Updated! Continuing Education Opportunities

Looking for some fresh ideas?

Check out this newly updated list of national conferences that specialize in children’s ministry.

CLICK HERE

Children’s Ministry Job Openings

Rogers, Arkansas – Part Time

Do Children’s Ministry in one of the top five regions in America–Northwest Arkansas! At First United Methodist in Historic Downtown Rogers, Arkansas, a young-spirited congregation of 800 members is seeking to employ a Director of Ministries to Families with Children. With nearly 100 children ages birth through 5th grade, there are endless possibilities for engaging your Christ-given gifts and graces in Children’s Ministries with individuals and families who want to grow in the Christian experience. For a job description and details on the immediate opening contact First United Methodist Church, 307 West Elm Street, Rogers, AR 727256 and michael.mattox@arumc.org 501.631.7997

 

Louisville, KY – Youth Ministry – Full Time

I am looking for a youth director to come and work with me (Leanne Hadley) at Christ Church UMC, Louisville, KY. It is a full time job and I want a person who is visionary and ready to take youth ministry somewhere it has never gone before!

Please pass this along to anyone who is looking, wants to work hard and change lives.

More information at:  http://ccum.net/about/job-opportunities

 

Littleton, CO – Children’s Ministry – Part Time

Littleton UMC will be seeking a part-time, 10 hours per week, Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry. If you or someone you know is interested, submit a resume to Lisa Perkins lperkins@littletonumc.org , Director of Children’s Ministries. Deadline for applications is June 15.

 

Little Rock, AR – Children’s Ministry – Part Time

Henderson United Methodist Church, Little Rock, is seeking a part time Children’s Minister.  We are looking for someone who is dedicated to discipleship, serving Christ and passionate about working with children.  Please contact the pastor at michael.utley@arumc.org for a full job description as well as forwarding any questions and resumes/references.

 

“Santuarios Seguros” Now Available!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE go-to reference book for Safe Sanctuaries by Joy Melton is now available in Spanish!  This, in addition to the Arkansas Safe Sanctuary Guidelines book, available from the Conference office, are two must-have Safe Sanctuary resources for congregations involved with Hispanic Ministries in Arkansas.

Newly updated in March, 2017, “Santuarios Seguros” may be purchased for $15 from Upper Room Books and Amazon.com.   Here’ are the links:

Upper Room Books

Amazon.com

(UM-VIM) Mission: Cuba!

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We are now accepting applications to SERVE the growing Methodist Church in Cuba!

June 30- July 8, 2017

Visit, worship with and experience the Cuban Methodist Revival in the 2000+ member Catedral de Holguin.

What will we be doing?

In addition to assisting with morning Bible School with 150 students, the team will witness the Cuban Methodist revival worshiping with the 2,000-member Catedral de Holguin, visiting missions, house churches, small groups and sightseeing. Those not interested in volunteering at Bible School can be valuable team members, as well.

How much will it cost?
$800 plus airfare to Holguin

Includes religious visa, UMVIM insurance, Cuba transportation, translation, accommodations, delicious meals and a mission fee, for the 9 day/8 night visit. Each team member also takes a 50 pound bag of supplies. Only optional souvenirs, a couple of restaurant meals and offerings would be extra.

Sponsorships

If you cannot travel but would like to sponsor a child’s Bible school experience in Holguin, Cuba, supplies, craft projects and snacks are needed.   Sponsorships of even a few dollars make a real difference in enriching the mission.

Contact Nechi Fullerton as soon as possible if you would like to apply for this adventure. Nefullerton@yahoo.com

 

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Inclusion Works!

Inclusion Works! is a  2-Day Conference for educators and faith communities promoting inclusion and valued social roles in school, work, and congregational settings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

June 23-24, 2017

Pulaski Heights UMC – Little Rock, AR

Day 1: Friday, June 23, 2017
Friendship Matters:  Supporting Inclusion, Relationships, and Belonging For Students with Intellectual Disability and Autism
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Individual Registration: $90.00 per person
*ADE Professional Development credit is available for educators for the 6 hour Friday workshop
*Featuring Erik Carter, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Department of Special Education
Day 2: Saturday, June 24, 2017
From Barriers to Belonging:  Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Individual Registration: $60.00 per person
*Group Registration (groups of 3 or more): $50.00 per person
*Featuring Erik Carter, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Department of Special Education

Churches are called to be places of hospitality, reciprocity, and belonging. Yet many congregations still struggle to welcome and weave people with disabilities into all aspects of faith community life—worship, learning, service, and fellowship. Unfortunately, barriers of awareness, attitude, accessibility, and architecture still abound. This workshop will address promising pathways through which churches can extend new invitations and provide compelling supports to people with disabilities and families in their community. This engaging workshop will equip you with practical strategies and helpful resources as you move deeper in this essential area of ministry.  Sessions will address:

  • Dimensions of Belonging: What it Means to Welcome Well
  • Starting Points and Possibilities: Reflecting on Your Congregation
  • Better Together: Inclusive Religious Education and Children’s Programming
  • After the Benediction: Helping People to Flourish the Other Six Days
  • Community Conversations: Moving From Posture to Practice

