Youth and Children

I Corinthians 16:13 charges us to “stand firm in the faith.”

Youth Group (Sundays, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the church gym, during the school year).

Firm Faith Youth Group is loud, energetic, passionate and rooted in Scripture. Every Sunday, grades 6 – 12 meet for a great time of hanging out, singing praise songs, playing games, doing activities, praying, and being at home with God. We get a little silly, have a lot of fun, focus on growing our faith. Friends are welcome!

Nursery (Sundays, during service 10:30 a.m.)

There is a nursery available for babies and toddlers during our worship service, located in the back classrooms. Of course, parents are not required to take their children to the nursery; some prefer to keep the little ones with them. The nursery is staffed by a hired person, but parents or guardians are welcome to stay with their child too.


Sunday School (Sundays, before service 9:15 a.m. during the school year)

Grades K-12 are encouraged to attend our one house school house Sunday School taught by our Family Ministry Director every Sunday before service.  During this time we offer Adult Sunday School.  This semester we are digging into the Heart of God and studying a new passage each week using interactive methods such as video, games, activities and reading the passage together.


At many churches, children are asked to be invisible; at Mt. Hope, we want them front and center! Our acolytes are one of the ways we get children involved with the worship service. Every Sunday, two of our acolyte-trained kids will put on robes, and begin and end worship by lighting/extinguishing the candles. Any child of the appropriate height may apply to be an acolyte.

Vacation Bible School

Save the date for Rocky Railroad themed VBS 2020: August 3-7 in the mornings.  it is always a busy one, as we throw our annual Vacation Bible School for kids PreK through grade 5. Dozens of children pour into the church during every day that week, participating in all sorts of events and games, which are led by Mt. Hope adult and teen volunteers. VBS is open to any children in the community and their friends!

VBS 2019

Michigan Pilgrim Fellowship


Because of our affiliation with the Michigan Conference of Congregational Christian Churches, our youth are finding value in retreats with other youth from Michigan Congregational Churches.