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 from September through May.
The church is preparing Confirmation classes for 2019. 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. Please check here after the first of the new year for the schedule.
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 – MONDAY, JUNE 18 TO THURSDAY, JUNE 21 – 6:00 P.M. TO 8:00 P.M.
Super Heroes of the Bible | Children entering 1st grade through finishing 4th grade are invited to join Center First UMC at Vacation Bible School! “My hero doesn’t hide behind a mask, He doesn’t need a cape to fly, He’s stronger than the ocean And bigger than the sky… Jesus Christ: The Only Superhero! Permission forms will need to be completed for each child on the first night of VBS. Please come around 5:30 pm to handle the permission forms. Please contact Nancy Dickerson at the church office at 598-2707 for additional details!
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS – SUMMER 2018
Wonderful Wednesdays are open to children entering 1st grade and finishing 4th grade. Children entering Kindergarten are welcome to join, but must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Please bring a sack lunch and a drink for each Wonderful Wednesday. The church will furnish coolers for the lunches and drinks. For additional information, please contact Nancy Dickerson, Center First UMC Children’s Director at 598-2707.
- June 13 – 10:00 a.m. – Community Outreach and Swimming
During the morning, we will visit a number of church members in our community and the children will be “doing good deeds.” Please dress your child in “work” clothes, including socks and tennis shoes. After lunch, the children will go swimming. Please bring a bag with their swimsuit, towel and a change of clothes for their afternoon swim, plus sunscreen and floaties. We will have several adults supervising at the pool.
- June 27 – 8:00 a.m. – Lufkin Zoo Trip and Clean Water Ministry Program
The children will travel to the Lufkin Zoo in the morning and attend the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin for lunch for a presentation in the Clean Water Ministry program. Normal summer clothing will be appropriate for this trip.
- July 18 – 8:00 a.m. – Longview Trip and Lunch in the Park
The children will travel to Longview to visit the homeless mission and learn about the variety of programs offered to individuals to assist them with improving their lives. Lunch will be held at a local park. Normal summer clothing will be appropriate for this trip.
If you have questions regarding the FUMC Children’s Ministry, please contact Nancy Dickerson, Director of Children’s Programs at (936) 598-2707.