“Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
Sundays at Severna Park UMC
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.
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.
What Do We Teach?
Our babies and toddlers at 9:30 & 11:00 use the Frolic curriculum which believes that it’s never too early to teach children about God. We believe that Christian faith is essential to early childhood development. Frolic is the first curriculum of its kind to connect developmental and spiritual milestones for the youngest of children—starting at birth (yes, really!). Frolic comes with an Enewsletter sent to families monthly to support their children in faith formation. Email Erica Benjamin to be added to this amazing Enewsletter.
Preschool and 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 uses a variety of curricula to grapple with meaningful answers to important, life-defining issues. High School youth are taught using a Sparkhouse curriculum which allows for Hands-on investigative learning that leads to deep engagement with the Bible, faith, and what it means to be a Christian..
At 11am children prekindergarten and elementary classes use the All-in-One 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.
During the seasons of Advent (preparing for Christmas) and Lent (preparing for Easter), we offer additional opportunities for children and families.
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.
We are offer two weeks of Vacation Bible School each summer. This past year we had 300 children and 100’s of loving volunteers for an amazing two weeks of ROAR! Next year, VBS 2020 will be the weeks of July 13-17 & 20-24.
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…