Children's Ministry 

Building a foundation of Christian faith for children and families.

The children's ministry at Idlewild is abounding with opportunities for children fifth grade and under to be nurtured in their faith. From monthly fellowship gatherings, weekly Sunday School classes, and deepened involvement in worship services, to special events like Bible Workshops, intergenerational events at church and off-site retreats...there is no shortage of opportunity for you and your children to plug-in to the wonderful ways God is working at Idlewild. 

Children's Ministry Mission Statement: Believing in the importance of nurturing a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and God’s people, we will with God’s help, guide children to know, love, and serve the Lord by providing a solid foundation of Biblical understanding with opportunities to apply spiritual truths at home, school, and play.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What ages does Children's Ministry include? What age children are in the nursery? What is Children's Church Continued? Can children participate in Communion? What leadership opportunities do you offer for children? How can I get involved? See FAQ for anwers to these questions and more, or contact: 

Caitlin C. BomarDirector of Children's Ministry
540.471.4825 or cbomar@idlewildchurch.org

NEWSLETTER  September 2018 Edition

 

Nursery Care on Sundays

The Nursery is open Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. providing loving, nurturing care for the littlest members of our church family. The Nursery is located in the Sanctuary Building, (Former Conference Room, 1st Floor). The first time, you will need to fill out a registration form.

During the Sunday School hour from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m., this class explores simple Bible stories using Cokesbury's Deep Blue curriculum, with lots of time for active play. (No class in the summer, but care still available).

 

        Sunday School for '18 - '19 School Year
        August 19, 2018 - May 19, 2019  9:40 to 10:40 a.m. 

ThemeThose who look to God are radiant! Psalm 34:5 

Class Locations for ‘18-’19 School Year

Two-Year-Old Class: Nursery

PK/JK Class: Library

SK-2nd Grade Class: Strock Room

3rd - 5th Grade Class: Music in Choir Room then Christian Formation Suite for class

 

 

     

August 5: Sunday School Teacher Orientation 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Harlan Room. Please let Caitlin know if you would like to be a Sunday School teacher or shepherd for the 2018-2019 school year!

 

Making a Joyful Noise during Sunday School 


PK/JK Class meets in the former Library. (Donia Wade, Music Leader)

SK - 2nd Grade Class meets in the Strock Room. (Donia Wade, Music Leader) Will sing in 11:00 worship: Oct. 28   and Dec. 24

3rd - 5th Grade Class meets in the Choir room.  (Barry Oliver, Music Leader)

Children in grades 3-5 who are interested in being a part of a children's choir will have the opportunity to meet at a scheduled weekday time as arranged by Barry Oliver, Director of Music Ministries.

 

WORSHIP 

Idlewild welcomes children of all ages and encourages them to participate in our entire worship service. Children’s worship packets can be found at all entrances to the church Sanctuary.

Children's Leadership in Worship

As a church that strives to have an intergenerational approach to ministry, we believe that children’s participation in worship is vital to the health of our congregation, and helps tremendously in the way of giving children a sense of purpose and belonging in worship. if your child would like to participate in any of the following ways, please contact Caitlin C. Bomar

First Sunday Bulletin Greeters: Children in SK through 5th grade are given the opportunity every first Sunday of the month to help pass out bulletins by the entrances to the Sanctuary.

Third Sunday Ushering: Children in 3rd through 5th grade are invited to serve as ushers in the 11 a.m. service every third Sunday, while children in SK-5th grade are invited to serve as ushers in the 8:30am service every third Sunday.  

Lord’s Prayer: Children who have memorized the Lord’s Prayer have the opportunity to sign up to lead the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer to close the Time with the Younger Church.

Children's Church Continued (C3)

 Children of all ages are invited up front for the Time with the Younger Church during the 11 o'clock service. Children that are in senior kindergarten and older will return to their pews after the Time with the Younger Church, while children in pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten are invited to come to Children's Church Continued (C3) in the former library.  In C3, children enjoy a time of structured biblical teaching and a Christ-centered craft, followed by snack and free time.

Children of all ages are invited up front for the Time with the Younger Church during the 11 o'clock service. Children that are in senior kindergarten and older return to their pews after the Time with the Younger Church, while children in pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten (typically three and four-year-olds) are invited to come to Children's Church Continued (C3) in the former library. In C3, children enjoy a time of structured biblical teaching and a Christ-centered craft, followed by snack and free time.

Children two years old or younger may go to the nursery located in the former Conference Room. 

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Fellowship gatherings are held regularly for both JK and under families, and SK-5th grade families. There is no agenda for these gatherings other than to enjoy each other's company and grow in community through the challenge and joy of raising children. If you would like to host, please contact Caitlin Bomar, cbomar@idlewildchurch.org.

Fellowship for Young Families (Families with at least one child in JK or younger)

SEPT 22: Pool Party hosted by Leigh-Taylor White at 805 S. Perkins Rd, 38117, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

NOV 17: Hosted by Katie and Scott McLeod at 507 Kinsman Rd, 38120, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Fellowship for SK-5th Grade Families

SEPT 23: Pool Party hosted by Jake and Frances Lawhead at 1592 Central Ave, 38104, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

NOV 10: Hosted by Jenna and Jeremy Sykes at 487 Wolf View Cove, Cordova 38018, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

Children's Ministry Special Events

AUG 19: Rally Day! Join us in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. as we mark the beginning of fall programming as a congregation.

AUG 26: Created by God Informational for Parents of 5th and 6th graders, 9:40-10:40 a.m. Chapel

AUG 26: Intro to Worship Workshop for SK Children and Parents, T.K. Young Room  12:30-1:45 p.m.

SEPT 3: MIFA CommUNITY Day

SEPT 9: “In the Know” Sunday School Class for Parents, T.K. Young Room,  9:40–10:40 a.m.

SEPT 23: Fall Potluck; T.K. Young Room and Garth 12:15-1:30 p.m.    

SEPT 16: Youth Training, Christian Formation Suite (21M), 12:15–1:00 p.m.

OCT 12-14: NaCoMe All Church Camp- Register here!

OCT 27: MIFA Family Service Day, 9:30 a.m. noon

OCT 29: Trunk or Treat, T.K. Young Room and Parking Lot, 6:00–7:30 p.m.

DEC 2: Advent Party, Children’s Ministry Classrooms, 9:40–10:40 a.m.

DEC 9: Christmas Eve Rehearsal for those with speaking roles, Sanctuary, 9:40–10:40 a.m.

DEC 16: Christmas Eve Rehearsal for those with speaking roles, Sanctuary, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

DEC 20: MIFA Holiday Family Service Day, 9:30 a.m. –noon

DEC 21: Final Christmas Eve Rehearsal (speaking and non-speaking roles), Sanctuary 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

DEC 23: Waffle Sunday for all ages, T.K. Young Room, 9:40–10:40 a.m.

DEC 24: Christmas Eve Child-Led Service, 3:00–4:00 p.m.      

DEC 27: MIFA Holiday Family Service Day 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

 


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