Children’s and Family Ministries

At the United Methodist Church, families participate in worship, learning, missions and community:

Guests are always welcome:

Families who are looking for a safe, inclusive community to grow spiritually are invited to join us on Sundays for 8:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m. worship and Sunday school, and a once-a-month Waffle Church. If you would like to visit us during the week, please click here and our Director of Family Ministries, Laura Courtright, will get back to you to make an appointment.

Worship:

Children are always welcome in worship! We offer a Children’s Chapel time following our children’s sermon at the 10:15 a.m. service. Occasionally the children and youth help lead worship through music, drama, readings, and teaching. We provide a comfortable space in our sanctuary for children with activity bags and materials for creative, worshipful response. On the first Sunday of the month, 9:00 a.m. at the St. Paul’s location, we offer an additional worship service we call Waffle Church. Waffle Church is an intergenerational and engaging worship service for all ages.. and, yes, there are waffles to eat!

For families of babies and toddlers, a nursery is available every Sunday at the 10:15 a.m. service. Rocking chairs are offered as a comfortable place to rock your child while still being able to hear the service. Babies and toddlers are always welcome in worship!

Children’s Faith Formation (what we used to call Sunday school) for Preschool through 5th grade:

When and where: At the United Methodist Church we believe that community worship is vital to our faith so that is where we begin and end our faith formation hour each week. A children’s message is offered at all our worship services. At the St. Paul’s location children are invited to attend Children’s Chapel just following the children’s message for activities that are designed to enhance and further explore the message and lesson. Children’s Chapel is located adjacent to the sanctuary. Families may walk their children to the chapel and stay as long as their child needs to settle in. Children return to the sanctuary and worship service following the sermon so they may share in the community worship experience.

Content of Faith Formation: Our materials are carefully chosen and connect to our worship focus. Because growing in faith is largely experiential, we provide engaging curriculum that teaches Bible stories while nurturing community, wonder, and creativity.

Special Needs: We welcome people of all physical and mental abilities.  If your child would benefit from additional accommodations, please contact the Director of Family Ministries to discuss your child’s specific needs.

Safe Sanctuaries

Ensuring the safety of our children is essential to providing a caring and secure environment. At the UMC our Safe Sanctuaries policy ensures that there will be appropriate adult supervision at all times, with the goal that the UMC will be a “safe haven” where all are protected from every form of child abuse. Click here for our Safe Sanctuaries policy.