Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me..."

Matthew 19:14

In Jarvis’ Children’s Ministry, our primary goal is to help children to KNOW God.  Lessons, music, and crafts are designed to teach children who God is—His nature and attributes—and what He has done. Our goal is to produce a familiarity with God’s Word through explanation of key themes. At Jarvis, we believe that God has made himself known through His creation, His Word, and His Son. We encourage children to learn as much as they can about God by studying the Bible for themselves. We want children to experience a personal relationship with God by trusting in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 


Our programs center around Bible teaching, and we are always looking for new and creative ways
to teach the truths of God’s Word. From Preschool through Elementary, our programs are
designed to give kids an understanding of what the Bible says and how to apply it to their lives.
For children ages 3-12, we plan special activities during the school year and weekly activities during the week.

Sunday School
We have three age group Sunday School classes that meet from 10:00-10:55am. A Preschool class for three and four year olds, a K-2 class, and 3rd-5th grade class. We are currently using the Cokesbury curriculum: Celebrate Wonder. Celebrate Wonder is a Sunday school curriculum that engages children’s natural sense of curiosity to help them understand God’s love. It creates a safe environment for kids to ask big questions — helping them explore the Bible in ways that feed their imagination and encourage creativity. Through carefully-selected Bible stories, songs, videos, and hands-on activities, Celebrate Wonder gives children the tools to explore their faith while incorporating it into their daily lives. (Cokesbury)

Vacation Bible School

This Summer St. James UMC’s CLMC (GYM), will be transformed in to Camp Firelight. Camp Firelight VBS is based on Psalm 56:3: "Whenever ’m afraid, I put my trust in you." This verse reminds us that we can trust God no matter what challenges we face in life. Camp Firelight invites us to put our trust in God in every situation, including during times when we might be afraid.
Surrounded by water, trees, and rolling hills, Camp Firelight is the perfect location for every Camper’s favorite summer activities! During each assembly session, Campers join first-time camp Counselor Sam and Lou (short for Lumen), the lightning bug puppet, and learn to face their fears while trusting in God. Each day, Campers see Counselor Sam face new challenges--from simple, like leading Campers on a hike, to intimidating, like meeting a new and wise nature expert. With the help of Lu the Lightning Bug and the Camp Counselor Guidebook, Counselor Sam and our Campers explore timeless Bible stories that show how Old and New Testament Campers trusted God in the face of their own fears and went on to do great things in God’s name.
Through these stories, this program will teach us about people in the Bible who experience the gift of a trusting relationship with God, and it will teach us to trust God to go with us, to lead the way, to share wisdom, to give us peace, and to spark joy as we celebrate the good news of Jesus in our own lives and in the lives of others.
We will also learn ways we can connect with and put our trust in God, whenever we are afraid, challenged, or called to do God’s work in the world and share the good news of God’s love through Jesus Christ.

Scholarships are available for those who express need and are unavailable to pay the registration fee.

Regular registration begins May 1st-July 1st

We welcome children potty trained- rising 5th graders to join us on this adventure! We would love to have rising 6th-12th graders and older join us as a volunteer! That being said, if your rising 6th grader is not yet ready to volunteer and would like to still join a group, they are most welcome to. Just put "rising 6th" as your grade level. Youth and Volunteer Training (First Aid&CPR, Safe Sanctuaries, questions about scenarios) will be on June 30th starting at 3 PM.
Want to get involved but not sure how? Contact or Our needs also include snacks and appreciation items for volunteers and cooking dinner for volunteers each night. We also need decorations and craft supply items.

*If you are having issues with registration, please reach out to us and we can manually register your child.*