"I tell you the truth anyone who will not recieve the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." --Mark 10:15
At St. Thomas UMC, we consider our children's ministry to be a vital part of our church. We have developed weekly children’s teaching that immerses children in age-appropriate biblical truths, helping to set a foundation that will last a lifetime. This church program offers a partnership with parents to bring God's influence into their child's life and mind. God's promises are taught in classes and children are challenged to keep His commandments in their daily lives.
Our goal is to strengthen the Christian values that are being placed in your child's heart at home. We are a complement to your parental guidance to ensure that your child receives an effective biblical foundation. If you need assistance, our children's ministry is available to provide resources and advice on how to better equip your family at home.
Each week on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM beginning Tuesday, June 22, we will make content available on our Facebook page and website. Families will be able to watch the video or download audio files – whichever works better for you and your family to listen or watch whenever it’s convenient for You!
Kristi will record a faith-based story and a brief devotion based on the story for the day along with a short prayer and several prompts for families on the go.
We provide nursery care for children ages 3 months - 3 years on Sunday mornings at all three of the worship services. The nursery is located on the first floor. During the hour, Toddlers and 2 yr olds can participate in a brief age-appropriate craft and Bible story.
Our goal is to teach the Bible in exciting, child-targeted ways through drama, music, and other creative means. We want to disciple and nurture the children in an environment where they are known and loved, where they can build a community of trust, and learn to apply the Bible lessons in their own lives. We want our children to learn to make wise choices, to trust God and to treat others the way they want to be treated.
Full hour programs are provided for all preschool and elementary-age children. We follow a large group/small group format. Groups are set by age for preschoolers and by grades beginning in Kindergarten. Sign-in and classrooms are all located on the first floor. We use 252 BASICS by Orange for our elementary classes and First Look by Orange for our preschool class. Learn more at What is Orange.
During our 11 AM service, we offer an approximately 30-minute program for children ages 3-8 during the sermon. Children attend the beginning of the worship service with their family and then are released to Children's Church after the Children's Message. The program is held in the Nursery on the first floor.
This program is held on the 2nd Friday monthly during the school year from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.
All 3rd-5th Graders are invited to our monthly Friday gatherings as we gather for food, fun, faith, and a hands on service project! Friends are always welcome and you don't have to be a part of our church to participate. Join us on the bottom floor in the Children's Worship Center.
Please fill out a new registration form each school year for your child and return to the King's Kids Check-In Station on the first floor. Getting us this information for your family enables us to better serve you by keeping you informed of our program, letting you know when special events are coming up, and being able to contact you when your child is in our care. The form also provides you the opportunity to communicate any special needs or requests your child may have.
Parents! We know dropping your kid off in a new place can be a bit scary sometimes. That’s why we have this brief document that ensures you we have thought through your child’s safety while they are with us. The safety of our children is right next to our desire for them to know God and His love for them…it’s very important!
Vacation Bible School: VBS is held every summer and is HUGELY popular in the Manassas community. Mark your calendars for June 14 - 28, 2021! Spaces are limited due to the pandemic.
Advent Bags: A fun way for our children to be active participants in making the Advent season a little brighter for those less fortunate. Families pick up a special calendar that guides them in gathering food and other child-friendly items day-by-day.
Easter Egg Hunt: Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is held on a Saturday morning before Easter. All children through 5th grade are invited to join us for crafts, storytime and of course, an egg hunt! Bring a friend and share the fun.
Trunk or Treat: A "Spirit"ed festival on October 29 for all ages. A Christ-centered alternative for Halloween.
Proper and loving care of children is of paramount importance to St. Thomas UMC. See our Child Protection Policy.