Posts with the category “children”

Kids Club Summer Activities
by Katie Strickland on June 5th, 2024
Last summer we learned that the weather here in Florida was too unpredictable for evening outdoor family activities.  So this summer we are hosting a free Summer Movie Series - with a few Friday evening and Saturday afternoon times.  This past Friday we kicked off our Summer Movie Series.  We had a blast eating popcorn, watching a movie and hanging out with friends.  If you missed it we have still...  Read More
Kids Club June Series Preview
by Katie Strickland on May 29th, 2024
A 5-Week Series from the Old Testament on JUDGES, RUTH, & SAMUEL .  For a lot of us, recess is one of our favorite parts of the school day. We get to play dodgeball, hopscotch, or race our friends around the play area. Recess helps us to stay active so we can grow strong, but it also gives us a chance to grow in our relationships. In this five-week series, kids will discover through the stories in...  Read More
Parent's Day Out: Mad Science Edition
by Katie Strickland on May 2nd, 2024
This past Saturday, we had our quarterly Parent's Day Out.  This quarter's was themed Mad Science.  The Big Kids had fun doing different science projects - they made playdough, Elephant Toothpaste, bouncy balls and more!  ...  Read More
Kids Club May Series Preview
by Katie Strickland on April 25th, 2024
A 4-Week Series from the Acts on the Early Church.  Astronaut Neil Armstrong once said landing on the moon was “one small step for man.” The biggest adventures start in such a simple way — especially when it comes to space! Asteroids, distant planets, and brand new galaxies await us once we leave earth’s atmosphere. Being the first to explore such uncharted territory can be intimidating. In this f...  Read More
Kids Club April Series Preview
by Katie Strickland on March 27th, 2024
A 4-Week Series from the Gospels on Jesus' Teachings.  From retro toys to fashion trends, we all love a good throwback. (Especially for grown-ups because it reminds us of being young again.) There are things that remind us of a moment in time, but other things feel timeless and like they’re always in style. In this four-week series, kids will travel through the decades and see that the teachings o...  Read More
Preteen Night: Escape Room
by Kimberly Barrett on March 7th, 2024
The past Saturday, we hosted our third Preteen Night.   We allowed our Preteens to vote on the theme this time and Escape Room was the overwhelming winner.  We had ten Preteen joins us for our Easter Themed Escape Room.During the event our Preteens faced with the challenge of working out cyphers independently, along with completing various solo obstacles in the challenge room. Doing a puzzle blind...  Read More
Kids Club March Series Preview
by Katie Strickland on February 22nd, 2024
A 5-Week Series from the Gospels on Easter.  In the dark, a world of neon colors comes to life. Whether it’s the soft green of glow-in-the-dark stars or the bright colors of bioluminescent creatures, light can break through the darkness. When the world needed some light, God sent Jesus because he glows in the dark, and he can teach us how to shine with God’s light, too! In this five-week series th...  Read More
First Parent’s Day Out of the Year
by Katie Strickland on February 15th, 2024
This past Saturday, we hosted our first Parent’s Day Out of the new year.  We had 12 kids from six different families.  This meant that the parents from these families were able to spend three hours child free.  We had a blast doing crafts, playing games, and learning about God‘s love.  We could not do these events without our amazing volunteers. ...  Read More
February Series Preview
by Katie Strickland on February 1st, 2024
A 4-Week Series from the Gospels on Jesus' Miracles. Whether it’s a rocket car powered by soda and mints or a tornado in a water bottle, there’s so much in our world that can fill us with awe. The world of STEM is full of things that look like little miracles, but they’re nothing compared to the miracles God can perform. In this four-week series, kids will take a look at some of the miracles that...  Read More
Parent's Day Out
by Katie Strickland on January 11th, 2024
In December 2022, we hosted our first Parent's Day Out.  It was an event loved by the kids that attended the event and their parents who were so appreciative to have a little break.  This past year, we hosted three different Parent's Day Out events in February, May and November.  Through these three events we were able to connect and serve over 15 different families - most of whom are families who...  Read More
January Series Preview
by Faith Parry on December 29th, 2023
