KidStep Children’s Ministry

Our mission is “Joining Children on their Spiritual Journey.” The purpose of KidStep is to intentionally focus on ways that we can help children take next steps of faith from birth through fifth grade.

We welcome your children at 9 and 10:30 AM to an environment that is kid-safe, kid-friendly, and kid-focused. Our vision is to equip volunteers and empower parents to lead the next generation to live and love like Jesus as they take next steps of faith.

Through the gifts and abilities of volunteers, we desire to partner with parents so that each child can grow spiritually, socially, mentally and physically (Luke 2:52).

Each Sunday our volunteers love and care for your children, while building relationships with them through age-appropriate worship, creative Bible teaching, and small groups. For the safety of the children, we have a check-in system that uses parent pick-up tags. Look for our Kids’ Check-In Stations on Sunday mornings to receive your child’s nametags and your parent pick-up tag.

We are excited to join your children on their spiritual journey at KidStep!

Movin’ & Groovin’ Music Camp

Our music camp is for boys and girls ages 3 to 6. Camp will include worship, Bible teaching, breakout sessions on instruments, snacks, and a whole lot of fun! This week will focus on teaching music concepts and on igniting kids’ creative imaginations. Even at an early age children can begin to understand the depth of God’s love for them, and a life of following Jesus can begin to be cultivated.

Camp is June 12-16 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM.
Cost is $15
Register here. Registration deadline is June 4.


AROMA All-Sports Camp

AROMA is led by student athletes in the Messiah athletics sports program. This camp is for boys and girls ages 7 to 11. Campers will learn and play multiple sports in a positive, high-energy environment. Eight different sports will be played throughout the week as well as a Bible teaching time each day.

Come to a preview session on Sunday, April 23 at 3 PM in the auditorium. The Messiah staff leaders will host an hour-long camp experience for kids and their parents. The staff will also be there to answer any questions you may have.

Camp is July 10-14 from 9 to 3 PM daily except for Friday, which is 9 AM to noon. On Friday a lunch is provided for all campers and their families.

Cost: $175 (early discount: $150 if registered before May 1)
Register here.

Click here to apply for AROMA financial assistance.

Child Dedication

Child Dedication is an integral part of the life of Hershey Free Church. We value our partnership with parents in joining their children on their spiritual journey. We believe that children are a precious heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3) and that the family is a divine institution, God-ordained from the beginning of human history (Genesis 2:24). This gives us great reason to celebrate!

Our child dedication process consists of two classes before the dedication ceremony on Sunday mornings. The first class is designed as an opportunity to discuss the importance of spiritual formation in a child’s life and to support parents as they disciple their children. The second class provides details for the child dedication service. Class attendance is required for parents dedicating children. We provide a special child dedication ceremony included in regular Sunday-morning worship services. In the ceremony, parents declare their intent to raise their children to know, love, and serve the Lord. One of our pastors, dedicates and prays for each child, speaking a Bible verse of the parents’ choosing.

If you are interested in child dedication, click here to register.

Meet Our Staff

Katie Searfoss
Katie is the Director of Elementary Ministry and has been on staff at Hershey Free Church since 2015. Katie’s early and ongoing association with children’s ministry in her home church in King of Prussia encouraged her passion for kids and led her to Lancaster Bible College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Children and Family Ministry. Katie loves writing, bike riding, and drinking coffee with good company.

Lauren Beer
Lauren is the Director of Nursery and Preschool Ministries and has been on staff at Hershey Free Church since 2012. As the daughter of a pastor, Lauren fell in love early in life with teaching kids about Jesus; and she later graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Children and Family Ministry. She loves meeting new people, coffee, taking pictures, and the beach.

Jill Bennett
Jill is the Administrative Assistant for Spiritual Formation and Family Ministry and for Children’s Ministries. She joined the staff at Hershey Free Church in 2015. Jill and her husband Ray are recent transplants from the northwest corner of Pennsylvania, and they have been involved with Hershey Free since 2014. Jill describes herself as an “organized go-getter” who loves to help others (especially young people) to develop a strong, healthy, confident identity in Christ. In her spare time, Jill enjoys exercising, kayaking, gardening, and music.

Treehouse Special Needs Ministry

Treehouse is a ministry for children with special needs up to 13 years old. Treehouse provides one to one buddies for children who need extra support in their classroom at both the 9 and 10:30 AM services. To request a buddy send an email.

Treehouse provides a class at 10:30 AM in room 704 for children on the autism spectrum who need more support and would thrive better in a sensory friendly environment. In the Treehouse classroom, children can expect a relaxed environment with a consistent routine:

  • Worship videos played during sensory activities
  • Bible lessons taught using picture Bibles and repetition of key phrases
  • Crafts that support a key idea from the story or verse
  • Closing in prayer

Respite Care is a ministry for families to care for children with special needs (and their siblings) up to 13 years old. At Respite Care, children fellowship with their peers, participate in fun activities, and experience one on one support by trained Treehouse volunteers. Respite Care is offered October 15, December 17, February 11 and April 8 at Hershey Free Church. To sign your kids up, please register by the Monday before each date.

Important Links

Meet Our Staff

Special Needs Ministry

Click here for our KidStep Facebook Page!