Children’s Ministry

Our Children’s Ministry exists for one purpose: to help children grow in wisdom and stature, just like Jesus!

Our mission is to lead kids to know God’s Word, grow in faith, and to show God’s Love.

Each week, we offer Bible studies during Sunday School. We have many fun and educational events and programs for kids and families. During the summer months, we offer interactive children’s programs including Vacation Bible Camp.

In addition to traditional Sunday activities for kids Weddington Christian Preschool and Weddington Christian Academy offer academic excellence in learning and spiritual formation on a weekday basis.

 

The Ark Children’s Ministry: Sunday, October 17 Lesson

ROAD TRIP: A Four Week Series on The Ten Commandments

Have you ever been on a road trip? When you think of road trips, you might think of gas station snacks, singing along to your favorite songs, and taking in the sights — but when the Israelites went on a “road trip” of their own through the wilderness, it was a little less glamorous. It was a lot less glamorous! In this series, we’ll introduce the kids to some of God’s “rules of the road,” from Moses and The Ten Commandments all the way to what Jesus called the Greatest Commandment — to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Together, we’ll discover that we can love God and others by putting God first, worshiping God, loving our families, and loving everyone.

This Week’s Lesson: The Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Commandments

Bible Verse: Exodus 20:12-14, Matthew 5:21-24

Big Idea: We obey God by loving our families.

Click here to download the interactive lesson for this week: We obey God by loving our families.

 

News and Announcements 

Sunday Morning Classes at The Ark

Sunday classes will be available for 9:30, 10:10, and 11:00 services for children ages birth through 3rd Grade. Pre-registration is no longer required. Mask will be required at The Ark for Ark team members, children ages kindergarten and up, and adults dropping off as well as picking up. Thank you in advance for your help and understanding in this matter.

J.A.M. (Jesus And Me) Wednesday Night Programming  

J.A.M. is back as of Wednesday, September 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We are excited to have the children join us for Wednesday nights. This program is for children ages 4 years old through 5th grade. Your child must have turned four by August 31, 2021. Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade will be required to wear a mask when inside the building. Leaders and volunteers will be masked too. You must register for this event. If your child is going to participate in Music at The Ark prior to J.A.M., please indicate when prompted during the registration process. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Nelson. Click here to register.

Trunk & Treat

Join us for a family-friendly Trunk & Treat on Sunday, October 31, that is a safe alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating! Walk through the Family Life Center parking lot from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and enjoy decorated trunks, fun games, and special guests along the way. The “Hog N Dog Too” food truck will be there offering barbecue, hot dogs, and other tasty treats. Don’t miss out on lots of candy!

Cars needed for Trunk & Treat! The Ark Children’s Ministry is looking for volunteers to bring their cars to our Trunk & Treat Halloween event on Sunday, October 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center parking lot. You are encouraged to decorate your trunk with a fall theme like pumpkins, corn stalks, hay bales, leaves, crepe paper, balloons, strings of popcorn, lights, Bible characters, a Bible story, sports, games, etc. No scary costumes or themes. If you have any questions contact Carolyn Nelson and to sign-up click here.

Volunteers Needed Volunteers are needed for Trunk & Treat from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center lot. Youth and adults are wanted to play games, welcome friends, serve food, and have a blast! Please arrive no later than 4:15 and dress up if you want to (not required).  Remember no scary costumes, please. Click here to sign up to serve. 

Candy Donations for Trunk & Treat Please consider donating candy to this great community event. If you are interested in donating, please drop off individually wrapped candy at KidCheck on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights. Look for the “Feed the Monster” box!

October Placemat Praise 

To access to our monthly “Placemat Praise,” click here to view and print out at home on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.

Building Better Moms (BBM) Group

Are you a working mom looking for a place to meet other moms? Are you searching for friendships within the church with other women and don’t know where to start? Join Building Better Moms! The Ark Children’s Ministry is excited to share this new opportunity for moms in the Weddington area with children ages birth through teenagers.

The mission of BBM is to be a place that meets you right where you are as a mom, a woman, and a friend. Building Better Moms has three objectives: 1. Learning how to be better equipped as a parent through speakers and group discussion. 2. Growing through a supportive network of moms, through newly formed friendships, and also in your faith as a result of being involved in the program. 3. Serving in your community through mission projects that are meaningful, impactful, and also mom-sized (to meet the needs of our busy schedules.)

Mothers Throughout the Community are Welcomed You do not have to be a member of Weddington UMC to be a part of this group. Your age and the age of your children (early childhood through high school) does not matter. Whatever you are going through in life, whatever stage you are at in your faith journey, this is a place for you because we all have ONE thing in common – we are moms!

Meeting Dates We will meet twice a month on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10.

Come and be a part of this exciting program Building Better Moms forming here at Weddington UMC. Let’s discover how this group could connect all of us, as well as our community! To learn more email Carolyn NelsonClick here to register.

Noah’s Nursery-Childcare Position 

Weddington UMC is accepting applications for part-time Nursery-Childcare Positions for The Ark Children’s Ministry. If you have a desire to care for and minister to God’s littlest ones, The Ark would love to have you join the team. We are looking for individuals available Sunday mornings, with available weekday and evening hour opportunities as we gradually open back up to our normal schedule . We offer competitive pay and a Christ centered work environment . Applicants must be 16 years old and older, able to offer 3 references, and pass a background check. If you have a desire to serve God in this capacity with a loving and caring heart to our most precious children and their families, click here to contact Carolyn Nelson. The Ark children’s ministry strives to lead kids to KNOW God’s Word, GROW in faith, and SHOW God’s love.

Nursery-Childcare Coordinator Position 

Weddington UMC is looking to hire a part-time Nursery-Childcare Coordinator for The Ark Children’s Ministry. This position will be responsible for recruiting, training, scheduling, and managing paid childcare employees for Sunday mornings, weekday morning church programs, and evening church programs. Flexibility in work hours and availability is a must as well as a desire to serve God with a loving and caring heart to our most precious children and their families. The Ark Children’s Ministry strives to lead kids to KNOW God’s Word, GROW in faith, and SHOW God’s love. To join our team or to learn more about this important position, contact Carolyn Nelson by clicking here.

Children’s Ministry Sick Policy

It’s that time of year when a lot of our children are coming down with nasty colds and viruses.  In order to keep our nurseries and classrooms as healthy as possible, please adhere to our Children’s Ministry Sick Policy.

 

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For more information, please contact Carolyn Nelson at carolyn.nelson@weddingtonchurch.org.