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Age Groups

Infants

Heroes Gate is open to all ages of children, even infants. Volunteers will love to hold and play with your infants, or take them for a sleepy stroller ride around the Heroes Gate hallways. We can also change your infant’s diaper or feed a bottle if you leave a diaper bag! There is no minimum age; infants can attend Heroes Gate as soon as their parents are ready to drop them off.

Toddlers & Preschool

The Toddler area is open to children age 18 months to three years, and the Preschool area is open to children 3-5 years. Toddlers and Preschoolers enjoy active play in a separate playroom filled with toys. All participate in a Large Group Teaching each week that includes a Bible lesson and worship.

Elementary

Early elementary age children are grouped together by grade level into smaller teams. Together, they will worship, listen to an interactive Bible-based story, and then participate in an activity or discussion with their team based on what they’ve learned.

5th & 6th Grade (Club 56)

All 5th and 6th graders are invited to be part of Club 56 on Sundays. In Club 56 we focus on relationship-building and classroom lessons that challenge kids through a series of questions about life, faith and their relationship with God.

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"I was incredibly blessed by everyone who came out to the clean-up event to serve neighborhood seniors. It literally brought me to tears knowing that there are amazing people out there restoring my hope in what it means to love and serve each other."

– Merrick Community Services staff member