Children

Sunday Mornings

Sunday School

Deep Blue Adventures: Pre-k through 1st Grade

Dive into scripture and join us on a weekly adventure through the Bible in this exciting class in room 215 from 9:45-10:45am on Sunday mornings!  Children age 4 through 1st grade will learn through games, videos, crafts, and more as they explore the entire Bible over the course of three years.  Each Sunday students come home with a new Bible story in mind and parent conversation tips.  Parents can also download the FREE Deep Blue Adventure app for access to games, Scripture jumbles, trivia, videos, and more to continue the conversation throughout the week.

 

blackbeltBible Black Belts: 2nd-5th Grade

Students in 2nd-5th grade can join us in our Dojo, room 205, as we experience scripture with a kick!  We’ll work our way through different belt levels, engaging scripture through movement, music, games, and reflection.  Students will learn books of the bible, memorize special scripture passages- words of comfort, words of wisdom, and words of Jesus- and build a biblical foundation for a lifetime of faith. Join us on Sundays from 9:45-10:45!

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.

Parent Resources

Pockets Magazine: this is a children’s publication from The Upper 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.