A 4-Week Series from the Gospels on Jesus' Early Life & Ministry. What’s your dream job? Do you want to be a pilot or astronaut? A teacher or musician? There are so many incredible jobs for us to pick from! God has given each of us special talents and skills that can help us discover what we want to do. But God gives us another job, too. It’s the chance for us to follow God right now! In this fou...  Read More
Sensory Santa
by Katie Strickland on December 7th, 2023
This past Saturday, nine families joined us for our first Sensory Santa.  We were so excited to offer this event to our community.  Children, who would not be able to visit Santa in a traditional setting, and their families joined us for a morning of Christmas fun.  The kids were able to visit with Santa, decorate cookies, make Christmas ornaments, visit our Photo Booth, and visit our Quiet Room. ...  Read More
December Series Preview
by Katie Strickland on November 24th, 2023
A 5-Week Series from the Gospels on Christmas Grab your sandals, sunblock, and swim gear because it’s time for a Christmas Vacation! We’ll be making sand angels and roasting chestnuts around an open bonfire on our tropical getaway. You’ve never experienced Christmas like this! In this five-week series, we’ll focus on the birth of Jesus and the way God had been planning things from the very beginni...  Read More
Preteen Night: Ice Cream Olympics
by Kimberly Barrett on November 9th, 2023
Our inaugural Preteen Ice Cream Olympics was a success Our Preteens passionately worked to complete each event, from searching for a rubber duck with their mouth in a bowl of ice cream to playing catch with a ball of ice cream.  They tackled every challenge as a team. And who knew they would be so vibrant when answering their trivia questions. I may have surprised them with my ability to answer on...  Read More
November Series Preview
by Katie Strickland on October 27th, 2023
A 4-Week Series from the Old Testament on Joshua Racers, start your engines In a race, you might need to navigate obstacles, pit stops, and tight turns in order to stay on the right track. As you’re zooming through the track, there’s so much to think about and it can be hard to stay focused on what’s most important In this four-week series, we’ll learn some important stories from Joshua about ho...  Read More
2nd Candypalooza
by Faith Parry on October 11th, 2023
Last year, we did our first ever Candypalooza. It was such a hit, our children’s ministry team chose to do it again.On Sunday, October 29th, everyone who wishes is invited to come to worship in their Halloween costumes (please be sure it’s not provocative adults...this is still church 😉). The kids will have a costume parade on their way to Kids Club as we let them show off their characters. After ...  Read More
October Series Preview
by Katie Strickland on September 27th, 2023
A 5-WEEK SERIES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT ON ISRAEL & THE WILDERNESS Can you imagine needing to walk through the desert? You’d be surrounded by cacti, sand, snakes, and more sand. With the heat of the sun, we’d wind up so thirsty and wondering “Are we there yet?” That’s probably how the Israelites felt as they wandered around the desert, waiting to enter the Promised Land. But no matter how tired ou...  Read More
Candypalooza is Back
by Katie Strickland on September 14th, 2023
We had so much fun at Candypalooza last year, we decided to do it again this year  What is Candypalooza you may ask?  Candypalooza is a fun event planned for the Sunday before Halloween.  The kids (adults too) are invited to wear their costumes to church that morning, participate in an extra special Kids Club and leave with a bag full of candy   Want to help make this year's Candypalooza better than l...  Read More
September Series Preview
by Katie Strickland on August 25th, 2023
In the jungle, every day is an unpredictable adventure! But to safely navigate the vines, animals, and tricky terrain, we’ll need a guide to help lead us. This four-week series follows the life of Moses and his journey to leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Through his story, we’ll discover how God teaches us how to lead, and learn how to follow God’s lead as God leads us to safety, and to what w...  Read More
by Katie Strickland on August 9th, 2023
What is a God-Sighting you may ask?  Well, each morning during Vacation Bible School, we ask the kids to share some way they saw God at work the day before.  Their crew leaders then wrote what had been shared on a star and the stars were hung on the walls in the sanctuary.  By the end of the week we had over 68 stars and some of those stars had multiple God-Sightings on them.  Our God-Sighting ranged from ...  Read More
When people need help, shine Jesus’ light!
