Southside United Methodist Church participates in a faith-based partnership, administered through Duval County Public Schools, with Hendricks Avenue Elementary School.  This partnership is called HAPI (Hendricks Avenue Partnership Initiative.) HAPI is offering an "Angel Tree" program to provide Christmas meals and gifts to Hendricks Avenue Elementary families in need. We also assist families and children in need from Southside UMC Preschool. Please make Christmas brighter for a family in-need by signing up to help!


  • CHRISTMAS DINNER SPONSOR - make a $50 money donation to provide a hot cooked meal for a family. We do the food shopping and cooking.
  • CHILD SPONSOR - purchase & wrap an outfit (shirt, pants, and socks) and purchase & wrap one toy ($25 value) for a child. Gender and size information is provided on the sign up. If you prefer a Southside "elf" to do your shopping, please contact Michelle Wright ( to coordinate the shopping of your gifts.
  • FAMILY STOCKING SPONSORS - make a $50 donation to help support HAPI ministry throughout the year, the Angel Tree & Christmas meal ministry AND purchase and stuff a shared Family Stocking with small items for the family you are assigned (toothbrushes, candy, cards, small toys, coloring books. You also purchase and wrap a family board game.  
  • GROCERY STORE GIFT CARD DONATIONS - These gift cards help children who are out of school over the break without access to school provided breakfast and lunch. Please sign up and drop off or mail your gift card at the church office. You can also make a monetary donation and we will purchase the card for you.
  • HAPI DONATION - Please make a donation that helps us support children and families throughout the year with new shoes and clothes, school supplies and other programs. 

  • HOW TO SPONSOR AN ENTIRE FAMILY: If you are interested in sponsoring a Family, make sure to select every child in the family and also select the meal donation and family stocking.  Please make the $100 check payable to Southside United Methodist Church and drop off at the church office.  Make sure to put "Angel Tree" and the "Family Number" in the memo of the check.

  • HOW TO WRAP, LABEL and DROP OFF YOUR GIFTS: Due to confidentiality of the families' personal contact information, we have assigned each family/child a number. Sponsors will provide a toy ($25 value) and outfit (Pants, Shirt, and Socks) for this child. Please have all the gifts wrapped and label with the family number on ALL gifts (for example: #17A for Child A in Family #17). We would like all gifts to be dropped off at the Chapel on Friday, December 17th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. 

  • HOW TO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION: If you sign up to make a gift card or monetary donation, you can drop off or mail a check or grocery store gift card to the church front office. You may drop off a monetary donation during our Angel Tree Drop off, Friday Dec 17th 4-6pm at Southside UMC. (Checks should be made payable to "Southside UMC" with "Angel Tree" in the memo line. 

  • QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP:  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Michelle Wright 904-536-3799 or

Kids Worship Team

Kids! We have so much fun planned for you this Fall.

Kids Worship Team has two sessions planned for Wednesday nights. You can  choose from 5:00 - 6:00 pm or 6:30 - 7:30 pm. 

• For Parents attending Alpha 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, check your child into The Kid’s Table at 6:00 pm for dinner with our childcare staff. (And pickup your own dinner to enjoy during the Alpha class.) 

• For parents attending Old Testament Essentials (co-ed study) or Study Sisters for women, your children will enjoy dinner with you at 6:00 pm in the Family Life Center and then attend Kids Worship Team at the same time as your class.  Pick up is at 7:30 pm on the 2nd floor of the kids' building. 

• For parents not attending Wednesday evening adult classes, your children may attend Kids Worship Team 5:00 - 6:00 pm or 6:30 - 7:30 pm and you will enjoy dinner together in the Family Life Center at 6:00 pm. 


Hey there! We look forward to your kids getting connected here at Southside where they can grow in their relationship with Jesus and one another. Our goal is to partner with parents to develop kids’ faith.


Angie Cosper

Children's Director


Sign-up for Southside UMC 2021-2022 Kid’s Crew!

Register today for classes, groups, programs, nursery & more on Sunday mornings & Wednesday evenings. If you have a child attending any programs or events at Southside UMC, please complete this form: 



Have kids? No worries, we've got you covered. Southside offers programs for kids from birth through 5th grade. Your children will be in a safe environment where they will learn about Jesus and have a fun time doing it. 

During our 9:00 am and 11:00 am services, children worship with their families.  At the 10:00 am service children begin worship with their families and then are invited to Children's Church. For all of our services nursery is available for children, birth - 3 years old and professionally staffed.

Kids prek3 through 5th grade are a part of amazing grade level Life Groups at 11:00 am, in person and online options available. Kids Life Groups are supervised by adults and lead by high school students who are trained, experienced and passionate about thier faith. You can save some time by pre-registering your child below.


Visiting us for the first time? No fear! Our friendly Greeting Team will lead you in your next steps when you arrive. We will meet your family and give you all the information you need about Children's Church, Kids Life Groups, nursery and more.  We can't wait to meet you!


Volunteers and staff at Southside are background screened and trained to create an atmosphere where families can be confident that their children are always nurtured and well cared for. We follow a detailed Child Protection Policy designed to keep all children in our care safe at all times.


Your kids will experience an age appropriate lesson that will teach them about God and His love for them. The teaching is interactive and utilizes multiple approaches for different learning styles. Weekly kids teaching is aligned with the sermon topic and the adult Life Groups so everyone is on the same page. Our goal is for kids to have fun and understand who Jesus is and how He can make a difference in their lives. 


We're raising up the next generation of world changers to love God and His house!