CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

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.
2018-2019 Tots Leaders and Dates: 
Music Classes with Ms. June: November 10th at 9:30 and 10:30 To sign up, email elizabeth.abston@gmail.com
Crawl to Christmas: December 8
Tots Moms Night Out: January 10
Tots Visit the Alliance Theater: February 9
Playdate on the Playground: March 17
Palm Sunday Easter Egg Hunt: April 14
Muffins with Mom: May 12

Sunday School classes are available for 4 year olds-6th grade from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

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.

Click to email your child’s Sunday School teacher:

4 years – Kindergarten

1st & 2nd Grade

3rd & 4th Grade

5th & 6th Grade

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

We provide an opportunity for age appropriate worship during the 10:55 a.m. Sunday service after our Moment with Children in Sanctuary worship. Children 4 years old through 2nd grade are invited to attend. This is a time, led by staff and volunteers, where children will participate in “Children’s Worship and Wonder”. During this time, children attend an age-appropriate worship experience including the telling of a parable or bible story, time for reflection, and often an opportunity to work with one of the stories. Worship and Wonder concludes with a “feast” and/or communion and a blessing for the upcoming week.

The Bible Challenge program is in its 25th year at St. James.  It is an important 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.  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 adult and 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.

2018-2019 Bible Challenge Dates: 

September 16
October 14
November 11
January 20
February 17
March 17
April 7
April 28 (Children’s Sunday)

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 on Sunday, March 3, 2019 will include a special communion service in the Chapel for children and parents with our Pastor, Rev. Max Vincent. 

2018-2019 Worship Readiness Dates:

September 23
October 28
November 18
February 3
March 3 (Communion Sunday)


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.

2018-2019 Cross Kids Leaders and Dates:

Anna Turley, Natalie Moore, Molly Sanford, Tara Mc Duffie

Volunteer with Action Ministries: TBD
Countdown to Christmas: December 8
Trinity Soup Kitchen Project at St. James: January 20
Center Ice Skating Trip: February 24

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.

2018-2019 God Squad Leaders and Dates:

Kellie Steedman and Lisa Nordin

Dunwoody Nature Center Hike: November 11
Countdown to Christmas: December 8
Walk Through Bethlehem: December 9
Trinity Soup Kitchen: January 20
Center Ice Skating Trip: February 24
Action Ministries: March 24
Treetops Quest End of Year Fun: April 28

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 in September, children are welcome to join at any time of the year.

The Children’s Choirs sing at our 3 p.m. Christmas Eve service, provide Thanksgiving and spring programs, and in worship every month or two.

Cherub Choir – ages 4 – Kindergarten
Directors: Matti Knight & Becky Hilliard
Room 113 (Turn right down the hall after checking in. Last room on the left)

Caroleer Choir – 1st & 2nd grade
Directors: Debbie Tuck & Mary Cartwright
Room 104 (Turn right down the hall after checking in. 1st room on right)

Junior Choir – 3rd – 6th grade
Director: Jill McCarden; Parent Assistant: Erin Masters
Room 106 (Turn right down the hall after checking in. 2nd room on right)

Questions? Contact Jill McCarden jmccarden@stjamesatlanta.org. Or, Click Here to register.

St. James Children’s Choirs 2018-2019 Important Dates:

Rehearsals every Wednesday from 5:15-6:00 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

Wednesday, Sept. 12 – choir rehearsal begins
Sunday, Oct. 14 – sing in worship at 10:55 a.m. All choirs separate.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Early rehearsal from 5:00-5:40 p.m. (Trunk or Treat night)
Wednesday, Oct. 31 – no rehearsal (Halloween)
Sunday, November 11 – sing in worship at 10:55 a.m. Combined choirs.
Wednesday, Nov. 21 – no rehearsal (Thanksgiving break)
Wednesday, Dec. 2 – sing in worship at 10:55 a.m. All choirs separate.
Wednesday, Dec. 5 – Music Ministry Christmas Concert at WNS (Children will give a Christmas
Eve preview performance). Rehearsal will also happen as normal.
Monday, Dec. 24 – Sing at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Dress rehearsal at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 26 – no rehearsal (Christmas break)
Wednesday, Jan. 2- no rehearsal (Christmas break)
Wednesday, Jan. 9 – rehearsal resumes. Introduce musical story & pass out edited scripts
Wednesday, Jan. 16 – auditions for musical
Sunday, Feb. 10 – sing in worship at 10:55 a.m. All choirs separate.
Wednesday, March 27 – Spring musical – 6:45 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3 – no rehearsal (spring break)
Sunday, April 14 – sing in worship at 10:55 a.m. (Palm Sunday). Combined choirs.
Wednesday, April 17 – no rehearsal. Moved to Thursday instead.
Thursday, April 18 – rehearsal from 5:15-6:00 p.m. (Maundy Thursday)
Wednesday, April 24 – Early rehearsal from 5:00-5:30 p.m. (Followed by Children’s Sunday
rehearsal from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in Sanctuary)
Sunday, April 28 – sing in worship at 10:55 a.m. (Children’s Sunday)

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