Adventure Awaits
At New Hope Community Church, we believe that Children’s Ministry is one of the most important ministries we offer. Our children have their very own area called Adventure Kids. We have three separate classes based on age where “Adventure Awaits” every week – Little Campers (3-24 months), Little Explorers (2 years – Kinder) and Adventure Kids (1st – 5th Grade).
Children’s Ministry classes are available on Sundays during the 9:30 & 11:15am services and on Wednesday evenings.
Each time you arrive, you will check your family in at the check-in kiosks near the Little Campers (Nursery) classroom. You will find several computers upon your arrival. Simply type in your phone number, select the names of the appropriate children to be checked in along with the service time you are attending. Once you’ve selected the child(ren), press “print labels” and three labels will print. One goes on your child, one will be placed in the classroom check-in log when you drop your child off and you will keep the remaining label. Each set of labels has a unique set of letters and numbers printed on it. If for some reason the teacher needs you while you’re in service, your number will be placed on the screen indicating that they need you in your child’s classroom. When service is over, simply return to your child’s classroom and present your label to check out your child. 
Children’s Ministries classes are offered: 
Sunday mornings during the 9:30 & 11:15am services.
Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8pm 
(3 months – 24 months)
This class is specifically created for our littlest attendees. We sing bible songs, read stories and have lots of fun playing. We have a dedicated team that LOVES holding babies, reading stories, singing and playing. 
All families are asked to bring diapers, wipes, a labeled sippy cup or bottle so we can attend your child’s needs while you’re in service. We also provide snacks, so please remember to let us know if your child has any allergies. 
LITTLE Explorers
(2 years – Kinder)
We have two separate Little Explorer classes – one for our 2’s & 3’s and another for our 4 – kinder’s. This is such a fun age for kids to learn and discover through play. In Little Explorers we sing bible songs, read stories, do age appropriate crafts and of course, have lots of fun playing. Our dedicated volunteers love preschool and kinder aged children. 
Families are encouraged to bring labeled sippy cups for their children. We provide snack, so please make sure to let us know if your child has any allergies.
Adventure Kids
(1st – 5th Grade)
Our heart is to teach children about God’s unconditional love for them. We desire to help them grow in their personal relationship with God while nurturing them and encouraging their hearts to serve. Each Sunday, we play games, worship and listen to a message. All messages are interactive so kids are encouraged to ask questions and answer them. We know that children learn by asking questions and we want to help them grow in their relationship with the Lord any way we can. 
Special Children’s Ministry Events
Upward Basketball
Every year NHCC hosts an Upward Basketball and Cheer-leading league. Children throughout the community are encouraged to sign-up for this incredible league. Find out more information by clicking here.
Kid’s Choir
Our children have an opportunity to join the Kid’s Choir twice a year. They generally perform once before Christmas and again before Easter. Sign-ups are available in Kid’s church. 
Vacation Bible School was offered June 17-20, 2019. We had a special guest speaker, Mr. J (Kurt Johnson), who travels to our church to put on an incredible program for our children. VBS generally takes place during the summer. More info regarding our 2020 VBS will be available soon.
Kid’s Camp
Every July, our 4th – 6th grade students have the opportunity to attend Kid’s camp at Hartland Christian Camp in Badger, CA. It’s a week full of learning more about Jesus while having lots of fun! Your kids won’t want to miss it!!! More information will be available late spring 2019.
Volunteer Screening:
All adults working with minors must complete a Volunteer application and be fingerprinted through NHCC for the safety of your children. All Volunteers have been screened and have been approved to serve in Children’s Ministry. Click here to access the LiveScan Fingerprinting Instructions.
Current Volunteers:
We truly appreciate your commitment to Children’s Ministry and cannot thank you enough for investing into the lives & hearts of the children at New Hope. Please click here to access the current classroom schedules.
Meet our Children’s Pastor
Pastor Michelle Hawkins
Pastor Michelle Hawkins has been our Children’s Ministry Pastor since 2002. She loves working with children and has a heart to help them grow in their walk with the Lord. She is blessed by an incredible team of volunteers that are committed to serving in all of our children’s areas. 
Pastor Michelle has been married to our Executive Pastor, Bill Hawkins, since 1994. They have four children and reside in Gilroy.
Meet our Children’s Ministry Team
(Left-Lacey Koppelmaa, Middle- Pastor Michelle Hawkins, Right-Tori Koppelmaa)
Our classrooms have different teachers and helpers throughout the month. However, if you have a specific question regarding your child’s class, you may reach out to Pastor Michelle or the classroom lead:
  • Little Campers (3-24 months) – Tori Koppelmaa
  • Little Explorers & Jr. Kids (2-Kinder) – Lacey Koppelmaa
  • Adventure Kids (1st-5th Grade) – Pastor Michelle Hawkins