You might be wondering what happens for children during Sunday worship. Perhaps you’re looking for great summer activities like VBS. Maybe you want your children to attend our child care center or our before and after school ministry program. Or maybe you want to learn more about our overall kids’ programs or other special events.
At Crievewood UMC, forming children’s faith is a central part of God’s vision for our church. We want to introduce children to Jesus, and do everything we can to help them become fully-devoted followers of Christ. When you visit any of our Children’s Ministries, you will find a safe environment where kids are having a great time and experiencing God’s love.
Our Children’s Ministry Team is here to assist you with any questions you may have. Please contact Leigh Ann Cate, Director of Children and Family Ministries, by email or phone at 615.832.2897. We look forward to serving your family!
We have six values to help us realize this vision:
1. We are SAFE.
We have policies in place to keep your children safe, and we enforce them. It’s important to us to provide a place that is safe: physically, emotionally and spiritually.
2. We are CHILD-FRIENDLY.
We’re constantly asking ourselves: Are we doing the kinds of things children really like? Are we singing the songs kids want to learn? Are we teaching lessons the kids will understand?
3. Our teaching is BIBLICAL, CREATIVE & TRANSFERS TO REAL-LIFE SITUATIONS.
Memorizing Bible verses is great, but we want children to know that God gave them a book filled with insights and lessons that can help them as they go through their everyday lives–at home, at school–everywhere they go.
4. Our time together is BALANCED.
Some children love large, loud crazy teaching. Some prefer small quieter groups. We strive to include both and feel each method is important in children’s faith formation and their loving to come to church.
5. We are FUN.
The reason for this value is simple. Kids won’t come back willingly if it’s not fun, and they certainly won’t want to invite their friends. We’ll mix in celebrations, add surprises and prizes, and occasionally throw in some slip-n-slides or pumpkin bowling just for fun!
6. We are INVESTED.
Your child is not a number to us. We want to provide a place where your child can feel treasured and valued. We seek to provide a place where, every week, they can connect with their old friends and make some new ones, all while growing in their relationships with God!