Our children's ministry program is designed to celebrate the joy of childhood and the importance of family faith development. We know that spiritual grounding is essential as children grow and develop. We honor the individual needs of each child, offering an environment of support and encouragement. We also recognize that every child and family is unique and honor diversity in lifestyle, faith background and physical, mental and learning challenges.
We recognize that there are times parents struggle with how to answer those tough questions that only children ask. Our goal is to provide the whole family with the tools of the faith, by offering curriculum that is coordinated and multigenerational. The passage preached in the sermon is the same studied in children's, youth and adult Sunday school classes. This offers a great opportunity to have discussions as a family.
Here are some of the regular opportunities we offer in our children's programs:
We offer nursery care to children starting in infancy through preschool on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Some groups arrange nursery care for special events as well. On Sunday morning, toddlers begin to learn the stories of the faith through our age-appropriate Deep Blue Kids curriculum.
Children's Sunday school meets every Sunday morning from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. The curriculum, Deep Blue Kids, offers age-level appropriate crafts, discussions, and songs for children to learn the weekly Bible story. It encourages children to ask questions, to discover their faith for themselves, and to discuss the theme of the week with their parents. Each week a family devotional with activities is provided related to the lesson. Click here to download this week's devotional sheet.
Parents are asked to escort and pick up their child to classes located on the second floor in order to follow safe procedures. Each classroom has a minimum of two teachers, and all our teachers are trained in Ministry Safe procedures, going above and beyond to provide parents the assurance of the security of the children.
Kids in Mission
As United Methodists, we believe in living out our faith in the world. We offer monthly opportunities for families to do this together during the Sunday school hour. On the fourth Sunday of each month, all children and parents gather in the youth center for these missions. Here are some of the missions reaching out to our community in 2015:
Seasonal Children's Events
Trunk or Treat, October 29
Bring your costume and treat bag on Halloween night for this annual event. Trunks decorated in themes by our church members line our parking lot to create a safe place for kids to trick or treat. Events include our famous pig races, a cake walk, and more fun and prizes.
Live Nativity and Christmas Alive!
Celebrate the true meaning of the season! Children are invited to put on costumes and visit the live animals that would have been present in the manger the night of Jesus' birth.
Christmas Gift-Making Workshop
Each year, children and their families are invited to attend a gift-making workshop. Stations are set up and children are guided in making handmade gifts. This is a great opportunity for children to create gifts and experience the true joy of the season in giving to others. To register, please click here
Permission to Transport
Please download here, print, fill out and sign the attached form if your child will be traveling in the church van for any church activity. Thank you!