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.

Worship

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.

Connection

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 and twelve chickens. It is safe to say that I pretty much live in a zoo!

Our Program by Age

What We're Learning This Month

WOW!

 A 4-WEEK SERIES FROM THE GOSPELS ON JESUS' MIRACLES.

SERIES OVERVIEW:
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 Jesus performed during his ministry. Through stories showing the power of Jesus, they’ll no doubt go, Wow! Jesus has the power to heal, to calm our fears, to provide, and to save.
MEMORY VERSE: 
"In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all."
1 Chronicles 29:12b (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.  

Vacation Bible School

Coming this July

This summer we will take kids deep into an amazing undersea adventure where they’ll experience the ever-flowing, never-ending love of God. At Scuba VBS, kids will be immersed in the Word and discover what living water is really all about!

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

First Parent’s Day Out of the Year
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. ......
February Series Preview
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...
Parent's Day Out
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...
January Series Preview
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...
Sensory Santa
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. ...