Children and Youth Ministry

SUNDAYS

NURSERY CARE

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

PROGRAMS

KIDS ‘N CHRIST 

Our Kids ‘N Christ program is open to children in Kindergarten through 5th grade and they meet every Tuesday after school from 3:30 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 ‘N Christ at anytime throughout the school year and our registration form is available at the church office or at the link below. Please print, complete and return the form to the church office. If you have any questions, please contact Faythe Abraham, Director of Children and Youth Ministry at the church office at (936) 598-2707. Thank you.

METHODIST YOUTH FELLOWSHIP (MYF)

Our First UMC Methodist Youth Fellowship 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.

MYF MEETING DATES AND TIMES
Every Wednesday
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)

MYF VOLUNTEERS
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

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.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

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.  A reception is usually held for the graduates and their families either prior to or immediately following the worship service.  

QUESTIONS

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.