The Children's Ministry is focused on children from birth through grade five. We provide an environment for children and families where Christ is experienced as a living presence in their lives and the children know they are loved. The ministry is a foundation for the youth program. Important components of the ministry are partnering together with parents and adults to implement the program design and being intentional in reaching out to unchurched children and families in the community.
Children’s Ministry at First United Methodist Church
The First United Methodist Church in Anderson is committed to serving children in the
congregation and in the neighborhood by:
We affirm that:
First Kids on Sunday
Childcare for 0-3 years is provided by trained staff during Sunday services in a safe, fun, and educational setting while parents attend worship and/or Sunday school classes.
Children begin their Sunday morning worship experience at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary with their families. Following the opening of the service, all children age 3 years through 5th grade are invited to gather at “the banner” before processing out of the sanctuary with adult leaders and going to the Godly Play room. Godly Play is a unique worship experience for children that helps them learn the language of our faith. It also provides opportunity and practice listening for God and responding individually to God through the creative arts. Use the following link to get more information about Godly Play.
On the first Sunday of each month the children remain in the sanctuary with their families for worship and the Lord’s Supper.
Step by Step Kids
During the fall, winter and spring months, there is children’s programming from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon December 18 - November 6, 2016. This experience may include learning about the Bible, preparing a drama or reading for worship leadership, or participating in a service project. It also includes some form of musical experience such as choir, chimes, or music and movement. And, there are always games and a snack.
Monthly Special Events
Scheduled at varying times are monthly activities that include service projects, parties, leading worship on Children’s Sunday, hiking, gardening, and visiting senior members of our congregation.
Summer programming varies year by year. It may be Vacation Bible School, Art and Music Camp, a children’s musical, or some combination of all of these. Providing a lived out experience of learning goals is also key, especially in summer programming. A highlight of the summer is camp for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The children spend 3 days and nights at Camp Lakewood, a United Methodist Camp in northern Indiana.