CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, SUNDAY MORNINGS, 9:45-10:45 A.M.
SPARK: ACTIVATE FAITH for Children Age 2 – Grade 1!
• SPARK Sunday School helps your child experience God’s Word as they walk through key Old Testament and New Testament Bible stories each year, with the Old Testament stories in the fall quarter and the New Testament stories in the winter and spring quarters.
• Your child can take the Bible stories home each Sunday with the beautiful SPARK Story Bible, used weekly in Sunday school and available for families to purchase for use at home for $20.00. See Rev. Touchton about ordering a SPARK Bible.
• Online resources–activity ideas, preparation videos, and more–make lesson planning fun and easy for teachers. The more teachers we have, the less often teachers have to teach! If you would like to be a part of a teaching team, please contact Children’s Ministries team Leader Samantha Daniel or Rev. Martha Touchton.
Grades 2 – 5 Children’s Sunday School
Receives an Upgrade!
Starting January 8, 2017, children in Grades 2 – 5 will have a completely new format! The children will be in two classes, Grades 2 & 3 and Grades 4 & 5, and will meet in Rooms 304 and 213. Teachers and shepherds will serve on a rotating basis – volunteers are always needed!
Both classes will begin using a new curriculum called “SPARK Lectionary,” which corresponds with the Revised Common Lectionary (a three-year cycle of the scriptures). This means the Bible stories focused upon in Sunday school will by synchronized with the themes and preaching of our Sunday morning worship. This connection of worship and Sunday school will enrich each child’s experience of the scriptures, help kids get more out of both worship and Sunday school, and encourage families to expand their conversations of faith, worship and learning.
(http://www.thirdrva.org/blog/telling-time-differently-as-christ-followers. Image copied with permission.)
All St. Mark’s 3rd – 6th graders are invited to join with others from across Middle Tennessee for a special retreat led by the high school and middle school youth who of the NEXT GEN Conference Council on Youth Ministry. Fore more information, CLICK HERE.
"GLEE CLUB" (God Loves Everyone Equally)
The "Glee Club" is St. Mark's Special Needs Ministry, welcoming children with special needs ages 3 through 6th grade into our Sensory Room. If you are in need of services from our Special Needs Ministry, we ask that you first contact our Sensory Room coordinator, Mary Dunkin, by phone at (615) 692-9347. In order to meet the needs of each child we ask that there are no drop-ins; we want to understand the needs of each participating the child so our caring volunteers will be trained and available to minister to your child. The Glee Club is open Sunday mornings, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. and Wednesday evenings, 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Special Care for Every Occasion - St. Mark’s Nursery is open as follows: Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (All Year), Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (During the School Year only). Childcare may be available for other events, such Disciple classes, walking groups, ministry team meetings, or other church activities. Please call the church office if you are in need of childcare for a specific event.
Special Care for Every Age - Childcare is available for children from 3 months to 4 years of age. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age 4 may use the Nursery during 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship services. Infants and toddlers may use the Nursery during the Christian Education hour (9:45 - 10:45 a.m.). Children ages 2-4 will be escorted to Sunday school at 9:45 a.m..
Placement in St. Mark's Nursery and Sunday school classes follows local public school guidelines. Therefore, if your child turns 2 years of age by August 15 of the current school term, the child will attend the Age 2 class. Otherwise, the child will remain in the Toddler Nursery until Promotion Sunday the following Fall.
The Nursery is open during church functions only. No child shall be left in the Nursery unless their parent or guardian remains on the premises for a church function.
ST. MARK’S PRESCHOOL
Operates five days per week September through May with varied programs for children 18 months - 4 years of age. Sherrie Gilliam, Director, 895-1803.
WEDNESDAY CHOIRS AND BIBLE ZONE
Handbell and Choirs for Preschool through 6th grade are part of our September - May "Wednesday Night Together” Ministry.
J.A.M. SESSION (Jesus and Me)
5th and 6th graders meet monthly for fun, fellowship, service and spiritual challenge, including Nashville Shores, "Created by God" seminar, Mission Mania, and Confirmation. Permission Forms for JAM events can be downloaded HERE.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Worship, singing, arts and crafts, hands-on learning, recreation and mission. Bring a friend! We will be using the WOW: Workshop of Wonders program this year. For more information about Cokesbury VBS programs, CLICK HERE.
After the Children's Sermon, children ages 4 - 7 are invited to reflect upon the morning Bible story with music and movement, stories, prayer and other related activities. Children return to the sanctuary for the closing of worship, including communion on first Sundays. Children’s Church is offered during the school year, September – May in Room 1117.
CREDO helps our 6th graders explore the principles that all persons need to know in order to become mature Christians and confirmed members of the church. For more info, CLICK HERE.
Advent and Lenten activities, Christmas Eve worship for families with children, an Easter Egg Hunt and special mission events.
CAMP CEDAR CREST
Camp Cedar Crest offers an outdoor experience of Christian community for rising 2nd to 6th graders. Registration in March.
CHOIR, ACOLYTING, AND USHERING
Children are invited to lead in worship through service in age-level Children's Choir, as an Acolyte, and as a monthly Coin Offering Usher.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
It is the intent of the St. Mark’s community to provide an opportunity for ministry whenever possible, however severe weather may prevent this.
Our church policy is as follows: We understand that weather and road conditions may improve later in the day, but if the Murfreesboro City Schools are closed, all Wednesday night programming is cancelled. During other times of the week, for those who are able to get here safely, meetings and programs will be held at the discretion of the chairperson or group leader.
The church office will be open if possible, though it may not be fully staffed for its’ regular hours. Staff members will be available via e-mail.
In the event of a significant amount of ice or snow on a weekend, early service and Sunday school will be canceled. For those who are able to get here safely, we will have worship in the Sanctuary at 11:00. Our website and Facebook page will give you the updated information. In addition, the staff of the church will communicate with their respective groups and classes via email, text, social media, or phone. Please check your communication devices for the latest update and information.