Children are blessings at St. James United Methodist Church!

Nurturing and growing God’s children through engaging learning and support is our priority. We are fortunate to have an extremely active and talented group of volunteers, from Sunday School teachers to small group leaders. The Children’s Ministry Team is dedicated to providing opportunities for our children to experience Christian education and fellowship.

At St. James we seek to create a loving environment where our children can grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. There are so many opportunities for participation within this exciting ministry.  We encourage everyone, young and old, to become involved in the children’s ministry at St. James!

All children are God’s Children and all children are welcome at St. James!

If you would like to volunteer with us, please fill out the volunteer form under Serve.

St. James Children’s Ministry employs a loving group of experienced and trained women to care for our youngest members during most events on campus.  The nursery is open for drop-off on Sundays during the 8:45 am service, during Sunday School, and during the 10:55 am service. During the school year, we also provide nursery care during Wednesday Night Supper and program (5:45-7:30 pm) and Friday mornings during our Praying Mom’s Book Club at 9:15 am.

This energetic group (which welcomes older siblings) enjoys fellowship and fun throughout the year with age appropriate on-campus playdates, trips to the theater, music classes and more!  Through the Tots group, children begin to make lifelong friendships while parents connect with families they may not cross paths with on Sundays.

Sunday School classes are available for 3 year olds-6th grade from 9:45 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

This summer our Director of Family Ministries, Erin Reed Cooper, will greet your children during the Sunday School hour (9:45 a.m.) as they learn through the a new curriculum called Colorful Creation!

Because our children’s first Christian steps are so important, we have carefully designed our Sunday School program to nurture and teach all the children at St. James United Methodist Church. Our teachers strive to know each child and their family, thus strengthening the bond between church and home.

The annual “Learn to Use Your Bible” Lock-In is always a popular event for our 3rd and 4th graders.  With the leadership of Nancy and Jim Sutterfield, our children participate in fun activities and a treasure hunt throughout St. James.  Most importantly, they begin learning how to use their Bibles!  Each August, our rising 3rd graders receive their engraved Bible as a gift from St. James. The presentation of these Bibles take place during the worship service following the Lock-in event.

Our 5th and 6th Graders use a Middle School curriculum designed to bridge the gap between children’s Sunday School and Youth. Throughout the school year, the “God Squad,” a program for all  5th and 6th graders are encouraged to participate in social and service outings every three to four weeks.

Summer Sunday School Class Locations:
Infants // Room 205
All children will meet together in our large children’s classroom (rm. 105 downstairs on the children’s wing) for the summer.

Children are always welcome to be part of worship with their parents.

We provide an opportunity for age appropriate continued learning during the 10:55 a.m. Sunday service after our Moment with Children in worship. Children 3 years old through 2nd grade are invited to attend. This time is lead by staff and volunteers. Children will sing, hear Bible stories, and learn about what worship is and why we worship. Pick up is in the Fellowship Hall at the end of the sanctuary service.

The Bible Challenge program is in its 24th year at St. James.  It is a vital component to the overall Christian education offered to St. James children.  This is a program where all children Kindergarten through 6th grade are “challenged” to learn certain Bible verses, hymns, prayers, creeds, and worship liturgy that we practice in our worship services.  With each successful memorization, participants receive a new bead for their Bible Challenge necklace. Although they may not understand the meaning of all that is memorized, they do understand its significance.  This is important for our children because they will have the promise of God’s word in their hearts forever.  During each monthly session, volunteers meet one-on-one with children and help them learn the 30 Bible Challenges.

Bible Challenge meets during the school year in Room 109 immediately following Children’s Moment with help from young volunteers who are Bible Challenge “graduates,” children begin in Kindergarten to memorize key bible verses, hymns and creeds. Children are recognized for their achievements along each level of the challenge with beads for a very special necklace and a presentation during Children’s Sunday each spring during the 10:55 a.m. Worship Service.  Children K-6th are invited to join us as we journey together through Bible Challenge.
This year’s Children’s Sunday is April 30, 2017.

