We want church to be a place where your entire family is encouraged to draw closer to Christ—kids and parents too! That's why we offer fun and engaging environments where children can learn and grow in faith. All of our kids' programs are designed to be safe places where children can learn new and exciting things about God while being led and cared for by adult volunteers from our congregation. It's our hope to encourage children to not only discover new things about God, but also begin to understand how those things matter in their own lives. We also understand that parents are the primary influence in a child’s faith formation. This is why we provide resources to help parents bring what kids are learning at church to life at home.
South Campus— Children's Church, Jam and Little Jammers are meeting during worship! Families will check-in in the lobby at the registration table and receive their nametags and parent receipts. Little Jammers - our infants and toddlers should go to their rooms before worship. Our Jam (preschoolers-K) and Children's Church (1st-5th) should have a seat in the sanctuary with their family. After the opening worship music, those age groups of children will be dismissed to their groups. Parents are also welcome to use our new Family Care Room located behind the welcome desk if your child gets a little antsy during the service. The service is live-streamed in that room.
High Street—Children’s Sunday school classes are meeting following the worship service in the 1st floor of the education building. Families will check-in outside the worship room. Children in 5th grade and younger are invited. All children are welcome to attend the worship service with their families. The sights and sounds of children are common and definitely welcome. We do have a newly renovated childcare room available for parents to use as needed during the worship service if their child gets a little antsy during worship. It's stocked with toys and supplies and is near the restrooms.
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We value Family Discipleship and love seeing parents and kids grow closer to God together. Families who desire to have faith conversations and learn more about God at home can visit our new Parent Wall located in the Kids Wing at South Campus. The Parent Wall is packed with resources, books, and devotionals that serve as a first step in leading your family at home. Check out the free phase guides and see our parenting and devotional books for just $5.00.
You can also CLICK HERE to download the Family Discipleship Workbook from our Family Matters Sermon Series.
We’ve missed seeing your children and teens! Our hope was that during our time away we could help you disciple your children at home. While we’ll still be providing the Continue the Conversation Guides to help you talk about the weekly sermon at home, we recognize the influence that peers and caring volunteers have in your children's faith journey. So we’re so excited to be able to start children and youth ministry programs again.
We’ve talked with teachers and nurses in both Jackson and Cape schools that attend our church. They have given us great insight on the safety measures that our school leaders have taken so far that are allowing school to be in session. After consulting the Cape and Jackson School Covid-19 Re-Entry Plans and the Eagle Sky Camps CDC Implementation Summary, we came up with a plan. Our church leadership team has approved that plan and we’re ready to give this a go! We hope this guide helps you feel safe about your children attending our ministry activities. If you have any questions please just give me a call!
Director of Next Generation Ministries
Our children and youth groups at New McKendree have sponsored Jackline Agrey from Tanzania through Compassion International since June 20, 2011 - just over 10 years! That's $4560 of financial support that has helped her and her family receive spiritual nourishment, food, healthcare, education, clothes, school supplies and so much more. We have written countless letters back and forth over the years. We share scripture and prayer requests. Please pray for her when you see this and consider making a financial donation so we can continue to support her until she graduates the program.
Our children and youth Sunday school classes currently have the opportunity to give weekly. We'll soon be launching a children's giving moment during South Campus worship with a special offering table for children to give!
If you would like to make a contribution to support Jackline's sponsorship, you can make a check to New McKendree UMC with "Jackline" in the memo line or you can CLICK HERE to use PushPay at this special link.