Events_________________

Christians Engaged in Faith Formation

Check this website for upcoming events

Training___________________

Youth and Children Worker's Academies

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Conference and Oklahoma City University
See the link under Children's Ministries in the right-hand column for more information     

Resources___________________

Ministry With Children Newsletter

Ministry with Children is a monthly newsletter,
Produced monthly by the GBGM available here and by e-mail, which addresses topics of
concern for those engaged in ministry with children.

Children’s Defense Fund

Offers advocacy ideas and opportunities for children in the United States. Web site

Die-Cut machine resource for local churches

The Conference Children's Ministry Committee invites churches to use a Die-Cut machine. Bring your materials to create shapes for your children's programming. Contact the United Methodist Ministry Center for more information.

Small churches offered low-cost Sunday school program

"All-in-One Bible Fun: 13 Lessons for Busy Teachers" -curriculum for small churches to be released this August 2009. Allows teachers to plan complete lessons without having to purchase additional components that larger children's ministries need. For preschool and elementary-age children.

Weekday Preschool Ministry Programs_________

The 2014-15 Guidelines for Weekday Preschool Ministry Programs is now available for free download

Children's Ministers in New Church Starts________________________

Are invited to Google Hangouts each third Thursday of the month, to discuss challenges of starting and growing a children's ministry. Contact Melanie C. Gordon at umcministrywithchildren@gmail.com

Summer Camps__________________

Check here for a complete listing of Conference sponsored summer camps for Elementary age children

Safe Sanctuaries_________________

Background screening and Safe Sanctuary Information

For questions related to Safe Sanctuaries issues contact Rev. Derrek Belase, dbelase@okumc.org

Faith-Based Food Programs____________

Information is available for implementing faith-based summer food programs at http://www.summerfood.usda.gov/

A resource that may be helpful for creating healthy communities for kids is the "Toolkit for Faith-based & Neighborhood Organizations" PDF http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/Lets-Move-Toolkit-Faith-Communities.pdf


Building Assets

The assets approach to ministering to young people.For more information on Building Assets for Children and Youth visit www.search-institute.org for a complete listing of the 40 Assets that are good for children and youth.


Disability Awareness Sunday

Disability Awareness Sunday is not officially designated day on our conference calendar, but it is a Special Sunday the Book of Discipline lists among the "shalls" of observance (Para. 265.4).


United Methodist Publishing House

Children Ministries books, Sunday school curriculum, Vacation Bible School Web site