Kids' Ministry

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Kids with Christ 

At Clinton First United Methodist Church, we believe in making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), and that starts with our kids! 

Through chatting, creating, and changing, we want our kids to know Jesus, know they have gifts, and act on that. 

Click the links below to learn about the different areas we are pinpointing to walk alongside our kids so that they learn through developmentally appropriate ways.

Kids Chat

As our kids grow older and taller, in wisdom and experience, they are also changing. As a church and ministry we desire to walk alongside in the ups and downs of those changes. We have events that mark milestones, and our hope is for them to be stepping stones in knowing who they are, and most importantly, knowing who they are in Christ.

Sunday School

For kids ages 3 years to 5th grade, this is a time for our kids to grow in community and in Christ. Starting at 9:00 am on Sunday morning, our kids are encouraged by Sunday school Leaders who love kids! This year, we will be building binders that walk through the Bible chronologically. Our kids are hungry, and we want to equip them with a foundation to launch them forward into growing their faith.

Confirmation

This is a time in your life that you get to know more about Jesus and the history of the United Methodist Church! Starting at the first of the 6th grade school year, our students will be immersed in a year long group with multiple studies. We will have a good time through small group study, fun activities, relationships with Faith Friends, and the Confirmation Retreat! This year, Hunter Lacefield (Director of Youth Ministry) and Sarah Kate (Director of Kids’ Ministry) will be co-leading, and they CANNOT WAIT! This year, confirmation will be during the Sunday school hour, 9:00 am on Sunday mornings.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday morning before Easter Sunday, we have an opportunity to celebrate the Easter season & celebrate Christ’s resurrection. We have age group egg hunts with fellowship interwoven all in between. This is  and community event.

Trunk-Or-Treat

This community event is a time for our families to use their creativity to decorate their trunks to get kids attention and fill their baskets! We have face painting, activities, and games! It is an awesome time to serve our community and church and make connections! This year, we will have Trunk-Or-Treat on Wednesday, October 31st at 6:00 pm.

Children's Church

We offer preschool-age Children’s Church during our 10:00 am worship services. Kids ages 3-5 will start in  either the  Sanctuary or  Connection services. Dismissed during the service, they will have a Children’s Church Leader & Youth Leader engaging them in activities.

Wednesday Night

This is a night of fellowship in our Family Life Building. As a congregation, we gather, share a  meal together, and catch up on our week. During the meal, parents can pre-check-in their kids for Kids with Christ in the Gym. At 5:45 pm kids will be dropped off at the Pre-School playground & head to Kids Chat.

Kids Chat is a short devotion and connection time for our kids to interact with each other. This is in the Worship Center and led by Sarah Kate.

 

Vacation Bible School

During the summer, we have a jam-packed week of fun and Jesus where our kids get to worship, learn, and play. It is a time to hang out with each other and the community.

This year, our theme was Rolling River Rampage where we got to learn how God is with us through all rivers of life (Isaiah 43:2). We had a week that was filled with everything from crafts to science to slime. Check out the video below to see some of the fun we had! Our week concluded with the kids raising $2050 for our Missions Offering for the Mustard Seed. The following Sunday, our church came together as the kids led worship at our VBS Service in the Family Life Building.

Mission

As a Kids’ Ministry, we want our kids to know they have God-given gifts and talents, and we desire to create opportunities for them to use them. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”. From day trips to small acts of kindness, we love creating space for our kids to serve God, the Church, and others.

Kids Create

Kids Create is our emphasis on creativity and imagination. From cultivating talents to encouraging creativity, we are continually expanding ways for our kids to get really excited about things they do. Many of our Kids Chat activities encourage imagination and creativity. 

Cherub Choir

Lead by volunteers Anna Prestwood and Allison Killebrew, our 4 & 5 year olds are introduced to worship and leading worship through simple rhythms, melody making, and simple songs.  These kids sure make a joyful noise to the Lord, and this is a fun-filled time of knowing Jesus through worship.  Throughout the year, the Cherub Choir leads worship at church.  We love seeing these kids serve and share their gifts beginning at such a young age. 

Kids R.O.C.K

Lead by volunteers Layne Allen and Brenda Wilder, our 1st – 6th grade choir dives deeper into worship and worship leading.  Their mission is Reaching Out for Christ’s Kingdom (ROCK), and that is just what these kids are doing as they grow closer to God and others through music.  Meeting on Wednesday nights, this time is spent learning how to read and sing music, learning more about Jesus, and having a really good time doing it.  Like our Cherub Choir, these kids sing in church.  They also head out into the community and lead worship at different nursing homes. 

Kids Change

As our kids grow older and taller, in wisdom and experience, they are also changing. As a church and ministry we desire to walk alongside in the ups and downs of those changes. We have events that mark milestones, and our hope is for them to be stepping stones in knowing who they are, and most importantly, knowing who they are in Christ.

Infant Baptism

For kids ages 3 years to 5th grade, this is a time for our kids to grow in community and in Christ. Starting at 9:00 am on Sunday morning, our kids are encouraged by Sunday school Leaders who love kids! This year, we will be building binders that walk through the Bible chronologically. Our kids are hungry, and we want to equip them with a foundation to launch them forward into growing their faith.

Sunday School Promotion

As students jump into the new school year and move up in their grade, they move up in Sunday school too! This year, Sunday school promotion is happening on August 5th during the Sunday school hour (9:00 am)! They will check in at the welcome station in the Education Building, and be escorted to their new class alongside their parent to meet their first teacher this year! 

Nursery

For our birth – 2 years kiddos, a nursery is provided.  With paid staff & volunteers, we love hanging out with our littlest members of the family.  

Third Grade Bible Presentation

Our kids are hungry, here at Clinton First United Methodist Church! We as a ministry team want to equip them to continue growing in their faith both as a group and as an individual through studying the Bible.  During the Spring of each year, we present their first full Bible from the church during both services. 

Blessing of the Backpacks

When the school year begins, as a church we love to circle around our students and teachers to pray over their year!  In each service, the students and teachers are recognized, and they, their school year, and their backpacks (or binders) are blessed!  Join us this year on August 5th in the Traditional and Connection services at 10:00 am to start off the school year well! 

Resources
For our parents of these growing kids, we want to aid and encourage in the journey of parenthood.  We have the “Parenting Your” series. 

“Parenting Your” Phase Guides consist of an 18-part series of concise and interactive guides that simplify what parents need to know about each phase of a kid’s life and gives them the opportunity to discover more about their children—so they can make the most of every phase.

The Phase Project, including these guides, is a synthesis of personal experience, academic research, and gatherings of leaders and educational experts from across the child development spectrum. 

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8 AM - 4 PM

Office Phone

Front Desk, Information and Staff

601.924.6671

Address

First United Methodist Church
100 Mt. Salus Drive
Clinton, MS 39056

Weekday Ministries

Weekday Hours

Monday - Friday - 8 AM - 6 PM

Weekday Phone

Preschool, After School Care and Mother's Morning Out

601.924.9961

Address

First United Methodist Church
100 Mt. Salus Drive
Clinton, MS 39056