Our Preschool Ministry (Birth – 5 Years Old)
It is never too early to introduce preschoolers to the love of God. We strive to provide a safe Christian environment where the foundational building blocks of faith can support the primary spiritual teaching of the home. Our desire is to partner with families to begin to introduce preschoolers to age appropriate Bible Stories that will help them develop a foundation that will one day lead to a personal relationship with Christ as their Savior.
Our teachers are volunteers who are caring, loving, and positive role models. They enjoy seeing your child discover how church is a place for making friends, growing, and learning.
Note About Our Security Procedures
Because we recognize that we are a reflection of God’s love to those in our care, we take seriously our responsibility to provide a safe environment for the children who attend Harpeth Heights Baptist Church. This includes a Child Protection Policy, under which screening of all teachers and workers takes place.
Check In System
We ask that each Sunday morning you check your preschooler in using our electronic check in system. The computer will print two tags- one for you to place on the back of your preschooler and the other to keep with you to present when you pick up the child. Each week the labels are printed with unique security codes and watermarks. The labels also help us to easily identify allergies, diet restrictions, and other special instructions.
Preschool Parent Connection
Communication is very important to our preschool team. One of the ways we try to stay connected with our parents is by a monthly newsletter: Preschool Parent Connection. Please check the most current edition of the newsletter for the most updated current events and news for our preschoolers. In addition, we have a Facebook Group for our families with preschoolers. Please ask Susan Foster for information about joining this group.
Sundays and Wednesdays
Sunday School (9:15 am – 10:15 am each Sunday)
Teachers prepare for Sunday School by using a curriculum called the Gospel Project. Our goals during Sunday School are to provide a safe environment for preschoolers to learn that Jesus loves them and so do we! Lessons are created for our babies through five year olds in an age appropriate and engaging way!
Worship For Preschoolers (10:15 am – 11:45 am each Sunday)
While our younger preschoolers (bed babies- toddlers) are cared for during the worship hour by dedicated volunteers, our three year olds- Kindergartners participate in Discovery Land: Discovering Truths in God’s Word. We use the First Look Curriculum from Orange Resources for our Preschool Worship time. Each Sunday, the preschoolers begin with Make It Fun Activity which helps prepare them for what they will learn in worship time, creating a fun, but meaningful time for them. Next, they travel with their leaders from their classroom to our Preschool Worship room. During worship time, they sing songs, play games, hear a Bible story, and learn foundational Biblical truths. Each month, we focus on memorizing one verse, one song, and one Biblical truth, but a new Bible story is introduced each week.
Mission Friends and Music (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm each Wednesday)
From toddlers to kindergarteners, we offer mission friends and music classes. Mission friends is designed to begin to build a missional foundation in a child’s life. We begin learning what it means to be a missionary, to do missions, and to tell the story of Jesus. Every Wednesday night, the mission friends will gather for music, learning, games, and activities. They enjoy doing crafts and learning about missionaries in other countries. We have a special time of playing instruments and music each week.
Throughout the year, we plan special events for preschoolers and their families to help them build a sense of community with their church family. These events are open to the community and any family with preschoolers. Some of our events include a unique Christmas party, Easter Egg Hunts, and summer fun days.
At Harpeth Heights, we believe that parents are the primary spiritual leaders of their families. Our child home dedications reflect this belief as we partner with parents from the very beginning, making a covenant as a church with the family to support, pray, and walk alongside them in this journey called parenting. Family Dedications also known as Child Home Dedications are scheduled with the parents and Minister of Preschool when the family is ready to stand before the church and make a covenant with God and the church to raise their child(ren) in a Christian home. Each child is presented with a special Bible as a symbol of the church’s promise to help the child on the journey to learning about having a personal relationship with Jesus.
Preschool Play Days
Preschoolers are exploring their world and learning about all God created! It is even more fun to explore and learn with friends! Play dates are a great way to help your preschooler develop friendships, try new things, and build great memories! The Church at Harpeth Heights Preschool Play Days are open to the community! Be sure to register to ensure your preschoolers gets special treats on our play dates! For some play dates, space is limited so please be sure to let us know if you are coming as soon as you can!