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Children’s Ministries Purpose
The purpose of First United Methodist Church Children’s Ministries is to make disciples of Jesus Christ through worship, study, service and friendship. We seek to teach the Word of God, guide the children in their prayer lives, and surround them with a community of love.
For more information about children’s ministries,
please contact Glenda Argo at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Renee Norman at email@example.com or 834-8990.
You may also visit our Facebook page for updates.
Come join the fun of the Mardi Gras Pancake Supper, Palm Sunday re-enactment, Easter Carnival, Flower Cross, summer activities, Pumpkinfest, and the Holiday Hope-la. These seasonal activities and programs offer excitement and meaning to special times of the year.
Children’s Day is observed in the spring on a Sunday morning. Worship services include children singing, ushering, reading Scripture and praying. A special musical program is presented by the children’s choirs during the Sunday School hour.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is held for a week every year in June and is the highlight of the year for many children. Bible stories, crafts, music, snacks, games and mission projects are all centered around a fun and exciting theme. This year’s VBS will be June 12-16. Online registration coming soon!
Bible, Prayer and Worship
Christian Education Sunday is a church-wide celebration during the month of September. Sunday School teachers participate in a service of dedication, Bibles are presented to our third grade children and worship bags are given to the three year olds.
Second grade children are invited to participate in a five-week study entitled, “God’s Children in Worship”. This special study is offered in early fall during the Sunday School hour. Topics include: Seasons of the Church Year, the Sacraments, How to Find and Follow Hymns, Symbolism in the Sanctuary, and Using Good Manners in God’s House.
Prayer and Bible Conference
During the winter months, children are invited to attend a church-wide Prayer/Bible Conference. The children are divided by age to hear amazing Bible stories, make crafts, enjoy games, and pray together.
Children in grades 2 through 5 look forward to participating in a Sprouts group during the Lenten season. Scripture, prayer, outreach and discipleship are important parts of this study.
The Pocket Lady
We have a Pocket Lady in the children’s department! The Pocket Lady helps children memorize Bible verses. She visits the Sunday School classes and “Voilà!!!” pulls treats from her pocket to reward the children and encourage them as they recite memory verses.
Our goal through Sunday School is to teach the Bible in a way that is fun and exciting so children will develop a true love for God and His Word. Sunday School classes are provided on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45 for children age two through the sixth grade. (Nursery care is provided for newborns through two year olds who celebrated their second birthday after September 1st of the current school year).
Children’s Church is a ministry for children age three through first grade. Following the “Children’s Minute” during the Sunday morning worship services, children are invited to attend Children’s Church. This special time gives children an opportunity to pray together, sing, listen to Bible stories and participate in activities designed to enhance the Bible lessons. Children’s Church is optional and families are welcome to encourage their preschoolers to remain in the worship service if desired.
Kids Power Hour
Children’s Choirs & Summit Kids Xtreme, Wednesdays from 5:55-7:00 p.m.
Come eat dinner, served from 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall with your family and then head to Children’s Choirs!
5:55 p.m. | Children’s Choirs, Following choir, teachers lead children to the gym for Summit Kids Xtreme.
6:30 p.m. | Summit Kids Xtreme (Kindergarten-Grade 5)
7:00-7:15 p.m. | Pick up children in the gym.
ELMO (Elementary Methodist Organization)
ELMO is an exciting ministry for 3rd through 5th grade children. The program is designed to nurture developing awareness of Christianity as well as encourage fun and fellowship among children in this age group. ELMO meets monthly on Sunday evenings from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The children enjoy open gym, snack supper, a devotional, fun and games. Summer activities for this group include Camp Lee, an overnight canoe/kayak trip, and a day at the waterpark. FBO (For Boys Only) and G4G (Girls 4 God) Bible studies and special activities are planned as an extension of ELMO during the year. Friends are always welcome to attend any ELMO event.
Children are invited and encouraged to participate in numerous mission projects throughout the year. Some of these opportunities include Great Day of Service, Sprouts, Vacation Bible School, collection of school supplies, the church-wide canned food drive and the Holiday Hope-la. Children helping children. Children helping others. That’s what it’s all about!
The Children’s Library is located on the second floor of the Education Building. This library is designed especially for children. It is a place where they may sit and read or check out books based on the Bible and Christian values.
Where Is The Children’s Library?
It is located on the second floor of the Education Building, across from the 4th grade Sunday School classroom.
What Is In The Library?
There are over 1,200 Christian, life lesson, reference, biographical, and fiction books/DVDs for children and tweens.
How Is The Library Organized?
Younger children’s books are on one side of the library; Elementary and Tween levels are on the other. See the Library Inventory Binder (on the counter) for a complete list of books.
Why Are There Colored Dots On The Spines Of Some Books?
The dots quickly identify the genres or general content area. See signs posted in the library for specific information regarding the dots.
How Can I Check Out Books/DVDs?
Each book/DVD has a pocket envelope and card in the back. Neatly write your name and date on the card and place it in the “check out” box located on the counter. Young children will need a parent, teacher, or other adult to assist in this process. Take a free bookmark and write down the date your books are due back, as a reminder.
How Many Books/DVDs Can I Check Out At One Time?
Please limit the number to 10 total items.
When Do I Need To Return The Books/DVDs?
Please return the items within 2 weeks of check out.
How Do I Return Books?
Simply place your returns on the cart. Library volunteers will check them in and re-shelve them.
Does The Library Accept Donations?
Yes! New and gently used books which reflect Christian values are greatly appreciated and will be added to circulation or for teacher use! Please place items in the “Donations” bin. We also happily accept monetary donations for new purchases.