Children's Ministry

The Children’s ministry at Hanover Valley Presbyterian is called KIDS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. It meets most every Sunday morning at 10 AM for all ages and is an active program that uses a variety of media and involves music, teaching, discussion, crafts, and projects. All you have to do is ask the kids themselves and they will tell you its fun and a place where friends are made. The classes are led by gifted and trained adults who love kids and their families. If you have any questions you are welcome to speak with any of them directly or to the Children’s Ministry Coordinator Susan Schwarz. Below are the age break downs and a brief general description of the Kids Under Construction classes.

Nursery Care

Nursery care is provided during worship for children from birth through age four. During Sunday School the nursery is for children under the age of three. Our nursery staff will help your child know that the church is a place where little ones are cared for and accepted. For more information about child care, please see our Nursery brochure.

Beginnings (3 years - Kindergarten)

Beginnings lays the first layer of a foundation. The little ones learn the works of God in the Old Testament and of His wonderful gift to them in the New Testament stories about Jesus.

Explorers (1st - 3rd grades)

Explorers are forming a firm foundation to stand on. Unit studies on the Bible, prayer, worship, obedience and service give a more in-depth study of the Bible basics.

Discovers (3rd - 6th grades)

Discovers study the Word in its historical framework. From creation to the flood, Abraham to the exodus, the kinds of captivity, the life of Christ, the beginning Church. The children develop an understanding of how God make himself known to us in the different areas of revelation.

Youth Ministry

Life is a journey and your teenage years are a critical chapter of that grand story. Hanover Valley’s youth ministry exists to help you in your life journey as we examine the claims of Jesus and how belonging to Him challenges and changes the way we view God, people, the world and ourselves. Students study God’s Word from the perspective of life issues such as friendships, justice and racism, preparing for college, music and culture, living beyond people pleasing, money and career, parents and authority. It focuses on building relationships, living authentically and dealing with the idols of the heart.

Youth Group meets every other Thursday 7-9pm

Youth Sunday School for 7-12 graders between services

For more information contact Drew Derreth at

Mercy Ministry

The gospel is about the redemption and healing of every broken area of the creation. The mercy team exists to tangibly display this redemption and healing by helping to meet the physical, social, emotional and financial needs of those at Hanover Valley and in the Hanover Community with mercy and compassion.  This ministry of healing can take on a variety of forms anything from spearheading a clothing drive for the local homeless shelter, providing pastoral and life skill counseling to providing financial support to those who need it.

Core Values

  1. That the Gospel of Christ is most accurately and Biblically expressed through words and deeds (Heb 10:23,24; I Peter 2:9-12).
  2. That Christ and the Gospel redeem all of life, healing all the alienation caused by the sin of Adam (spiritual, psychological, emotional, relational, social, physical, and financial)(Genesis 3; miracles of Jesus; II Corinthians 5: 16-21).
  3. There is a necessary connection between physical, psychological, relational, social, financial needs and spiritual needs.
  4. The Gospel calls us to take the initiative in bringing mercy and healing to the community, because of God’s great mercy plan. We must humbly learn from those in need (I Corinthians 9:19-23).
  5. That those in need should participate in the development of the mercy ministry, as well, as in their own mercy plan. We must humbly learn from those in need.
  6. That bringing mercy means we are to correct, train, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction (Luke 17:3-4; Matthew 18:15-20; II Timothy 3:16-17; 4:3).

Purpose & Mission

The Mercy Team exits to serve the church and community in such a way as to minister to the concrete, visible needs (social, emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual) of those in crisis through deeds and word, in the power and love of the Kingdom of God.

The Mercy Team’s ministry is about meeting felt needs through deeds. The primary work of the Mercy Team is mercy; the primary mindset must be that of a servant, and one who offers the same to another. We move out into the body as servants of the church, ministering to the needs of the church family and those beyond. We listen to and pray with members of the body and those outside the body. We encourage the discouraged and rejoice with the happy.

We should be ready at all times to lend a hand in service to our community; to step in as an usher, to serve communion, to give visiting parents directions to the nursery, or to aid or comfort another sitting near us under conviction by the words they have heard that day. In particular, we serve by supporting those who find themselves in emergency or crisis situations as a result of unforeseen circumstance.

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ….So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. Galatians 6:2,10

We also stand ready to support the community of Hanover at large by helping those who come to our church with immediate physical needs. As the church has grown, so and the community around us in such a way that people are 1) attracted to Christ, 2) established in faith, 3) healed of their afflictions, and 4) equipped to minister.

So if anyone is in Christ, there is anew creation: everything old has passed away; everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ be reconciled to God. I Cor. 5:17-20

We do this by marshaling all the resources of people, talents, and money entrusted to us. Since Hanover Valley Presbyterian Church is in Hanover, PA., we faithfully proclaim the Word and carry out its commands.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22

Get Involved

The mercy team is always looking for those who are passionate to come alongside those who are in difficult life situations.

If you are in need or are interested in finding out more about the Mercy team, please contact the
church at (717) 630-9510.