Once again we are offering two different programs for childcare at the 2017 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference. This year we are also offering childcare on Wednesday, June 7 for clergy at the ethics training for those who are attending workshops.
For youth 12 years old through 17 years old, there will be The Zone. The Zone is a space within the Jackson Convention Complex that will be transformed into a supervised arcade retreat where youth can gather. Mike Howington, Mississippi Conference Youth and Family Ministry coordinator, hopes that The Zone will foster communication and fellowship among the youth. This is a free open door space. While this is a supervised area, it serves as a hangout location that youth can use to connect. For this age group, there is no official check in or check out. There is no food or drinks offered in the Zone. Parents are reminded to connect with your youth for lunch and throughout the day. The Zone staff will follow state regulations and safe sanctuary guidelines. As we are following these regulations, we ask that you respect the age minimum of 12 years old.
The childcare option for children ages eight weeks to 11 years old will be supervised care by professional child care workers who will be following state regulations as well as safe sanctuary guidelines. The director and workers plan varies activities so that the weekend is enriching for the young attenders of the session of annual conference. Some of the planned activities include: Bible stories, crafts and even ball pits.
There is a $20 registration fee per family, plus a fee of $15 per session per child with a family max of $50 a day for sessions. These fees aid in offsetting program cost. Pre-registration (by May 1) is imperative to ensure that there are an appropriate number of childcare workers on duty for the child-to-worker ratio required by law. Registration forms will be available in the pre-conference journal with specific details.
Click here to download and complete the childcare registration form.