Join us for our summer programming!

Here are the opportunities for children this summer:

  • Camp Hogwarts – From 9:15 am to 4:30 pm on June 1 & 2, rising first through rising 6th graders can explore the wonders of Camp Hogwarts! The cost is $50 per child, which includes a boxed lunch, snack and all materials. Masks will be required and we will be outside as much as possible. Register here.
  • VBS – Join us as we blast off to Mars and Beyond June 21-24 from 6:00-7:30 pm! Children 3 years old through rising 6th graders are welcome to register. Masks will be required for all children and we will be outside as much as possible. Register here.
  • Children’s Choir Camp – Sign up today for CSUMC’s Children’s Choir Camp, Monday, July 12- Wednesday July 14, 9 am – 1 pm daily. This fun-filled camp is for children in rising 1st-5th grades. It will include singing, music games, fellowship and activities in downtown Knoxville. In addition to exercising our minds and voices, we’ll play at World’s Fair Park, enjoy some ice cream and maybe even strike up some fun at a nearby bowling alley! Register here.

Nursery & Children’s Worship Update

We will reopen our nursery on Sunday, May 2, and will return to in-person Children’s Worship on Sunday, May 9. Please note our protocol before arriving:

  • Nursery – The nursery will be available during both services (8:30 & 11am) and volunteers with children may drop-off their children starting 30 minutes prior to service start. Families attending may drop-off starting 15 minutes prior to service start.
    • Parents/guardians are encouraged to register here to help us predict the number of children joining us each week. We encourage one parent/guardian to drop-off and pick-up nursery age children, and we will collect the best contact phone number for parents/guardians who are attending worship.
    • Adults and children aged 3 and up are required to wear a mask, and any nursery worker or volunteer will have their temperature checked upon arrival. If a worker, volunteer or child is experiencing any sick symptoms, we recommend staying home.
    • CDC guidelines will be followed for changing diapers and cleaning any accidents that a child may have. Hand sanitizer will be readily available, and hand washing will be encouraged.
    • Rooms will be disinfected between each service, and workers, volunteers and children will remain in the same room during that service.
    • All soft toys will be removed from the rooms prior to reopening, and toys will be placed in a disinfection container after playtime for cleaning at the conclusion of both services. Two and three year olds will play on the playground as weather permits.
    • The church will not provide a snack, but pre-packaged snacks from home are allowed.
  • Children’s Worship – Children’s Worship is a special time for our youngest congregation members during both services (8:30 & 11am). Children age 4 through 2nd grade will start with their families in worship and be dismissed to Children’s Worship following Children’s Moments.
    • Adults and children are required to wear a mask and social distance. Hand sanitizer will be readily available. We will collect the best contact phone number for parents/guardians who are attending worship.
    • Children’s Worship will meet in Parish Hall to appropriately social distance. Floor stickers will show kids where they can sit and stand.
    • Snacks will not provided.
    • During activity time, children will have their own pencil box with supplies needed. Any paper, coloring sheet or other materials will be handed to children by a volunteer. Each pencil box will be sanitized between weeks and only one child will use it each Sunday.
    • Songs will not be sung, but will be spoken while doing motions.

children’s worship

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Matthew 18:2-6

Church Street’s children’s ministry is a vibrant and fun way for our littlest disciples to engage in the glory of God. From children’s worship during our Sunday services to Vacation Bible School and our beautiful children’s choirs and services, Church Street welcomes all of His children.

Contact

For more information about Church Street’s Children’s Ministry, please contact Director of Children’s Ministries Katryn Bancroft at 865-521-0282 or kbancroft@churchstreetumc.org.

children’s activities + events

And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Mark 10:16

Throughout the year, Church Street offers a variety of activities and events just for our children, including:

  • Sunday School and Children’s Worship: Ages 2 through 5th grade (Youth starts in 6th grade). Nursery care is provided during worship for children. Children’s Worship with Church Street pastors happens in all services (except on Holy Communion Sundays), and children are invited to join our Children’s Director after Children’s Worship in the Nave for activities.
  • Children’s Sundays: in which children and youth lead all aspects of worship
  • Blessing of the Backpacks & Promotion Sunday: Back-to-School worship in which we prepare our minds and hearts for a new year of learning
  • Trunk or Treat: a beloved family activity full of spooky and fun treats
  • Christmas and Easter Activities: provided for children and youth throughout these most holy seasons
  • Camp Hogwarts: A two-day magical camp that draws parallels between the themes of Harry Potter to Christian principles
  • Vacation Bible School: Each summer, Church Street hosts a four-night inclusive Bible School experience for our young people, beginning at age 4 (free dinner included!)
  • Summer Fun Days: Casual get-togethers throughout the summer for families with small children to fellowship within our Knoxville community and beyond
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