April 22, 2020 – Parents Day Out and Marietta FUMC remain closed until further notice. We are seeking guidance from the CDC and North Georgia United Methodist Conference leadership on how and when to reopen our facilities. Check back in May for updates. We can’t wait to resume operations and welcome the community back to church!
Parent’s Day Out
It’s time for everyone to fill out annual registration for 2020. If you sign up in November or December of 2019, you will be covered through December 2020. PDO 2020
Schedule PDO dates here: PDO Scheduling
Need to go for a run, to an appointment, or just hang out with friends? We are pleased to offer Parent’s Day Out on the nursery hall. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday – Friday, and the cost is $6/hour. We accept credit/debit cards and checks, and payment is collected by PDO staff each day. Ages 8 weeks to 5 years are welcome. To make a reservation visit PDO Scheduling. Drop-ins are accepted if space is available, but reservations are highly recommended. If this is your first time to use our Parents Day Out program please fill out the annual registration form above. There is a $20 annual fee per family.
Lunch is served daily at 11:15. Please send a lunch with your child with no nut products; sun butter or other alternatives to nut butters are fine. We also offer snacks such as graham crackers or goldfish. Marshmallows are not allowed in the PDO/nursery area.
MFUMC has an exemption from the State of Georgia not to be licensed, because children are not in our Parent’s Day Out program for more than 4 hours/day for a maximum of 8 hours/week. The church does carry liability insurance for all of our programs.
We love babies and toddlers and provide excellent nursery care during Worship, Sunday School, and some other church activities. Children are welcome in worship too, but if you choose to use the nursery, you can feel secure that your child is in loving hands!
The nursery is located below the sanctuary in building B on the first level. At the registration desk, you will need to fill out a registration form (one-time only) and print a security name tag for each child, along with labels for any bottles, cups or diaper bags.
Sunday Nurseries, Birth–3 years
8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Nursery Hall
Birth-12 months – Room 9
12-24 months – Room 6
24 + months- Room 4
Indoor Playroom – Across from Room 9
Our infant and toddler nurseries are staffed with experienced childcare workers. Background checks are performed on all staff, and there is always someone on the nursery hall qualified in CPR, and trained in fire and bad weather procedures. We use sanitary protocol for diaper changes, and toys are washed at the end of the day.
Our 2-year-olds enjoy a Sunday School experience with age appropriate lessons and activities. The lessons follow the same scripture used in preschool, elementary and “big church.”
Children who are 3 by 9/1 of the current school year and fully potty trained are welcome in the children’s area, 3rd floor of building B.
Helpful Nursery Hints
- Be consistent with your church attendance. Your child will learn that church is a fun place to be if they come weekly, and this will make the separation from parents easier.
- Do not be discouraged – crying is normal. Most of the time the crying does not last long. Reassure your child that you will be back, and trust that the nursery workers will nurture your child.
- Prepare your child before you come to church. Remind your child how much fun they are going to have playing with toys and their friends and learning about Jesus. “Talk-up” the setting in a positive upbeat manner.
- God cares about your child. Pray about your concerns and remember, never be afraid to ask questions and make suggestions. Please feel free to ask anytime you have questions or concerns.
Food & SnacksNursery staff cannot feed children meals (church policy). Infants will be fed bottles as requested, but they must be prepared by the parent. Toddlers and preschoolers will be served a snack with water. Please let us know if your child has any food allergies.
Soothing Room: For Our Youngest Worshipers
We have a soothing room available during 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. worship services in the foyer of the Sanctuary, ask an usher for directions. Rooms are furnished with Brumby Rockers, changing table and supplies, and you can watch worship live on TV.