Children's Ministry

IT ONLY TAKES A SPARK!

St. Mark’s SPARK: ACTIVATE FAITH
for Children Age 2 – Kindergarten 

St. Mark’s SPARK Sunday School helps young children experience God, meet their friend Jesus and come to know God’s Word as they walk through the key Old and New Testament Bible stories of the Bible.  Old Testament stories are studied in the fall quarter and the New Testament stories in the winter and spring quarters. 

Your child can take the Bible stories home each Sunday in the beautiful SPARK Story Bible, used weekly in Sunday school and available for families to purchase for use at home for $20.00.  See Rev. Touchton about ordering a SPARK Story Bible for your growing young Christian!

Our Ages 2 and 3, Age 4 and Pre-K, and Kindergarten classes will begin their journey through the Bible this Sunday, August 13th, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. in the classrooms listed below.  We hope to see your child in SPARK Sunday school!

 
Ages 2 and 3, Room 307  

Age 4/Pre-K, Room 305

Kindergarten, Room 302 

 
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 5th/6th Grade at St. Mark’s!

5TH AND 6TH GRADERS CONNECT FAITH AND LIFE
ON SUNDAY MORNINGS

Tweens entering Grades 5 & 6 are embarking on a year-long journey through the Bible on Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45 in Room 212.  CONNECT helps tweens explore the relationship between the Old and New Testaments using videos, Bible exploration, and hands-on projects. Every Connect lesson follows a three-part sequence: See, Explore, and Make.  Each week, tweens focus on and reinforce a theme by watching a witty video, exploring biblical text, and creating projects that range from games to art and more.  You can learn more about CONNECT by visiting  https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/kids/connect/

CONNECT participants are encouraged to highlight and √markê in their Bibles during class!    The curriculum offers a special CONNECT BIBLE for $20.00 that also includes exploration exercises for each lesson; there is a sample Bible in the classroom.  Please let Rev. Touchton know ASAP if you would like to order one of these special Bibles for your 5th or 6th Grader! 

We are blessed to have two EXCELLENT Bible teachers leading this class, Becky Latta and Samantha Daniel.   Additional parents are needed to serve as shepherds for this group, giving general assistance and support and ensuring that there are two adults present in the classroom at all times.   If you would be willing to serve in this way on a rotating basis, please contact one of the teachers or Rev. Martha to sign up.

 

 
WHAT ABOUT CONFIRMATION? 

The 45-week confirmation study used last year, Colaborate, has three components: 15 weeks of study on the Old Testament, 15 weeks on the New Testament, and 15 weeks on the United Methodist Church.   Since the 6th graders are participating in the “CONNECT” study throughout the Sunday school year, all that remains for them to complete for confirmation is the section on United Methodism.  

Becky Latta has graciously volunteered to head up this section of the confirmation study at another time other than Sunday mornings, beginning in 2018.  As in previous years, confirmands would also complete a service project and participate in other special events in preparation for confirmation.  In addition to our 6th graders, this class may also include a few 7th and 8th graders who missed confirmation in previous years.    

Parent help and support will be needed for this endeavor as well.   Please let Becky Latta or Rev. Touchton know if you are interested in serving in a supportive role for this course in 2018.

 

"GLEE CLUB" (God Loves Everyone Equally)

The "Glee Club" is St. Mark's Special Needs Ministry, welcoming children with special needs ages 3 through 6th grade into our Sensory Room. If you are in need of services from our Special Needs Ministry, we ask that you first contact our Sensory Room coordinator, Mary Dunkin, by phone at (615) 692-9347. In order to meet the needs of each child we ask that there are no drop-ins; we want to understand the needs of each participating the child so our caring volunteers will be trained and available to minister to your child. The Glee Club is open Sunday mornings, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. and Wednesday evenings, 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

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 September through May with varied programs for children 18 months - 4 years of age. Sherrie Gilliam, Director, 895-1803.

WEDNESDAY CHOIRS AND BIBLE ZONE

Handbell and Choirs for Preschool through 6th grade are part of our September - May "Wednesday Night Together” Ministry.

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

Worship, singing, arts and crafts, hands-on learning, recreation and mission. Bring a friend! We will be using the Hero Central program this year. For more information about our VBS program, CLICK HERE.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH

After the Children's Sermon, children ages 4 - 7 are invited to reflect upon the morning Bible story with music and movement, stories, prayer and other related activities. Children return to the sanctuary for the closing of worship, including communion on first Sundays. Children’s Church is offered during the school year, September – May in Room 1117.

CREDO CONFIRMATION

CREDO helps our 6th graders explore the principles that all persons need to know in order to become mature Christians and confirmed members of the church.  For more info, CLICK HERE.

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.

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