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

ONE SMALL STEP

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

SERIES OVERVIEW:
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 four-week series, we’ll take a look at the Book of Acts to learn from the first Christians. Through their stories of faith and bravery, kids will learn how to take the first step of believing in Jesus, the next step of praying for others, and an even bigger step of trusting the Holy Spirit makes us brave. But they won’t want to skip the last step of telling others about Jesus.
MEMORY VERSE: 
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."
Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

Summer Movie Series

Going to the movie theater can be expensive and sometimes difficult with kids, who are expected to sit still while watching the movie. Because of this, we are hosting a Summer Movie Series where kids can be kids and enjoy the movie without the pressures of a theater.
Doors open 30 minutes before movie starts. Popcorn and refreshments provided.

Vacation Bible School

July 22 to 26 from 9 AM - 12 PM

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!
Registration opens May 10th.

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 back for information on our next Parent's Day Out this fall. 

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

Parent's Day Out: Mad Science Edition
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!  ......
Kids Club May Series Preview
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...
Kids Club April Series Preview
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...
Preteen Night: Escape Room
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...
Kids Club March Series Preview
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...