About Children’s Ministries
The psalmist declares, “God, you created my inmost being and knit me together in my mother’s
womb.” For all these mysteries—for the wonder of myself, for the wonder of children, for the wonder
of your works—we thank God.
May we appreciate and value all the wonder of our life and the wonders of people and nature. In
valuing children and nature, may we protect, affirm, and build a better, more peaceful world.
Ministering to our Children through Natural Disasters
This downloadable page gives helps to assist our children deal with natural disasters that enter our homes through media outlets.
10 Ideas to Help Children Cope with Natural Disasters
Council on Children's Ministries
CHILDREN'S COUNCIL MEMBERS
Goals• Opportunities for children to develop their discipleship
• Resources for adults who work with children to enhance leadership skills
• Resources to help local churches be aware of the needs of all children
Children attend camp to relax and experience God’s creation, love and
grace through outdoor activities, crafts, scripture activities, music, art &
drama, and guided play. Adults attend camp to serve children and receive
all of the above!
Adult volunteers are needed at our camps! The SWTC requires one
responsible adult sponsor for every 8 children registered from the same
congregation. Adult sponsors must send the Camp Registration form, a
check for the camp fee, and background consent form to the Conference
Office. Consent forms may be obtained from the SWTC, Camp Dean or
local church office.
Child Care at Annual Conference
The Children’s Council arranges for quality care through the staff of First UMC Corpus Christi
each year during the Southwest Texas Annual Conference.
Check here in April 2012 for more information on Child Care at Annual Conference June 7-10, 2012.
Congregations too numerous to count in the SWTX Conference affirm their
commitment to children with an annual “Children’s Sabbath” highlighting
National Children’s Defense Fund
A Church for All God’s Children
Download Guidelines for local churches from the
Bishops’ Initiative on Children and Poverty
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Early Christian Awareness (E.C.A.)
A toddler’s first Sunday School experience is relaxed, engaging, imaginative
and fun! In the comfort of the church nursery, toddlers (age 18-36 months)
are introduced to Jesus Christ.
RESOURCE SPECIALISTS IN E.C.A.
Godly Play is a Montessori-based, multi-sensory, hands-on approach
to Christian formation and education for children. A Godly Play
classroom provides a threshold of sacredness, safety, and wonder.
RESOURCE SPECIALISTS IN GODLY PLAY
Putting Children First
A resource and guidebook provided for each SWTX Conference congregation
in response to The Bishops’ Initiative on Children and Poverty.
Weekday Ministries Conferences
Offer continuing education with emphasis on Christian learning and values
for volunteer or paid workers with children in churches with programs for
Mothers’ Day Out, day care, and weekday preschool.
Conferences in 2013:
July 13, 2013 - Sierra Vista UMC, San Angelo
July 27, 2013 - University UMC, San Antonio
August 10, 2013 - First UMC, McAllen