After ending early last March due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Heritage has restarted our occasional Sunday ministry for “covenant children” and their friends called HMS Kids Club. (H.M.S. stands for His Majesty’s Service; the club uses a nautical theme.) The club is like AWANA with all its standard features, but also includes a few others like learning a children’s catechism, the Nicene Creed, and doing various fun stuff. On the Sundays we meet the club is from 2:30-4:00pm at Heritage.
Below are some FAQs on the HMS Kids Club. This is a wonderful ministry that focuses on gospel and discipleship, and it provides a venue for our children to invite their friends to hear the gospel and be systematically discipled in a safe, fun environment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is HMS Kids Club all about?
• Memorize Scripture
• Learn a child-friendly catechism
• Sing Bible songs
• Play games
• Learn skills through craft / tool time
• Earn rewards though “Anchor” dollars and redeem for cool stuff
• Earn special rewards through memorization and parent/teacher confirmation signature in the handbook
• Special events during the year such as Christmas Caroling at the Nursing Home, and Olympic Games
• Launch the new club year with a Pinewood Derby
The Parents and Ahoy There pages in the handbook tell parents and kids what HMS Kids Club is all about. We want parents to know what their kids are learning. An occasional skit will emphasize what is being discussed that day in teaching time.
2. What version of the Bible do you use?
We use the ESV for Scripture references as it is the version Heritage uses for worship services. So the children have continuity; at least the Heritage kids.
3. What catechism do you use?
The “First Catechism” is what we used in past kids clubs as the questions are clear and simple. We had a copy by Great Commission Publications, Inc. that was available at Heritage along with some of their teaching books. The accompanying First Catechism teaching books didn't quite fit what we were trying to accomplish and were a bit too simple in character. But the First Catechism was a sound teaching tool of 150 questions and answers. Given the number of weeks in a club year (generally October-April), we do about 50 questions a year. After a cycle of three years and 50 questions each, the children (K – 5th grades) will have repeated 2 cycles of three years each. This follows the Classical Conversations pattern of three years and repeat. Helps with memorization and being familiar with the text.
4. What is the club’s “statement of faith”?
The Nicene Creed and the WGP Statement of Faith were added to the kids handbook at separate times. The Nicene Creed is a simple but powerful statement of the historic, orthodox Christian faith that can be easily learned and remembered. We may use other similar creeds, such as the Apostle's Creed, in other club years to make a difference between the three different years. The WGP Statement is good for the children to see and know, and it provides basis of unity with the WGP churches.
5. Who is the author of the kids handbook and large group club teacher?
"Captain" Shawn Lambert is a longtime member of Heritage Presbyterian Church. He is married and has 3 children: two daughters in college and a son in high school. Shawn graduated from Covenant College, was ordained as a deacon at McLean Presbyterian Church, and has taught Sunday School at McLean (with Heritage’s Senior Pastor Larry Yeager) and from time to time at Heritage. Shawn taught the large group HMS Kids Club for 5 of the 6 previous years, and wrote the HMS Kids Club handbook over the course of those years.
6. How do I get a HMS Kids Club handbook?
The HMS Kids Club handbook (Year 1) will be provided free of charge to all club members. Please visit a club meeting to preview a copy and see if you like it!
7. How do I get more information, like what will it cost me?
Child registration, which includes one handbook per child, is free! Please contact the office at Heritage Presbyterian Church by phone (540-347-4627) or email (email@example.com).