Early Childhood Ministry

We seek to provide a safe and loving christian atmosphere for the youngest members of our church family by providing special care for 3 months through pre-kindergarten children.

church toddler careSunday Mornings

On Sunday mornings the nursery is open during the 9:30 and 11am worship services. Parents who attend worship at 8am during the Winter/Spring season are encouraged to utilize the wiggle room in the rear of the sanctuary.

Nursery programming is based on special lessons just right for our infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Each Sunday we will guide the children in positive experiences related to 3 Simple Truths: “God made me,” “God loves me,” and “Jesus wants to be my friend forever,” using age appropriate activities, stories, crafts and snacks.

Wiggle Room

A Wiggle Room adjoining the sanctuary is provided for the comfort of families with infants during worship.

Occasional Tuesdays

Nursery care is available during MOPS, MOMSnext, and Moms@Night meetings. Click here for more info about these ministries for moms.

Wednesday Evenings

Nursery and toddler care is available during the Family Night activities at New Hope. Please email Pam Poland to make arrangements.


Parents Day Out is free for New Hope families from 8:45am-1pm on Thursdays. PDO is a special program for young children from 3 months to 5 years of age. We also now have special activities for those New Hope families with homeschool children. Registrations are required. Please email Pam at pam@newhopefortmyers.org

How Parents Can Help

  • To assist your child in adjusting to his/her surroundings, bring him/her to church on a regular basis.
  • Be sure to label ALL of your child’s belongings clearly and always bring a change of clothing in case of spills or accidents.
  • Please use the sign-in/sign-out sheets, pagers, and security sticker system in place to protect your children.

Please refer to the Nursery Guidelines which explain more about our policies. All children must have a registration form on file with us: you can download/print a copy to fill out and bring on your first visit! You may now also complete your nursery registration online.

kids in church nursery-NHP Fort MyersEarly Childhood Ministries Staff

The Early Childhood Ministry at New Hope Presbyterian consists of: Pam Poland, Director of Early Childhood Ministries; Julie Higgenbothem, Nursery Supervisor; and a staff of over 20 loving small group leaders who have CPR and First Aid training and completed background checks.

We treasure our volunteers who help rock babies, read stories, and give lots of love. If you are interested in serving, please email Pam at pam@newhopefortmyers.org phone her at 239.274.1230 or download a Nursery Volunteer Form to return to the office. We offer many different opportunities to serve throughout the week.

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