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)
News & Events
2020-2021 School Year
Our Nursery and Elementary Sunday School are currently meeting in-person. The Hamilton Nursery, which serves our children birth- prekindergarten, is open during our 9:00 Traditional Service,10:00 Sunday School, and 11:00 Ancient Modern Service. Elementary Sunday School is from 10:00-10:45 in the Huddle (Room 240) and Children's Wing classrooms:
K/1st Grade Boys: Room 256/258
K/1st Grade Girls: Room 260/262
2nd/3rd Grade Boys: Room 259
2nd/3rd Grade Girls: Room 240 (The Huddle)
4th/5th Grade Boys: Room 261
4th/5th Grade Girls: Room 257
We ask that you please preregister your children online by Friday at noon, so that we have adequate staff and volunteers present on Sunday mornings to keep our kids safe. Please go to What's Going On- Open Registrations.
The Children's Ministry will continue to send home weekly emails with Sunday School lessons for Preschoolers and Elementary school kids. Please contact Callie Beaver at to be added to our email distribution list. Our church services will also continue to be live streamed each week. We encourage our families to spend some time together (either at church or at home) in worship and Sunday School every week!
* Please note that some of these dates and types of events may have to change due to social distancing restrictions.*
Wednesday Nights with Kids
(September 9- November 11; we will not meet October 14)
Our mid-week program which runs during the school year provides a variety of opportunities for children to experience Christian fellowship and develop a closer relationship to Christ. This is our children’s ministry equivalent of “youth group”. Elementary Children will meet at McVay Gardens from 6:00-7:15 PM. Younger children will be in the Hamilton Nursery. We will be unable to serve dinner and snacks this fall so be sure to eat before you come. Children ages 3 and up will need to bring a mask with them. Please register your children online each week under What's Going On-Open Registrations. Any questions, contact
This church-wide celebration takes place right after worship over at the OLEC. Kids may wear non-scary costumes and enjoy fun activities such as inflatables, face painting, cookie decorating, putt-putt, and other games led by our adult Sunday school classes. Lunch will be available for purchase.
** Unfortunately, we will be unable to have our traditional Fall Fest this year due to Coronavirus restrictions. Children may wear their non-scary costumes to church on October 25 and will receive a special treat from their Sunday School teachers.**
In preparation for the Advent season, families are invited to attend this special mid-November event geared towards children of all ages. Families can create their own Advent wreath, make a nativity set, and have fun with other Advent crafts. There are light refreshments. This event is free to all and no registration is required.
**This year, the children's ministry will be preparing Family Advent Kits for pickup. The Family Kits will contain materials for making your Advent wreath, as well as ornaments and crafts for your children to complete at home. Please register by November 11 for your family to receive a kit. Kits will be ready for pickup on November 15.**
Journey to Bethlehem*
Families with young children (and older people who are children at heart) are invited to attend this special GUMC tradition. Children will walk the path of Jesus’ birth. They will begin with the angels, move to Bethlehem for Jesus’ birth, visit the shepherds, and finish with the wise men. After learning the reason we share gifts at Christmas, children will have a chance to share their wish list with the Jolly Ol’ Guy himself. This event is free to all and no registration is required.
**Unfortunately, we will be unable to have our Journey to Bethlehem in 2020. We encourage our families to attend the Children's Alternative Christmas Market together as a family on Sunday, December 6. If you are not yet coming to in-person church, we will be happy to schedule a private shopping time for you and your kids December 7-10. Please contact Callie Beaver to schedule a time.**
Children's Alternative Christmas*
(December 6 11:00-1:00 PM in the OLEC Gym)
On this morning, children will have an opportunity to shop for gifts for family and friends. Each gift is $5, of beautiful quality, wrapped, and tagged. Children will also learn about free-trade and mission-oriented gifts and will learn about being a purposeful giver. We are asking that parents take their children over to the market this year to help them shop. If your family attends 9:00 AM worship, you may shop from 11:00-12:00. Families that attend 11:00 worship may shop from 12:00-1:00. We will have the market open for youth to shop from 4:00-5:00 PM and adults may shop from 5:00-6:00 PM. No registration necessary; bring $5 for each gift you intend to purchase.
