Children's Ministry at First UMC
At First UMC, we love kids and honor them as a vital part of our church family!
Although kids are always welcome to remain with their families during worship, we offer some great programs too.
To facilitate these programs, we provide safe, age appropriate, fun environments where your kids can learn about God's love, what it means to be a follower of Jesus, and how to make the world a better place.
Volunteers and parents partner to accomplish three primary goals: (1) help kids develop a life-long, meaningful relationship with God, (2) to have lots of fun, and (3) to make friends. We accomplish these goals by making Bible stories come alive through interactive storytelling, videos, discussions, music, crafts, and games.
Our hope is that when your child leaves First UMC they will beg you to come back!
What About Safety?
All volunteers who work with children or youth undergo a strict screening process with background checks every three years and mandatory annual trainings on our comprehensive Child and Youth Protection Policy. We also adhere to best practices in classroom and behavior management.
Your child's safety is our number one concern!
Infants to 4-years-old: During both our 9:30 a.m. contemporary service and our 11:00 a.m. traditional service, we offer a nursery . Our teachers lovingly engage our little ones with fun, age appropriate, interactive activities that introduce them to God's love. If you have children in this age range that you would like to participate in the nursery, please let us know in advance so we can schedule a teacher. You can do this by calling the office or sending us an email.
Kindergarten through fifth grade: We offer a fun children's church experience for our elementary school students during the 9:30 a.m. contemporary service. Elementary students remain in worship with their parents at the 11:00 a.m. traditional service and are encouraged to participate in the service to learn the rhythms of worship. During the sermon, children can use the wiggle bags that we provide with coloring pages and games or a children's ministry app on their electronic device.
Other Groups and classes
When we offer adult groups, classes, or events at the church, we also provide childcare upon request.
Future Plans: Kids Club
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff was in the early planning stages of a fun Wednesday night Kids Club with food, music, crafts, and games. Our vision is clear: to create a highly engaging and fun mini-Vacation Bible School experience every week that your kids will beg you to attend.
While our plans have been delayed by the pandemic, as soon as we are able to launch in a safe way, we will move forward. If you are interested in helping us with this new kids program, please contact Pastor Mark at the church office.
Preparing for Your First Visit
Here's what to expect when your child attends for the first time on a Sunday:
(Remember, children are always welcome to remain with their family in worship. There is no pressure to participate until they are ready.)
First, prior to the worship service, make your way to the children's classrooms downstairs in the sanctuary building. The classrooms are clearly marked, but if you have trouble finding the right room, don't hesitate to ask someone for help. There we will meet your family and answer any of your questions.
Upon checking in for the first time, we will ask for the following personal information (NOTE: We value your privacy and will not share this information with anyone):
- Parent/guardian name(s)
- Child's name
- Child's birth date
- Home address
- Parent's cell phone number (so we can text you during service if needed)
- Parent's email
- Any special instructions (allergies, special needs) for your children
During Service: In the event that we need to contact you during the service, a volunteer will text you. Please keep your phone on and switched to vibrate to ensure an open line of communication. If you receive a text from us, we ask that you exit the sanctuary immediately and proceed to your child’s classroom.
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