Children @ FUMCE
Who we are and what we are about:
We are striving to be a community that welcomes in, reaches out to, loves, and supports families as they journey together in the life of faith along the way of Jesus.” We are here to help you and your family grow together in faith. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Our little ones begin worship with the whole congregation in the sanctuary. They are free to move about the sanctuary and use any of our three designated “praygrounds” as a safe space for play and art and worship. The “prayground” in the narthex at the back of the sanctuary has a station with bulletins for the week specially designed for our kiddos with fun activities related to the Sunday’s theme. Then, after a “Children’s Time” with the pastor, the kids (PreK – 6th) head off to Sunday School with our talented team of volunteer Sunday school teachers to continue their worship through bible study using the Whirl curriculum (learn more about Whirl below).
Our sanctuary includes three different “prayground” spaces for children to use anytime when they are at church. One is located at the back of the sanctuary in the narthex. Here you fill find bulletins specially designed for our children that introduce them to the scripture and theme for the Sunday. The other two are located in the front of the sanctuary – one in the prayer alcove near the pulpit and one in the minibalcony near the choir loft. A “prayground” is a space carved out and designed specifically for children to be able to worship, encounter, and interact with God in ways that are appropriate to the child’s age.
Our Sunday School program uses the Whirl Lectionary curriculum. The Whirl curriculum is bible-based, age-appropriate, and family-centered. Whirl is great because it follows the same set of Scripture readings that the adults are engaging with in the main worship service. This means worship and Sunday School become just the beginning of a faith conversation that families can continue throughout the week. Currently, we have two class. We have our Tiny Twirls for grades PreK – 2nd and we have our Super Swirls for grades 3rd – 6th. If your child is 7th grade or up, we encourage them to stay in worship with you. Check out our Youth Ministry page (include link to youth ministry page) for more information about what we have going on for our Junior High and High Schoolers.
Babies and Toddlers
Our littlest ones are more than welcome to stay in worship with us. They can stay with mommy or daddy or enjoy any of the three “praygrounds” throughout our worship space. We also provide nursery care for children ages 0-2 with a well-trained staff. The nursery is located next to the main courtyard entrance.