Update: We plan on having our Children's Alternative Christmas ready for you to shop online starting December 7. Details coming soon!
(Weekend of February 6)
4/5 graders travel to a local retreat facility for a one-night retreat with a focus on worship, fellowship, and team building. This weekend is a lot of fun, action packed, and full of growth as we learn to worship in a more meaningful way. Online registration opens January 1.
Created by God*
(Dates to be determined)
Created by God is a program resource designed to communicate to fifth and sixth graders that we are a fantastic creation made by God. The topics of human sexuality, values, and relationships are approached in a frank, honest, and Bible-based manner. This is a Friday night and Saturday morning course for tweens; parental attendance is required for two sessions. There will be a parent meeting in January to answer any questions before registration opens January 27.
Easter Egg Hunt*
Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at our beautiful McVay Gardens Park the day before Easter. This fun and festive event provides photo opportunities galore! In addition to the traditional egg hunt, children can enjoy a petting zoo, fun crafts, face painting, and much more! The Easter Bunny makes an appearance as well.
Vacation Bible School 2021*
(Dates not yet approved)
Evening VBS (June 2-4 5:30-8:00 PM)
This three-day version of VBS has all the fun of the weekday VBS in a condensed form. Dinner will be served at 5:30 followed by story, games, music, and more!
Weekday VBS (June 7-11, 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM)
This week is packed full of friends, fun, and the incredible message of God’s love. Registration will open online April
Mission Camp for Rising 5th and 6th Graders*
(Dates to be determined)
This week of discovery leads children who are entering grades 5 and 6 through a variety of mission opportunities. Children will work in inner-church missions, urban missions, and rural missions. This is a transforming week for children as they taste the types of mission opportunities available and begin deciding where they feel most lead to serve. Online registration opens May 15.
(Dates to be determined)
“Away Camp” is a life-changing experience for children. We travel to Lakeshore in Eva, TN for a week of frolic and fellowship in the woods. Many of our youth will be counselors during the week. If this week doesn’t work for you, check out Lakeshore’s website for alternate weeks. This is a great camp! Register online through Lakeshore’s website.
Children’s Music Choir
Dates to be determined
Playing team sports is a wonderful way to build friendships, confidence, and a love for active fun. If your child is interested in team sports, please consult our opportunities offered through our Health and Recreation Ministry at the Owings Life Enrichment Center (OLEC). Contact Judy Oros at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ways to Join the Children's Ministry Team
We 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 starting in August, 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 Callie Beaver if you are interested in this role.
Sunday Morning Substitute Teachers: These individuals fill in when our regular Sunday School mentors are not available. All lessons and materials are provided; you only need to bring a servant’s heart and love for God and children. Please contact Callie Beaver if you are interested.
Sunday Morning Stepping Stones Volunteers: These individuals present or assist with 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. 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. Please contact Natalie Adkinson if you are interested.
Wednesday Night 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 Palm Sunday. Please contact Callie Beaver 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.)
Wednesday Night Food Prep: These individuals purchase and prepare the meal for Wednesday nights 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 Callie Beaver if you are interested in serving in this ministry area. Note: We will not be having Wednesday night meals during Fall 2020.
Kids Quest Lesson/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. We also have numerous copies to be made and materials to be gathered for each month’s lessons. This will require about five hours a month and is not a Sunday morning commitment. Please contact 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, Journey to Bethlehem, Easter Egg Hunt, 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.
The Children's Ministry is sending home weekly emails with Sunday School lessons for our Preschoolers and Elementary School children. Please contact Callie Beaver if you are not receiving these emails.
Our Nursery is currently open during our 9:00 Traditional Worship Service, 10:00 Sunday School, and 11:00 Ancient Modern Worship Service. Elementary Sunday School meets from 10:00-10:45 on Sunday mornings. We encourage our Elementary students to attend worship with their families.
There are three main concepts we want our children 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:
I need to make the wise choice. (Wisdom)
I can trust God no matter what. (Faith)
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.