At First United Methodist Church, we are nurturing children's growth in grace through a developmentally appropriate environment
Our Children's Ministries offer opportunities to grow in and learn about God's grace all through the year; through Sunday morning studies, weekly bible studies, summer camps, mission and the Learning Tree Preschool. Please explore our offerings and contact Dotty Culig, Director of Children's Ministries with any additional questions or for more information.
SERVE - If you would like to serve in the life of our Children's Ministry, please read our policy here and complete a background check
The nursery is a safe and loving Christian environment for the youngest members and guests of FUMC. Our nursery staff and childcare workers are experienced in childcare, CPR/First Aid certified and vetted through a background check and references.
To ensure the safety of all the children, a secure check-in/check-out system is in place. The only adult allowed to pick up the child from the nursery will be the one with proper ID.
If a child has had fever, diarrhea, or has vomited in the last 24 hours, he or she should not be brought in the nursery. Please make other childcare arrangements. Also, remember that eye infections are very contagious. Please notify the staff if your child has any food allergies or any other concerns.
Please bring a diaper bag with the child’s name on it with a change of clothes.
- Ages: Infants - 2yrs
- Location: ALC Nursery
Please note: Childcare may also be scheduled by calling the church office to schedule a meeting or event. Participants in the meetings or events are asked to call the church office to sign their child/children up for childcare.
Preschool Sunday School
Preschoolers use a colorful, active and age-appropriate curriculum and children are grouped by age as of September 1.
- Ages: 2yrs - Kindergarten
- Location: ALC 121-124
Academy Sunday School
In the Academy Sunday School, children gather for worship time with a Bible story, then attend one of four class electives: Bible Bytes, How Great Thou Art, Lego Building and Creative Expressions.
- Ages: 1st - 4th grades
- Location: ALC 221-224
Way of the Child (1st-4th grades) This six-week study module gives children the experience and opportunity to practice spiritual disciplines that will nurture their relationship with God for a lifetime. Class location and topics vary and the module is offered at various times through the year. Sessions will be announced via the FUMC Weekly Edition and the worship guides.
Children's Summer Camps -Several annual summer camps are offered for children with a scripture-based theme and activities that help children grow in God's grace.
Vacation Bible School is generally held in June for those who have completed 1st-4th grade.
Camp Friendship is offered in July at the same time as A Joyful Noise Musical Theatre Camp and is designed for toddlers through 1st graders.
Children's Ministry Sunday - We celebrate a new school year each August with blesssing of the backpacks and a pancake breakfast.
Hanging of the Greens & Family Advent Celebration - The week before Advent begins, the church sanctuary is decorated for Advent, and families enjoy Advent-related activities.
Christmas Pageant - Children participate in telling the Christmas Story at this special celebration during the Advent season.
Family Christmas Eve Worship - A family-friendly service served on Christmas Eve in the sanctuary.
Easter Egg Hunt - Children from our church and in our neighborhood/community enjoy a traditional Easter egg hunt. A mission-focused ministry, this offers our members and guests an opportunity to meet those with whom we are building relationships in a transformative approach to mission ministry.