Childcare Staff

 
Sheree Standefer
Childcare Director
 
Lynn Simpson
Childcare Minister

 
Veronica Fowler
Childcare Minister
 
Patty Torres
Childcare Minister

Nursery Childcare Job Opening
First United Methodist Church of Rockport, Texas is seeking Childcare ministry workers.  Childcare positions: 4-6 hours/week evening hours and Sunday mornings, hourly position/compensation, working with infants to 10 years.  Background Check and training required.  Worker must exhibit skills in: supervision of children, communication with parents & staff, patience & understanding, willingness to apply constructive suggestions, strive to seek professional growth, a positive role model, and respectful in the nurture of a child in development.   Contact Susan at 361-729-1659 with questions.  Please send completed applications to fumc@fumcrockport.org and place Nursery Childcare Job in the subject line. 

 

Dear Parents:

You have the awesome responsibility of helping your child build his or her faith life! Believe it or not, you don’t have to “know everything” in order to help your child grow in faith. The truth is, no matter how old we are or how much we know, we are always learning and growing. And the best way we can help our children grow in faith is to live out our faith alongside them. Worshiping together as a family is a vital part of the faith journey, and this church family is here to help you!
 

Children of all ages are always welcome in worship here!

1. Nursery Care is available for children ages 0-4.
2. Family Friendly Area is near the Live Oak entrance. You’ll find books, activities, and crayons which can help a child concentrate during worship. If your child needs some wiggle room, he or she is welcome to grab a rug and sit quietly on the floor in this area. Parents, please stay in this area so that you can supervise your child(ren).
3. Children’s Moment is offered during the 10:30am service, typically following the “Prayers of the People.”
4. Holy Communion is on first Sundays during the 10:30am service, and every Sunday during the 8:00am service. You and your child(ren) are both encouraged to take part in this Holy Sacrament. All are welcome to receive the bread and the cup. We offer these gifts of grace in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not the United Methodist table, nor First United Methodist Church’s table. This is the table of the Living God.
5. Scroll down for some great tips for engaging children in worship.
 
 
 
 
 

Nursery Ministry

Our Mission is to support families as they grow in Christ by providing children with empathy, love, and Biblical teaching in a safe environment.
 
We look forward to seeing you and your children on Sunday morning!
 
 
 
 

FAQ’s:

 
What ages of children can go to the Nursery?
Our Childcare Staff is dedicated to caring for your children ages 0-4 while you attend worship and Sunday School classes.
 
Where is the Nursery?
Our address is 801 E. Main St, between Live Oak and Church St. The easiest way to find us is to park on the back side of the church (where First Learning Tree preschool is), and as you walk toward the church you will pass through a grey metal gate. Enter the first door on your right (across from the small outside play area), and the Nursery is the first door on your right.
 
What is your Sign-In / Sign-Out Procedure?
For your child’s safety, we use a sticker sign-in / sign-out procedure. You will complete the top section of the sticker and place it on your child’s back. There is another section to place on your child’s bag if they have one. The third section goes with you, and you will need to provide that when you come back to pick up your child.
 
What information do you need from me?
On your first visit, we will ask you to complete a family registration form.
 
Do I have to take my children to the Nursery during the worship service?
Of course not. Your children are always welcome in worship!
 
 
 
 

Ways you can help engage children in worship:

 
1. Model hospitality As you’re meeting and greeting people, be sure to include children.
 
2. Be positive. Emphasize by words and actions the positive, important, happy things you have come to do together in worship.
 
3. Relax. Say “be quiet” or “be still” as infrequently as possible. Your fellow worshipers understand that children are learning how to worship.
 
4. Participate. Feel free to remain seated with your child and point out words of songs that we sing or words we read during services. Help your child locate and follow along with Bible verses that are read. Even non-readers can begin to learn these habits. Allow your child to give their own offering. Children ages 9 and up are welcome to begin serving as Acolytes.
 
5. Explain. Notice things that catch your child’s interest in worship. Look for symbols, colors and shapes in banners and alter cloths. Be aware of minimizing distractions for others, but take time to quietly talk about them. Explain the purpose of items in the worship bulletin. If you’re unsure about something, consider visiting with a person sitting near you about it. Comment on special events in worship such as baptism and other special days in the life of the church’s celebration.
 
6. Challenge your child to listen to the sermon and share with you after the service. A journal or drawing pad might help them to concentrate. Consider rewarding their thoughtful responses.
 
7. Be consistent. Make Sunday worship a regular part of the time you spend with your children.