by Faith Parry on July 28th, 2023
“Let your good deeds that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” –Matthew 5:16 On the last day, the kids talked about ways we can helps others and show God's love. We also learned about Halley's Comet. In Bible adventure, the children learned from Acts 8:26-39 how Philip had to help someone understand the Bible. God led him to a new friend to share Jesus' love. At Imigation Station...  Read More
When people are sad, shine Jesus’ light!
by Faith Parry on July 27th, 2023
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God.” –John 14:1 Today, we talked about the sun and how important it is. Most importantly, we talked about what to do when a friend is sad. We can help our friends and show God's love when we cheer them up. In Bible, the kids learned from John 19–20 about how Jesus helped his mother. She was sad when he was about to die. He didn't think about himself, bu...  Read More
When good things happen, shine Jesus’ light!
by Faith Parry on July 26th, 2023
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!” –Psalm 100:1 We had more kids show up today that hadn't been here Monday or Tuesday.Today we learned about our moon. Although other plants have more than one, we have 1 beautiful moon that orbits earth. 24 people have traveled to see the moon, but only 12 people have walked on the moon. The moon reflects the sun's lights, just like we reflect the light o...  Read More
When people don’t get along, shine Jesus’ light!
by Faith Parry on July 25th, 2023
“Live in harmony with each other.” –Romans 12:16 The good news is that our 11 youth and more than 30 adults came back today! We even gained 3 adults that weren't here yesterday. Thank you to the amazing youth and adults that are making this week possible.Today we learned about the planets in our solar system. There are four planets that orbit our sun that have rings. Those rings aren't solid as th...  Read More
When life feels dark, shine Jesus’ light!
by Faith Parry on July 24th, 2023
“Jesus...said, ‘I am the light of the world.’ ” –John 8:12 Today, we blasted off to the moon! We have almost 70 kids registered for VBS this year. That requires  We learned about what a cosmos is, about our sun, how it relates to the universe, and most importantly, God's Son. Cosmo, a star, talked about how he witnessed Jesus being born and the unique star that shone that night, guiding the wise ...  Read More
Summer Fun!
by Katie Strickland on July 18th, 2023
This Friday, we wrapped up our Kids Club Summer Pop-ups.  We had to adapt our plans a few times due to the weather but it is safe to say all the kids had a blast.  We enjoyed popsicles at the park, water fights with family and friends, and finished out with ice cream and a movie on the big screen the sanctuary. ...  Read More
Kids Club Summer Pop-ups!
by Katie Strickland on June 6th, 2023
If you haven't heard already, this summer we are introducing Kids Club Summer Pop-ups!  Two Friday nights in June and one in July, Kids Club will be setting up at one of our local parks.  These events are the perfect opportunity for us to get out in the community and show them what Kids Club and Fleming Island UMC are all about.  We will be giving out popsicles, having water fights, eating ice cream, an...  Read More
Our Super Team!
by Katie Strickland on May 30th, 2023
This past Sunday, the kids celebrated the end of our Heroic series by dressing up like superheroes.  We also honored some pretty super people who support us each week in Kids Club - our Littles Staff and our Kids Club Volunteers! These amazing individuals show up each week to show our kids God's love and help them grow in their faith.  I could not do what I do with out them!  If you haven't yet, p...  Read More
Save the Date for Family Camp
by Katie Strickland on May 9th, 2023
We have an exciting new event coming this fall -  FIUMC Family Camp!    Join us for a weekend away to celebrate being a family.  We will have the option to stay at camp Friday through Sunday or just to join us on Saturday.  We will be camping at Camp Chowenwaw in Green Cove Springs.  We are currently working out the details for the programming for this event, but I wanted to get our dates out to e...  Read More
Kids Club is Growing!!
