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. Your children can participate in weekly children’s church and other fun activities, join the children’s choir, and attend one of the largest Vacation Bible Schools in the area. For children in 3rd-5th grades, we offer ELMO, the Elementary Methodist Organization. ELMO is designed to nurture a developing awareness of Christianity, as well as create an encouraging environment of fun and friendship. A nursery will be available during Sunday morning and Wednesday evening activities.
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 fifth 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.
Children’s Choirs & Summit Kids Xtreme | Wednesdays from 6:00-7:10 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!
6:00 p.m. | Children’s Choirs | Following choir, teachers lead children to the gym for Summit Kids Xtreme.
6:40 p.m. | Summit Kids Xtreme | Kindergarten-Grade 5
7:10-7:30 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, supper, a devotional, fun and games. Summer activities for this group include Camp Lee, an overnight canoe/kayak trip, and a day at the water park. Friends are always welcome to attend any ELMO event.
Bible, Prayer and Worship
Discipleship Sunday is a church-wide celebration at the start of the new school year. 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 six-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, How Our Church Was Built, 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.
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, the church-wide canned food drive and the Holiday Hope-la. Children helping children. Children helping others. That’s what it’s all about!
Come join us for the Family Ash Wednesday Service, Journey Through Holy Week, Palm Sunday re-enactment, Children’s Easter Celebration, summer activities, Pumpkinfest, and 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 on this day 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 2019 will be June 10-14. Online registration will be available in the Spring!
Where Is The Children’s Library?
It is located on the second floor of the Education Building, room 207.
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.
First Groups encompasses our many bible studies, small groups, supports groups, supper clubs, Sunday school groups, and countless others that you can be a part of, with people who have the same interests as you! The mission of FUMC First Groups is to provide members with an opportunity to connect, be cared for, and grow.