We believe the children aren’t just the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today! The mission of First UMC’s children’s ministry is to have children know God, grow in their faith, and show God’s love by caring for others and serving in our community and around the world.
When you come to First United Methodist Church, your child is welcome to worship with you or to participate in one of our children’s ministries. Whatever choice is right for you and your child, we always welcome and encourage guests. Please take some time to learn about our Children’s Ministries, and we hope you will give us the opportunity to welcome you and your little ones soon.
Nursery care is available for our youngest so they can become comfortable in the church setting, for ages from birth to 3 years old at 9 am, and birth – 5 years old at 10:30 am. The Children’s Ministry of First United Methodist Church is now using Gospel Light’s Baby Beginnings Curriculum with our littlest ones, including infants through age 3.
You’re never too young to learn about God’s love, and Baby Beginnings from Gospel Light is perfect for getting babies from 0-36 months started off on the right track. It is organized into 12 important monthly themes and equips leaders, caregivers, and parents with the tools to help little ones take their first steps in learning about God. This curriculum will be used during both the 9 AM and 10:30 AM ministry hours, and will be taught collaboratively by our new nursery staff team, Claire Hutchins and Holly Murphy. If you have a friend or family member with young children, please let them know of these exciting new opportunity.
Our Nursery Attendants are also assisted by a member of the congregation who is certified through our Safe Sanctuaries Policy. The children need to feel that this is their home on Sundays. Nursery is available in Room 2 from just before 9 am to 11:45 am each week when Sunday school is in session. It is available from 10:20 am to 11:45 when there is no Sunday school.
The Sunday school rotational plan helps the children in Pre-K – 3rd grade to understand the meaning of the stories using different learning styles such as storytelling, cookery, music, games, art, and science. Application of their knowledge in the classroom, church and home helps them grow in their faith.
Several times a year, the Children will have a special Music, Mission, and Munchies Sunday. This gives them opportunities to learn songs about Bible stories and topics, practice mission work and share food together.
‘Tweens Sunday School
Sundays @ 9am – 3rd Floor Rec Room during the school year
The ‘Tweens get experience in learning about the Bible by a series of “Using the Bible” classes. They become familiar with the organization of the books of the Bible, read and discuss stories from the Bible and discuss their meaning for living today.