by Katie Strickland on April 19th, 2023
Back in August, I wrote an post about all of my God-sized dreams for Kids Club.  I had so much excitement for what I knew our program could be and what we could accomplish.  At first I was a bit discouraged because things weren't happening quite as quickly as I wanted them too or how I wanted them to go.  After a while, I realized something.  Things may not be going exactly how I wanted them to go...  Read More
Palm Sunday
by Katie Strickland on April 5th, 2023
Palm Sunday, what an amazing day! It was such a fun day of fellowship with old friends and new friends from start to finish.  We had an amazing service with the kids leading us in waving palms.  Our Potluck Lunch was a wonderful opportunity to eat some delicious food (say hello thirds) and spend sometime chatting with everyone.  I know the kids had a blast collecting all the eggs during our Easter...  Read More
Eggs Galore!!
by Katie Strickland on March 30th, 2023
We have over 1000 eggs sorted and ready to go for this Sunday!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who brought in eggs and egg fillers. Thank you RanDee for helping me sort them this morning.  What our church can accomplish together always amazes me.  I know we will have some pretty excited kids this Sunday. I hope you all are as excited for our Potluck Lunch and Egg Hunt.  We are plannin...  Read More
Rise and Shine Preview
by Katie Strickland on March 23rd, 2023
Hey Families! Here’s a look at what your kids are going to be learning in Kids Club in April, so you can continue growing at home during the week. RISE & SHINE: A 5-Week Series from the New Testament on EasterSeries Overview: On a farm, life has a daily rhythm (for plants, animals, and people, too). “Life” is what this series is all about, because we’re talking about Easter and Jesus’ triumph ove...  Read More
Cereal Sunday
by Katie Strickland on March 14th, 2023
Daylight savings began this past Sunday, which can be hard on kids and parents alike.  To make their morning a bit easier we invited the kids to come to church in the pajamas and we provided a cereal breakfast.  It is safe to say they all enjoyed our mini-celebration. ...  Read More
Measure Up Preview
by Faith Parry on December 13th, 2022
Hey, families! Here’s a look at what we’re covering with your kids this month so you can help your kids continue growing at home. Remember when you just couldn’t wait to be tall enough and old enough to ride a roller coaster? It seems like a small thing, but it's actually a significant childhood milestone and every kid is looking to measure up in some way. But . . . we never really outgrow that im...  Read More
October in the Bag
by Faith Parry on November 10th, 2022
October was a busy month, but we have so many things to celebrate. Many know this, but I wasn't in favor of doing the pumpkin patch this year. Why? Because I was worried it would over-tax our congregation's time. Why am I telling you this? Because I was wrong and I'm glad to be wrong.I'm a firm believer in sharing my opinion and then stepping back. The church council rallied together to bring the ...  Read More
Blast Off Recap
by Katie Strickland on September 1st, 2022
We have finished our first series of our new curriculum Blast-Off!  In this series we focused on four spiritual habits that help us grow spiritually.  Each week we focused one, our BIG IDEA from the week. Week 1:We read about the time Jesus visited Mary and Martha’s home and learned that WE CAN SPEND TIME WITH GOD.Week 2:We learned about the time a group of people helped their paralyzed friend get...  Read More
God-sized Dreams for Kids Club
by Katie Strickland on August 25th, 2022
It has been three Sundays since I have officially been the new children's minister and I am so excited for the future of the children's ministry and the church.  Early in the summer, I was considering finding a new church home. I had a dream of the type of children's ministry I wanted to my kids to grow-up in.  My mom convinced me to come and meet Pastor Faith on her first Sunday here.  While I wa...  Read More
Exciting Things for the Children & Youth
by Faith Parry on August 11th, 2022
A lot's been done in a small amount of time! I want to give Katie a big thank you for all her hard work to get ready for the Back to School bash we had this past week. It was a different kind of Sunday from what we had in the past, but we consider it a success. The kids had fun, and we got to talk with some families we hadn't seen in a while. Kids' rooms were cleaned and refreshed for the start of...  Read More
VBS Day 5 Recap
by Faith Parry on July 29th, 2022
“Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people!” –Psalm 66:5 Well, this year's VBS is officially in the record books. Today, our 36 kids, 21 adults, and 10 youth celebrated everything they learned with a small presentation to their parents. Each crew sang a song they had been working on from worship time.The kids returned to Joseph's story, learning what happened...  Read More