All God’s Children… Big or Small
We strive to be a welcoming and loving place that values all children. We intend to help plant, water, and nurture seeds of faith in children who grow to be Disciples of Christ, guiding those around them to the unity and light of the Lord.
We are so glad your family is joining us for church and fellowship!
We encourage and welcome children of all ages in all worship services, but we do have a few different options should you pick an alternative. We have infant and toddler childcare available all Sunday morning. At the 9:15 service, preschool/children's worship is offered for 3 year olds - entering 1st graders after the children's message in the worship service. At the 11:30 service, children are invited to stay with their families in worship, and we have a PRAY-ground with quiet activities available for children of all ages in the sanctuary.
We have started our summer PRAYground at the 11:30 a.m. service! PRAYgrounds are worship spaces in the sanctuary, for children to worship together with their families. Contact Ms. Erynne for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Volunteer for Summer Preschool & Children's Worship!
Sign up to help one or two times during preschool & children's worship at 9:15 worship this summer! Email Ms. Erynne at email@example.com to find out more about this fun and simple way to serve!
Register NOW for the Mini Methodist & Youth Fall Retreat
Join in on the fun August 31 - September 1st for an annual fall retreat at Birchwood Camp. Click HERE for more details and to register. Please see Ms. Erynne for more details or questions.
St. John UMC Anchorage Playgroup
Summer 2019 Schedule
Here is the list of parks we are meeting at this summer. We will meet from 10:30-12:30 on Tuesdays; please bring a packed lunch for a group picnic! Our rain plan is to meet in the church gym instead, and I will post by 10:00 a.m. that day if that’s the case. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 344-3025 as they will also be alerted if we are moving inside. Please follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/SJUMCplaygroup for more information! Thank you!
July 30, Spring Hill Elementary School 9911 Lake Otis Elementary
August 6, Bayshore Elementary 10500 Bayshore Dr.
August 13, Trailside Elementary 5151 Abbott Rd.
August 20, SJUMC Gym 1801 O’Malley Road (school resumes)
Infants and Toddlers
Sunday Mornings: All children are welcome in our worship services. If you have an infant or toddler that you wish to drop off before worship begins, you may go directly to the nursery (room 10) or the toddler room (room 9) located in our preschool hallway. Greeters will show you where these rooms are located. Please sign your child in. Children are invited to participate in fun, age-focused play. Our nursery and toddler care givers are fully trained and have received background checks according to our Safe Church policy. There is infant and toddler care available at all of our services and during Worship + time.
Wednesday Nights: During the school year while Wednesday Night Supper and Programming is happening, childcare for infants and toddlers is provided from 6:30 - 8:00 so that parents may participate in activities.
We also strive to provide childcare whenever possible for other events at the church.
Children ages 3 through 6th grade meet their teachers in the classrooms at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Children need to be checked into and out of their Sunday School groups by a parent or guardian. Our Sunday School classes are divided by ages and grades. The teachers guide children through Bible stories, prayer, activities and crafts. This is a safe environment with caring adults who love to teach and have fun. Teachers are fully trained and have received background checks according to our Safe Church policy. Children will be picked up from their individual classrooms at 11:15 a.m.
Preschool & Children's Worship
All children of all ages are always welcome and encouraged to worship with their families at St. John. Children are invited in front of the altar table during the service for a Children's Message, and immediately following preschool and children's worship options are available for children aged 3 years/potty trained through 3rd grade. Children are engaged in worship music, tithes & offerings, and Bible stories through interactive story telling, lessons and games.
Biblemania! is designed for K -6th graders on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Join us and get active, messy and inspired by the Bible and its many stories! Meets during the school year in room 13/15 and is dismissed from the triangle room.
*will resume in the fall
MINI METHODISTS (5TH / 6TH GRADE)
Mini Methodists are 5th & 6th graders who meet twice a month on Sunday afternoons for lunch, fellowship, games and service projects. This is a great group with a long history of parent involvement, and an annual winter retreat at Birchwood Camp. Friends from school are always invited! This is a great introduction to future youth ministry experiences. Come and join the Mini Methodists and take a moment to get to know new friends that will become family here at St. John. For more info, please contact Erynne DeVore or the church office at 344-3025.
Mini Methodists Schedule for 2019
Children’s Choir Worship Schedule 2019
Children's choir begins on Wed, Sept 11 from 6-6:30 p.m. for 3rd-6th graders. The choir will sing in one of the Sunday services once a month. If your child would like to join in on the musical fun, email Erynne DeVore at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know!
Erynne DeVore is our Director of Children's Ministry. Feel free to contact Erynne at email@example.com or (907) 344-3025 to learn more about children's ministry at St. John.
SAFE CHURCH POLICY
We believe that children of all ages are best able to grow in faith and healthy relationships only when they feel safe, and it is with that in mind that we abide by our Safe Church Policy for all children and youth activities. It is a policy we follow in making congregations safe places where children, youth and elders may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith.All leaders are background checked, there are windows in every room and door and children/youth/leaders are always in groups of three or more. If you have questions or would like to see a copy of our full Safe Church Policy, please contact Erynne DeVore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Children's Opportunities
Here is a list of a few of our regular ministries for families and children. We also have seasonal family events, and small group opportunities for parents. Please email Erynne DeVore for more information on any of these opportunities…
We have retreats and camps throughout the year at Birchwood Camp. It's a great place to get away and experience God's presence in nature.
Vacation Bible School & Day Camp
A summer week full of music, crafts, science projects, Bible stories and mission! Ages 3 to entering 6th grade.
Contact Erynne DeVore to see if there is still a spot open for your child's age group.
Young Family Play Group
Tuesdays, 10:30-12:30 p.m. St. John Gym. Bring preschoolers and tots for open-gym play. Pack a lunch and children can enjoy together. Contact Micheal Filarski or visit the Facebook Page for more details.
Bibles are presented to our 3rd graders each year, followed by an afternoon Bible Camp workshop. If there is a third grader in your family let us know so that we may present a Bible in the fall.
Family Fun Nights
An open gym night for families with young children (newborns through 6th grade) is scheduled periodically on Friday evenings from 5:30–8:00 p.m. Enjoy dinner with pizza and fruit which is served at 5:30 p.m. Open gym and toys for families with young children. Check the church calendar for dates. Come and play with us!
Advent & Lent Workshops
We gather in late November and before Easter for crafts and special projects to celebrate the seasons.
Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
We partner with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and are proud of the scouting program which extends St. John’s outreach to children into the larger community. Please call the office for current contact information or reach out to John Anderson for further information on Boy Scouts or Tresa De La Cruz for further info on Girl Scouts. You can Click HERE for more info on St. John Scout Programs.
Our own preschool, located here on the church campus, and operated under the direction and guidance of an independent board accountable to the church, has developed a reputation of being one of the foremost early education programs in Anchorage. Click here for more details and information on registration.
Biblemania: Fun messy crazy time for children K-6th grade as they learn about the bible. Led by Erynne DeVore
*will resume in the fall