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 N CHRIST
The Kids N Christ program meets every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and coincides with the regular school calendar year.
- VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2017 – Sunday, July 9 to Wednesday, July 12 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Special Visitors from the Holy Land at First United Methodist Church Bible School
FUMC will be visited by David, who fought the giant Goliath; by Priscilla and Aquila, who traveled with Paul on his mission trips; by Deborah, who was a judge in ancient Israel; and by Jesus’ disciples – maybe ALL of them! Come join us and learn what God’s people DID in Biblical times and what God’s people DO in our current times!!
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 2017!
- WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS – JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST 2017 – SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
Now that the 2017 school year is over, it is time to look forward to the summer activities we have on schedule for our children’s department. Parents, make a note of these dates. We will be letting you know times and more details in a few weeks. Mark these Wonderful Wednesday dates on your summer calendar, as well as the week of July 9 -12, which will be Bible School week, in the evenings from 6:00 to 8:00. Thank you! Nancy Dickerson
Wednesday, June 28: Wonderful Wednesday! Day Trip to Sci-Port! Open to children entering 1st grade and finishing 3rd grade. Children entering Kindergarten are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Each child and adult are asked to bring a sack lunch for this trip. The church will furnish coolers for the lunches and drinks. We will have an outdoor picnic on this trip, so please wear normal summer clothing!
Wednesday, July 26: Wonderful Wednesday! Trip to McMahan’s Chapel, the oldest Methodist church and the oldest Protestant congregation with continuous services in Texas. Open to children entering Grades 1-5. Children entering Kindergarten are welcome to come along, but must be accompanied by a parent or a grandparent. Each child and adult will need to bring a sack lunch for this trip. The church will furnish coolers for the lunches and drinks. On this trip, we will be walking all around the cemetery and down the path to the spring. Please put your child in tennis shoes or some other CLOSED TOE shoes, with socks. We will spray the kids with bug spray before we leave the chapel for the cemetery and spring. If your child has allergies or needs to be given a certain kind of bug spray, you will need to send your preference of spray in a zip-lock bag and labeled with your child’s name.
Wednesday, August 9: Wonderful Wednesday! Trip to Nacogdoches. We will be having and activity – bowling or a movie – and a meal at CC’s pizza. We will let you know before this date if the activity is bowling, so you can send socks with your child. Open to children entering Kindergarten – Grades 5. Children entering Kindergarten are welcome to come along, but must be accompanied by a parent or a grandparent. No lunch will be needed since we will be eating pizza.
If you have questions regarding the FUMC Children’s Ministry, please contact Nancy Dickerson, Director of Children’s Programs at (936) 598-2707.