We believe that our children are the future of the Church. The youngest among us are every bit a part of our worshiping community as are our adults. When we gather together on Sunday mornings, we strive to provide a loving and educational environment so that all ages will know the nurture of God’s love and will grow into kind, wise, faithful members of our church and community.
Our classrooms are equipped with age appropriate toys and learning tools to give each child a rich and nurturing experience while they are in our care. Our children’s ministry volunteers have all been screened to ensure your children’s safety, which is our first priority. We also encourage our volunteers to participate in the United Methodist Safe Sanctuaries Training. Feel free to contact our Children’s Minister, Meredith Barnes, with any additional questions about our Sunday morning ministry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
INFANTS & TODDLERS
We provide childcare for infants and toddlers during our Sunday morning worship services. We have a nursery room for babies under one year old (non-walkers) and a second room for children ages one and two (toddlers). Our toddler class incorporates a brief “circle time,” during which children hear a Bible story and share a simple lesson and prayer together.
We have two additional Sunday morning classes for our older children. Children aged three to five years meet together for a class full of play, worship, Bible exploration, prayer, and art. This class focuses on cultivating wonder, joy, and love for God, others, and creation. We want our children to encounter a God who loves them fully and we understand and expect that this will happen in different ways for different children. Whether it’s through the loving attention of an adult leader, through a Bible story, through a high energy worship song, or through artistic play, we want our children dwell securely within God’s presence while they are with us on Sunday mornings. Our class ends with a “feast,” which mimics the Eucharistic meal shared together in the worship service. We believe that even our youngest children can benefit from age-appropriate ritual and from the breaking of “bread” together.
Our six to ten year old class meets together after participating in the beginning of our main worship service. We want our elementary aged students to take part in worship and to hear the Word of God proclaimed. Children are dismissed from the service after the passing of the peace. They convene together to share a Bible lesson, prayer, and art time. This class begins to dig deeper into biblical stories and encourages children to explore their faith in a way that begins to make it their own. Elementary children are invited back into worship to participate in Holy Communion with their parents.
MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH
We invite our youth to be active participants in our regular worship gatherings. We are still in the process of launching a new youth ministry.
In addition to our Sunday morning gatherings, we also come together several times a year to have fun, connect with the community, and celebrate special moments in the life of the Church. Join us for our Easter Egg hunt in the spring, the East Atlanta Village Strut and Trunk or Treat in the fall, our Christmas pageant during the holiday season, and other calendar specific events.
Check out our church calendar and announcement pages for information about these events.