Children

Children

Kids are an integral part of the happenings at First United Methodist Church, and we look forward to partnering with you to help the children in your life become Jesus followers. FirstTots designates programs designed for kids from birth – 5 years (but not yet in Kindergarten), and FirstKids designates programs for kids in grades K-5. With relevant and meaningful programs on Sunday and during the week, it is our hope that families grow together on their journey to worship, grow, give, serve and share.

First United Methodist Church takes safety seriously. We use Safe Gatherings to screen and train our staff and volunteers (https://safegatherings.com). Listed below are some of what you can expect from us to make sure kids are safe:

  1. Staff and volunteers who have gone through rigorous background and reference checks;
  2. Staff and volunteers who have completed boundary awareness training;
  3. At least two adults in every classroom;
  4. A check in process to ensure security;
  5. Physical space  that protects children from injury.

Children’s Music

Children are a vital part of worship, and we encourage their involvement and leadership in a number of ways. For music, we have three opportunities for children’s programs throughout the year. During Advent, children prepare and perform music and short skits to celebrate the coming of baby Jesus at Christmas. They also prepare to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem for Palm Sunday, just before Easter. Finally, they share their gift of music with the congregation after Vacation Bible School in July. Older children…

Family

We hope to partner with parents to help raise lifelong followers of Jesus, and now you have the opportunity to be a part of that plan! Whether or not you have children, you are an important part of the work God is doing in the lives of the kids at our church, in our community, and around the world. Research has consistently shown that one of the best predictors for kids continuing to grow in their faith after high school…

FirstTots

FirstTots is our program for preschool aged children. Childcare is provided for first service and during the Sunday School hour. A pint-sized Children’s Church is offered during 2nd service; all FirstTots activities occur in the Children’s Ministry rooms on the main level. Next Steps Click here to register for any children’s activity Check out the upcoming events for children

FirstKids Worship

Children will gather in the Children’s Ministry room before heading upstairs for worship time at 11:00. They will encounter acts of worship such as prayer, singing, and offering, and will learn a Bible story and a lesson from church tradition. Kids will enter the sanctuary for Children’s Time near the end of the 11:00 service. Next Steps Click here to register for any children’s activity Check out the upcoming events for children

FirstKids Grow

From 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, kids are invited to FirstKids Grow to read scripture, work on a memory verse, and play games or create crafts that reinforce the story for the week as part of a tribe based on grade level. Tribe 1: Kids in 3rd -6th grade meet on the 2nd floor on the north side of the building. Tribe 2: Kids in K-2nd grade meet on the 2nd floor in the northeast corner. FirstKids Grow is located on the 2nd floor in the…

FirstKids Serve

On Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00, children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to join FirstKids Serve. This group focuses on projects and missions work they can do to benefit the community while also participating in a Christian small group. A few of our projects have included visiting residents at Vintage Place, making chew toys and treats for dogs waiting to be adopted, raking leaves, and making PJs for kids at the Sunshine Children’s Home. We meet year round except for January…