Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we acknowledge God’s gift of salvation, given to us without price, as well has our initiation into Christ’s Holy Church. In the UMC, the sacrament of baptism is open to persons of all age, including infants. Parents and family members speak on the child’s behalf and at the same time confirm their faith in Christ as well. A special part of this service is the covenant made by the congregation to love and support the child as he or she grows in Christian faith. Parents attend Baptism Training prior to their child’s baptism where they meet with ministers to review the meaning and importance of this time. For more information about having your child baptized, contact Children’s Ministry, (901) 261-2104
School of the Rock
Children in K-5th grade are invited to this free-to-the-public arts camp where they will use art, drama, technology, creative athletics and music to tell their story and their part in God's BIG story.
alive! children’s choir
Alive! Choir is an opportunity for children in kindergarten-5th grade to prepare their hearts for lifelong worship through music. The choir’s core verses are Ephesians 2:4-5: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved.”
Children will participate in fun and engaging Christmas and Easter programs as well as singing in the 9:45 and 11:00 worship services. Rehearsals are held on Sundays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Wilson/Ross 407. For more info, contact Nina McCarver.
Vacation Bible School
VBS is always one of the highlights of the year for kids! Each summer, children PreK 4 (4 years old)-6th grade focus on a different theme as they learn how much God loves them.
This annual retreat for 3rd-5th graders includes an adventure course, awesome meals, campfire and lots of fun surprises!
Family Matters is a series of family learning opportunities for children in K-5th grade and their parents to attend together because family truly matters when it comes to the faith of children. By learning and exploring together, our hope is that children will experience faith as something they are a part of and something valued by their parents. Topics may include seasons of the church year, current events, hands-on projects and spiritual practices to add to their family life.
Created by God: Faith-based course on human sexuality for 5th graders & their parents
TV, movies, social media and the internet are filled with images suggesting how the world thinks we should view human sexuality. There is an entire dimension of the “sex story” that is not being told. In Created by God, we explore what our children will experience and also address human growth, sexual development and reproduction from a Christian perspective. Questions can be asked in confidence, and there is a question box available for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable asking questions in a group environment. Boys and girls meet separately. Parent/guardian attendance with child is required.
With two different Sunday school hours, sometimes our children do not get to spend time with other students in their age group. Our 5th graders move to Student Ministry next year, and we want to continue to focus their energy and lives toward Christ. One way we do this is by providing outside opportunities to fellowship with one another in a social environment. Exciting events like talent shows, Christmas caroling and Game Night are just a few of the gatherings we've done. The best part for parents is the opportunity to fellowship with other parents and possibly meet some new friends as well. We would like for our 5th graders to meet together monthly. Parents sponsor the event/location, and we communicate and support you by providing resources to make these events as successful as possible.
All youth sports programs are Christ-centered with a strong emphasis on honoring and glorifying God. Our coaches teach Christian values through sports, motivation, discipline, purpose, self-control, honesty and teamwork. Sports include: T-ball, baseball, softball, soccer, football, cross country, volleyball, cheer & basketball. Learn more.