Our Mission at Fleming Island UMC of  loving God, loving others, and sharing Christ.  We do this each week during Kids Club by creating an environment in which all children feel welcome, safe, and loved; all while learning about God's love and growing in their faith.  

What to Expect

We know your child's safety is important to you, so it's important to us. Every adult that serves in our children and youth ministries are background checked and trained every year so ensure the safety of our children and youth. This is just the first step in keeping the Next Generation safe. Children are always welcome in worship. It's our goal that every family have options on what they feel is best.
In the worship center, the children's spaces are in the hallway on the right, just past the kitchen. Please check your child in before worship. (We invite you to walk with them and check out the space they will be in later.) After being checked in, they are invited to sit in a marked row where each class gathers to worship with the other kids their age and their teachers. This makes it less intimidating for our newer friends to head to Kids Club when it's time. Before the sermon, (about 25 minutes in), the class leaders will lead the kids to their age-specific classes for a Bible lesson and activity. You'll pick up your child(ren) back in the hall after service ends.


At Fleming Island UMC, we believe that worship should be open to everyone, including our children.  While we would love your child to join us in Kids Club, we also know that some families value spending time together during service,  so know your child is always welcome to stay with you.  Our Middles & Preteens* start each service and are dismissed to Kids Club to after Prayer.


It is important to use that the children in our church feel apart of our church as whole, and not a separate group.  In addition to being present in worship, our children our invited to serve in the church, just like the grown-ups.  This could been serving communion, helping with hospitality, greeting people they arrive and more.  If your child would like to serve on Sunday mornings, we would love to get them connected somewhere.  

Family Support

Our children's growth as Christians does not just happen on Sunday morning, but also at home.  Because of this we are working on offering resources and support for families as a whole, including Parent's Day Outs, our FIUMC Moms group, parent resource page, and more! 

Katie Strickland

Children's Minister

Hello! I am so excited you are interested in learning more about our Children's Ministry at Fleming Island UMC. You could quite possibly be meeting me for the first time and will ever only know me as Katie Strickland. However, many in our church know me as Katie Perry (my maiden name). That is because I grew up at Fleming Island UMC. I can genuinely say that this church and the people here hold a special place in my heart, and it all started when I was a kid! I want nothing more for this church and this children's ministry to be the special place for you and your child as it has been for me.

I started serving as the Children's Minster in August 2022. My husband Dusten and I were married in April 2015 at Camp Chowenwaw (Green Cove Springs). We have two young children: Henry and Addie, along with a dog, two chickens, a bunny, and a fish. It is safe to say that I pretty much live in a zoo!

Our Program by Age

What We're Learning This Month

Christmas Vacation


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 beginning. We’ll see how God sent Jesus for a reason, learn to trust God’s timing, understand why God gives us what’s best, and see how Jesus is why we celebrate because Jesus is God’s gift to the world.
"The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world."  John 1:9 (NIV)

Parent's Day Out

In desperate need of a date night? Or time alone to Netflix and chill? Let us help! Drop your kiddos off with us for a few hours. While you are enjoying your break, your kids will play games, do crafts and eat dinner in a fun and safe environment.

This is a free event open to our community, that we offer once a quarter.  While this event is free registration is required.   Check the link below for information on our next Parent's Day Out.  

Kids Club Teachings

We understand that we sometimes have kids that can't make it to church on Sundays. We provide our children's lessons so they can continue to grow no matter what. Here you will find past and current lessons that include videos and handouts to help your child expand their understanding. These resources are also great for grown-ups who want to know more about their child's learning.

What's Coming Up!

Recent Kid's Happenings

December Series Preview
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...
Preteen Night: Ice Cream Olympics
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...
November Series Preview
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.....
2nd Candypalooza
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 ...
October Series Preview
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...