For Children and Families
2019 Education Program
What do we provide for children and families?
During the school year:
On Sunday mornings we offer Kids Camp: supervised activities for children so parents can take advantage of adult education from 9:00 to 9:45.
At 10:00 AM, children go into worship with their parents for the first fifteen minutes, take part in the Children's Moment, then move to Sunday School. Ages three and under go to the nursery with trained staff. Three Sundays a year, on the fifth Sunday of the month, children spend time with the pastor and teachers for a special activity.
During the summer:
Summer Sundays for kids are less structured, with games and craft activities.
Also includes Vacation Bible School
Other programs for children:
- Children are eligible to serve as acolytes as young as third grade.
- Summer camp scholarships (overnight and day) for Mechuwana are available to Sunday school students.
- Seasonal and holiday programs: We invite all ages to join in the annual Christmas pageant. Other family activities include a fall festival—last fall it was Trunk or Treat--and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on a Saturday before Easter. There are plenty of opportunities for family giving through Thanksgiving Food Baskets, the Christmas Giving Tree, the Food Bank, and a yearly Lenten Mission Project.
- Children’s choir performs at various times throughout the year.
We follow the Safe Sanctuary Policy, a set of guidelines developed by the United Methodist Church for the prevention of child abuse.
What do we teach in Church School?
For children pre-school through second grade:
We offer Godly Play where trained storytellers bring Bible stories alive using materials meant to be touched and held by the children: wooden figures, a desert box of sand, a miniature communion table, a baby doll for baptizing, a sturdy nativity set, and much more.
For children third through fifth grade:
These children experience a more in-depth version of Godly Play.
To see an Introduction to Godly Play on youtube, see below or see one of our storytellers on our Facebook page.
Youth Programs for Grades 6-12
Sundays for Youth (Grades 6-12): Worship, Church School
Youth attend worship with their family and adjourn to Sunday School after the first fifteen minutes. They are invited to participate in the worship service as ushers, readers, etc.
Middle School Youth Group
The focus is on building community, instilling Christian values, and having fun. See our Facebook page for upcoming of activities.
Work team is made up of adults and youth, doing home projects for members of our church community.
Offered every three years in conjunction with other local Methodist churches. Age of participants may vary. Next Class is anticipated to be Fall of 2020.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
VBS recharges kids from age three to high school for one week every summer with fun, music, and games, and more mission work for youth. Information about Summer 2020 VBS to be announced.
What about adult studies?
Adult Class Series: Weekly Devotional
Beginning September 11th, join us on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 for a weekly devotional to last to Advent. You will need a copy of At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer by Sarah Arthur. Paperback books are available at Amazon for $14.95 or register with the church office to obtain a copy.
Contact Kay Little at firstname.lastname@example.org or 784-1908.
This Series is Closed/Full.
Adult Class Series: Rob Bell (NOOMA)
9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. on Sundays
Video sermons from Rob Bell (NOOMA) followed by discussion led by Pastor Steve Bascom.
Serendipity Bible Studies
All are welcome to the ongoing Serendipity Bible studies from 6:00 to 8:00 weeknights. The Gospel of Luke is the topic on Tuesdays, October 1st, 15th, 19th, and 29th. and the Gospel of Mark, on Thursdays, October 3rd, 24th, November 7th, and 21st. For more information, call the church office at (207) 782-39720.
Sunday Evening Class with Rev. Russ Peppe
Reverend Russ Peppe does a yearly Sunday evening class, usually during Advent or Lent.
Details to be announced.
We are always open to new students.
Contact us to learn more about our Church School Education Programs
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