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
Kristina White - Wilmore UMC
Sara Flannery - The Offerings of Lexington First UMC
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.
2017 Change for Change total...TBA
The KY Conference Children's Team is grateful for all the contributions 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
Help your Church donate to the Children & Poverty Grants by arranging a NOISY Offering. Download the NOISY Offering PDF.
(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.
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.
From November 5, 2016 at Frankfort First UMC
Below are listed the three video sessions from this mini conference.
If you missed InclusiveChildren'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 2 - (there is no audio for the first 25 seconds)
Part 3 - (there is no audio for the first 13 seconds)
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.
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."
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
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!
February 6-7, 2018. Dr. Leigh Meekins will present a leader training for the Kentucky Conference on the brand of new faith & sexuality curriculum, Wonderfully Made. Our Conference Ministry Team wants to invite any and all leaders in the Conference to attend in person at First UMC in Lexington, KY.
The schedule for the training is:
February 6th, 12pm - 5pm
February 7th, 8am - 2pm
Questions? Contact Sarah Flannery.
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