At First United Methodist Church, we are prepared for and welcome your children so they may have a learning and spiritual opportunity to know their Savior, Jesus Christ, to greet friends and make new friends, and to find a place to grow and learn. You and your children are invited to be a part of each and every one of these Children’s Ministry opportunities.
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 Kelli Snider or Nancy Dickerson, FUMC Children’s Director 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.
Pre-K and Kindergarten
Elementary Aged Children – Grades 1 through 5
The procession of acolytes signal the congregation to prepare their hearts and minds for worship. They bring the light of Christ into worship by carrying and lighting the altar candles. Acolytes are worship leaders! Training is provided in the fall.
KIDS GROW ‘N CHRIST
The Kids Grow ‘N Christ program meets every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and coincides with the regular school calendar year.
The church is preparing Confirmation classes for 2018. Pastor Karen Jones and Sarah Bohannon, FUMC Youth Director, lead Confirmation classes for youth in Grades 6 and up who want to learn more about God, faith and what it means to be a member of the church.
We are starting on February 21 and completing the classes on April 4. Classes will be held on Wednesday after school from 3:40 p.m. until 4:50 p.m. Confirmation Sunday will be April 8! We are breaking up Confirmation into 2 sections.
The first section is 5 weeks long and meant to expand our “youthies” knowledge on the Christian Faith and strengthen their Foundation of Faith.
The second section includes Week 6 which allows the youth to learn about the Wesleyan Heritage (a.k.a. the United Methodist Church). When this section is completed, the youth will have the opportunity to profess their faith of Jesus Christ and join the church. If you will need transportation for your youth, let the church know!
Section 1: February 21-March 28
Section 2: February 21-April 4
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.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018
Children entering Kindergarten through those entering 5th grade will enjoy good food and fellowship, singing, making a variety of crafts, and learning about living the Christian life as they listen to the stories told by these Christians from Biblical times. Please contact Nancy Dickerson or Kelli Snider at the church office (936) 598-2707 for details or if you want to volunteer with VBS 2018!
If you have questions regarding the FUMC Children’s Ministry, please contact Nancy Dickerson, Director of Children’s Programs at (936) 598-2707.