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Children and Family Ministries at State Street UMC –
Growing God’s Kids; Growing Faithful Families!

Children’s ministry at SSUMC is a joyful and faith-filled place. Our primary goal is to help families and children learn and grow in faith together! We believe it is essential to surround children with many caring adults who model faith-filled lives of devotion, worship, study and service. Most of all we want our children and families to experience God’s love and to pass it on to others. We offer a variety of age-appropriate activities and programs for infants through grade five including Sunday School and Godly Play worship, mid-week evening programs (Wonderful Wednesdays), and seasonal events such as Vacation Bible School, Advent and Christmas activities, Easter programming and regular service opportunities.

Come join us! We’d love to meet you!

Jaymie Derden
Director of Children and Family Ministries

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Our Mission

Growing in faith together.

A quick tour of our children’s facilities shows the dedication we have for children. A committed staff and large group of volunteers work tirelessly to provide a children’s ministry that has become a model for other churches in our region.

What To Expect

First time at State Street UMC? Here’s what awaits:

When you arrive, you will find designated parking spaces for first time guests are available in the large parking lot behind the church. To reach the children’s wing, use the playground entrance (through the gate). Nursery and preschool classrooms are straight ahead. Elementary classrooms are located at the top of the stairs as you enter the building.

Check In

All Ages

On your first visit, we ask you to complete a child registration card for each child. You may wish to download a registration card or childcare staff and volunteers will provide one when you arrive.

Click here for the nursery registration card.
Click here for the elementary registration card.

Nursery and Preschool

Registration cards for nursery and preschool-aged children are available at each classroom door. Please fill out the required information and indicate which times your child will be participating. Also, please take a beeper so we can notify you if necessary.

Click here for the preschool registration card.

Infants & Crawlers are in Room 123
Toddlers & Twos are in Room 121

During the Sunday school hour, children ages nearly 3, 4 and PreK attend Sunday school in Room 121.

Elementary (for Sunday School)

Elementary classes are at the top of the stairwell. A greeter will help you register your child on the class clipboards and will take your completed registration card.

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Safety

Safety and security of your children is paramount at State Street. Nursery staff and regular children’s ministry volunteers are required to pass a background check and complete an annual Safe Sanctuaries training. Our nursery staff are CPR certified and trained in first aid.

For more information on Safe Sanctuaries, click here.

Questions

We’re happy to answer your questions by email anytime at: jderden@chartertn.net