Sunday Programming & News
Children’s Ministry Programming During COVID
In-person worship has returned! Your children are welcome to join you in the services and Kidz Kits are provided to keep little hands busy.
However, until Kidz Church Sunday classes can safely resume, Children’s Ministry is offering the following ways to keep kids connected.
Check out the Connect with Kidz page to find weekly Kidz Church, Kidz Music & Praise, and Club 56 resources.
Join our St. Mark’s Kidz Facebook page to watch a weekly Bible Story, hear a song, and share what you are up to each week.
Sundays | 10 – 10:30 AM
Kids ages 3 through Grade 4 are welcome to join us for KidzConnect Live, meeting Sundays on Zoom from 10-10:30 AM. Register below for weekly Zoom codes.
Kidz Music & Praise Rocking 11 AM
Sundays | 11:00 AM
Children ages 4 and up are invited to gather each Sunday on Zoom for worship, praise, and fun! We are currently rehearsing for our upcoming Lenten musical during this hour. Contact Joyce Click (email@example.com) for a Zoom invitation and for more information on the musical. “Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord” during this fun-filled hour each week!
Sundays | 1 – 2 PM
Youth in grades 5th and 6th are invited to attend weekly club56:live gatherings with time to connect and grow each Sunday from 1-2 p.m. on Zoom. Contact Ramie Cooney (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information, and register below for weekly Zoom codes.
Kidz Lenten Activities & Resources
† Church-wide Palm Sunday Craft & Video Project
As a way to include everyone in the fun of Palm Sunday, you are invited to record a short video clip of you and your family waving branches and shouting “Hosanna!” The branches can be palm fronds, house plants, flowers, or palm crafts. Use the links here for written instructions or to view a 2020 how-to Kidz Church video recorded by our own, Michelle White.
Palm Branch Craft (written instructions)
Make your own Palm Branch Video
Once you’ve recorded your family’s video, please upload the clip to Kody Emrich at email@example.com. He will be compiling and editing the clips together so that on Palm Sunday we will be able to enjoy a virtual procession! Please submit your videos, which shouldn’t be longer than a few seconds, no later than March 20th.
† Lenten Devotionals
Pick up your devotional copies—The Sanctuary for Lent for adults and A is for Ashes: Praying through Lent from A to Z for families—from the shelves in the church entrance. Doors are open Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.
† Family Conversation Cards
Get some lively family dialogue going with enough cards for each of the 40 days of Lent. Cards are divided into four different topics: Body of Christ, Creation, Diversity or Feelings. Cards can be printed and cut out or read them right from your electronic device. Download Cards
† Club 56 Parents Lenten Study starting February 21 | 1:00-2:00 PM
Led by Julia Gonzales | online | Books $6
Parents, join this 6-week study to connect with your kids in a new way! Your Club 56 kids and Cornerstone Youth will be doing activities from What Makes a HERO? for Lent. Click here to sign up.
† Children’s Lenten Musical, March 21 | 2 PM | on Zoom
All are invited to enjoy the Lenten musical, Shout! Hosanna, to discover a deeper understanding of the need for salvation, and encounter the beauty of worshiping Jesus with timeless worship songs. Shout! Hosanna is an engaging Easter musical created by Jeff and Dana Anderson with friends set in the middle of an Easter Flash Mob asking about the celebration. Please contact Joyce Click at firstname.lastname@example.org for musical Zoom codes.
† Holy Week Activity & Family Reading Guide
Be sure to visit this page again beginning Palm Sunday to download a recipe for Ressurection Rolls (yummy!) and a daily scripture guide that goes along with your Spark Story Bible or Spark NRSV Bible.
Kidz Church News
Infant Recognition: Sunday, March 14
St. Mark’s is excited to celebrate infants born during the last year. Families are invited to RSVP with a picture of their baby/family and current address by 3/10/21 to email@example.com. Infant recognition will be done virtually in 2021 with gifts being delivered to families by St. Mark’s volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to deliver gifts, please contact Ramie Cooney, firstname.lastname@example.org. As in previous years, we will also have a white rose to honor those families who lost a child in 2020.
Save the Date: Club 56 Mission Camp
Mark your calendars! Fifth and sixth graders are invited to participate in our annual local mission camp June 14-17, 2021.
Save the Date: Vacation Bible Camp (VBS)
We will host Rocky Railway Vacation Bible Camp from 9-12 on July 19-23, 2021. Registration for volunteers and participants will begin April 1st.
Save the Date: Puppet & Drama Camp
Monday, June 21—Friday, June 25
Puppet Camp: 10:00 AM– 11:30 AM
Drama Camp—12:15 PM-2:30 PM
Mark your calendars and get ready for some fun. Puppet Camp is for students ages 4– Grades 3. They will use a variety of puppets during the week to interpret songs and themes. Students will make their own puppets to take home. Drama Camp is for students Grades 1-6 and will act out stories. Cost is $15 for each camp. Watch for details on whether the event will be online or in person.
St. Mark’s Preschool Registration
St. Mark’s has one of the best preschools in town and registration is open now! Thankfully church families will again have priority placement because the preschool usually is filled to capacity. If you or someone you know (neighbor, grandchild) would like to learn more or tour the preschool, please contact Director, Jen Weixler at (317) 846-4912 or email@example.com.
Internship Opportunities at St. Mark’s
Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to learn more about working in a church setting?
The Children’s Ministry department at St. Mark’s UMC in Carmel, IN is excited to announce paid internship opportunities for Summer 2021. Work schedules will be flexible and approximately 15 hours per week during the summer months.
Job Responsibilities: Interns will assist with Children’s Mission Outreach and work with church ministries to help carry out the mission of St. Mark’s. For example, interns will assist in preparing for Vacation Bible Camp, organize a Club 56 Mission Camp, attend Week of Hope, as well as plan fellowship and service opportunities over the summer for children and our local community.
Qualifications: Intern candidates should be comfortable working in a church setting, caring, compassionate, confident, and enjoy children. To be eligible, youth must have completed their sophomore year in high school.
Application Process: Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter explaining why they are interested in a St. Mark’s Internship and a resume with relevant experience (volunteer or paid) to Children’s Ministry Director, Ramie Cooney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth are invited to contact Ramie Cooney or Jackie Rowell at (317) 846-4912 with any questions or to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee beginning March 2021 and decisions communicated by April 2021.
Thank you Clara Rozmaryn!
We are very fortunate that Clara picked St. Mark’s as the site for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. She designed, sketched, and supervised the painting of murals in the Education Wing entrance. We can’t wait for you to see her depiction of Noah’s Ark, Jesus calling the disciples, and Jesus feeding the 5ooo. In addition to the murals, Clara will also be creating curricula for classes to use to learn about these murals. Clara went to preschool at St. Mark’s many years ago (she’s a high school junior now) and her mother teaches at the preschool currently. We are grateful for Clara’s service!