Hackensack Campus

Children's Ministry

Our purposes in Children’s Ministries are to share the Gospel with children, allowing them to experience God through worship and activities, encouraging spiritual growth through scripture and Bible lessons, that they may, in turn, share the gospel with their family and friends to develop fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Service Opportunities

We have plenty of places where kids can get plugged in. We have Sunday School classes, groups throughout the week, and camps and schools! At Hawthorne Gospel Church, the safety of your child is a high priority for us. For this reason, all of our volunteers have been screened with background checks for security. All children will need a registration card filled out at the time of their first visit.

Register for Vacation Bible School

Volunteer Form

Children's Sunday Programs

We desire your children to come to know Jesus at a young age and for them to grow in their love for Jesus every single day. For this reason we have a lot of opportunities for Children at Hawthorne Gospel Church.

Sunday School is offered during the 9:55 service and is a place for your child to learn about Christ’s love through bible stories, scripture memorization, and songs. Each of our Sunday school class curricula builds off of the previous years to build continuity. All Children’s Ministry programs will also be taking part in our Foundations of Faith curriculum which offers weekly at-home devotionals for families to do together.

  • Children 2 and younger will meet in the nursery
  • 3 year-old class in C-1
  • 4 year-old class in C-15
  • Kindergarten class in C-9
  • 1st grade class in C-4
  • 2nd and 3rd grade classes in C-10
  • 4th and 5th grade classes in C-8

Children's Church
Children meet in room C-9 during the 11:25 service to learn about God’s love through Bible stories, instructional videos, games, and crafts. Any child 3 and older may attend.

Nursery is provided at all of our services, 8:25, 9:55, 11:25 and 5:00.

Special Needs
We also offer Buddies who can assist children and youth who need more one-on-one direction as they learn about God alongside their peers.

Children's Weekday Activities


God’s Little Singers: Parents/caregivers and children (infants to 6 years) enjoy music/stories. Meets from 10:00-11:00 AM in the Flex Room in the New Building (second floor). Contact: Betsy Nye at 201-670-0152. We are starting up again on September 20!


Thursday Morning Storytime: Provided for children of moms attending  Deep Roots Bible Study. This is open to children ages infants-5 years old in the nursery. Contact Jessica Clavijo at jessicac@hawthornegospel.org.


Infant Center (Nursery): Childcare provided for children of Klub volunteers from Infant to 2-year-old
Skippers: Meet for 3-year-old children in the Toddler Center (Nursery) from 7:00-8:30 PM for Bible lesson, songs, games, and crafts.
Scooters: Meets in room C-10 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM for children 4-years-old through Kindergarten.
Tree Climbers: For boys in 1st and 2nd grades. Meets from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Lower Gym and room Y-134. Bible study, games, crafts, campouts, and other great experiences are offered.
Stockade (Christian Service Brigade): For boys in grades 3 through 5. Meets from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Old Gym and in rooms Y-134 & Y-135. Includes Bible study, games, crafts, and special events: canoe trips, campouts, etc.
Pioneer Girls: Meets from 7:00-8:30 PM for 1st – 5th grade girls. 1st and 2nd grades meet in C-4; 3rd and 4th grades meet in C-9; 5th grade meets in C-8
Coordinator: Joy Meyer (201-825-9298)

Children’s Ministries:
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR KIDS’ KLUB: For the well-being of your children . . . Parents of children five (5) years old and under must stay on the church premises during the entire Kids’ Klub.

Special Needs

Our program’s goal is that each child, regardless of ability, will have the opportunity to learn more about God’s love and how to follow Jesus.
Our program includes the following:

  • Sunday School Class
  • Buddy Break Respite Events
  • Pairing Buddies for Friday Night Kids Klubs
  • Sunday School Class
  • A buddy for each student
  • Instruction and materials geared to learning ability and learning style
  • Accommodations for disabilities
  • Individualized Behavior Management System as appropriate
  • Supported Typical Classes with peers with a buddy for each student, who facilitates learning and socialization within the typical classroom he or she would attend.

The class takes place in classroom E1B, which is downstairs in the Education Building and it is during our 9:55 service.

The placement of each child is individually determined based upon observation, parent interview, available staff, and the student’s needs. To learn more, or to request a parent interview contact our Special Needs Ministry Team.

Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendar! VBS 2023 is June 26th-30th Preparation for another magnificent year is underway. We hope to spy you there! Register with this link: https://hawthornegospel.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1669096

Top of the Hill Day Camp

We are a 6 week, NJ State Accredited Summer Camp. Summer Session for 2023 will be from July 5th – August 11th. Mark your calendars now as registration for 2023 will open on March 1st! To register, go to http://app.campdoc.com/register/topofthehill


Jessica Clavijo