Children's Ministries

Childrens Ministry

Children are a very blessed and important part of our faith community. Our hope is to help children develop a relationship with God through Jesus Christ by sharing the stories of the Bible and actively engaging our children in worship and discipleship.

Every week we have the privilege to CONNECT with the children and families at St. Stephen UMC. We can all take part. It’s all about being PRESENT. Everybody needs someone who is predictable in their life:

  • Toddlers need someone who doesn’t look like a stranger
  • Elementary schoolers need someone who remembers the name of their goldfish
  • Middle schoolers need someone who is up-to-date on their weekly-sometimes daily-dramas
  • High schoolers need someone who knows their personal struggles and is committed to walking through it with them

What are you doing this week to CONNECT & BE PRESENT?

Children's Sunday School
Meets at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday in the Education Building.

Little Youth
Meets at 5:00 p.m. each Sunday Evening in the Education Building. This Sunday evening program will include choir practice, dinner, games, activities, mission projects and a bible based lesson.

Worship Opportunities for Children

    • Worship Kits in the Sanctuary to help children in age-appropriate ways.
    • Children (K-6) may serve as Acolytes and light the candles in worship.
    • Our Children's Choir sings periodically in worship services. Rehearsals take place during the Sunday School hour.

Special Events for Children

  • Easter Celebration
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Christmas Program

Nursery Care Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is the Nursery?

The Nursery is located in the Education Building on the west side of the main building, in the second room on the right.

How early can I drop my child off before service, or event?

Our nursery staff opens the doors 10 minutes prior to Sunday School, worship services, and other events. You are more than welcome to come in and help your child get acclimated if need be.

What is the age limit for the children to stay in the nursery?

The staff will welcome all children up through age 5 or if they are in Kindergarten. First graders are occasionally permitted on a case-by-case basis.

What if my child is potty training?

We make every effort to support the potty training process for your child. We do ask, however, that your child continue to wear a ‘pull-up’ until they are completely potty trained. It is very helpful for you to take your child to the bathroom when you arrive to drop them off.

What if my child is sick?

For the protection of your child and other children, please do not bring your child to the Nursery when they are showing an signs of illness within the last 24 hours. Illness symptoms include: fever, pinkeye, vomiting, diarrhea, croup, colds, unidentified or contagious rashes, cloudy or green runny noses, persistent cough, and childhood diseases (scarlet fever, German measles, mumps, chicken pox, strep throat, flu). If your child becomes ill or injured during the service we will determine whether it is necessary to contact you immediately or wait until you arrive. For minor accidents you will be given a detailed explanation when you pick up your child.

What happens if my child needs me while I’ m in service?

When you check your child in at the nursery, we will ask you for your cell phone number, and where you will be located in the church during your child’s stay. This way, we can send you a text, or come and find you if you are needed.

What should I bring?

We will provide a healthy snack, such as graham crackers, Goldfish or Cheerios. However, you are welcome to bring anything that your child needs. If applicable, please bring extra diapers, wipes, and complete change of clothing for oops times.

Who is the staff at the nursery?

There are two paid nursery attendants staffed at all services, and major events. All nursery staff complete annual MinistrySafe Training and background checks.

Christmas Play
Children's Crafts