Posts with the category “children”

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
Tired but Woah
by Faith Parry on July 28th, 2022
I haven't had the blessing of being at a Vacation Bible School in many years. At my church in Ft. Walton Beach, our VBS was always the first week of June when the pastors had to attend our Annual Conference. We missed everything. Changing a VBS week is not something you do. It's a delegate balance in the church community ecosystem.This year, I was so excited to be a part of it all. Val didn't assi...  Read More
VBS Day 4 Recap
by Faith Parry on July 28th, 2022
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.–Romans 8:38 Today was an exciting day, especially at the end! We moved from the Old Testament into the New as we looked at connections between Joseph and Jesus. Today's big takeaway was that God is stronger than anything. Our 23 adults, 9 youth, and 38 kids all saw the extraordinary strength of God in many different ways today.T...  Read More
VBS Day 3 Recap
by Faith Parry on July 27th, 2022
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! –Psalm 147:5 The kids aren't ready for VBS to end, but I think our 24 adult volunteers might start losing some of their steam at the end of day 3. They've sung, danced, and acted with Godly Gusto so far. Our 11 youth volunteers today have been amazing too. Those helping with games even volunteered to let the kids dump water on their heads and pie them ...  Read More
VBS Day 2 Recap
by Faith Parry on July 26th, 2022
For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9 Day 2 didn't disappoint. The kids came excited after such a fun day yesterday. They were also ready to have their pictures taken so they could find themselves in our closing slideshow for the day. Our 28 children, 23 adults, and 8 youth volunteers spent their day doing the following things:Our kid's crews started God Sightings today. ...  Read More
VBS Day 1 Recap
by Faith Parry on July 25th, 2022
Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.–Psalm 89:2 With Day 1 over and done, we're thrilled to spend the day with 41 exceptional children! Our focus for the week is God's, Monumental Love. Here are some things they learned and did:"God loves us no matter what!" He's an "Amazing God!" (This is our big takeaway.)Joseph's family had feuds (Genesis 27), ...  Read More