Children

“Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14

KidCheck

At Severna Park UMC, nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of your children and youth. That’s why we’ve chosen KidCheck as our children’s check-in solution to bring you the best check-in experience and to allow us to partner with you to keep your children safe.

It is important you create your account by going to go.kidcheck.com, selecting “Create Your KidCheck Account,” and following the on-screen prompts. Alternatively, you can download the KidCheck Mobile Check-In app from the App Store or Google Play Store to create, manage, and update your account right on your phone.

You can create your account from the comfort of home; it’s simple and will only take a few minutes. The more info you provide, the better we can communicate with you regarding your child’s time at church and faith formation. Creating your account prior to attending Sunday School helps your first check-in go more quickly so you can get on your way.

Once you’ve created your account, simply use your 10 digit phone number to check-in with us on Sundays or throughout the week for childcare.


Sundays at Severna Park UMC

Nursery Care is available every Sunday for infants through 18 months of age, no reservations required. We use KidCheck text messaging to reach you during a service if needed.

The first Sunday of each month is Families First Sundays.  Children kindergarten and older attend worship with their families.  All children are welcome to attend worship any time but these first Sundays have a children’s message.  Children and youth will serve as readers and worship leaders.  On the first Sundays for younger children there is Sunday School as usual with the addition of communion being served in their classes.

Sunday School classes are available for children during our 9:30am & 11:00am worship services. When children arrive at Sunday School they check in using KidCheck to indicate they are present.  Families new to the church need to signup online using the KidCheck system to ensure we can contact you in case of an emergency prior to leaving your children with our teachers.

At 9:30am children toddlers through prekindergarten, middle school youth, and high school youth go directly to their classrooms each week.  Elementary students join together for a time of worship before dividing into age level classes.   Greeters at the front doors can guide you to the right rooms.

Toddler, Preschool, Elementary teachers use the Spark Lectionary curriculum to teach children Biblical stories and challenge children to apply them to their lives.  Each week there is a take home page so families can continue to grow in faith together at home.

Middle School will be  using the Grapple curriculum to grapple with meaningful answers to important, life-defining issues. High School youth are taught using the Live curriculum which helps them develop grater boldness in their faith, respond to challenges, prepare to make choices that will shape their lives, and explore what it means to be a follower of Christ.

At 11am children in preschool and elementary classes use the Holy Moly curriculum which ignite Biblical imaginations that last a lifetime.

Questions about our Sunday School program or any children’s programs should be sent to Erica Benjamin.


Special Seasons

During the seasons of Advent (preparing for Christmas) and Lent (preparing for Easter), we offer additional opportunities for children and families.  Our information for Lent 2017 can be found here.


Milestones

Baptism is a sign that God loves us before we are able to respond. During a baptism parents and the church make vows to care for a child being baptized and assist the child in the child’s spiritual development. A baptized child can join the church as a youth or adult when able to make her/his own commitment to Christ. Learn more about of infant, child, youth, or adult baptism…

Third Grade Bibles: A milestone at Severna Park UMC and UMCs throughout the country is giving Bibles to third graders. Each fall our third graders received their Bibles. Children come to the altar to receive their Bibles, names inscribed inside the front cover. They pick out covers and bookmarks for their Bibles crafted by the Heartfriends Circle of the UMW. These Bibles are not fancy Bibles meant to sit on a shelf, but meant to be read, studied, and marked.  During worship the congregation commits to encouraging our children to grow in faith by studying the scripture regularly. Please share your favorite stories with our children, encourage vigorous study, pray that their faith grows deep roots, and create opportunities for them to share their faith with others. With your help these new Bibles will make a great imprint on their hearts.


Summer Vacation Bible School

We are offering two weeks of Vacation Bible School again this summer.  Maker Fun Factory VBS is July 10th-14th & July 17th-21st 1:00-4:00. Children ages 3 years (as of September 1, 2016) through those going into 5th grade are welcome to attend. Registration for *volunteer families is March 20th, for church members is April 3rd 9:00 (Closes April 5th at 3:00), and the general public is April 10th 9:00 (Open until all slots are filled).  A link to register will be provided on the church website. *All volunteers must contact Erica in advance to discuss volunteer opportunities. All volunteers must complete our safe sanctuary process. Volunteers must be going into 6th grade or older. 75 volunteers are needed per week! Text VBS to 410-983-3507 to stay up-to-date on all things VBS.


Safe Sanctuaries

Safe Sanctuaries is a program developed by Severna Park United Methodist Church, following the direction and guidance of the United Methodist Church and the Baltimore-Washington Conference, to reduce the risk of abuse and  sexual harassment to the children and youth in our care. Find out more…