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Christian Education

“Your faithfulness is growing by leaps and bounds, and the love that all of you have for each other is increasing.” — 2 Thessalonians 1:3

Continued growth in the knowledge and love of God is of prime importance to our congregation. Our curriculum for children and youth has as its focal point the simple goal of teaching that each of us is a beloved child of God. We believe that building trust as a bridge across time, seasons, and ages can help form our guiding spirit.  You can email with any questions, comments, or suggestions on the CE program.

Our new curriculum, Grow, Proclaim, Serve! incorporates Bible stories, activities, drama, mission work, media, and games into a full faith experience for children. With GPS!, children will develop the skills to unlock the Bible message and grow their faith by leaps and bounds. With GPS! as children grow in mind and body, they also grow in heart and soul. GPS! will nourish and enrich children and youth in faith so they can proclaim the good news of God’s love and serve God and neighbor. Children will realize their faith goes with them as they grow.

Professional child care is available in the nursery for infants through age three. Ask the Deacon or greeter at the door on Sunday morning for the location of the nursery or any other details of the day's schedule.

Beginning at age four, children through middle school are invited to attend Church School on Sundays from September through June. Our dedicated, paid teaching staff work with children to strengthen their relationship with God while building a Biblical foundation that will remain with them as they become young adults. Activities in class will not only reinforce a student’s Bible knowledge but also give them an opportunity to practice the skills they learn. We have four Church School classrooms: age 4--kindergarten, 1st--2nd graders, 3rd--5th graders, and 6th--8th graders. Most Sundays, children begin in the Worship service at 10 AM and then proceed with our blessing to attend Church School with their teachers. On Communion SundaysCommunion symbol, children begin downstairs in the Youth Room and then come up to the Sanctuary for Communion with their families. Please check the Calendar weekly for Church School class schedules and special events.

Senior youth after sorting foodOur Youth Group (grades 6--12) leader is Brittany Van Nelson. She will help lead events in the Fall and in the Spring. There are additional opportunities for youth to grow in faith, volunteer in their community and abroad, and further develop their knowledge of God. At NHCC we believe that mission and hands-on service work is an exercise in being a servant of God within our families, communities, schools, and in the church. In Jesus' teachings, our relationship with each other is inseparable from our relationship with God. For more information please email Wendy Donnell, Director, at

Adult Education includes scripture, lessons on spirituality, contemporary social issues, and concerns within NHCC itself.  Adults usually meet in the Parlor after worship and fellowship time but not in the summer or on school vacation weekends.  See the Calendar for information.