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Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)

We are very excited to invite you to join us at Kids Quest! Our program is a very dynamic and fun-filled way for your child to learn about God’s love through Bible stories and the gift of friendship.

We welcome the opportunity to answer questions and give information regarding our program. If you would like information regarding Kids Quest, please feel free to contact us.

Bring your child to the Huddle, (room 242) for large group time. Have your child make a name tag, place their offering in the basket, and then find his/her small group. We will hear our daily Bible story and have a time of worship as a large group. After this time, we will move to the children’s wing into our small groups. You will pick your child up in the room marked for them (by grade and gender) at the end of the worship hour.

News & Events

Updated July 5, 2017

Children in Grades K-5. Elementary Kids Quest meets Sunday mornings at 9:40 and 11 a.m. in the Huddle (rm. 240) as a large group for story and songs. We then move to small groups in the Children’s Education Wing where we dig a little deeper into the lesson. Please pick up your child in the Children’s Education Wing at the end of each hour.

Preschool Stepping Stones. On Sundays, we learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. Our themes vary by month but are always taught in the context of story, song, dance, and craft. Children are invited to stay for one hour or two.

Elementary Expedition will resume in September.

Movie Mondays: June 19, 26; July 17, 24; (noon – 2:00 PM); the Huddle
Get out of the hot summer heat and join some friends for lunch and a movie. We will meet in the Huddle each day and have a pizza lunch. Afterwards, we will flop in some beanbag chairs and enjoy some cool air conditioning and a fun movie. Online registration opens June 1st; please register to ensure enough food for all. $3 per person; you may pay either online or at the door.

Mission Wednesdays: June 21, 28; July 19, 26; (1:30 PM – 3:30 PM); the Cottage
Children have an incredible heart for missions but no way to generate income to financially support them. Each Wednesday, we learn about different local, national, and international missions. We then create some high-quality crafts and then sacrificially donate them to be sold in the fall to generate money for a chosen mission. This event is free but registration is required. Online registration opens June 1. Space is limited, so please register early and only for the dates you are sure to attend.

5th and 6th Grade Mission Camp: July 10-14, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM; the Huddle
In this hands-on camp, we will explore three specific types of mission; inner-church mission, urban mission, and rural mission. The idea is that each child will have a chance to experience different types of work, hopefully creating an appetite for missional work. Some days will make our lunches and other days we will explore some Memphis eateries. We will finish each day with some seriously serious “capture the flag” or other games at McVay Gardens. This camp is only for rising fifth and sixth grade students. Space is limited; registration opens online May 1. Cost is $100 which includes all activities, transportation, food, and a T-shirt.

Lakeshore Camp: July 17-22
We are taking a crew from GUMC to Lakeshore for this week of fun and fellowship. If you are interested in attending this week, please register through Lakeshore’s Website (https://lakeshorecamp.org/) and then drop an email to Lisa Pierce () Lisa Pierce will be staying the entire week and will be transporting in the church van.

Poolpalooza: June 22, July 20, August 3

Transition to middle school is a fun, exciting, and somewhat frightening time for kids (and parents?). We have set aside these nights for our rising sixth graders to meet with each other, some older youth, and youth leaders to help ease that transition. These pool parties will be hosted by various rising sixth-grade families. Guests are welcome but must be entering the sixth grade. Please bring $5 to cover the cost of a lifeguard. Girls bring a snack food to share; guys bring individual prepackaged drinks. Modest bathing suits only, please.

Registration opens online June 1. We will send you the location of each event after you have registered.

Promotion Sunday: August 6

On this day, all children will promote to the next grade level within our program. This mostly affects those rising to kindergarten and sixth grade – they will actually relocate to a new place! All other children will move grades within their current program.

Ways to Join the Children’s Ministry Team

With school beginning in just a few short weeks, summer will quickly come to an end. We are planning our programming for children this upcoming school year and want you to consider how you can work with us to create a vibrant ministry. There are a number of volunteer opportunities. Please read through these and find a place you feel your talents can best be used. We would love to see all families represented in our ministry. Just like most ministries, you will find you get much more back than you could ever give. Please prayerfully consider your role.

Sunday Morning Kids Quest Mentor: This crucial role is on the front lines of ministry with children. These individuals come each Sunday, building relationship with the children and sharing the Good News. Mentors use lessons to follow up the main lesson taught in large group. All lessons and materials are provided; you only need to bring a servant’s heart and love for God and children. Men, we need YOU to lead our boy groups. Time requirement includes 1 hour 15 minutes on Sunday morning and about 15 minutes of prep each week. We understand work and travel and will have substitutes for these occasions. Please contact Lisa Pierce if you are interested in this role.

Sunday Morning Kids Quest Host: These individuals assist mentors with lessons and kid control each week. This is a month-long commitment and is incredibly important to the success of each lesson. Please register online using Sign Up Genius. (Consider signing up for more than one month.)

