Children's Ministry



St. Mark’s Christian Education helps children experience God,
meet their friend Jesus and come to know God’s Word
in the company of wonderful friends! 

 Classes for children Age 2 through Grade 5 meet Sundays, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.  We hope to see your child in DEEP BLUE Sunday school!

Ages 2 and 3, Room 307

Age 4/Pre-K 5s, Room 305

Kindergarten and First Grade, Room 302

Grades 2 & 3, Room 213

Grades 4 & 5, Room 214

 

Additional classroom teachers, helpers and substitutes are always needed!  Excellent curriculum and all supplies are provided.  If you are willing to serve in this way, please speak to your child’s teacher or Rev. Martha Touchton.  

  

 

 

 Welcome to 6th Grade CONFIRMATION
at St. Mark’s!

At St. Mark’s, all 6th graders participate in year-long confirmation classes in Room 212 on Sundays, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.  The “Colaborate” course has three components:  

• The Old Testament:  One of the most incredible stories ever told, about who God is, God’s chosen people, what God wants for us and from us, and what it all means to our lives.
 
• The New Testament: The story of who Jesus is, what he came to do, and how his life shapes our faith and the life of our church. 

• Methodist History and Doctrine:  What it means to be a Christian and live as a disciple of Jesus Christ in the United Methodist tradition.  

In addition to what is mentioned in the letter, our confirmation experience also includes:
- Orientation in January
- Completion of a service/mission project
- Attendance at a conference retreat at Cedar Crest Camp, April 5-7, 2019
- Confirmation Family Banquet, May 15, 2019
- Confirmation Sunday, May 19, 2019

“Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are initiated into Christ’s Holy Church….
Through Confirmation, we renew the covenant declared at our Baptism,
Acknowledge what God is doing for us, and
Affirm our commitment to Christ’s Holy Church.”  UM Hymnal, p. 33.

 

 

 


GOD LOVES EVERYONE EQUALLY

St. Mark’s church family is blessed to provide a wonderful ministry for children and youth with special needs called GLEE, which stands for God Loves Everyone Equally.   GLEE welcomes these special children and youth into our supervised Sensory Room.  The Glee Club is open Sunday mornings, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

We want to fully understand the needs of each person entering this ministry so our caring volunteers can be trained and available to minister to your child in the most helpful way possible.  In order to do so, we ask that there are no drop-ins, but rather that a parent contact Rev. Touchton prior to your child’s first visit.

 In order for our church to continue responding to this need and ministering to these precious families, willing servants are needed to serve on a rotating bases during Sunday school and/or  worship.  If you would be willing to consider serving in this ministry, contact Rev. Touchton.

 

NURSERY

Special Care for Every OccasionSt. Mark’s Nursery is open as follows: Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (All Year), Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (During the School Year only).  Childcare may be available for other events, such Disciple classes, walking groups, ministry team meetings, or other church activities. Please call the church office if you are in need of childcare for a specific event.

Special Care for Every AgeChildcare is available for children from 3 months to 4 years of age.  Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age 4 may use the Nursery during 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship services.  Infants and toddlers may use the Nursery during the Christian Education hour (9:45 - 10:45 a.m.).  Children ages 2-4 will be escorted to Sunday school at 9:45 a.m..

Placement in St. Mark's Nursery and Sunday school classes follows local public school guidelines.  Therefore, if your child turns 2 years of age by August 15 of the current school term, the child will attend the Age 2 class.  Otherwise, the child will remain in the Toddler Nursery until Promotion Sunday the following Fall.

The Nursery is open during church functions only.  No child shall be left in the Nursery unless their parent or guardian remains on the premises for a church function.

ST. MARK’S PRESCHOOL

Operates five days per week August through May with varied programs for children 18 months - 4 years of age. Sherrie Gilliam, Director, 895-1803.

J.A.M. SESSION (Jesus and Me)

5th and 6th graders meet monthly for fun, fellowship, service and spiritual challenge, including Nashville Shores, "Created by God" seminar, Mission Mania, and Confirmation. Permission Forms for JAM events can be downloaded HERE.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

VBS is an action-packed adventure where we discover that life with God is full of wonder and surprise, and we can trust God to be with us through anything!  In June of 2018, we’ll ride the Rolling River Rampage on a white-water rafting adventure to experience the ride of a lifetime with God!   Relevant music, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation, memorable Bible stories and heart-felt worship help kids know that God is always with them as they ride the rapids of amazing grace!

SEASONAL EVENTS

Advent and Lenten activities, Christmas Eve worship for families with children, an Easter Egg Hunt and special mission events.

CAMP CEDAR CREST

Camp Cedar Crest offers an outdoor experience of Christian community for rising 2nd to 6th graders. Registration in March.

CHOIR, ACOLYTING, AND USHERING

Children are invited to lead in worship through service in age-level Children's Choir, as an Acolyte, and as a monthly Coin Offering Usher.

CHILDREN’S SERMONS AND WORSHIP BAGS

Each Sunday morning, all children are invited to gather at the front of the sanctuary for special story that helps them imagine and more fully comprehend the scriptural focus of the sermon.  Following the Children’s Message, children ages 4 – 7 may pick up a worship bag to enjoy during the sermon; this bag is full of coloring pages, activity sheets, manipulatives and other items that help keep little hands busy while little ears tune in to the sermon.   

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY 

​​It is the intent of the St. Mark’s community to provide an opportunity for ministry whenever possible, however severe weather may prevent this.  

Our church policy is as follows: We understand that weather and road conditions may improve later in the day, but if the Murfreesboro City Schools are closed, all Wednesday night programming is cancelled.  During other times of the week, for those who are able to get here safely, meetings and programs will be held at the discretion of the chairperson or group leader. 

The church office will be open if possible, though it may not be fully staffed for its’ regular hours.  Staff members will be available via e-mail.  

In the event of a significant amount of ice or snow on a weekend, early service and Sunday school will be canceled. For those who are able to get here safely, we will have worship in the Sanctuary at 11:00.   Our website and Facebook page will give you the updated information. In addition, the staff of the church will communicate with their respective groups and classes via email, text, social media, or phone. Please check your communication devices for the latest update and information.

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors