We believe that children aren’t just the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today! The mission of Athens First UMC’s children’s ministry is to for children to have a loving faith, learning faith and living faith by caring for others and serving in our community and around the world.
When you come to Athens 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.
On Sundays when we are not offering Communion (first Sunday of each month), we encourage the children to come forward during second service for a very brief message related to the day’s sermon. It occurs early in the second service and addresses the sermon topic at a level even young children can understand. Many adults appreciate the simplicity and succinctness of the inspiring message as well. All Children’s Moments are concluded in prayer.
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 to 6 years old at 10:30 AM. We employ two paid nursery attendants that alternate duty days every two weeks or based on availability.
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. All children up to age 6 are welcome in the nursery both services when there is no Sunday school.
Sunday school is available during the school year for children and teenagers ages 4- 18. The children in Pre-K – 5th grade are helped to understand the meaning of biblical stories using different learning styles such as storytelling, discussion, music, games, art and crafts. Application of their knowledge in the Sunday school classroom, worship service and home helps them grow in their faith.