Children's Ministry

Explore ministry opportunities for your children at Burks UMC!

JAM (Jesus and Me)

Burks' Children's Ministry is called JAM, Jesus and Me! Scroll down to learn more about what we are doing in JAM on Wednesday nights and special events! Our children experience a safe, age appropriate environment where they learn about Jesus in creative and relevant ways. Jesus reminded us to put children front and center in our hearts and ministry with these radical instructions:

“Let the little children come to me. Don’t keep them away. The kingdom of heaven belongs to people like them." Matthew 19:14 (NIRV).

Sunday morning worship & Sunday School!

Grace Space during 10am worship in the Sanctuary

At Burks we believe it is important for children to be in worship with their church family, participating in all the elements of worship and seeing adults in worship.

Grace Space is a designated space at the front of the Sanctuary where young children can experience worship through age-appropriate materials, tools, drawing materials, sermon notes, and manipulative toys.

On Sunday mornings after 10am worship, we have Sunday School for elementary school aged children. After worship, find the Children's Ministry kiosk in the lobby to sign your children in and send them off to enjoy learning with Ms. Jessica and her volunteers!

Your first visit:

Here's what to expect:

  • Your child will be treated with care and respect at all JAM functions and programs.
  • Your child will be kept safe at Burks UMC. We follow Safe Sanctuary Policy guidelines.
  • Diversity is respected at JAM. We do not discriminate against any race or family system.
  • Fresh, creative teaching, activities, and games are used weekly to address all learning styles.
  • JAM program offerings evolve to meet the changing need of our church.
  • Adults are encouraged to contribute to this ministry. We value your time and don’t expect you to help with everything, but you are also needed to participate in this dynamic ministry.
  • Our goal is that your child sees and feels that church is a secure, welcoming place where they find understanding and meaning in the world around them, a relationship with God who loves and values them, and a glimpse of the mystery of the faith. We will strive to attain these goals in a variety of ways, all woven in with fun and activities!

When you check your child/children in on Sunday Mornings, or Wednesday Nights, there will be a quick check-in system. This allows us to keep up with your little ones and make sure we know allergies, how to find you and who can pick them up. Once you are in the system it will be a fast check-in process. (We value your privacy and will not share your information.)

Details that you will find in our check-in process are:

  • Parent/guardian name(s)
  • Child's name
  • Child's birthdate
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Any special instructions (allergies, special needs) for your children

How check-in works:

Before Sunday School: You will check-in your child at the kiosk on the JAM hallway. After finding your child’s name in the database, you and your child will be given matching name tags that are exclusive to your family and your visit. Your child will need to wear the name tag portion while you hold on to the matching tag.

After Sunday School: After the Sunday School is over, you will return to your child’s room and show your tag in order for your child to be released back to you.

Sunday School Crafts

Meet our Director of Children's Ministry, Jessica Brackett!

Jessica brings so much positive energy to the table. Here are some fun facts about Jessica:

1. Jessica loves children and loves Jesus!


2. Jessica prefers to use hands on learning to connect to children.


3. Jessica grew up in Holston Conference UM parsonages! 


4.Jessica is a UTC graduate and has a BS in Psychology and Family Studies.


5. Jessica is married to Joe. They welcomed their first daughter in 2021, and their second in 2022! They also have 2 dogs named Willow and Breeze, and a cat named Meeko. Meeko's Mom belongs to Dr. Collins and his family. Just a trivia bit.


6. Jessica’s favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice. Her favorite children’s movie varies, but is currently Pocahontas.


7. Jessica’s ministry calling comes from being excited to go to church as a child to see what new things she would learn about God that day! 


8.Jessica’s favorite food is macaroni and cheese. Yum! 


9. Jessica wants children to know that coming to church is fun, and is a cool place to learn to show our friends and family God’s love. 


10. Jessica’s favorite color is purple. 


Jessica and her doggie Breeze!

Have questions?

If you have further questions concerning our Children's Ministry experience or visiting Burks UMC with children, simply click the button below and get in touch with us!