The Children’s program is open to children who have completed Kindergarten through completed Grade 5 or 6. All children should attend the following rehearsals:

  • Sunday: 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Monday through Thursday: 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Monday through Wednesday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Children’s Concert (Thursday): 1:30 p.m.

Age requirements

  • Younger Elementary Choir — completed Kindergarten through completed Grade 2
  • Older Elementary Choir — completed Grade 3 through completed Grade 5 or 6
  • DRUM — completed Grade 4 through completed Grade 5 or 6

Children must be registered for the appropriate grade level ensemble. We have contracted with clinicians for specific grade levels, and we must honor those contracts.

In many places, sixth graders are enrolled in Middle School, but not all are ready vocally or socially for the Middle High Choir. Some prefer to spend another year in the Children’s Choir or DRUM program. The parent and/or choir director can make the best decision about these participants.

NOTE: Sixth graders who participate in the Older Elementary Choir or DRUM must be signed in and out of the Wilson Children’s Complex by a parent or chaperone. Sixth graders who participate in the Middle School Choir are assumed mature enough to find their way to and from the choir.

Afternoon activities

The children’s program includes afternoon activities from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, beginning with a Talent Show Assembly (see below) each afternoon. Following this daily assembly, children will be divided into small groups to participate in engaging, hands-on enrichment activities, including drumming, singing games, interactive Bible lessons, liturgical dance, crafts and outside play.

The afternoon rotations are optional and parents may sign their children out of the Children’s Building at 2:30 p.m. or between classes (3:00 or 3:45 p.m.) if they desire. Please inform the Children’s Building Manager in advance if this is the case.

Special Talent Show Assembly for Children

The afternoon rotation time will begin with a 2:30-3:00 p.m. assembly for all children and their guests. This assembly will include time for children to share their individual talents. Any child who enjoys singing solos or in small groups, plays an instrument, dances, acts, does gymnastics or any other form of age-appropriate entertainment can prepare a 1.5 minute act/piece to share. We will provide a keyboard, CD player, and microphone.  We hope each child takes the opportunity to share their special talent with their peers and guests during Music Week, so practice and come prepared.

NOTE: Participation in the Tuesday Night Youth Talent Show will be limited to those who are registered for the Middle and Senior High Choirs.

New in 2019: Children’s Dance Rotation

In the afternoon rotations, all children will experience one dance/movement rotation as part of the optional afternoon rotation schedule (3:00-4:30 p.m.).

A special rotation schedule will be offered for those children who would like to participate in dance more often (1 rotation each day) AND participate in a special children’s dance presentation later in the week. Required attendance: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during the first afternoon rotation (3:00-3:45 p.m.).

Children’s Schedule for Children’s Dance Rotation

1:30 Rehearsal
2:30 Children’s Talent Show
3:00 Rotation 1 (Dance rotation Mon., Tues., AND Wed. required for participation in presentation)
3:45 Rotation 2
4:30 Dismissal

Preschool Childcare Program

Preschool Childcare (ages 2 – Pre K) will be provided if a minimum number of children are registered. In order to ensure adequate supervision, pre-registration is mandatory and must occur at least two weeks prior to the event (June 10, 2019). Hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Parents are required to provide at least two snacks per day. If a child is expected to stay through lunch, parents are required to provide a good lunch and beverage for their child.

Child safety

In order to create a safer environment for our children, all children must be signed in and out of the Wilson Children Complex by a parent or chaperone wearing an official event name tag. This is required every time the child arrives or leaves. This can be difficult if the parent is also enrolled in another performing group (Adult or Chamber Choir, Handbell Choir, Dance rehearsals). Since rehearsals end concurrently for adults and children, a ten minute “travel-time window” will be allowed for parents to pick up children following practice.  Please be courteous of our staff, and try to arrive as promptly as possible.

Medical Form

2019 Medical Form – Each child will need a form on file. Please complete this form in advance and return it as noted on the form.

Parents and Chaperones

There is an Orientation Session offered on Sunday at 5 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. All parents and chaperones are highly encouraged to attend one of these meetings, especially if you are a first-time attendee.

What do I need to bring?

    • Concert Attire (Thursday afternoon)
      • Children are encouraged to dress up a bit for the concert, fostering a sense of importance for their presentation.

Questions?

Contact Joan Wooden at jwooden@southernhillsumc.org.

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