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July 2020 Update

St. James Kids looks for ways to help you stay personally connected with your church through various digital handouts & experiences. These include teaching & worship videos, parent/child conversation guides, activities, and so much more—all with the goal of giving kids and parents the opportunity to worship and learn about God’s Big Story in their homes.

As things develop, stay tuned to our social media channels, as we look to reinvent how we do ministry in these uncertain times:

    St. James Facebook Page: St. James United Methodist Church

    Children’s Ministry Facebook Page: St. James UMC- Kids

    Children’s Ministry Instagram: @stjameslrkids


We will be closely monitoring developments and will be making additional adjustments as advised or needed.
Please be in prayer for our world and church community.
Sean Dunbar
Director of Children’s Ministry
St. James UMC
(c) 501.351.1496

All in person Sunday School and Programming currently suspended.

Sunday School
Sundays, 9:30-10:30am
3 year olds: Room N107 (in the Nursery Hallway)
4 year olds: Room E110
Kindergarten: Room E109
1st-5th grade: Mountaintop
Infants – 2 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.
3 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 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.

Other Programs

T2 (Tween Time) (3rd – 5th grades) Wednesdays, 5:45pm-7pm on the Mountaintop
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 at 5:15pm before coming to the Mountaintop. 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! 
Parent’s Night Out 
(2nd Saturday of each month, September-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, www.stjameslr.org. For information contact Sarah Owens at sarah@stjameslr.org or 217-6748.
Bible Boot Camp

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 in late August of each year. Get ready to have some fun and learn a lot!



Ages: Kindergarten – 6th grade.
The 2020 Upward Season has ended.

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: Receive a Buddy
 To be a buddy to a child, go to: Be A Buddy
Please fill out the appropriate form and bring it back to St. James or email it to