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.
Helping Hands two-day mission experience in 2013
Click on the church name to download the information and registration form (pdf)
Woodlake UMC, Midlothian, July 18-19
Springfield UMC, July 29-30
Fairview UMC, Danville, July 29-30
2013 School for Children's Ministries (Registration for this event is now closed). Schools are scheduled for Baylake UMC in Virginia Beach on March 9, 2013; and Bonsack UMC in Roanoke on April 13, 2013. Click on the church name to register for one of these events. Click here to download an informational flyer (pdf)
You can visit the All God's Children Camps page by clicking here.
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 the Rev. Derrick Parson, Director of Ministries with Young People, at DerrickParson@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.