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Next Gen Kids Children’s Ministry is excited that your family is here! Programs of Next Gen Kids offer many opportunities for children and their families to fellowship and connect as they learn about God’s Word and His great love for them! If you have questions about Next Gen Kids Children’s Ministry, please email Brooke Knight, Director, or call (931) 647-0221.

Sunday School

Sundays 9 – 10 am

Seeking to work alongside parents to build a solid foundation for faith in our children, Sunday School is a time to dig deep in Biblical truth. In a small group with two adult leaders, children will participate in activities designed to help them learn about the Bible, see how they are important and loved by God, and understand how they can help share that love with others. Sunday School classes for 4 year olds (by August 15th) through 4th graders are held on the 3rd floor.

Sundays 9:00am-10:00am Location
4s (by August 15th) Room 305
Kindergarten Room 308
1st-2nd grade Room 309
3rd-4th grade Room 301
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Children’s Church ~ Kids Core

Sunday Mornings during Worship Service

All children age 4 – 4th grade are invited to participate in our Children’s Church Program, Kids Core. Following the structure of a worship service, children will learn more about God’s Word and worship in an exciting, child-oriented way.

Kids Core for 4 year olds and Kindergarteners will meet each Sunday. Kids Core for 1st–4th graders will meet on each Sunday with the exception of the first Sunday of each month. These days will give families an opportunity to worship together and for children to experience a traditional worship setting.

Children will be invited to dismiss at a designated time from the worship service to go to Kids Core.

Pick up will be in the following rooms:
4 years old (by August 15th) Room 305
Kindergarten Room 308
1st-2nd grade Room 309
3rd-4th grade Room 307
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Nursery Ministry

What a privilege and joy it is to care for little ones!  Nursery classrooms for infants through 3 year olds (based on the school calendar) are provided in the west hallway off the Sanctuary located on the second floor.

On Sunday mornings, Madison Street Nursery is open from 8:30am-11:45am for small group and worship times. On Wednesday evenings, Madison Street Nursery is open from 6:00pm-7:15pm for our Wednesday night Thrive! program.

Age Room
Infants (6 wks-12 mths) Room 205
Sturdy Walkers (1-2 yrs) Room 206
Two Year Olds (2-3 yrs) Room 209
Three Year Olds (3-4 yrs, birthday after August 15th) Room 211

Childcare Policy

In an effort to be the best possible stewards of church resources, childcare for activities associated with Core Groups or Short Term Study/Small Groups outside the realm of regular, church-wide activities or meetings will be $2/child. This fee is requested to be paid in full for the extent of the sessions on the first meeting. For example, a 6-week Core Group would be $12/child. Please give payment to the Childcare Coordinator with a check or exact change at the time of drop off.

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Wednesday Evenings, Dinner at 5 pm

Our Wednesday evening dinner and program, Thrive!, begins again on August 16th from 5:00pm–7:00pm. Dinner is served in the Fellowship Hall from 5:00pm–6:00pm. Dinner is $5 for children age 13-adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, $2 for children ages 3-5, and free for children 2 and under. The family maximum is $20.  This program concludes on November 15 and will begin again in January.

Worship and Arts for Kids

6 – 7 pm

WAKy Wednesday is a time of fun in the arts for children ages 3–4th grade!

Students will experience music, movement, art, worship, prayer, and more!
Ages 3 & 4: Cherub Choir and Worship Art
Grades K & 1: Joyful Noise Choir & Worship Art
Grades 2-4: Joyful Sound Choir & Worship Art

Mark your calendars for the 2018 semester of WAKy Wednesdays from January 10-April 11 (excluding Holy Week)!

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Next Gen Kids Events and Calendar

Upcoming Dates

January 10-April 11 (excluding Holy Week)-6:00-7:00 WAKy Wednesdays

(February 14-Age 3-4 ONLY will have WAKy activities; All others will participate in Ash Wednesday Service)

February Kids Core (Grades 1-4) Series- LENT

February 25- Joyful Sound Choir (Grades 2-4) presents during Worship

March Kids Core (Grades 1-4) Series- LENT

March 10-11- BE Retreat for 3rd-6th Grades

March 25- Palm Sunday Procession (All Ages); Meet in Narthex by 10:05

March 25- Joyful Sound (Grades 2-4) & Joyful Noise (Grades K-1) present in Worship

April Kids Core (Grades 1-4) Series- Armor of God

April 1- Resurrection Egg Hunt on side lawn immediately following Worship

April 8- Cherubs (Ages 3-4) present during Worship

April 15- Joyful Sound (Grades 2-4) & Joyful Noise (Grades K-1) present in Worship

May Kids Core (Grades 1-4) Series- Armor of God

June/July Kids Core (Grades 1-4) Series- Blessed

June 1-3- Vacation Bible School- Polar Blast: Where Jesus’ Love Is Cool!

(June 1, 5:00-7:00pm; June 2, 10:00am-1:00pm; June 3, 9:00am-1:00pm)



This Sunday, February 18, began our #NextGenLentChallenge! Children and youth were given a coin box and encouraged to begin filling it with change. Just 15 cents can provide a meal for hungry people in Tennessee and across the USA through the Society of St. Andrew. Return the box on Easter Sunday!

BE Retreat!

The United Methodist Next Gen Ministries is offering a

Spiritual Life Retreat for 3rd through 6th graders!

March 10 @ 12:00 pm – March 11 @ 12:00 pm
Beersheba Springs Assembly

Cost $65 + money for 1-2 meals

Join other 3rd through 6th graders and their adult ministry leaders for a retreat offered in partnership between the NEXT GEN Youth Ministry’s Conference Council on Youth Ministry team and NEXT GEN Children’s Ministry.  The focus of the weekend will be about Being Strong and Courageous in our faith.  Registration closes March 1!

Click here to register.

WAKy Wednesday!

Mark your calendars for the 2018 semester of WAKy Wednesdays from January 10-April 11 (excluding Holy Week)!

Ages 3 & 4: Cherub Choir & Worship Art

Grades K & 1: Joyful Noise Choir & Worship Art

Grades 2-4: Joyful Sound Choir & Worship Art/Yoga & Prayer Practices

New LENT Kids Core Series for Grades 1-4!

Join us for a new Kids Core Series all about LENT!  Students in grades Kids Core 1-4 will explore what it means to experience the season of Lent!

February 18- Making Lent Meaningful

February 25- The Good Samaritan

March 11- Parable of the Lost Coin

March 25- Parable of the Two Sons

Sermon Notes for Kids

Be on the lookout every Sunday in which Kids in Grades 1-4 remain in Worship for a stack of papers entitled “Sermon Notes for Kids” located on the front Acolyte pew near the Children’s Bulletins.  Any students who complete a page of these sermon notes and submit them to Ms. Brooke (at any time and for any Sunday) will receive a brand new animal print pencil!  During Kids Core students have learned how to complete these notes- though they may still need parent help with some parts.  The idea behind these notes is to get children engaged and connected during the Sundays they remain in Worship.  Please email with any questions.


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