Welcome to Children’s Conference and Childcare for Annual Conference 2018!
We know that traveling to Annual Conference as a family presents both unique challenges and opportunities. It is our hope that our childcare will provide your children with the opportunity to make friends, have fun, practice being a disciple, and see the church as a place where they have a special place.
It is challenging to provide for all the needs of children at Annual Conference. The schedule is long and the facilities are limited. We have done our best to secure good care for your children so that you can participate in the sessions and so your children will have a good experience. Please help us provide helpful care and programming for future years with your honest feedback!
All childcare and Children’s Conference activities will be housed at Puyallup United Methodist Church. We realize that off-site childcare is not ideal, but there is no on-site availability for childcare at the Puyallup fairgrounds.
Children ages infant to four are welcome in our Nursery. We will have Safe Sanctuaries compliant, professional nursery workers in the church’s nursery. They will have a changing table, wipes, rocking chairs, toys and pack and play cribs. Please provide your own diapers and a change of clothes. They will have access to the church’s outdoor play area.
Children ages five to outgoing 6th graders are welcome at Children’s Conference. Children’s Conference will be run by staffers from Twinlow Camp. They will have activities that will help them have fun, make friends and be disciples of Jesus. They will have use of a classroom and an outdoor play area.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided and prepared by the nursery staff. Please make note of special dietary considerations so the appropriate food (vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc.) can be provided. If your child has more challenging food needs, please contact Meredith Gudger-Raines (Email) to arrange providing your own food.
Nursery care will end at 5:30 on Friday and Saturday, and your child will need to eat dinner with you. Dinners are included in the childcare registration costs.
Childcare and Children’s Conference will open 30 minutes before the morning session begins and close 30 minutes after the afternoon plenary session, so 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday. Care will be available on Sunday morning from 8:30 am to 30 minutes after the close of the Ordination and Commissioning Service.
We will not be offering child care during the after-dinner worship sessions. If there is significant demand for additional hours of care after dinner, we may offer childcare in future years.