Children’s Ministry

Jesus loves the little children, and we do at Central as well. The children’s ministry at Central is in place to provide a positive loving environment where children learn and grow as they explore faith. We want your children to feel at home and comfortable because we treat them like family. Our nursery is on the 1st floor and our children’s wing is on the 3rd floor, we look forward to the opportunity to serve your family.

Sunday Mornings

We offer a nursery for children ages Birth-Pre-K starting at 10:30 am. The nursery crew consists of staff members and Safe Sanctuary trained volunteers every week. The nursery is on the 1st floor. We follow Holston Conference, CDD, and local health department guidelines in our nursery at present: All adults will wear masks, no outside food beyond infant bottles, kids over 3 are encouraged to wear masks, outside play will be encouraged, all surfaces/toys wiped down between use, and each child will have their own set of craft materials.

School age children are invited to start worship with their family. At present, due to COVID, we do not gather children for children’s sermon but ask they remain in their pew. We also have kids packs at the back of the sanctuary with grade based worksheets and coloring that is based on each week’s sermon. We hope to restart children’s Sunday School later this summer. We are emailing out SS lessons to any parent who requests them. To get on the email list, contact Pastor Stephanie at stephanie@knoxcentralumc.org. Stay tuned to the website or sign up on the home page for our Central Hub newsletter to stay up to date on church happenings!

Our Safe Sanctuary and Check-In Policy

Safe Sanctuary is in place to allow your children to learn and grow in a safe environment. All volunteers in our nursery, children, youth and special needs ministries are Safe Sanctuary Trained.

Each time you bring your child to Sunday school you sign them in with the teacher or shepherd. After Sunday school, your child be released back to you so that you may proceed to the worship service as a family. You can rest easy knowing that your child is with a trained volunteer or a member of our staff.

Children with Special Needs

Families with special needs children just like all families at Central need to be able to worship and grow in an environment where they know their children are safe and cared for. We at Central want to provide the best environment for your child to learn and grow in their faith. We embrace your entire family as they seek to grow in their faith and worship with us.

We offer a variety of options tailored to fit the individual needs of your child. We know your entire family will be able to worship and grow at Central. Every child is special, but we understand that sometimes a child needs some extra attention. We look forward to serving your family.

Children’s Activities

Throughout the year there are a variety of other Children’s activities including:

  • Vacation Bible School – due to COVID this year, we have cancelled VBS

  • God Talks in the Park with Pastor Stephanie – Refer to Central Hub or calendar for dates and times

  • Easter Egg Hunt

  • Nativity/Advent Program

See our events page for info on upcoming children and youth ministry events.

Contact Rev. Stephanie Parrott, Director of Children and Youth Ministries, via email or at (865) 524-1659.