Our nursery hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and we offer loving nursery care with trained staff for infants through five years of age. We remind parents of nursery-age children that we engage the magnetic locking system during both church services. There is a key pad outside the double doors leading to the nursery, as well as one outside the main doors into the fellowship hall. If you have any questions on how to access the doors during worship service, please contact Pastor Karen Jones or Kelli Snider at the church office. We take responsibility for the care and safety of our children very seriously and want to be proactive in protecting these little ones from any unforeseen circumstances.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Children: Ages 3 through 5th Grade
Youth: 6th Grade through 12th Grade
KIDS GROW ‘N CHRIST
Our Kids Grow ‘N Christ program is open to children in Kindergarten through 5th grade and they meet every Tuesday after school from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. from mid-August through May coinciding with the regular school year calendar. Center First UMC provides a van to pick up your child from school and take them to the church! Your child can join Kids Grow ‘N Christ at anytime throughout the school year and registration forms are available at the church office or below. Please complete both forms and return to the church office. Thank you.
The Youth Ministry of Center First United Methodist Church provides an atmosphere that is conducive for teenagers in the 6th through 12th grades to grow spiritually in their relationship with God and with other teens in our community of faith. Opportunities are provided for study, worship, fun, fellowship and outreach.
METHODIST YOUTH FELLOWSHIP (MYF)
MYF is a ministry offered by the United Methodist Church for youth in grades 6 through 12. MYF gives the youth the opportunity to grow in their faith and maintain a relationship with God. All youth in the 6th to 12th grades are invited to fellowship together. Currently, we now are dividing the junior high and the senior high into two separate groups during MYF and Sunday school. This will allow the teachers to use curriculum that best fits the age group.
MYF MEETING DATES AND TIMES
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Methodist Youth Fellowship
Every Sunday (Exception: Times are different for Combined Worship Services)
8:30 a.m. First Church Service (Sanctuary)
9:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship (Fellowship Hall)
10:00 a.m. Sunday School (Basement)
11:00 a.m. Second Church Service (Sanctuary)
Center First UMC needs volunteers to provide snacks for the youth on Wednesday nights. You are also welcome to join us for the remainder of the night if you choose! If you are able to help out with youth and volunteer your time, please contact the church office (936) 598-2707.
Sunday School is a time for the youth to gather and ask questions about Christianity, the Bible, the Trinity, etc. We have an in-depth lesson and discussion to follow. We invite any youth to come and join us to expand their knowledge of Christianity and fellowship.
BASICS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH (BCF)
Currently, our Kids Grow in Christ is our Confirmation classes. We invite children and youth in Grades 5 and 6 to join us as we learn more about God, faith and what it means to be a member of the church.
At baptism, we are initiated into the new covenant in Jesus Christ and membership in the Church, Christ’s body in the world. For many, this happens when they are very young. We recognize children are members of their human families, but no one expects them to clean their rooms or empty the dishwasher until much later. In the same way, “baptized infants are members of the Church—the family of faith—but are not yet capable of sharing everything involved in membership,” By Water and the Spirit. The United Methodist Church’s official statement on baptism, teaches. Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. “What God offers us must be accepted in repentance and faith,” This Is Your Baptismal Liturgy states. “Confirmation and reaffirmation are our responses of commitment, profession of faith, and rededication.
SENIOR RECOGNITION SUNDAY
Each May, Center First UMC invites High School graduates and their families to the worship service where the class sits together and are recognized during the service. Following the service, graduates and their families are invited to a reception in the Fellowship Hall. If you plan to participate in the 2020 Senior Recognition Sunday, an announcement will be released towards the end of the school year with details so arrangements can be made for the service and reception. In addition, photos can be forwarded at that time to include in our newsletter for the Senior Sunday announcement.
Please contact Faythe Abraham, Director of Children and Youth Ministry at the church office at (936) 598-2707 or (210) 487-0097 if you have questions or need additional information.