Nursery & Sunday School

Safe Sanctuary Guidelines for the Nursery and Sunday School

Mt. Zion follows the Safe Sanctuary Guidelinesrecommended by the United Methodist Church. 

ALL nursery volunteers and Sunday School teachers have passed background checks pursuant to our  Safe Sanctuary Guidelines.

The nursery at Mount Zion is for infants and toddlers up to the age of 5. It starts at 9:45 a.m. and ends when the worship service is finished. 

  • There are two adults supervising the nursery at all times.
  • All volunteers and staff have passed background checks.
  • The nursery is provided during both Sunday School (9:45 a.m.) and the Worship Service (11:00 a.m.)

The nursery is located on the lower level of the church building. You may use the stairs on the right hand side of the sanctuary. Follow the stairs down and the nursery will be immediately on your right. You may enter the lower level through the back door which leads into the kitchen. Turn left and it will be the second door on the left hand side of the hallway near the staircase. On Sunday mornings, after the Children’s Moment during the worship service, the nursery-age children will be escorted to the nursery by the two nursery workers or they may remain in the worship service with their parents.

The children at Mount Zion are a very important part of our church. They represent the future and we have recently completed a renovation of our nursery to reflect this new emphasis. 

Small infants that may need to sleep or rest quietly have a separate area where they won’t be disturbed by the older toddlers.

Play centers and many hands-on activities with manipulatives are available to enhance motor skills, sharing, and caring during supervised play.





Children’s Sunday School

Dear Parents and Grandparents:
We will have a Meet and Greet for Children’s Sunday School on September 1 at 9:45 a.m. The children will get to meet their teachers, their fellow classmates, and find their classroom. Light refreshments will be served. Parents are welcome to stay with their children until they adjust to being on their own.
To aid us in preparing for our new group of children, please fill out the form below by clicking on the link. The information you enter will be used by the church to order enough Sunday School materials and to ensure the safety of your children or grandchildren.

All of the teachers for both the elementary classes and middle school classes will be present for the Meet and Greet so that you and the children may get to know them. There will be two teams this year and the members of each team will rotate weekly. This will allow us to have someone cover the classes if a particular teacher is out of town or ill.

Elementary Team: Sharon Chandler, Heather Cumbie, Ashley Gelder, Drew Gelder, Marissa Harris, Beth McWilliams.

Middle School Team: Ginger Allen, Trent Allen, Dean Finley, Elizabeth Finley, Jonathan Harris, Randy Martin.

The church council has been discussing the possibility of acquiring students from SWU and Clemson as interns to assist the Sunday School teachers in their classrooms. If this does come to fruition, they will be required to pass background checks and you will be introduced to them before they are added to any of the rotation schedules.

We are looking forward to meeting ALL of the children and their parents or grandparents as we get started on our NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL YEAR!

Adult Sunday School

There is an adult Sunday School class which meets at 9:45 a.m. It is located in the upstairs classroom on the right hand side of the sanctuary.



The Children’s Moment


The children’s message during the worship service is a time for the children to come to the altar for a mini lesson with the pastor. Children under the age of five may attend the worship service with their parents, participate with the other children at the altar; and when the children’s message is finished, they may either return to their parents or go downstairs to the nursery. Children over the age of five are asked to return to their parents in the sanctuary. The lesson is often parallel to the pastor’s sermon as recommended by the Lectionary of the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.