The conference resources the local church in all areas of ministry to children, including Christian Education (such as Sunday School and Children’s Worship), programs that help nurture children’s faith development, and child protection.
Safe Sanctuaries Information
Safe Sanctuaries is an overt expression of a faith community in making a congregation a safe place where children and youth may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith. Click here for more information.
The Virginia Conference has partnered with ScreeningOne to conduct volunteer and staff background checks for the conference and United Methodist churches in Virginia. Through this agreement, the conference has established a preferred product package that combines various criminal background searches for an industry-best pre-employment criminal history report. Churches can sign up for their own ScreeningOne account with no paperwork and receive exclusive conference rates. There are no minimums and no sign-up fees. For details on the program and any questions, contact the Virginia UMC representative, Paul Craddock, at 1-888-327-6511, ext. 109, or pcraddock@ScreeningOne.com.
Children's Sabbath Materials
Click here for free worship resource for Children’s Sabbath (pdf)
You can visit the All God's Children Camps
page by clicking here.
Click here to view a video about All God's Children Camp
Almost 100 campers were encouraged and uplifted during the second session of All God’s Children Camp Aug. 9-14 at Westview on the James in Goochland. The campers, ages 7-12, who come to the camp because they have an incarcerated parent, enjoyed swimming, hiking, archery, music, crafts and Bible study. In this video, learn more about this ministry from the campers themselves and camp director Lori Smith and on-site director Beth Christian.
Helping Hands 2017 - 4 Locations this Year!
Join us for an exciting Two-Day Mission Experience for children (rising 4th through 6th Graders) offered to all member churches of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Cost is only $36 per person. Click here to download a pdf flyer.
June 26-27, Peace UMC, Fredericksburg
Click here to download a registration form for the Fredericksburg event (pdf)
Contact: Mandy Robinson at email@example.com
July 12-13, St. Paul's UMC, Staunton
Click here to download a registration form for the Staunton event (pdf)
Contact: Chris Lyle at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 27-28, Woodlake UMC, Midlothian
Contact: MaryKaye Cochran at MCochran@woodlakeumc.org
August 3-4, Deep Creek UMC, Chesapeake
Contact: Robin Cannon at email@example.com
Religious Exempt and Licensed Programs
For churches seeking to have a licensed program:
For churches seeking to have a religious-exempt program:
Children’s Ministry Resources from the General Board of Discipleship:
Ministry with Children Monthly Newsletter:
Resources for Teachers of Children:
Recommended Resources for Weekday Ministries with Young Children:
For more information, contact Paulo Lopes , Director of Ministries with Young People, at PauloLopes@vaumc.org or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 135, or (804) 521-1135.
Becky Tate is the administrative assistant for Ministries with Young People. You can call her at 1-800-768-6040 ext. 139 or 804-521-1139, or e-mail her at BeckyTate@vaumc.org.