burnt hickory children’s ministry exists to partner with parents in leading children to know, love and follow Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  - Matthew 19:14

Our mission in action

Sunday classes

We offer classes for children beginning at 6 weeks through 5th grade. Nursery and Preschool classes are grouped by age and our Elementary age classes are grouped by grade levels. Our Nursery class enjoys a traditional Cradle Roll curriculum that involves learning about God and His creation through the use of songs, puppets, and toys. Preschool and Kindergarten children are learning three simple, but powerful truths that God made them, He loves them, and Jesus is their friend using the First Look Curriculum. This curriculum is designed to incite wonder through age-appropriate activities as they build their spiritual foundation. In our combined First and Second grade class, they are learning about Christian Character and Bible Basics like how to use the Bible, memorizing scripture, learning the books of the Bible, and more as they explore foundational Bible stories from the Old and New Testament. Our combined Third – Fifth grade class uses 252 Kids, a three-year curriculum designed around the three basic truths modeled by Jesus in Luke 2:52; make wise choices, trust God, and treat others the way you want to be treated while focusing on 150 key Bible stories, 4 faith skills, and 30 life applications. 252 Kids provokes discovery and invites kids into a new understanding of how to grow in their relationship with Jesus.  Classes are taught in an interactive format using teaching styles to reach every style of learner. Our Sunday School Classes are our primary environment for teaching the Bible.


We provide loving care during our morning worship service for infants through 23 months.


We provide a special time of age appropriate worship for our children on Sunday mornings during our service.  Preschool Worship is for 2 year old through PreKindergarten aged children.  A team of worship leaders help children worship God in ways they can understand and connect.

community events

Events are planned throughout the year to build community among children and families and to celebrate spiritual milestones.

2023 events include:

Easter Egg Hunt - April 9

VBS: June 4-7

Fall Festival - October 29

A Night with Santa - November 29

2023 VBS - Twists & Turns

We had a great VBS June 4-7! Thanks to everyone who help make it happen! 

Summer camp

We partnered with West Metro Church of Christ for Summer Camp at Camp Lee in Anniston, AL on Friday, July 14th - Monday July 17th. Camp is for rising 3rd graders to graduating seniors. The cost included all three meals, canteen, and camp activities.

You can visit their website at Camp Lee.


The Burnt Hickory MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group meets every other Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 200 at the Marietta Campus during the school year. Invite your friends and join us! Click the below links to learn more or join our Facebook Group:

MOPS Website

BH MOPS Facebook Page

BH MOPS Webpage

ministry leaders

  • Beth Tidwell


    Beth has a degree in Early Childhood Education and 5 years’ experience as a 2nd grade teacher in Cobb County schools. She has taught Sunday School for various grades for 12 years and chaperoned and led mission trips to Cozumel, Mexico. As our Children's Minister, she oversees our children ages birth to 6th grade, which includes preschool Sunday classes, children’s worship and the nursery.

    Email Beth

  • Lauren Barber

    Bright Beginnings director

    & Children's Assistant Minister

    Lauren oversees the day to day operation of the preschool and assists with the Children's Ministry. Lauren and her husband, Corey, have three children, Issac, Marley, and Amelia. 

    Email Lauren

We take child safety seriously

The Burnt Hickory leadership believes God expects us to make our church a safe place for children. In an effort to do our best to provide a safe environment, our children and youth leaders and volunteers are required to submit an application, go through a background check, and Child Safety Training.

  • In all of our ministries with children and youth, this congregation is committed to demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ so that each child may experience the blessings of Jesus: "but Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.'" (Matthew 19:14)