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 provide the best possible care, comfort, guidance and instruction in the Word of God for your children. Our adult volunteers work to demonstrate the love of God and life-changing principles to your children.

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, Mother’s Morning Out (MMO), 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 Lesson

Hello from the Ark Team! We continue to miss you all and especially miss your child’s face, laughter, and love. We are all so eager to get back together soon and cannot wait for that day.

Even though we cannot be together, please know we all here trying very hard to keep you covered with Sunday morning lessons, object lessons on Facebook, Zoom meetings, and so much more. Click here to join our Ark Facebook Group.

We are praying for you and your family. Please know we are here for you.

-The Ark Children’s Ministry Team

The Ark Children’s Ministry: Sunday, October 18 Lesson

This week’s story: Abraham’s Visitors 

Bible Verse: Genesis 18:1-14

Sunday School Classroom Page

The Ark is excited to introduce a new Sunday school curriculum that will engage children’s natural sense of curiosity to help them understand God’s love. They will explore the Bible in ways that feed their imagination and will encourage creativity. Through Bible stories, songs, videos, activities, and parent involvement, Celebrate Wonder will equip families to aid children to explore their faith while incorporating it into their daily lives. Ark Families, let’s journey together, let’s wonder together, and let’s celebrate God together! Click here to download the interactive lesson for this week.

 

News and Announcements 

Parking Lot Praise A new social-distance gathering for your kids is coming your way! Beginning Wednesday, October 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., we will gather in the lower parking lot to sing and dance to praise songs, hear this week’s Bible story from our Celebrate WONDER lesson, play fun and silly games, and have a blast! We will park our cars and sit outside in our own parking spaces. Bring your chairs or blanket, a Bible, and drinks, and come join us as explore God through Bible stories, activities, and spiritual practices. All ages are invited as we celebrate the WONDER of God’s love. Registration is required so we can have materials for every family. Click here to register today! Questions? Please contact Carolyn Nelson. Rain cancels the event.

October Placemat Praise While we are social distancing at home, we still want you to have access to our monthly “Placemat Praise.” Click here to view and print out at home; we have changed the size to 8 1/2 x 11. We miss you. Stay healthy and safe. God Bless.

Drive-Thru Trunk & Treat is a social-distanced, fun, and safe place to experience Halloween! Join us Saturday, October 31 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Weddington UMC parking lots. Drive your vehicle through our campus and visit the many decorated trunks filled with candy!  In case of rain, please check back here for cancellation information. For more information please contact Carolyn Nelson.

Drive-Thru Trunk & Treat Volunteers The Ark Children’s Ministry is looking for volunteers to bring their cars to our Drive-Thru Trunk & Treat. 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.  You will hand out candy to lots of kids as they ride by in their cars.  All of our trunk volunteers will be required to wear a face mask while participating.

This is a safe and social distanced event for our families and the community to come out for Halloween festivities. Plan on arriving for set up of your vehicle from 2:00-3:45 p.m.  Cars must be ready to go no later than 3:45 p.m. and cannot leave the lot until 6:00 p.m. Want to participate and decorate your trunk?  Click here to register your vehicle for this really fun event. More details will follow with registration.

Nursery Workers Needed Are you looking for a way to earn a little extra money?  Do you like children or have a special knack for working with children?  The Ark Children’s Ministry is hiring fun loving, energetic people to work part time in our nursery on Sunday mornings, as well as weekday and evening opportunities.  Duties will include working alongside another provider in: holding, reading to, playing with children ages 1 and 2.  We need patient and gentle people to calm and soothe children who have a hard time being dropped off.  We need creative people to play age appropriate games and lead activities that will engage and occupy the children in our care.  To be clear, in addition to the fun, duties will also include diaper changing and nose wiping.  This is a physically active job as you will need to be up and down, pick up and carry little ones. Candidates must be 19 or older, have at least three references, pass a background check, and receive Safe Sanctuary training.  CPR certification is preferred at time of hire and required for ongoing employment.  We welcome mom’s to bring a little one with them, while still earning a little extra.  If you feel like this is something you could do and have interest in, please contact Children’s Pastor Carolyn Nelson.

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.

 

Sign up to receive our newsletter, News from The Ark. 

 

Sign up to volunteer to serve with our WUMC Children’s Ministry. 

 

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