Sunday Morning Stepping Stones Teachers: These individuals present the weekly small-group lesson in the preschool classes. After large group time, each group will return to their classroom for the small group lesson. All lessons and materials are provided. The length of commitment is one month. Please contact Kristin Dickerson to volunteer for this ministry.

Grace Class Leader: Grace is our class designed for elementary-aged children with special needs. We need teachers for this class as well as shadows to go with children if they chose to enter the Kids Quest program. Volunteers can either serve for one month or once a month for the school year; commitment is about one hour 15 minutes each week. All materials and training are provided.

Elementary Expedition Small Group Leader: These individuals will join us on Wednesday nights for dinner, worship, and small group. We will begin at 5:30 with dinner in the Huddle, move to the chapel for worship, and then break into small groups and games.  We will end at 7:15. All lessons and materials are provided. This is a semester commitment running for 10 weeks (excluding fall break and ending at Thanksgiving for the semester). We will resume in January and run up to spring break. Please contact Lisa Pierce if you are interested in helping with this ministry. (If you are not able to make it in time for the dinner, you are welcome to join us at 6:00 for the rest of the evening.)

Elementary Expedition Food Prep: These individuals purchase and prepare the meal for Elementary Expedition (Wednesday night) each week. The meals are very “kid-friendly” including favorites such as chicken nuggets, pizza, hot dogs, etc. No big-time cooking is necessary, just heating and serving. Time commitment each week is approximately one hour for purchase of food and two hours for preparing/serving/cleaning up. This job could be divided if multiple people work together. This is also a wonderful way for a Sunday school class to serve. Please contact Lisa Pierce if you are interested in serving in this ministry area.

Kids Quest Band Leader: This person needs to be willing to organize and rehearse with a group of youth each week (scheduled at your convenience). The band will present two songs each week and will include a guitar, drums, and vocalist (minimally). This person does not need to serve on Sunday mornings. Please contact Lisa Pierce if you are interested in working in this ministry area.

Kids Quest Environment Prep Team: Our curriculum has monthly themes which require environment changes and props. This team will develop the environment each month for our theme as well as assemble props for the weekly stories. This will require about five hours a month and is not a Sunday morning commitment. Please contact Lisa Pierce or Callie Beaver if you are interested in helping in this ministry area.

Kids Quest Lesson Prep Team: Our curriculum has monthly themes which require environment changes and props. This team will develop the environment each month for our theme as well as assemble props for the weekly stories. This will require about five hours a month and is not a Sunday morning commitment. Please contact Lisa Pierce or Callie Beaver if you are interested in helping in this ministry area.

Special Events Team: This team works seasonally for special events such as Fall Festival, Advent Workshop, Milk and Muffins, etc. Please contact Callie Beaver if you are interested in this ministry area.

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Please prayerfully consider where you can serve in our children’s ministry, doing it all for the glory of God.

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Sunday School

We meet on Sunday mornings at both 9:40 and 11:00. Children begin each hour in a large-group setting in the Huddle (room 242). During this time, we share the daily Bible story through skits as well as a time of worship. From the Huddle, we break into small groups which consists of children the same age and gender as well as adult and youth mentors. These groups meet in classrooms in the children’s education wing; doors are clearly marked for each group.

Following the large-group time, children move to their classrooms for some follow-up small-group activities, reinforcing the weekly Bible lesson. Parents pick up their children in the classrooms in the children’s wing.

There are three main concepts we want children in grades K-5 to understand, and all our lessons are directed towards these ideas. Before graduating our program, we want all children to understand and be able to apply these three biblical truths:

  1. I need to make the wise choice. (Wisdom)
  2. I can trust God no matter what. (Faith)
  3. I should treat others the way I want to be treated. (Friendship)

While every lesson is different, there is an element in each which leads back to these concepts. We want the children to understand the Scriptures are alive and relevant to today. Therefore, our lessons are active, engaging, and hands-on.

Wednesday Nights

Wednesday Nights: Elementary Expedition has taken a break in our Wednesday night gatherings until after Labor Day. We will resume with an exciting format, similar to that of youth group. Elementary children and youth will gather for a kid-friendly dinner at 5:30 in the Huddle ($3 at the door). We will move from dinner to a time of family worship in a relaxed environment with music, lesson, and activity designed specifically for our children and youth. At approximately 6:30, we will move from our worship time to small groups in the children’s wing. Pick up is at 7:15 in the children’s wing hallway.

Music Program

Sunday nights, 5-6 p.m.
Music enriches the worship experience and singing in a choir offers an opportunity for children to serve the church as they help lead worship. We have an incredible choir program for children ages 3 and up, leading worship 3-4 times a year and having seasonal concerts. All choirs meet in the children’s education wing. Children not yet in kindergarten must have a parent or chaperone accompany them to their rehearsals and will meet from 5-5:45 p.m.

Children's Ministry Staff

Where To Find Us

The children’s area includes the children’s wing and The Huddle (room 242), highlighted in white:

 

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