AMKM

Allen Memorial Kids Ministry

Welcome to AMKM!

Sunday Mornings

Opportunities for children to worship and learn about God's amazing stories in the bible are available at both the 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services.

9:45 am Service
First Steps Nursery and preschool (ages 0-5)
Launch (1st-4th grade)
Planet 56 (5th-6th grade)
11:15 am Service
First Steps Nursery and preschool (ages 0-5)
Launch (1st-2nd grade)

Wednesday Nights

Children's Life Groups meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm.

Childcare for adults attending Life Groups - Children ages 0-2 will spend the evening listening to Bible stories, crafts and playing games. A snack will be provided. This group is reserved for parents attending a Life Group on Wednesday evenings.

Mission Friends - Preschoolers will be connecting, growing and serving at their own pace. Mission Friends is the missions organization of WMU for preschoolers whose primary objective is to provide a strong foundation in a Christian and missions lifestyle. Mission Friends provides developmentally appropriate missions learning experiences to help preschoolers move from a self-centered focus to a focus on others, to become aware that not everyone knows about God's love, and to understand ways they can help others know about this good news! (Preschoolers ages 3-5 Group)

Kids in Discipleship - Children in 1st - 6th grade will connect with their peers and learn God's foundational truth. (1st - 6th grade Group)

AMKM Children's Choir

The AMKM Children's Choir is an outreach for our AMKM community.  Children not only learn the fundamental concepts of music and concert performance, they are taught to be a light for Jesus in their community.  Our Children's Choir has performed at the Delmarva Shorebirds Stadium and in the Magi Choir Festival each November. 

Children 1st -6th grades rehearse each Wednesday 6:30-7:15pm during the school year. No previous experience is necessary, just a heart for singing!

Special Events

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at AMBC - April 15th
AMBC Children's Choir Musical - April 26th
Muffins with Mom - May 14th
Doughnuts with Dad - June 18th
Teacher Appreciation Sunday - August 20th
Promotion Sunday and Backpack Blessing - August 27th
Parent's Night Out - December 1st

2017 Family Sunday and Parent Child Dedications - January 29, April 30, July 30, October 29 and December 31, 2017

Child dedication is a time during our Sunday morning services where we ask parents and the congregation to publicly commit to raising children in our church according to God's plan. These dedications occur five times per year.  If you are interested in participating in one of these celebrations, please fill out the Parent-Child Dedication Form below.

If you are interested in receiving more information regarding our children's ministry, please contact Cheryl Tolbert, our Children's Pastor.

First Time at AMKM?

We will meet your family and check your child into our database system. Once your family is checked in, one of our volunteers will be happy to show you the age appropriate room we have created for your child. We will ask for the following personal information: family member's names, children's names and birthdates, family address, phone number, and any special instructions (allergies, special needs) for your child. Please complete the Child Information Form and bring it with you next Sunday.

You and your child will be given matching identification tags that are exclusive to your family and your visit. Your child will need to wear the name tag portion of your matching identification tags which bears a code that is matched to your portion during checkout at the end of the service. During checkout, you will return to your child's room and show your tag in order for your child to be released back to you.

On your way home, be sure to ask your child: "Did you have fun?" and "What did you learn today?"

AMKM is a children's ministry uniquely designed with your child in mind! Kids, birth through sixth grade, experience safe, age-appropriate environments where the Bible is taught in a creative and relevant way. Join the fun and experience a world where kids meet Jesus on their level! At Allen we believe in Connecting Kids to Christ so they will Grow and Serve others through Him.

ALL children (babies through 6th grade) attend AMKM each Sunday! Our First Steps Ministry on the first floor of the children's wing is designed for babies through age 5. Upstairs in Launch, children in 1st-4th graders join together for bible lessons and small group time. Our 5th and 6th grade ministry has it's own special space to meet the needs of this unique group called Planet 56.

A viewing room is available just outside the sanctuary in Room #149 for moms and babies. This is a "Moms Only" room for women who are nursing their babies.

If you'd like to learn more about the curriculum we use and upcoming events, be sure to visit the AMKM page on the AMBC website. You can also keep up with quick updates, encouragements and reminders by following AMKM on Facebook.

If you'd like to learn more about the curriculum and what the Children's Ministry staff are up to, be sure to visit the AMKM Blog. If you use an RSS reader, you can subscribe to the blog. You can also keep up with quick updates, encouragements and reminders by following AMKM on Twitter.com.

Age Appropriateness

We are passionate about children learning about Jesus in a way they understand. Our environments and lesson materials are created based on the physical, mental and emotional needs of each child.

Nursery (infant through 2 years old)

The nursery is available during our 9:45 and 11:15 am services on Sunday and is a safe, nurturing environment where we want a baby's first experience with their church family to be one filled with love and trust. We do provide a snack, usually goldfish and apple juice, during our time with your children. If your child has a food allergy, please notify his/her teacher. We offer age-appropriate activities that will teach your child about Jesus through crafts, stories, games and songs. Our classes are divided according to ages and are assigned an animal name. Be sure to look for the animal outside your child's door!

Infants: Lambs
One's: Ducks
Two's: Frogs

Preschool (3 years through Kindergarten)

Classes are offered during both the 9:45 and 11:15 am Sunday morning services. We know that children in this age are in major discovery mode so we use hands-on learning to introduce young children to God and His amazing love for them. We also recognize that children this age need more one on one contact so we utilize comfortable but stimulating classrooms with appropriate adult-child ratios. Two through five year olds also have bathrooms in their classrooms for ease in potty training. Our classes are divided according to ages and are assigned an animal name. Be sure to look for the animal outside your child's door!

Three's: Monkeys
Four's: Giraffes
Kindergarten: Elephants

Elementary (First through Fourth Grade)

Children at this age love stories so we provide them with plenty of biblical stories with relevant applications which is what we hope will be a part of a strong foundation for truth. Elementary-aged kids love to move and play so we focus on lively worship and plenty of purposeful activities. Kids in grades 1st-4th meet for a time of worship and learning through games, crafts and prayer. Children start off in small groups according to their grade in school. We then have large group time of worship, teaching and prayer at our Launch Pad. The kids then return to their small groups for application activities.

Fifth and Sixth Grades

"Tweens" are at a particularly critical time in their lives when they can grasp their faith in new ways and can begin to make decisions that will affect their teen years. We meet this challenge through a group that meets for biblical instruction on Sunday mornings at 9:45am called Planet 56, and a time of crazy fun, fellowship and teaching on Wednesday evenings.

Safety

We believe that safety is vital as families entrust us with their children each week. Therefore, every child's name tag is matched to a parent-identification number and every volunteer is screened with an interview and background check. We maintain safety in the nursery by conducting background checks on every worker, providing annual training for nursery staff and doing weekly cleaning of the facility and its contents.

Connecting Kids to Christ so they will Grow and Serve others through Him.