the service. As our children are exposed to Scriptural worship they will learn to meaningfully participate with the rest of the congregation. As a result our kids will learn what it means to be truly human as they begin to understand that our identity is found in the community of saints. There is nothing more beautiful – and biblical – than for God’s people to pray, sing, and confess their faith together (Heb. 4:14-16). If Jesus invited the children to come to him (Luke 18:15-17), why on earth would we want to rob them of the chance to worship with the rest of us? Yes, they will make noise, fall asleep, and not pay attention at times. We are fine with that.
While we desire for your children to worship with the people of God, we do not demand that they do. We have a nursery available for the little ones that cannot participate with us during the worship service.