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Children in Worship
By welcoming them at our church’s most sacred moments, children learn that nothing can separate them from the love of God.
For children aged 3 years through 5th grade, we offer weekly guided Christian education, led by volunteer church members, on Sunday mornings from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Children are grouped by age and grade. Curriculum is selected to introduce age-appropriate Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments.
Our childcare and Sunday School rooms are located on the first floors of the Education Building (room numbers indicated by the EDU prefix) and the Sanctuary Building (indicated by the SAN prefix).
Sunday School begins at 10:00 a.m. Teachers will be in their rooms by 9:50 a.m. If you need to drop off your child before 9:50 a.m., you may take them to childcare.
Sunday School – Sundays 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Pre-K 3s, 4s, and 5s: EDU Room 102
Kindergarten: EDU Room 101
1st and 2nd Grades: EDU Room 108-109
3rd Grade: SAN Room 111
4th and 5th Grades: SAN Room 110
Childcare – Sundays 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (and by reservation)
For children ages 3-5 years old, childcare staff reads children Bible stories from picture books and introduces Godly Play curriculum. This classroom helps transition kids from childcare to Sunday School format. We continue the discipline of communal snack, sing Bible songs and work in free-choice play centers.
Godly Play – Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades
Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. The goal of Godly Play is to show how to be open to the Holy Spirit, the Creator, and the Redeemer all at once and all the time in every place. Godly Play encourages participants to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing the opportunity for them to connect the stories with their personal experiences.
3rd – 5th Grades
3rd Grade Sunday School is the first introduction to the Bible and how to use it – a very exciting year! We learn the books of the Old and New Testament, perform 2 plays each year and test our Bible knowledge in the “Are You Smarter Than a Third Grader” competition with parents.The 4th – 5th Grade class utilizes the “Grow, Proclaim and Serve!” Cokesbury curriculum as a guide for parts of the year. As a special tradition, the class studies “Feasts and Festivals” learning about weekly Jewish worship traditions. This class plays an integral role with our homeless Manna Bag ministry by filling bags and writing notes of encouragement and sharing God’s love.
Free childcare is available on Sundays for all church services from 8:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. for infants through 5 years old. It can also be arranged for church events with advanced notice. Reservations are required for times other than Sunday mornings. Reservations are made with Childcare Coordinator Pam Coronado at email@example.com, and are not final until confirmed.
Our paid staff is trained to give loving and professional care for your child while you enjoy church worship and activities. We run background checks on all staff members, and each room is staffed with at least one person with CPR and First Aid certification.
Our childcare rooms are located on the first floor of the Education Building (room numbers indicated by the EDU prefix).
Our youngest age group spends time exploring God’s love and relating to others through simple Bible stories. “Grow, Proclaim, Serve!” curriculum incorporates Bible stories, activities, crafts, media, and games into a full faith experience for children.
Nursery (Infants-18 months) – EDU Room 103
Beginning with our youngest disciples, our caring staff models God’s love. We know that experiencing unconditional love through relationships helps children develop the trust and confidence they need to later explore a more abstract relationship with the Divine.
Toddlers & Twos (18 months – 3 years) – EDU 104
Based on the individual child’s readiness, he or she transitions to the toddler room. Here we introduce the discipline of communal snack, sing Bible songs and work in free-choice play centers. Children also practice the important relational skills of sharing, taking turns, and spending time away from parents.
At FUMC, we don’t have a separate worship time for the children. This is a very intentional choice. Children are a part of our church family and we share the responsibility for nurturing their spiritual needs. By welcoming them at our church’s most sacred moments, children learn that nothing can separate them from the love of God. By worshiping together with our children, we pass on our traditions for praising God through the sacraments, music, proclaiming and hearing the good news, and offering our gifts and prayers. Children are encouraged to participate in the service as much as they are able, finding hymns and responses, standing and sitting with the rest of the congregation, coming to the chancel area for Time with Young Disciples and learning prayers and responses.
We believe that it is important for parents to grow and be fed in their faith as well. For families with infants and toddlers, we know that parents can best worship when their children are safe and happily engaged in our childcare rooms. When children reach about four or five and they are ready, we encourage parents to begin bringing them to one of our worship services on a regular basis.
- 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Traditional worship service
- Holy Communion is celebrated every week at the 9:00 a.m. service and on the first Sunday of the month at the 11:00 a.m. service.
- 9:00 a.m. On the third Sunday of every month, a worship service is offered in our beautiful and intimate Murchison Chapel.
Worship bulletins are available with crayons and scriptural puzzle pages that provide quiet ways to focus energy for preschool and elementary age children, ages 3-11 years. The bulletins can be found on clipboards in baskets by the front doors of the Sanctuary. Children may use them during worship services and then return the crayons and clipboards to the baskets following the service.
TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES
Children are encouraged to engage in our Time with Young Disciples during the 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary service. This is a great chance for children to get up, move around, and be close to the minister, altar, and others in our congregation.
For parents that wish to remain close to their infants and toddlers while still attending worship, a Family Room, furnished with rocking chairs, toddler toys, and a changing table, is available behind the sanctuary balcony. Large windows and speakers provide access to the service.