Children’s Groups

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Vacation Bible School 2019 ROAR –

this summer’s mane event – July 14-18!

This epic African adventure engages the whole herd.
At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate
a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.
You’re in for a week full of fun, superb music
and a wild setting that come together to celebrate God’s Goodness

A summer kids’ event called Roar VBS will be hosted at St. James UMC from July 14th to 18th. At Roar, kids discover that God is good even when life get wild! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Wild Bible Adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with the Safari Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:30.

Roar is for kids from  4 years old (by 9.1) to 5th grade and will run from 9am to noon each day. For more information, contact Sean Dunbar, or 501.351.1496

To register for Vacation Bible School CLICK HERE
Volunteer to Serve Sign Up Sheet CLICK HERE

Adventure for the City Camp

July 29-August 2

8am – 5pm

Can’t get to camp? We’ll bring camp to you. We’ve taken all the adventure and impact of stay away church camp, stuffed it all in a truck or two, and hit the road to bring our unique camp experience to kids in urban areas. We strive to deliver a week-long, fun-filled, Christ-centered, day camp experience specifically designed for kids and supervised by hand-picked counselors.
From rock climbing and archery tag, to soaking-wet water activities; they’ll worship with friends, explore God’s unchanging Word and learn what it means to be a kid who follows Christ.
It’s right in our own backyard and packed with adventure activities and opportunities to learn. Kids look forward to it every summer.
COSTS: $200 (Full/Partial Scholarships available)
Questions? Contact Sean Dunbar at


Ages: Kindergarten 5 – 6th grade. 
Upward Basketball & Cheerleading for 2020 will start back in early October. Check back in September for information and opportunities to register.


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Buddy Program

The Buddy Program at St. James allows a child with special needs to be assisted by an adult or teen in a typical Sunday School classroom. The buddy will assist the child in activities in the classroom, getting around, interacting with their peers, and any other needs they may have. Buddies allow a child with special needs to get the experience of a typical Sunday School classroom by assisting them so they are comfortable and have everything they could need. To receive a buddy, go to:  ; to be a buddy to a child, go to:
Please fill out the appropriate form and bring it back to St. James LR or email it to

Sunday School

Infants – 3 years olds Sunday School for our youngest United Methodists begins in the Nursery as soon as our babies can sit in a chair. Early Christian Awareness (ECA) introduces the foundation of life-long faith formation in an interactive, song-filled atmosphere.
4 year olds – 5th grade
Sunday School at St. James is designed to help students learn to discover how they are part of God’s big story using their faith as a foundation for life. St. James Kids uses Deep Blue Kids curriculum, published by the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tennessee in PK Sunday School. Deep Blue Kids is a new, awe-inspiring resource for children that includes adventure, exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games—all combined into a living-faith experience that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today! As a parent, you want your kids to grow up:
Making wiser choices
Building stronger relationships
Developing a deeper faith
St. James Kids strives to provide kids and parents with the tools to make life easier and a strategy for both church AND home to give kids a faith that will last forever and make St. James a place they want to be.
252 Kids is our curriculum that weaves music, stories, small group discussions, video presentations, and creative activities together to reinforce one clear and simple bottom line each week so kids can walk away and remember what matters most.
Kids 3 years (N107) old through Kindergarten grade classes (E109 & E110) are divided by age or grades. The 1st through 5th grade classes are combined upstairs in the “Mountaintop.”

Weekday & Saturday

T2 (Tween Time) (3rd – 5th grades) 5:45pm
Designed for our older elementary students, T2 (Tween Time), provides students with an engaging way to dive into their Bibles, so they can build a strong foundation for their faith. Students are encouraged to bring a brown bag supper or join their families at Wednesday night dinner in Jones Hall. The first Wednesday of each month is a crowd pleasing Pizza Night provided by the children’s ministry. No need to sign up, just join us!
PNO (Parents’ Night Out) 2nd Saturday Sept. – May Parents’ Night Out is designed to provide kids with a fun, safe place to be, while parents get a brief respite (and maybe a date). The evening includes a snack supper, games and more. Designed for infants through 5th grade. Cost is $15 for the first child, $10 for each additional child. Pre-registration is required at St. James Online, For information contact Sarah Owens at or 217-6748.
ADVENTURES FOR THE CITY: The week-long camp is scheduled for August of every year. St. James is aiming to make camp more accessible to children in our community so that every child can experience Christ-like change through outdoor adventure, authentic relationships and Biblical truth.
Adventure for the Cityers will experience just about everything traditional away camps have to offer – from rock climbing to archery tag to soaking-wet water activities – supervised by the world’s most energetic counselors. For one week, they’ll worship with friends, explore God’s unchanging Word and learn what it means to be a kid who follows Christ.
Registration starts in early March. You can register by going here:
For information about any children’s event, contact Sean Dunbar, Director of Children Ministries, at 217-6744 or

Please join us for our annual Bible Boot Camp, an overnight extravaganza for 3rd through 5th graders, where you will learn how to use your Bible through games, friends, food, and family! Bible Boot Camp takes place at Ferncliff on August 23-24. Register at: by 11:59 PM on August 18. Get ready to have some fun and learn a lot!