Deuteronomy 6:4-7
Children are the Future Church and the NOW!
As your Conference Coordinator of Children's Ministry, I am here to support, advocate, educate, equip, and most importantly serve your ministry needs. Tell me how I can serve you and your church. melinda.shunk@arumc.org or call/text
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Communicating with Kids & Parents (and the whole Congregation)

I have had parents say, "We don't want to come to worship because we don't want to disrupt worship with our little kids." We have adults that complain to pastors about children in worship. As church leaders, we need to encourage a mindset that worship is for all. If parents get looks from others when their children are making sounds in worship, they won't be able to teach their children how to worship.
I have created a little poem that you could print as a hymnal bookmark, place on the back of a bulletin, websites, social media or download the screen slide for audiovisual. If I was checking out a church's website to see if I wanted to attend worship, and saw this posted I would go. A kind of accepting a statement like this would tell me loads about how welcoming church worship would be to my family.
I believe the poem helps all have a mindset of making room for all who have differently abled needs while in worship. Direct people to this at least once a month
wherever you have it posted.
You can download these for free from our website.
Scroll to the bottom of the webpage to find icons and pdf.
You can also download the poem as a screen slide for those that have screens in worship. Post on screen before worship starts.
New Social Media Meme for you to use or print as poster.

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Online registration ends September 17, 2019!
Please don't delay!


This month's Living Our Faith digital magazine is not an article about a particular ministry. It is one I wrote to help you and your pastor with
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Social Media meme to download and use in your ministry. Go to:
Taking Faith Formation Skills Home!

Katie Mc Lean and her volunteers at Batesville UMC Children's Ministry developed a wonderful tool for children and their parents to learn to develop a prayer practice at home together. First, she purchased the bear and had a volunteer create the cover for the prayer book. (you get to download the cover and the page for free) She then created the parent/child prayer page. She ordered a clear backpack and loaded it with the bear, book and colored pens, and double-stick tape.

Depending on how many grades and classes you have you may have to make more than one Pogo the Prayer Bear bag so it has a chance to make it around to all the children a couple of times over the semester.

You will need to go into each class and model for the children how to use it. You will say something like, "I would like to introduce you to Pogo the Prayer bear. He is going to take turns going home with each of you. You will turn to the first empty page with your parent. It ask where you went for prayer. You could say your room, the dinner table, the backyard swing, a park...Together you will want to answer and write down what you will be praying for together with Pogo. Then grab your bear and your parent and pray with them your hearts needs, fears, and joys. When you are done ask your parent to take a picture of you with Pogo and print it on your home printer. Use the double stick tape to attach the picture to the bottom of the page that you filled out. Return your Pogo the Prayer bear back to church the very next Sunday!"

Create a class list with the heading Pogo the prayer bear. Ask the teacher to write the date next to the name of each child the Sunday they get to take Pogo home. It will help you make sure who has the bear and that everyone gets a turn at least once to take it home. Once the books are complete, I would add them to your worship bags. Children love to look at work they or other children have created. It is also a good way for a child to learn about another child.
Tanako Announces Confirmation Dates
5th -7th Grades
5th
Fall Confirmation Camp October 18-20, 2019
Spring Confirmation Camp March 6-8, 2020

Registration and more information can be found at:´╗┐

We now have the ability to offer a scholarship to help defray the cost of hiring a Wonderfully Made trained educator to come your church. Please be sure to check out the Children's Ministry Web page to read the scholarship requirements and application process.

Dates to remember :


  • Quest -September 28, 2019
  • Beyond 2020 January 24 & 25, 2020
  • Annual Conference Hot Springs May 27 & 30, 2020