“Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then Jesus took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them.
“Know, Grow, Sow.” The vision of AUMC Children’s Ministry is children will KNOW God and God’s love, will GROW Closer to God and others as followers of Jesus, and will SOW God’s love through service and mission to others.
Church Day Camp is coming up on Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14!
KNOW God and God’s love
All children must be registered to attend Sunday School.Forms are available on the third floor Parent Resource Area. You may also download the PDF form (click here), print it, fill it out, and bring it with you when you child comes to Sunday School
* Children's Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m.
* Children's Chapel is during 11 a.m. worship, when children 4-years and older process out to room 313 following Moments with the Children. The lessons will include hands-on activities to deepen their understanding of the worship service and grow closer to God. Chapel is on recess.The Sunday Chapel leaders are interested in your suggestion and feedback. Please send up your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas or use the suggestion box on the table outside the chapel room (room 313). Leaders – once every 4-6 weeks lead a simple lesson during the 11 a.m. service. Contact Becki if you are interested in being part of the Chapel Team!
* Children's Choirs for ages 3 years through 5th grade, meet Sunday mornings. Visit the Music Ministries page for details.
Cherub Choir (2 years and 3-4 year old class): during Sunday School, 9:55 a.m., room 311.
Celebration Singers (K-5th Grade): Sundays, 9:15 - 9:55 a.m., room 311.
Child Care is provided for infants and toddlers from 8:15 a.m. through the 11 a.m. service in room 207. Preschool through Kindergarten age children are welcome in the nursery (room 206) during worship services.
Sunday School classes are held 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. each Sunday morning. Sunday School is open to all children age 3 years through 5th grade. There is no charge. Teachers are trained volunteers who love children and are committed to the spiritual nurture of children. Children are placed in classes based on their school grade as of September 30.
Pre-K Sunday School Classes are age appropriate and child friendly lessons and activities centered on God's love and care as expressed through creation, family and others. 3 - 4 year old class meets in room 312.
K- 5th Grade - Godly Play
A method of Christian formation and spiritual direction for children. The goal is to teach children the art of using religious language - parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action - to help them become more aware of the mystery of God's presence in their lives. Bible stories are told with objects and encourage children to enter into the stories and relate them to their personal experience. The class also has an art response, prayer, feast (snack) and gathering time.
Kindergarten - 1st Grade children begin with basic stories, learn how to be together as a community, and use beginning skills for work (art) response. Class time includes wondering/reflection time and feast (snack).
2nd - 3rd Grade children continue to expand their knowledge with enrichment lessons and extensions of the basic stories. These more advanced lessons expand their ability for theological reflection and conversation. Lesson extensions include the stories of individuals like Moses and Ruth.
Response time includes the use of more sophisticated work materials.
4th - 5th Grade Godly Play stories, such as The Great Family, will serve to anchor each exploration of God’s people’s experience of God in their own place and time. Additional Bible stories along with thoughtful conversation and engaging activities help children explore their relationship to God, others, and the world. Expressing their individual responses to the lessons is part of this creative and meaningful series as is outreach and service to others. Bible skills are incorporated into lessons during the year.
Upcoming Events and Activities
FRIDAY PLAYGROUP: Friday, 10:30 a.m. - noon, Room 206. Continues on Friday, March 24. Children’s Ministry offers an unsupervised playgroup for families with children under the age of 5 on Fridays throughout the year.
Every Sunday, 9:45 a.m.: PARENTS AND PROMISES -
a Sunday School class for parents of children. While parenting children is profoundly satisfying, it is also challenging and perplexing. The Parents and Promises class provides a Christian community for parents for sharing and learning together about nurturing a family and growing closer to God. Classes are a mix of fellowship, presentations, and conversation.
Missions and Service
SOW God’s Love through Service and Mission
Children’s Ministry LENTEN Mission Project
Parents, the CM LMP is underway! Some of you got the large label for your container on Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Choose a clean, recyclable container (jar, plastic container, a can). By using a recycled container, we help children be good stewards of God’s creation, the earth, and our resources. Place the label on the outside of the container, decorate as desired. Add change to the container throughout Lent which is March 1 – April 16 (Easter). The money will go toward the AUMC projects to relieve hunger and house the homeless.
The people asked Jesus, “when did we see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink?” He replied, “I’m telling the solemn truth: whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to me.” Matthew 25
Good Samaritan Kids
(3rd-5th grade) is a service and mission oriented group for older elementary children. Meetings are a combination of funship (fun + fellowship) and service with and for those in our local community. Join us to plan for the new year of funship and service oriented activities on October 4th. All 3rd through 5th graders are invited to participate, bring your friends.
will meet about once a month from September until May and include various mission opportunities such as feeding our hypothermia friends, stocking the ACCA food pantry, Christmas caroling, visiting homebound members, preparing food packs for neighboring families, Games Nights and an “almost” lock-in.
ACCA Food Collection (first Sunday each month): Due to the increased number of families needing assistance the pantry remains low in rice, beans, jelly, peanut butter, canned fruit, canned meats, spaghetti sauce, cake mixes, cookies, jello, pudding mixes, crackers, bars of soap, toiletries, and toilet paper.