Children and Worship
Families of all sizes, shapes and hues are welcome and cherished at Saint Mark United Methodist Church. Families with children are welcome in our 2 services of worship (10:00 am Traditional and 10:00 am Celebration).
Childcare for Infants and Toddlers
Loving and tender care for infants and toddlers age birth to 4 years is provided by trained staff and volunteers in our two rooms located behind the large staircase in the atrium. We have pagers so you can feel secure that you can be reached if your child has an immediate need. Childcare is offered through both worship services as well as during Sunday School.
Begin your Sunday by worshiping together as a family. During our 10:00 am services, children are invited up to receive a special message from our Minister of Children’s Discipleship. Then children, Kindergarten to 2nd grade, are invited to leave worship to attend our Children’s Church until the conclusion of each service. They will be escorted to our Children’s Church room (A101) located on the first floor of the atrium. Parents can pick them up there at the conclusion of worship. Children 3rd grade – 5th remain in worship. On the first Sunday on the month all children remain in worship to celebrate Holy Communion with their families.
Children are invited to pick up one of our bags filled with meaningful hands-on worship activities and weekly bulletin. Worship bags are located in the front of the Sanctuary and in the Saint Mark Center on the round table.
Children’s Participation in Worship
Throughout the year, there are opportunities for children to participate in worship. In October we observe a special Children’s Sabbath on Sunday morning and the children participate in the entire service. At other times, children from our our Wednesday evening program for children TREK Teaching, Reaching, Enriching Kids meet and sing for us during worship. On some Sunday’s we have the children of all ages come up to play our children’s hand bells. These bells, along with the children, create an instant concert that all children will love.
Our earliest service at 5:30 pm on Christmas Eve is especially for children and families. The children play an important role in this Christmas Eve celebration.
TREK Teaching, Reaching, Enriching Kids
This important part of our children’s ministry allows our children to participate in a weekly activity that enrich their Sunday lesson. During the school year our kids Kindergarten to 5th grade meet on Sunday afternoon and have recreational fellowship at 4:00. Afterwards, we meet in (A101) at 4:15 pm for Children’s choir and small group devotion. Parents are asked pick up at 5:30 pm.
For more information about our children and their worship experience, contact Lisa Kiser, Minister of Children’s Discipleship.