Smaller churches are healthy for children. Our children’s ministries celebrates and promotes the advantages of being a smaller congregation in these ways:
- Community – Children feel a sense of belonging and safety here.
- Love – Kids feel that. They like being known by name and having people know them well enough to ask about their activities. Some even find “substitute grandparents” when perhaps their own live at a distance or have died.
- Less Overwhelming – The world is a big place. It’s easy to feel swallowed up, especially as a child. UMC offers a setting where kids can get one-on-one attention by someone other than their parents. It’s a quieter environment that can provide a safe haven that soothes them in the chaotic world. It’s a place to settle in and enjoy some peace, something that kids are hungry for today.
- Friendships – They happen quickly and go deep because it feels more like family.
- Teacher/student ratio – Teachers are more effective in smaller class sizes. They can tailor their lessons to their students and answer more questions they may have.
- Mission/Service opportunities – Children love missions and get a lot of them here, whether saving their coins for Heifer International or making meal tray favors for Meals on Wheels.
I look forward to welcoming your child into this very healthy place of spiritual nurture.
Linda Allen, Coordinator Children’s Ministries
Contact Linda by email or 203-966-2666 x816
Childcare provided each Sunday morning for infants through three years by professional caregivers.
Children join the congregation for the beginning of the worship service each week. Following the Children’s sermon, children age four through senior high leave with their teachers for Sunday School. Classes end at 11:15 am.
All children age four through sixth grade are considered members of the children’s choir. The choir rehearses each Sunday during Sunday School time and periodically sings during the year in service.
Our robust junior and senior high Sunday School classes engage youth in lively debate and discussions on theological topics.
Rally Day – As the congregation kicks off a new program year each September, the Sunday School begins a new year of learning. Children meet their new teachers and explore new classrooms. Following worship, everyone enjoys early fall festivities with lots of fun, food, and fellowship for all.
Sunday School Missions – Throughout the program year children contribute their offerings to missions. For several years, children have raised money for Heifer International. Local missions are also a focus during different seasons of the year: Advent Dove Missions to Inspirica, Pentecost Birthday Bag Mission to Person-to-Person. In addition, Service Sundays give children the opportunity to do hands-on mission projects like making Christmas gifts for home-bound church members, making valentines for our college students and creating meal tray favors for Meals-on-Wheels.
Christmas Pageant – During the Advent season an entire Sunday worship service is devoted to our highly anticipated Christmas pageant. Children of all ages learn and share the story of Jesus’s birth.
Bible Presentation – Personalized Bibles are presented to our 3rd graders. A Bible exploration session features a scavenger hunt teaching children how to use their Bibles.
Communion Readiness – During their third grade year, children will participate in four communion readiness sessions which prepares them for taking communion every first Sunday of the month. UMC offers an open table. Participation by children younger than third grade is a parental decision.
Bible Adventures – Is an after school program offered to the community for kindergarteners through third graders. Bible Adventures meets Thursdays from 4-5:15 pm. Tuition is $25 per child per month with snack provided. Group size limited to 10. Children choose various stations to experience ways God interacts with us. Stations may include prayer rug meditation, sand play, world topics, art, and reading.