Children

Special Events

Children’s Sabbath May 3rd!!!

The children are taking over the worship service on May 3rd!  We can’t wait to teach the adults some of our favorite children’s worship songs and display the fruits of the great discipleship the adults offer us at SSUMC.  Join us at 11 am in the sanctuary on May 3rd for a fun and family-friendly service!

Family VBS June 3-5, 5:30-7:45pm

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Family fun is sure to sprout up this summer as we grow in knowledge,  service, and love at our family VBS!  Dinner is optional and available from  5:30-6:00 pm for $5/person each  night in the fellowship hall.  We’ll head  up to the sanctuary at 6pm where we’ll  sing, dance, pray, and hear our  Bible story for the day.  After worship, we’ll  dig deeper into our story with  different family activities- a scavenger  hunt, crafts, service projects, game  night, and more.  Nursery will be  available as needed but all ages are  welcome.  One adult (parent,  grandparent, aunt, uncle, family friend)  must attend with each family.  Cost for the 3-day program is $5/person or  no more than $15/family, and  will cover the supplies for our service project.  Register online here

Questions?  Contact Candace Johnson, cjohnson@ssumc.org  404-255-1181 x203.  We can’t wait to grow together in faith this summer with all the fun of VBS!

Sunday Mornings

Sunday School

9020984_origGrow your faith by leaps and bounds in our Sunday School classes! Join us on Sundays from 9:45am-10:45am as our caring and energetic Sunday School teachers use the Grow Proclaim Serve curriculum to help students explore scripture and build a foundation for their faith that will grow for years. This exciting curriculum uses games, art, puzzles, music, video, and more to help students engage the Biblical story in depth. Students ages 4-1st grade meet in room 215 and students in 2nd-5th grade meet in room 205. Parents can learn more about the curriculum at: http://www.growproclaimserve.com/parents.html

Worship Opportunities

During our 11am worship service, children are welcome to join us up front for the children’s moment and then head upstairs to the second floor for children’s church. During children’s church we have an opportunity to give an offering, hear the day’s scripture lesson, and participate in games, crafts, drama, and other activities that help us understand the lesson and worship God together. Our lessons follow the same lectionary scripture passages and liturgical calendar as our big worship services; families are encouraged to talk about what they’ve encountered in worship together! Children’s Church also looks at different parts of the worship service to help prepare children for the time when they will stay and join in the big worship service with their families. Adults can pick up their children after worship on the 2nd floor in room 211.

Other Opportunities

2062077_origChildren age 9 and up are also invited to participate in our worship service as acolytes. Acolytes help at the beginning of worship by bringing in the cross and lighting candles on the altar, help during the service by assisting with the offering and with communion, and help with the end of service by processing out with the cross and the light from the candles. Training occurs once at the beginning of the school year and again in January.

Nursery

Nursery is provided for children from newborn to age 3 in rooms 111-113. Our caring nursery staff is well trained and is present every Sunday from 9:30am-1pm.

Our children’s ministry also includes many special events throughout the year including a quarterly Lunch Bunch, Easter Egg hunt, VBS, fall festival, and more. Please contact our children’s minister, Candace Johnson at cjohnson@ssumc.org for more information.

Parenting Resources

Pockets Magazine: this is a children’s publication from The Uper Room, You can find ideas for discussing faith with your children and putting it into action at home. Click the link above, or copy and paste the address in your browser: http://pockets.upperroom.org.

Safe Sanctuary Policies

SSUMC takes the safety of its children very seriously. Please follow the link above to view a summary of the policies in place to protect them. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Children’s Minister, Candace Hirsch Johnson.