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 Sundays, 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).

JAM Christmas Party

Mark your calendars now for our JAM Children's Christmas party on Sunday, December 11th during the Sunday School hour after worship! We will walk as a group next door to the Jungle Fun Center to play and have snacks. Please email with any questions.

Christmas Potluck Family Night

Our Family Night in December will be a Christmas potluck and scavenger hunt around the church! Please email Jessica at if you and your family plan to attend.

Join us Sunday mornings for JAM!

On Sunday mornings during worship, we have JAM worship for elementary school aged children. Then, following worship we have JAM Sunday School!

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 into JAM on Sunday Mornings, or JAM and Jelly on 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
Ash Wednesday Selfie

How check-in works:

Before Service: 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 Service: After the service is complete, 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.


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 JAM ministry experience or visiting Burks UMC with children, simply click the button below and get in touch with us!