Welcome!

Welcome to the Children’s Ministry at First United Methodist Church!  We are a loving, spiritually nurturing, and safe community where we are committed to fostering and supporting children’s spiritual formation and transformation.  We seek to instill an eternal imprint of God’s love, and to help children to grow in their relationships with the Lord and with one another, and in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word, the Bible.

Our Children’s Ministry offers nursery and childcare for children ages birth – 3 years old, Sunday School classes for children in preschool through 5th grade, Wednesday evening programming, and special yearly experiences to build a foundation of faith in every child.  More information about our specific programs can be found on the web pages linked below. See more information below.

Have a question?  Feel free to contact Madelyn Ivy, Director of Children’s Ministry, at (936)-295-5441 ext. 104, or email her at madelyn@huntsvillefumc.org.

Sunday School Classes

We offer engaging, relevant Sunday School programming for children every Sunday morning during the 11:00 AM worship service.  Children’s Sunday School classes meet at 11:00 AM in the Assembly Room in the children’s wing of the Sanctuary building.  Sunday School begins with large group Assembly Time before the children split in 3 age/grade-based Sunday School classes:

Preschool-1st Grade

This class meets during the 11:00 AM worship service in the Preschool and K – 1st Grade classrooms in the children’s wing of the Sanctuary building.

2nd– 3rd Grade

This class meets during the 11:00 AM worship service in the 2nd – 3rd Grade classroom in the children’s wing of the Sanctuary building.

4th– 5th Grade

This class meets during the 11:00 AM worship service in the 4th– 5th Grade classroom in the children’s wing of the Sanctuary building.

While in Sunday School, your children will be exposed to a foundation of biblical knowledge that they learn the stories of God and God’s people, and be encouraged to engage in spiritual practices of prayer, studying the Bible, spending time with God, and serving others. Our goal is for children to build upon this knowledge and experiences as they grow and mature into their own spirituality.

During Sunday School, use Cokesbury’s Deep Blue curriculum to lead children through the Methodist church’s liturgical year, using music, videos, live storytelling, Scripture reading and memorization, prayer, and other activities to help children learn the stories of God’s Word, the Bible, and deepen their faith in God.

Wednesday Night Live

Dinner

Our Wednesday Night Live program begins as we gather together for dinner at 5:30 PM in the Community Life Center.

Wednesday Night Live Children’s Class

After dinner, classes for multiple ages, including children, are held in both the Sanctuary building and the Community Life Center from 6:15-7:30 PM.  Our Children’s Class is for children in preschool through 5thgrade, and meets in the Assembly Room in the children’s wing of the Sanctuary building.

During the spring of 2018, children are invited to join us as we journey through the stories of God and God’s people in the order which they are presented in the Bible.  During Wednesday Night Live, we will be learning about the following 5 biblical truths: “God loves me,” “God is with me,” “God is powerful,” “God is in control,” and “God helps me.”  Through games, live storytelling, memorizing Bible verses, prayer, art projects, song and dance, and more, we will discover how these biblical truths are revealed in the Bible, and how they apply to our lives today.

Nursery/Childcare

Nursery/Childcare is available during dinner and the Wednesday Night Live classes for children ages birth – 3 years old, in the Nursery and Toddler Rooms in the children’s wing of the Sanctuary building.  Please refer to our Nursery/Childcare web page for more information about our care for our youngest children.

Important Information

Emergency Notifications

If your children cry when you drop them off, our staff will work with you to find the best way to comfort your children so that you and your children can enjoy your time at church.  The nursery/childcare staff and volunteers are encouraged to call or page parents only when necessary.  Should the need arise, we will call you or your pager will vibrate.  If you are called or paged, please come to your children’s room as quickly as possible.

In the event of an emergency or disaster, your children will be escorted to the parking lot behind the church building, next to the police station.  Children will be released into the care of the parent(s), legal guardian(s), designated pick-up person(s), or emergency contact person(s) listed on their Child/Family Information Form.

Snacks, Supplies, and Allergy Concerns

Please bring all necessary items with you.  Make sure all belongings, including the bag, are labeled.  Families are responsible for supplying bottles, milk, formula, juice cups, finger foods, pacifiers, and any other items they believe their children will need.  If you use cloth diapers, include a sealable plastic bag for soiled diapers.

Please note any concerns about allergies to certain foods/snacks/items/medications on the Child/Family Information Form and/or the sign-in sheets.  As a precaution, our nursery and toddler rooms are a nut and nut product-free zone. Please refrain from bringing any nuts, nut-based products, or items which may contain trace amounts of nuts, with you or your children.  Once all children have been picked up, our childcare team cleans the room(s) by wiping down the table(s) and chairs with disinfecting wipes, sweeping and mopping the floor, and spraying played with toys with disinfecting spray.

Illness

The welfare of the children under our care is our first priority.  If your child becomes ill, you will be notified immediately.  Please refrain from bringing your child if he or she has had any of the following symptoms within the past 24 hours: diarrhea, vomiting, fever, rash or virus.  Children who have seen a physician and/or taken antibiotics for 48 hours will be admitted at the discretion of the nursery/childcare staff.   Please understand that any decision regarding an ill child is made to provide a healthy and comfortable atmosphere for all children, volunteers, and staff members.