Kids’ Ministries

Kids are as much a part of our church family as our parents and older adults.  Cookeville First UMC is passionate about introducing our youngest to God’s grace and the love of Jesus.  Take a brief look below to learn more about what we do for kids and how we can help yours grow in their faith!


UMC Kids

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” Cookeville First UMC makes sure that every child is an important part of our church family. With fun and meaningful opportunities for all ages, we pay special attention to the needs of kids and families.




Sunday School – Faith and Fun!  

With the help of our wonderful Children’s Ministry volunteers, Cookeville First UMC recently updated our Sunday School to a rotational model for kids K-3rd grade, where, each week every child gets to learn and experience the basic stories and foundational beliefs of our faith through play, art, music, and much more. Kids 4th through 6th grade have a group called Club 456, where they get to think deeper about their faith using a series that incorporates a combination of storytelling and creative reflection. Through this, they come to find meaning and identity in these biblical narratives. 

Come join us!



Upcoming Events

Cookeville First UMC works hard to provide high-quality, fun events for our kids.  To view and register for upcoming events, click here!

Wednesday Night Life Activities

Bus pick-up from school is available for 5th and 6th graders.

  • 3 – 5 p.m. – Club456 has Homework Hangout in the Freeman Building for 4th – 6th graders
  • 5 p.m. – Snack meal and large group and small group lessons in the gym.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Parent class upstairs.



For information on how we empower our kids and youth to make a decision to live a life of faith in Christ, click here!

Sunday Mornings

Sunday School – 9:45 a.m.
Nursery service available Sunday mornings, 8:30 a.m. – noon.

Special Events

Throughout the year, we share in fun trips, parties, gatherings, retreats and more.

To learn more…

Steps of Faith at Cookeville First UMC

The story of grace is a journey that begins at an early age. We take special care to make sure that our kids experience important and exciting milestones as they begin their journey. Here are a few of the steps we celebrate:


We recognize infant and child baptism as an opportunity to recognize God’s presence in the earliest parts of our lives and to celebrate our deep connection to God’s church.

Preschool Bibles

We believe it’s important for families to share in the truths of the Gospel together, and this is a way of introducing the Bible in an accessible and fun way!

Worship Readiness

Why do we do all that stuff in church??? We explore that question and others in this opportunity for kids in K-3rd grades.

Third-Grade Bibles

Now that our kids have reached an age where reading and comprehension levels are a bit more advanced, we celebrate their growth by introducing them to a Bible of their very own. We hold special gatherings meant to encourage and instruct our kids on how to read the Bible and why it’s so important to their lives.

Contact Kelsey

We pray that your child will love what we have to offer! Please let me know if I can help in any way!

Thank You!
Kelsey Sledge
Coordinator of Children’s Ministries

Send Kelsey a message

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Scripture Reading: Paul's Letter to Philemon


From Paul, who is a prisoner for the cause of Christ Jesus, and our brother Timothy.

To Philemon our dearly loved coworker, Apphia our sister, Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church that meets in your house.

May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Paul’s prayer for Philemon

Philemon, I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers because I’ve heard of your love and faithfulness, which you have both for the Lord Jesus and for all God’s people. I pray that your partnership in the faith might become effective by an understanding of all that is good among us in Christ. I have great joy and encouragement because of your love, since the hearts of God’s people are refreshed by your actions, my brother.

Paul’s appeal for Onesimus

Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to command you to do the right thing, I would rather appeal to you through love. I, Paul—an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus—  appeal to you for my child Onesimus. I became his father in the faith during my time in prison. He was useless to you before, but now he is useful to both of us.  I’m sending him back to you, which is like sending you my own heart. I considered keeping him with me so that he might serve me in your place during my time in prison because of the gospel.  However, I didn’t want to do anything without your consent so that your act of kindness would occur willingly and not under pressure. Maybe this is the reason that Onesimus was separated from you for a while so that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave but more than a slave—that is, as a dearly loved brother. He is especially a dearly loved brother to me. How much more can he become a brother to you, personally and spiritually in the Lord!

So, if you really consider me a partner, welcome Onesimus as if you were welcoming me. If he has harmed you in any way or owes you money, charge it to my account. I, Paul, will pay it back to you (I’m writing this with my own hand). Of course, I won’t mention that you owe me your life.

Yes, brother, I want this favor from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ.  I’m writing to you, confident of your obedience and knowing that you will do more than what I ask. Also, one more thing—prepare a guest room for me. I hope that I will be released from prison to be with you because of your prayers.

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