Our programs and activities are designed for your children (ages birth – 6th grade) to get to know and LOVE God, GROW in their Christian faith, and learn that it is important to SERVE others.
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Nursery Care (ages birth—4 years)
Your child will be loved and nurtured with our nursery staff and volunteers while you worship, attend Sunday School or participate in Small Groups. With age appropriate lessons that include music, games, crafts, bible stories, snacks and of course, play, there is no shortage of fun for this group!
Sundays: 8:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. & Wednesdays: 6:15 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
The first rooms on the right (Infant, birth–18 mos) and left (Young Children’s, 19 mos–4 yrs.) in the Children’s Wing.
Children’s Church (ages 4 years–2nd grade)
Here at Skyland, we value the experience of worshipping as a family. Children get to learn from watching their parents and church family and by participating in their own way! Our ministry format allows for children to share this experience with their family and attend a program that is specifically designed for them.
Children attend the first half of worship service with their family. After the Children’s Sermon of the service, they are dismissed to Children’s Church (in the Children’s Wing) for a time of learning and fun activities with their peers. Children’s Church runs every Sunday year-round, except for the 1st Sunday of every month when children will remain in services in order to experience Communion with their families.
Sundays, 9:25 a.m. & 10:55 a.m., except 1st Sunday of the Month
Location: Children’s Wing
Before Service, at the Children’s Ministry Table in the main entry way
Joy Moss, Associate Pastor
WEDNESDAY NIGHT Children’s Programs
God’s Kids Small Groups (4 years – 2nd grade) — 6–6:45pm
God’s Kids allow our children to dig deeper into God’s Word in a small group format. With fun activities, friends, and games, kids will be able to learn more about important Bible verses and Christian concepts. Groups are divided up according to age. This year there will be a new combo event along with the Music Ministry for each of the age groups!
Location: Children’s Wing
Teacher: Jennifer Blanton
Sing&Ring for Cantabile Choir (3rd–6th Grade) — 6–6:45pm
Join Ms. Linda as she lead children through music and singing to know the love of God and worship God through song. This group periodically performs durning the 9:25 and 10:55 services of worship.
Teacher: Linda Jones
Bible Exploration Class (ages 3rd–6th grade) — 6:45–7:30pm
Come join us for a time of fellowship, games, and Bible exploration using our new Bibles, Deep Blue Sea! We’ll dive deep into God’s word with this engaging, interactive Bible using the Common English Bible translation. The Bibles have illustrations throughout with a wealth of notes, devotionals, Bible trivia, and other interactive elements. Eah September, all new 3rd graders will receive their Bibles and be eligible to take this class.
Location: Youth arena upstairs in Havener Building
Sign in: In colonnade
Teacher: Aaron Byrd
Assistant: Joy Moss
Confirmation Class (6th graders*)
This class is designed to prepare youth for church membership. We explore our faith at a deeper level as we discuss topics
such as who God is, why we have the church, ways to draw closer to God and what it means to be a United Methodist. Because the class topics build on itself, those interested need to commit to the class by September of each year. Confirmands are given the opportunity to join the church at the culmination of this class in May.
Vacation Bible School (ages 4 years–6th grade)
This year we will have virtual VBS the week of July 20-24!
Everyone is invited to participate through our YouTube Skyland UMC channel. Links will be sent out in July during the week of VBS and will be available to view through late August.
Safety and Security
All of our Children’s Ministry staff and volunteers have been background checked as part of our Safe Sanctuary Policy. In addition, staff are CPR and First Aid certified.
In the Nursery, we utilize a paging system. This serves two purposes: 1) to notify you if an issue arises and 2) to ensure that only a parent/guardian or designated person picks up your child from the nursery. When signing in your child to the Infant or Young Child Nursery, you will receive a numbered pager. Please indicate the number of your pager on the sign-in sheet by your child’s name. When picking up your child, please return the pager with the corresponding number on the sign-in sheet. For the safety of your child, we cannot release him/her from the nursery without the pager.
It Takes a Village!
All of our Children’s Ministry programs, classes and activities are made possible by amazingly gifted, dedicated and caring volunteers. From our Children’s Church group leaders, to our VBS decorators, we value the important impact that ALL of our volunteers play in supporting our youngest members in their journeys with Christ. If you are interested in serving in Children’s Ministry, we would LOVE to have you! Please contact Associate Pastor Joy Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org. A background check and Safe Sanctuary training session is required.