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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.

 

First Kids:

Children’s Ministry at First United Methodist Church

 

Mission

The First United Methodist Church in Anderson is committed to serving children in the

congregation and in the neighborhood by:

  1. Providing a safe community of belonging
  2.  Nurturing and guiding their Christian spiritual formation
  3.  Encouraging their wonder and value for all God’s creation, especially other human beings, and
  4. Helping families to do the same.

 

Affirmations

We affirm that:

  1.  Children are spiritual beings who experience God as God’s Spirit initiates communication and enters into relationship with them in uniquely meaningful ways.
  2. Children are a gift of God to the community of God’s people. As such they both receive from and contribute to the community. In community children matter and in community they can find a place of belonging.
  3. The community of God’s people is commanded to affirm the child’s spiritual nature, to help interpret and give words to the child’s spiritual experience, to direct the child’s rightful listening, to teach and guide them in the way of scripture and the traditions of the church and to live out a life of faith in God through Jesus Christ before them.
  4. Children learn, problem solve and experience life in multiple ways. As such, ministry with children must provide multiple ways of experiencing content to be learned. The content that children need to learn is not simply cognitive, but affective and behavioral as well.
  5. Positive and affirming relationship is the milieu in which children can best grow spiritually in the things of God.
  6. The child’s family of origin is the primary locus for the spiritual development of children. The community of God’s people is to join together with and support the family in its efforts.
  7. Children’s ministry -- as all ministries -- is to be done in the name of Jesus and under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is to be done only in God’s way and only for God’s glory.

 

First Kids on Sunday

Nursery Services

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’s Worship

 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. 

http://www.godlyplayfoundation.org

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.

 

Special Programming

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

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.