For Children and Families
For Children and Families
New this year, on Sunday mornings, we offer Kids Camp: supervised crafts, games, and fun activities for children so parents can take advantage of adult education from 9:00 to 9:45. Classes are open to all adults, as usual.
At 10:00, children spend the first 15 minutes with their parents in worship, take part in the Children's Moment, then move to Sunday school.
Ages two and under go to the nursery with trained staff.
Overnight summer camp scholarships for Mechuwana are available to Sunday school students.
We invite all ages to join in the annual Christmas pageant. Other family activities include a pot luck luncheon on the 4th Sunday of every month, and with the help of Megan Skilling, our children and youth activities coordinator, the Fall festival (Trunk or Treat), Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, and family movie nights.
There are lots of opportunities for family giving through Thanksgiving Food Baskets, the Christmas Giving Tree, a Lenten Mission project, the Food Pantry, and children's books for the Food Pantry.
Our church follows the Safe Sanctuary policy, a set of guidelines for the prevention of child abuse, developed by the United Methodist Church.
What do we teach in Sunday School?
A Godly Play classroom is a child-size sanctuary of Bible stories and ritual materials the children can touch and hold: wooden figures, a desert box of sand, a miniature communion table, a baby doll for baptizing, a sturdy Nativity set, and much more. Here, our trained storytellers give children the language of Christianity through story and ritual. We wonder about the story with the children: “I wonder what part of the story you liked best?” During feast we get to know each other. We pray together. Work time for the children is play with paint, crayons, clay, and playing with the stories they have just heard. We have two Godly Play classrooms: one for preschool to second grade, and another for third to sixth graders. For more information, see Introduction to Godly Play on youtube.
Youth Programs (grades 7-12)
Sunday school takes place during the worship service. Our teachers, both mothers of teenagers, use the Film School curriculum, a spiritual formation class that views popular films in light of scripture. Reading the Bible and guided discussion are key to this engaging program for teens. See styg.com/filmschool for more information.
Confirmation for youth
happens every three years. Our next confirmation class will take place
in the fall of 2020. All are welcome. For more information call the church office at 782-3972
Vacation Bible School
recharges kids from ages three to high school every summer with a week of fun, music, games, and mission work for grades six through twelve. Dates for 2018 to be announced.
Kay Little leads a Bible study group Tuesday mornings 10:00 to 11:30 January 16th through March 20th. Based on a 2010 Bill Moyers video series called Genesis: A Living Conversation, it “models a religious discourse taking place in this country beyond the politicized rhetoric about God that has made it so difficult for us to hear one another.” Bring your coffee and beat off the winter blues join in a stimulating conversation.
Pastor Steve will lead a course called “the Wesleyan Way” during Lent, which begins the middle of February. This class is for those interested in learning more about the Methodist Church, or as a guide to Christian discipleship. Details for exact dates and time to be announced.