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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 Jo Alspaugh, 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. We are pleased to provide these COVID-19 Pandemic Resources for you and your family.

New! Beyond Baptism Podcast

We are excited to announce our new podcast Beyond Baptism: Wisdom, Encouragement and Hope for Parents. Created by Children’s Ministries and Youth Ministries, this podcast is intended for parents and adults invested in the young people of our church. We recognize that our baptismal callings as the Church go beyond the moment of baptism. This podcast will talk about what it means to raise kids in the church and keep you up to date with the ministry experience of  the children and youth at Myers Park UMC. Beyond Baptism is available here. Subscribe, rate, and review today!

Cardboard Cutouts for Worship

You now have until October 15 to submit your cardboard cutouts to fill our pews on Sunday mornings! Use a photo or draw the best version of your head and torso on a piece of poster board, making it as close to life-sized as you can. Sign up here! Drop off your cutouts in the Children’s Ministries bin under the portico.

Preparing for Communion at Home

World Communion Sunday is October 4. To prepare for this sacrament at home, check out our Communion at Home Guide. And, if you’d like to make your own Communion bread, try this easy-to-bake recipe: Bread in a Bag.

Family Bedtime Stories

Families, head to our Facebook page on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 PM for Bedtime Stories read to you by fellow MPUMC families! Does your family want to read a story? Sign up here! Questions? Email Amy Jo Alspaugh.

Sacred Spaces at Home Surprise Kits

Week 1 Sacred Space Item – September 27

Updated! 2020-2021 Sunday School

2020-2021 Sunday School is virtual until it is safe to gather together again. It’s not too late to register! Click here.

Here are the links to the lessons for Sunday, September 27:

PreschoolBible Story Video. Coloring Sheet 1. Coloring Sheet 2.

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade (Godly Play):  Bible Story Video. Weekly Parent Recap.

3rd Grade: Teacher-led Zoom class, 9:30-10:00 AM. This week’s theme: Tell Me About the Bible.
Click here to join the class. Meeting ID: 896 7432 4321; Passcode: 1501. Bible Scavenger Hunt. What is the Bible? Maze.

4th and 5th Grades:  Bible Story Video. Video Discussion Guide.

Here are the links to the lessons for Sunday, September 20:

PreschoolBible Story Video. Coloring Sheet 1. Coloring Sheet 2.

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade (Godly Play):  Bible Story Video. Weekly Parent Recap.

3rd Grade: Teacher-led Zoom class, 9:30-10:00 AM. This week’s theme: Using Your Own Bible.
Click here to join the class. Meeting ID: 896 7432 4321; Passcode: 1501. Class Activity Sheet.

4th and 5th Grades:  Bible Story Video. Video Discussion Guide.

Resources

Recommended Resources for Children and Anxiety

Anxiety Conversation Guide for Parents

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