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The purpose of the KAC Children & Family Ministry Team is to empower children's ministers and volunteers to become effective leaders and faithful disciples, along with their congregations, to bring all children and families to Christ.


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Children and Family Team

Children and Poverty Grants

Safe Sanctuaries

Video Testimonials

Videos of Past Training Events


Up Coming Events


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Join the Children and Family Connection

 Upcoming Events 


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 Children and Poverty Grants


Children In Poverty Grant Application

(for more information click here)
Application allows funding of up to $1,000 to initiate new ministries with children and families.
Our team accepts applications year-round and reviews them quarterly when we meet.

Sample Project For Review


It Worked for Us:

How Kentucky Annual Conference raises funds for grants church's can use to help children living in poverty.  Click here to read the entire article.


2017 Change for Change total...$1,872

The KY Conference Children's Team is grateful for all the contributions given at Annual Conference to fund the "Children and Poverty" $1,000 Grants. These grants provide seed monies for such programs as: Summer Feeding programs, Back Pack programs, After School care and Van ministries.


Want to help the Children's Team ensure that grants to help local churches continue to minister to children and families that are facing the effects of poverty? What if your children could begin a Mission offering for "Change for Change" during Advent and Holy Week that could be used on Sunday or in the home?  We are offering families and churches a way to give through devotionals which can be used during Advent or Lent seasons.
Change for Change Advent and Lenten Devotional


A NOISY Offering

Help your Church donate to the Children & Poverty Grants by arranging a NOISY Offering. Download the NOISY Offering PDF.


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 Safe Sanctuaries

The Safe Sanctuaries required Kentucky policy, background checks, cyber safety, forms and training information can be found on this link. The five new online training sessions are also available for volunteers to take in the comfort of their own home and print the results to submit for church records.

Safe Sanctuaries
Kentucky Resources
General Board of Discipleship Resources



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Video Testimonials

Ann Mauermann:  "If I can do it, you can too!"


Have a great children's ministry story? Share with us at www.facebook.com/KYUMCKIDS

 Videos of Past Training Events


Wonderfully Made Leader Training

Dr. Leigh Meekins presented a leader training for the Kentucky Conference on the brand of new faith & sexuality curriculum, Wonderfully Made.  Our Conference Ministry Team invited any and all leaders in the Conference to attend in person at First UMC in Lexington, KY.  

Photos of the Training Sessions.

To order materials from Cokesbury from this training session click on the links below:

To watch the sessions, please contact Sarah Flannery for the link.

Contact Sarah Flannery (502-494-4729 or sarah@1stumc.org).


Families of Faith Conference - Video Sessions 

From November 5, 2016 at Frankfort First UMC

Below are listed the three video sessions from this mini conference.

Discussions with:

Sarah Flannery & Kristina White - Bridging Church and Home
Christina Embree - Generations Collide
Dr. Winfield Bevins - Grow at Home

Inclusive Children's Ministry Conference Event with Dr. Steve Grcevich   

If you missed InclusiveChildren's Ministry One-Day Conference Event that was held on Nov. 7, 2015, you still have a chance to listen to what Dr. Steve Grcevich shared with everyone.  Click on the links below to see his presentation.    

Part 1

Part 2 - (there is no audio for the first 25 seconds)

Part 3 - (there is no audio for the first 13 seconds)

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General Board of Discipleship
Children's Ministry Page


Life Span Developmental Chart from GBOD
Download it and use it to enhance the understanding of how we all change and mature over the years. Great for new teacher/mentor trainings!

International Network of Children's Ministries host of CPC (Children's Pastors Conference) held each winter on the east and west coast.


Connectional Café

Connectional Café is your resource for training and workshops
within our United Methodist connection of local churches, districts
and our Kentucky Annual Conference.




Church for All God's Children

Document provides specific actions to help churches meet the needs of children within their community. Document contains a check list, guidelines, and resources.


Panmethodist Campaign for Children and Poverty

Click here to go to the website. "To affirm the Wesleyan heritage to care for the poor by encouraging the people called Methodist to serve children and youth at risk to poverty."


Steps to Certification in Children's Ministry

Contact General Board of Higher Education - "Certification of qualified people in specialized ministries in the UM Church demonstrates a level of competency and standards set by the denomination."

Pockets - Family Devotionals & More

Cokesbury Resources

General Board of Discipleship Training Webinars

The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) offers a variety of webinars for churches, pastors and laity. The Children's Ministry link will allow you to sign up for the Children's Ministry Newsletter as well as see the variety of topics. Simply go to the link provided and you will see the list of webinars available to view and while you are there, be sure to sign up for the E-Newsletter!

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 Children and Family Team 

Children and Family Team 




Row 1 (Top):  Mark Shepherd

Row 2: Cristina Embree, Kristina White, & Hannah James

Row 3:  Shannon Seidt, P.J. Danhires, Cindy Green, Leanne Hadley, Brenda Story & Anna Merlo

Row 4 (Bottom):  Susan Skaggs, Sarah Flannery, Tonya Kenner, & Nancy Newby




Children and Family Team Co-Chairs





Children and Family Team Co-Chairs

Kristina White - Wilmore UMC

Sara Flannery - The Offerings of Lexington First UMC







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 Sign up to receive the SPARK Newsletter


To receive the SPARK E-Newsletter, please fill out the box in the right hand column and select SPARK E-Newsletter or click here.

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Contact any of these Children's Team Members

Sarah Flannery & Kristina White (children@kyumc.org) - Co-Chairs, Children's Ministry Team
Rev. William Moore - For specific district information or to provide event information


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