 

To Register, go to:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inclusion-works-conference-featuring-dr-erik-carter-tickets-32789578512

 

*Please note that you must register for EACH DAY SEPARATELY. There is an additional 10% discount off of regular registration fees for attendees who register for both days. Attendees who wish to register for both days please contact us at aaroc@uark.edu prior to registering for your discount code. Attendees who wish to pay by check or purchase order may download an order form at http://aaroc.org/aaroc-events/inclusion-works-conference/ and return by fax to 501-261-9599 or by email to aaroc@uark.edu


Presented by the Arkansas Autism Resource & Outreach Center (AAROC) and Partners for Inclusive Communities at the University of Arkansas, the state University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)


About the presenter:
Erik Carter, Ph.D. is a Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his undergraduate studies in Christian Education at Wheaton College and his graduate studies in severe disabilities from Vanderbilt University. His research, teaching, and writing focus on promoting inclusion and valued roles in school, work, and congregational settings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He strives to ensure the best of what we know works penetrates the practices of local schools. He has co-authored six books—including Peer Support Strategies: Improving all Students’ Social Lives and Learning and Peer Buddy Programs for Successful Secondary School Inclusion—and more than 150 articles and book chapters. Dr. Carter also co-leads the Collaborative on Faith and Disability and the Putting Faith to Work project, and is the author of Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations. He received the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, the Young Professional Award from the Association on University Centers on Disabilities, and the DADD Research Award from the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Summer Camp Grants for Children with ASD!

Announcing the 2017 AAROC Summer Camp Grants

The Arkansas Autism Resource & Outreach Center (AAROC) is announcing a grant opportunity for organizations that wish to include a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), age birth to 18 years, in an inclusive summer program or camp setting. In order to qualify, the summer program must be one designed for neurotypical children where the operating agency has a desire to provide necessary modifications and supports to enable a child with ASD to participate. The child with ASD may not be served in a separate setting within the program but rather must be integrated, with supports, alongside the typical children.

Funding will be awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come/first-serve basis. Maximum funding is limited to $2000 per child, and an application must be completed TOGETHER by the program and a parent/guardian of the child for each grant request.  A program may request grant funding and complete an application for more than one child.  Grant applications must be accompanied by documentation of an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis of the child named in the application.  Acceptable documents must include either a team diagnostic report that includes a speech-language pathologist, psychologist, and physician, or all three (3) individual diagnostic evaluations confirming an ASD diagnosis by a speech-language pathologist, a psychologist, and a physician.

Because grants will be awarded on a first-come/first-serve basis, and because Summer Camp Grant funds are limited, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that applicants submit completed applications by FAX or EMAIL

Grant forms can be downloaded at
http://aaroc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-AAROC-Summer-Camp-grant-announcement-and-application-forms.pdf

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Welcome to the Arkansas United Methodist Church

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Whether you are a paid staff member or valuable volunteer, this site is for you!
You’ll find information about continuing education events to feed your soul, and resources you can use to minister to the children in your life.

Permanent link to this article: http://kidz.arumc.org/

Updated! Continuing Education Opportunities

Looking for some fresh ideas? Check out this newly updated list of national conferences that specialize in children’s ministry. CLICK HERE

Read more

Children’s Ministry Job Openings

Rogers, Arkansas – Part Time Do Children’s Ministry in one of the top five regions in America–Northwest Arkansas! At First United Methodist in Historic Downtown Rogers, Arkansas, a young-spirited congregation of 800 members is seeking to employ a Director of Ministries to Families with Children. With nearly 100 children ages birth through 5th grade, there …

Read more

“Santuarios Seguros” Now Available!

                    THE go-to reference book for Safe Sanctuaries by Joy Melton is now available in Spanish!  This, in addition to the Arkansas Safe Sanctuary Guidelines book, available from the Conference office, are two must-have Safe Sanctuary resources for congregations involved with Hispanic Ministries in Arkansas. Newly …

Read more

(UM-VIM) Mission: Cuba!

We are now accepting applications to SERVE the growing Methodist Church in Cuba! June 30- July 8, 2017 Visit, worship with and experience the Cuban Methodist Revival in the 2000+ member Catedral de Holguin. What will we be doing? In addition to assisting with morning Bible School with 150 students, the team will witness the …

Read more

Inclusion Works!

Inclusion Works! is a  2-Day Conference for educators and faith communities promoting inclusion and valued social roles in school, work, and congregational settings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. June 23-24, 2017 Pulaski Heights UMC – Little Rock, AR Day 1: Friday, June 23, 2017 Friendship Matters:  Supporting Inclusion, Relationships, and Belonging For Students …

Read more

Summer Camp Grants for Children with ASD!

Announcing the 2017 AAROC Summer Camp Grants The Arkansas Autism Resource & Outreach Center (AAROC) is announcing a grant opportunity for organizations that wish to include a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), age birth to 18 years, in an inclusive summer program or camp setting. In order to qualify, the summer program must be …

Read more