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As we begin to slowly return to normal children's programming, we will be using the following safety precaustions to keep our children and volunteers as safe as possible.

Indoor Activities:

  • We will implement drop-off and pick-up at the exterior of the building when possible
  • Temperatures will be checked at the door
  • We wil have hand sanitizing stations set up at the door to be used at entry and exit
  • Social distancing will be planned for with physical guides, such as tape on floors, and will be joyfully and continuously encouraged
  • Volunteers working directly with children will be wearing masks
  • For children, masks are recommended, however per CDC guidelines, masks should NOT be worn by children under age 2, or by anyone who has trouble breathing, or by anyone unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • We will be cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces after use, and when practicable, we will clean shared objects in between uses.
  • We will increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, etc., when children are not present

Outdoor Activities:

  • We will have hand sanitizing stations
  • We will limit contact with food/drink items
  • Social distancing will be planned for with physical guides, and will be joyfully and continuously encouraged.
  • Masks are optional as these are outdoor events

*Any children's worship activities will follow safety precautions implemented for worship services.

With the extended cancellations of schools, work, and church services—among so many other closings—your family is likely experiencing stress and disruption to your daily lives. We pray you find peace in knowing that while the days ahead seem rough and uncertain, we serve the God who can calm the seas.

Because your children are home from school and away from discipleship opportunities such as Children’s church, Sunday school, and King’s Kids at NUMC, we have resources available that will guide you through short devotions you can do with your children. Email the Church Office to get on the distribution list to receive these materials. It is our hope that these offer your kids a sense of familiarity during a time when so much seems unfamiliar. Your can also view our weekly KidSpace Virtual Summer Camp video, posted weekly on the KidSpace Webpage

As parents and caregivers, we are charged with setting the tone in our homes amidst the chaos. Though not under ideal circumstances, we pray you see the extra time with your family as a gift. Cherish the time to Be Still together and removed from the busyness of life that often distracts our focus from God and one another. May you find time for family dinners, games, play, and laughter. May you find opportunities to point out the blessings each day brings, and perhaps use this as an opportunity to recalibrate and refocus on the people and things that matter most.

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Isaiah 43:2

"Easter Week Devotions"


April 14, 2020

King's Kids
King's Kids

King’s Kids is a Sunday night children’s program for potty trained PreK3s through 5th grade that meets regularly throughout the school year from 5:00-7:00pm. King’s Kids seeks to show children that they are loved by Jesus through Bible stories, interactive play, games, crafts, music, and more.

 

King's Kids

Timothy Team, which is a subset of King's Kids, is a group dedicated to 5th graders. Timothy Team works throughout the year to transition older elementary children to our middle school ministry, YouthPAC, while living out 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

King's Kids

Sign-In: Sign-in runs between 5:00-5:10pm on Sunday evenings. Register online or in person and then sign in your child in to his or her classroom. Be on time – dinner starts at 5:10!

 

Meal: After sign-in, K5-5th grade classrooms line up and join one another for a meal in Braswell Hall. (Children in PreK eat dinner with their leaders in C105). If your child has a food allergy or special dietary need, feel free to send a packed meal from home or contact nichole@nashvilleumc.net for menu information.

 

Rotations: Immediately following dinner, the evening begins with a large-group welcome in Braswell Hall. The kids will all hear a central Bible lesson and sing worship songs. Afterwards children begin activity rotations that include games, art, and music all centered around the nightly scripture passage. Preschoolers and Timothy Team have unique rotations within their classes that parallel this structure. In the fall, we practice for our Christmas program too!

 

Sign-Out: At 6:55pm, children head back to their classrooms for sign-out. Evening activities conclude at 7:00pm when children can be picked up from their classrooms and signed out by a parent or guardian. Encourage your child to share the nightly message with you and reinforce it throughout the week.

Children's Church

Nashville United Methodist Church offers a special Children's Church for older preschool through 3rd grade students. Boys and girls begin in either the 8:30am or 11:00am worship service with their family and head to Children's Church following the Children's Moment from Dr. Nichole Huff, our Director of Children and Family Ministries. Our volunteer Children’s Church leaders follow a kid-friendly Order of Worship that parallels the scripture, message, and order of the main worship service. This includes:  

  • The Apostle’s Creed
  • Prayer
  • Scripture Reading
  • Story Time and Activities
  • Praise and Worship

Our children also learn the value of ministering to others through hands-on missional activities such as Backpack Buddies, Operation Christmas Child, and more.

We depend on adult and school-aged volunteers to assist with our Children’s Ministry activities. If you would like more information about our programs for children or would like to volunteer, please email nichole@nashvilleumc.net or the church office.

Sunday School

Sunday School classes are an intentional way to build lasting friendships with other children while exploring and learning strong Biblical teachings. Our children’s Sunday School uses the Whirl curriculum and is structured to promote weekly family dialogue around a central theme and passage of scripture.

 

At Nashville UMC, we offer a variety of Sunday School classes for all ages. In these classes, children learn and practice the teachings of the Bible with lessons about loving one another, encouraging one another, praying for one another, accepting one another, and bearing one another’s burdens.
Sunday School meets weekly at 10:00am.

Sunday School

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES

 

  • Nursery (birth to 2 years old) : C101
  • 2 year olds : C102
  • 3 & 4 year olds : C103
  • Grades K = 1st : C104
  • Grades 2nd & 3rd : C105
  • Grades 4th & 5th : C106
Nursery Staff

Nursery is available for infants and children through age four during all worship services and during Bible Studies and most special church events. Snack and juice are provided and, weather permitting, outdoor play is enjoyed on our fully-equipped playground. We have several trained paid nursery workers to ensure a consistent face and a sense of security for your child. All nursery and children’s ministry volunteers have been Safe Sanctuaries trained.

We currently have a pager system for our nursery. Upon request, each parent/guardian receives a pager when the child arrives at the nursery. If the parent is needed, the pager is used to notify the parent to return to the nursery.

Age-appropriate Sunday School classes are also available for your child.

Ask about our Mother's Room, which is available for nursing mothers and those needing a quiet place to comfort your child.

At Nashville UMC, we undoubtedly rely on our dedicated, compassionate adult volunteers for support with our nursery and children’s programming. Please contact the Church Office at 252-459-7178 or nichole@nashvilleumc.net for opportunities to help in this important ministry.

Nursery Details Document