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 nurturing and Spirit-filled environment for all ages, that will grow tiny disciples to be beacon’s of God’s love.
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 Director of Children’s Ministry, Roxy Drew, with any additional questions about our Sunday morning ministry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
INFANTS & TODDLERS
We provide childcare for infants and toddlers starting at 9:45am during our Sunday morning worship service. We have a nursery room for 0-3 year old children that incorporates worship songs and musical instruments, a corresponding Bible story to that being taught in the older classes, and prayer together before sharing a snack (goldfish or animal crackers; if you would prefer a different snack, please provide that to the childcare worker at drop off). Toddlers then participate in their choice of work stations: kitchen, building, reading, or arts and crafts. At the time of drop off, all caregivers will receive a badge that corresponds to your child. This badge must be returned to the childcare worker upon pick up. Safety is our number one priority and we appreciate your assistance.
Children ages 4-12 are checked in by 10am by their caregivers in Room A for Kids Worship, a time of corporate praise. Children are then divided into Pre-K and Kindergartners and First-Fifth graders for their lesson in separate rooms. We use the Godly Play curriculum to guide our children’s spiritual development and theology. Godly Play is a model of storytelling created by Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman designed for children ages 2-12. It is an interpretation of Montessori religious education, which means it is more like spiritual guidance than what is typically thought of in the church as children’s education. The story is told with pieces made of wood or felt. Rather than telling the story in order to transfer information and its meaning from the teacher to the children, Godly Play allows the children to discover their own personal theological meaning.
These classes focus 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 to dwell securely within God’s presence while they are with us on Sunday mornings.
Children ages 4-12 are then escorted back to join their parents during Passing of the Peace. We want our children to begin taking part in worship, to hear the Word of God proclaimed and to experience Holy Communion.
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH
We invite our youth (5th – 8th grade) to a time of teaching every 1st & 3rd Sunday during our worship gatherings. Youth meet in the Kid’s Collective wing. Youth are escorted back to join their parents during Passing of the Peace. For more information or to volunteer, please email Youth@eastsideatl.org
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.
Check out our upcoming events for more information.