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Families of Faith Conference - Video Sessions 

From November 5, 2016 at Frankfort First UMC

Below are listed the three video sessions from this mini conference.

Discussions with:

Sarah Flannery & Kristina White - Bridging Church and Home
Christina Embree - Generations Collide
Dr. Winfield Bevins - Grow at Home

Questions? Ideas? Want to volunteer? Contact Sarah Flannery at sarahmckainflannery@gmail.com or (502) 494-4729.




Children and Family Team 2016 - 2017 

Meet the Children and Family Team for 2016 - 2017!

Children and Family Team 2016 - 2017




Row 1 (Top):  Mark Shepherd

Row 2: Cristina Embree, Kristina White, & Hannah James

Row 3:  Shannon Seidt, P.J. Danhires, Cindy Green, Leanne Hadley, Brenda Story & Anna Merlo

Row 4 (Bottom):  Susan Skaggs, Sarah Flannery, Tonya Kenner, & Nancy Newby




Children and Family Team Co-Chairs





Children and Family Team Co-Chairs

Kristina White - Wilmore UMC

Sara Flannery - The Offerings of Lexington First UMC










 Flat John and Charles Wesley Project 


Teaching Children to Live Out Our United Methodist Heritage 

This is offered as a four week educational event where the Wesleys have traveled across the Kentucky Conference to help congregations experience our rich heritage.  A packet with complete instructions are available containing  a laminated John and Charles Wesley, CD of Wesley songs, lessons for preschool and elementary age, coloring sheets, and an invitation to join the Flat Wesley Facebook page for more suggestions.  Please contact children@kyumc.org for more information.


 Internship Opportunities

Children's Ministry Internship Information

The Kentucky Annual Conference Children’s Ministry Team of the United Methodist church is offering internship experiences for college students during their spring semester and summer break in children’s ministry. The purpose of the program is to identify, encourage and support those sensing a call to a career in children’s ministry.
Student Interns will be matched with a United Methodist Church in either the Lexington or Louisville areas with housing to be arranged by student and the host church. Interns will be mentored by experienced Children’s Pastors where they will gain a broad understanding of the inner workings of children’s ministry and may also earn their mentored ministry credit.


 Children and Poverty News


It Worked for Us:

How Kentucky Annual Conference raises funds for grants church's can use to help children living in poverty.  Click here to read the entire article.


2015 Change for Change total...$2,560.00
2014 Change for Change total...$6,035.59
2013 Change for Change total...$10, 246.96
The KY Conference Children's Team is grateful for all the contrubutions given at Annual Conference to fund the "Children and Poverty" $1,000 Grants. These grants provide seed monies for such programs as: Summer Feeding programs, Back Pack programs, After School care and Van ministries.


Want to help the Children's Team ensure that grants to help local churches continue to minister to children and families that are facing the effects of poverty? What if your children could begin a Mission offering for "Change for Change" during Advent and Holy Week that could be used on Sunday or in the home?  We are offering families and churches a way to give through devotionals which can be used during Advent or Lent seasons.
Change for Change Advent and Lenten Devotional


A NOISY Offering
Help your Church donate to the Children & Poverty Grants by arranging a NOISY Offering. Download the NOISY Offering PDF.


Church for All God's Children
Document provides specific actions to help churches meet the needs of children within their community. Document contains a check list, guidelines, and resources.


Children In Poverty Grant Application (for more information click here)
Application allows funding of up to $1,000 to initiate new ministries with children and families.
Application Deadline for Spring - March 1.
Application Deadline for Fall - August 1.

Sample Project For Review


 Safe Sanctuaries

The Safe Sanctuaries required Kentucky policy, background checks, cyber safety, forms and training information can be found on this link. The five new online training sessions are also available for volunteers to take in the comfort of their own home and print the results to submit for church records.
Safe Sanctuaries
Kentucky Resources
General Board of Discipleship Resources




 Children's Leaders Resources

General Board of Discipleship
Children's Ministry Page


Life Span Developmental Chart from GBOD
Download it and use it to enhance the understanding of how we all change and mature over the years. Great for new teacher/mentor trainings!

International Network of Children's Ministries host of CPC (Children's Pastors Conference) held each winter on the east and west coast.


 Curriculum Resources, Ministry Resources &  Ideas

Connectional Café
Connectional Café is your resource for training and workshops
within our United Methodist connection of local churches, districts
and our Kentucky Annual Conference.



Panmethodist Campaign for Children and Poverty
Click here
to go to the website. "To affirm the Wesleyan heritage to care for the poor by encouraging the people called Methodist to serve children and youth at risk to poverty."


 Children & Family Ministry Resources 

Steps to Certification in Children's Ministry
Contact General Board of Higher Education - "Certification of qualified people in specialized ministries in the UM Church demonstrates a level of competency and standards set by the denomination."

Pockets - Family Devotionals & More

Cokesbury Resources


 Inclusive Children's Ministry Conference Event with Dr. Steve Grcevich   


If you missed Inclusive Children's Ministry One-Day Conference Event that was held on Nov. 7, 2015, you still have a chance to listen to what Dr. Steve Grcevich shared with everyone.  Click on the links below to see his presentation.   

Part 1

Part 2 - (there is no audio for the first 25 seconds)

Part 3 - (there is no audio for the first 13 seconds)



 Upcoming Events  

More information coming soon...



General Board of Discipleship Training Webinars

A Webinar is a recorded training session that can be watched from your computer. The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) offers a variety of webinars for churches, pastors and laity. The Children's Ministry link will allow you to sign up for the Children's Ministry Newsletter as well as see the variety of topics. Simply go to the link provided and you will see the list of webinars available to view and while you are there, be sure to sign up for the E-Newsletter!



Children's Ministry Staff Position Openings

 Please see the Classifieds section of the website for all the listings.



Sign up to receive the SPARK Newsletter


To receive the SPARK E-Newsletter, please fill out the box in the right hand column and select SPARK E-Newsletter or click here.



Contact any of these Children's Team Members

Sarah Flannery & Kristina White (children@kyumc.org) - Co-Chairs, Children's Ministry Team
Rev. Tami Coleman - For specific district information or to provide event information