Children's Ministry

Your children are going to love coming to Virginia Beach United Methodist Church! Kids experience fun and meaningful activities designed to encourage them to explore God’s love and discover what God can do through them.

We can’t wait to come alongside you to equip and empower your whole family to know, love, and follow God.


Check out the children's ministry YouTube channel!


If you miss a week or just want to see what we are learning, we’ve got special worship videos just for kids available on our Virginia Beach UMC Kids YouTube channel! Videos are tailored for different age groups so your kids will get the most out of worship and learn more about God and His love.

VBUMC Kids YouTube


ORANGE STRATEGY


Having a good strategy is essential to equip children to grow in their faith.
That is why we use the Orange Strategy and Curriculum from birth to 12th grade. It’s a strategic plan for the church and family to partner together to give kids the best potential to grow up following God.


The LIGHT of the CHURCH (yellow) combined with the LOVE of the FAMILY (red) increases the potential to influence a child’s life!

CHURCH + HOME = GREATER IMPACT
LIGHT + LOVE = GREATER IMPACT
YELLOW + RED = ORANGE

Sunday Morning

What should I expect on Sundays?

Every week, kids can come to a children’s experience at the same time as the worship services. 9:30 and 11:00. When you come into the building, the welcome team will direct you to the children’s ministry check in station, where we will print a name tag for your children with a corresponding parent tag to keep them safe. If you are new, we will bring you and your child to an age appropriate environment and introduce you to our team of leaders
When you pick up your child at the end of the worship service, we will match the number on your child’s name tag with the unique number on your parent tag.

Special Needs: Parents of children with special needs are invited to contact our staff directly so that we may work together to create a plan that will ensure all of your child's needs are met appropriately and that we have a collaborative plan in place for a successful first visit.

Early Childhood Experience: Infants to Preschool

The Cove offers a safe and loving environment for infants through 5-year-olds on Sunday mornings, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, as well as during many other church events.

Our nursery and childcare facilities are operated by experienced childcare staff and volunteers. All staff and volunteers have been thoroughly screened and trained per the United Methodist Conference Child Protection Policy.

There are currently 3 classrooms available in The Cove:

  • Infants to cruisers: Their classroom experience is play-based with prayer and song. The children are given a snack as permitted by parents.
    Children will be given bottles as directed by parents and diapers changed as needed.
  • Walkers to 2-year-olds: These children will experience play-based learning with fun activities provided by Orange curriculum. They will be taught a new Bible story each week and engage in fun, hands-on, movement-based activities related to that story.
    Their learning experience will also feature prayer and songs. Some children may participate in coloring activities if it is developmentally appropriate. As weather permits, lessons are sometimes moved to the outside play area.
    We provide a snack as permitted by parents.
  • 3-year-olds to Preschool: These children will experience play-based learning through videos, activities, games, and crafts based on the Orange curriculum.
    Every week they will hear a new Bible story, and each month they will focus on a different Bible verse and it will be taught in a way that is relevant and meaningful to young children.
    As weather permits, the lessons may also be moved outside to the playground area as practical. We also provide a snack to the children.

Elementary Experience: Kindergarten to Grade 5

When your child is in elementary school (kindergarten to fifth grade), they are ready to dive a little deeper to explore some basic Bible concepts and discover what it means to know, love, and follow God. In our elementary experience, called Cape Faith, we meet kids right where they are with engaging and fun activities that kids love.

Kids sing, play games, talk with friends, create, and explore bible stories. Every week, there is one clear Bottom Line that brings it all together.

Cape Faith is located on the 3rd floor during the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services. Go to our check-in kiosk on the first floor before heading upstairs.

 

 

Safety and Security

How We Keep Your Kids Safe

SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO US

Your child’s safety is important to us. We have several procedures in place to ensure that your children have a safe and secure experience.

Background Checks

Our adult volunteers and children’s ministry staff have been fully trained, have passed a background check, and are committed to the safety of all children in our care.

Safe Sanctuary

Every person serving in children’s ministry attends Safe Sanctuary training, which has been adopted by the United Methodist Church for the protection of children and youth.

Secured Areas

Children’s areas are secured with locked doors to keep the kids safe.

 

Check-In System

All families check in and receive a tag with a unique number to ensure that children leave with an adult with the same number.

Experiences

Summer Fun for Kids


Every summer, kids can come to a Vacation Bible eXperience that they will love. It’s a week filled with music, games, crafts, Bible stories, and God’s love. You definitely won’t want to miss it!

Save the Date!
The 2022 VBX week is June 20-24.

Kids Serving Others


Several times during the year, there will be opportunities for children to do something for our community with a family-friendly mission project that we call MISSION POSSIBLE! It’s a way that your family can serve together and guide children to be kind and serve others. Simple projects are designed especially for families with young children and come packaged in an envelope which contains the mission and ideas to implement with your family - if you choose to accept.

WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD?

We would love to talk with you about the opportunities for you to invest in children and encourage them to grow in their faith. Even if you only have an hour a month or can only serve for a season, we are flexible and can customize your role on the children’s ministry team so that you are using your unique gifts.

Are you friendly? Our welcome team is a great place for you.
Can you tell a good story? You would love being on our teaching team.
Do you love children? That’s what it takes to be on our small group leader team.
Are you organized? You would be great at lesson prep.

Contact Jodi Fox to start a conversation about where you can make a difference in Children’s Ministry and in your own life, too.

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