Bible Challenge Necklace

1 The Lord’s Prayer (white) >>
2 This Is the Day, Psalm 118:24 (blue) >>
3 The Golden Rule (gold) >>
4 For God So Loved, John 3:16 (red heart) >>

Completion of Fisherman Level (black)

5 The Doxology (dark blue) >>
6 Gloria Patri (lavender) >>
7 Let The Words, Psalm 19:14 (pink) >>
8 1st Verse: Amazing Grace (cream) >>
9 1st Verse: O For A thousand Tongues To Sing (red) >>
10 1st Verse: The Church’s One Foundation (grey) >>
11 1st Verse: This Is My Father’s World (green) >>

Completion of Disciple 1 (black)

8 2nd Verse: Amazing Grace (cream) >>
9 2nd Verse: O For A thousand Tongues To Sing (red) >>
10 2nd Verse: The Church’s One Foundation (grey) >>
11 2nd Verse: This Is My Father’s World (green) >>
12 The Lord Is My Shepherd, Psalm 23 (purple) >>
13 Names of The Books of Law & Gospels (blue denim) >>

Completion of Disciple 2

14 Make a Joyful Noise, Psalm 100 (dark turquoise) >>
15 Love the Lord Your God, Matthew 22:37-40 (pink heart) >>
16 Names of Books of the Old Testament (silver) >>

Completion of Disciple 3 (black)

17 Names of Books of the New Testament (gold) >>
18 I Lift Up My Eyes, Psalm 121 (brown) >>
19 The Apostles’ Creed (light turquoise) >>
20 The Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:2-17 (crystal) >>
21 The Great Commission, Matthew 28:19-20 (white) >> 

Completion of Disciple 4 (black)

22 Trust In The Lord, Proverbs 3:5-6 (blue) >>
23 The Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12 (yellow) >>
24 Let Us Love One Another, 1 John 4:7-8 (purple heart) >>
25 Be Present At Our Table, Wesley’s Blessing (brown) >>

Completion of Disciple 5

26 How Majestic Is Your Name, Psalm 8 (green) >>
27 In All Things God, Romans 8:28 (medium red) >>
28 The Communion Confession (silver) >>
29 UMYF Benediction (coral) >>
30 Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23a (yellow) >>

Completion of Disciple 6 (black)

Worship Readiness is a class to help our 1st and 2nd graders feel welcome and comfortable in worship, understand the parts of worship and why we worship.  The final class this Sunday, March 5 will include a special communion service with our Pastor, Dr. John Simmons. We will begin back with new classes in September of 2017. 

3rd and 4th graders comprise our CrossKids group! This group meets outside of the Sunday school environment once a month. CrossKids participate in fun, fellowship, and mission activities both on and off campus.

5th and 6th graders are invited to join God Squad.  We meet outside of the Sunday school environment and forge stronger friendships with our church friends by experiencing fun and fellowship together.  It is also an opportunity to learn about helping others through mission activities like serving at the Food Warehouse.  God Squad meets about once a month.  Planned events may be either on or off campus.

Children at St. James are Coloring Our World with Music!

We offer a graded choir program for children four years through sixth grade. The Music wing at St. James UMC is abuzz on Wednesday nights with singing! Although our season starts on September 9, children are welcome to join at any time of the year.

The Children’s Choirs at our 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service, provide Thanksgiving and spring programs, and sing in worship every month or two.


Cherub Choir – begins September 9
Ages 4 & 5 (must be four by September 1)
Practice: Wednesdays 5:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Room 106

Caroleer Choir – begins September 9
Grades 1 & 2
Practice: Wednesdays 5:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Room 104

Junior Choir – begins September 9
Grades 3 – 6
Practice: Wednesdays 5:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Choir Room

Questions? Contact Laura Young at 770.664.1346 or

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