Close Menu - + Search Play Video Play Video Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter Vimeo Clock

Children's Ministries

Welcome

Children and their families are an active, vital part of our church community. We are glad you are here! If you have questions or ideas, contact us, connect with us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube), or stop by our offices on the main floor near the sanctuary. We look forward to getting to know you.

Amy Harriman, Director
Leslie Lowery, Assistant Director
Betsy Scott, Assistant Director
Katharine Willis, Communications Coordinator
Lisa Ross-Smit, Child Care Coordinator

Children’s Ministries Response to COVID-19. See below for additional resources on the pandemic.

New! Children’s Zoom Time with Dr. Howell

Kindergarten-5th graders and their families are invited to spend time with Dr. Howell for conversation, scripture, and prayer on Wednesday, June 24 at 4 PM.  Click here to join! Meeting ID: 911 564 8822.  Password: 1501.

New! Staycation Bible School

Watch the live Opening Assembly at 9:30 AM via Livestream or Facebook.

New! Register for 2020-2021 Sunday School

We’re busy preparing for the 2020-2021 Sunday School year and we want you to do the same. Children born on or before August 31, 2018 through children who completed 4th grade in the 2019-20 school year are invited to register for Sunday School. Kick-off Sunday is now August 16, so please register your children no later than July 12 to guarantee placement in class in time for Kick-off. Register here.

New! You’re Invited to Teach Sunday School

We are looking for Sunday School teachers for the 2020-2021 year! If you are interested, please email Claire Kuck or Katie Lundin.

New! Register for Our Book Study – Raising White Kids

It’s not too late to join our study of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey, facilitated by Rev. Jessica Dayson, Pastor for Young Adults and Lay Involvement, and Amy Harriman, Director of Children’s Ministries. (Our first meeting was June 17. Our next meeting is July 1.) As we navigate how to have hard conversations with our children in hopes of creating a different world, this book will help bring to light ways we can talk about and teach our children about race.

Every other Wednesday
June 17-August 26
11:30 AM–12:30 PM 

Register for the book study here. You will receive an email with a link to the Zoom login information. Note: Due to its popularity, you are encouraged to purchase your book soon.

New! Resources on Race

Talking Race with Young Children (a podcast from NPR.org)
Raising Kids Who Will Initiate Racial Equality (from ParentCue.org)

New! Summer Sunday Worship Email Series

June 21
June 14
June 7

COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

How the Pandemic Has Been Good for Parenting (from ParentCue.org, added 5/18/20)
Taking Stress Out of Homeschooling (from ParentCue.org, added 5/12/20)
Parenting During the Pandemic (a part of the Pandemic Resiliency series led by Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith, 5/5/20)
All About God and Me and the Quarantine (from the 05/01 issue of Children’s Ministries at Home)
Quarantine Flat Jesus (from the 04/24 issue of Children’s Ministries at Home)
6 Strategies for Parenting During the COVID-19 Crisis (from ParentCue.org, added 4/2/20)
Helping Kids Stay Calm During the Pandemic (from Relevant Children’s Ministry, added 3/26/20)
A Message for Kids about Coronavirus (from YouTube.com, added 3/24/20)
Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus and Social Distancing (from Forbes.com, added 3/19/20)
10 Tips for Talking with Your Kids About COVID-19 (from PBS.org, added 3/19/20)
Pandemic Hope Devotionals (from Faith5.org, added 3/17/20)
Managing Fear and Anxiety During a Health Pandemic (from ParentCue.org, added 3/14/20)
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (from PBS.org, added 3/14/20)
Sesame Street in Communities (added 3/14/20)
Healthy Children (from SesameStreetinCommunities.org, added 3/14/20)

Our Vision Statement

Children’s Ministries at Myers Park United Methodist Church teaches the Christian faith, models love and service, and supports children and their families as they journey to become loving disciples of Christ.

Our Core Values

We support families in the spiritual development of children by providing opportunities for worship, faith development, fellowship, and service together:

  • Faith Formation:  We provide a strong transforming Christ-centered foundation for faith development through biblical knowledge, worship, reflection, and prayer.
  • Service:  We are called to serve in this needy world.
  • Hospitality:  We embrace each child as a child of God, providing a safe environment for all to feel loved, accepted, and secure.
  • Fellowship:  Whenever we gather, we are a family.  We offer opportunities to get to know each other.  We respect our family members by modeling an attitude of holiness and respect toward God and each other.

Our Safe Sanctuaries Policy

MPUMC Safe Sanctuaries Policy