Children's Ministry

"Then [Jesus] put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 'Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.'"  ~Mark 9:36-37

Our children's ministry introduces children to the grand narrative of the Bible and deep theological truths in a manner tailored to their age and understanding. HBC strives to make learning fun while maintaining a strong focus on the centrality of Christ and the Gospel.   Activities and lessons are designed to captivate young minds, using music, storytelling, crafts, games, and age-appropriate discussions, and of course the Bible. The goal is that as children find joy in these activities, they will associate this joy with Jesus, the love of God, and the Bible, developing a life-long love for the things of God. 

This ministry extends beyond the children; it actively involves parents, grandparents, caregivers, and guardians in the spiritual education process. Workshops and resources are provided to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to shepherd, lead, and instruct their families in a way that honors God.   In essence, this children's ministry is not just a program for kids; it's a comprehensive family ministry that supports and strengthens the entire family unit in their collective walk with Christ.
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me..."
~Matthew 19:14
Leadership Team
Children's Church
Parent Ministry
Wednesday Night Kids Activities
Children's Events

Meet the Team

Hampstead Baptist Church is blessed to have a team of adults who love Jesus and children who are willing to serve in the children's ministry-- some hands-on and others behind-the-scenes.  Meet the team below:

Vicki Cannefax

Sunday School

Audra Fortune

Sunday School

Chris Canuel

Family Pastor

Dee Manweller

Children's Choir Director

Meredith Canuel

Sunday School

Natalie Turner

Sunday School

Betty Cole

Wednesday Nights
Jeff & Cindy Caldwell - Children's Church
Charles & Natalie Turner - Children's Church
Lea Lesink & Tricia Meredith - Children's Church
Mark & Cindy Justice - Children's Church
Betty Cole & Lesle Bouchard - Children's Church
Meredith & Amelia Canuel - Nursery
Deb Patora & Ava Craven - Nursery
Greg & Sara Crews - Nursery
Suzanne Wright & Winnia Brooks - Nursery
Ashley Hale & Allison King - Nursery

Parent Resources

Parents/Guardians are the primary spiritual influencers of their children (and teens!). HBC desires to come alongside families to strengthen and resource them toward spiritual and holistic familial health.  Just below are button links to a few extremely helpful, meaningful resources for families with children from birth through the teenage years.

The QR code can be scanned to sign you up for HBC children's ministry text alerts and reminders or you can text HBCKIDS to (855) 487-8169.  Please save that phone number as a contact in your phone as "HBC Text Alerts."  You can also follow children's ministry-specific posts on our HBC Kidz Facebook page.

Children's Church

Hampstead Baptist Church believes it's important that children learn about corporate worship of God by participating with the entire congregation; however, during the sermon time, children in grades K-5 are dismissed to Children's Church (if they and their parents would like).  Children's Church is offered to allow for a more age-appropriate Bible lesson geared for children, using Crossway's The Biggest Story curriculum.

Wednesday Night Kids Activities

Grades K-5 enjoy Children's Choir practice for the first half hour each Wednesday night, followed by Bible activities and Bible lessons. Kids follow the same schedule as the rest of the church with dinner being served from 5:30-6:15 p.m. and activities/studies from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Children's Worship Series (CWS) is designed to inspire a powerful generation of worshipers and worship leaders through mission, music, message and movement. Created with volunteers in mind, CWS is perfect for churches looking to start children's choirs OR churches looking to enhance their established children's program. CWS teaches children to worship authentically with a passion for worship that is infectious to all generations.

God Is features 8 weeks of new music, classic and current praise songs and seasonal songs. Within each weekly lesson, leaders and volunteers will find easy lesson plans complete with a devotion, kid-friendly music, fun choreography, and more.

Upcoming Children's Events

Vacation Bible School: June 9-12, 2024