Children and Youth Ministry
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They came to Capernaum. When he was safe at home, he asked them, “What were you discussing on the road?” The silence was deafening—they had been arguing with one another over who among them was the greatest. He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place” Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.” He put a child in the middle of the room. Then, cradling the little one in his arms, he said, “Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.” (Mark 9:33-37, The Message)
In 2001, Faith UMC adopted as its core value, “God’s love as demonstrated in Jesus Christ expressed and reflected in an intergenerational ministry to all the world with special focus to children and youth. While our focus upon young people is evident, included in that core value (and not to be overlooked) is a vision that includes welcoming all, inviting all, involving all, and teaching all. It is a reflection of engaging all of the people of faith (regardless of age, race, or situation) in our ministries of hospitality, education, and mission.
As an education team, it is our mission to offer Christian education opportunities for all persons who seek to follow Jesus Christ in heart and life. Our ministry is from cradle to grave (spanning a lifetime) and from Bible study to yoga (spanning all levels of interest) giving people the opportunity to experience Jesus Christ through personal study and through growth in community.
9:00 Sunday School
Nursery—Infants through 2-year olds.
Preschool, Elementary & Middle School Programs—1st through 8th grades start the hour off with their parents and Faith family in Worship. Please check-in at the Kidcheck station in the Worship & Life Center upon your arrival or use the Express Check-in option on your Kidcheck App, see below for more information. After the opening Worship songs, the children will be called up to the stage for the Children's Moment in order to get a preview of their Sunday School lesson. After the Children's Moment, the children with be dismissed to their Sunday School rooms. Classes are split up by age, Preschool, Kindergarten/1st Grade, 2nd-3rd Grade, 4th-5th Grade and Middle School. All classes have dedicated teachers and use a comprehensive curriculum called Orange geared towards their age group. This curriculum is designed to teach the basic Bible story and key concepts on Sunday morning, and provide opportunities for parents to reinforce those concepts throughout the week.
Kidcheck: Secure Child Check-in - Faith UMC uses Kidcheck for all children's activities in order to ensure all childen are safe and in the correct location. We encourage all parents to create a Kidcheck account by clicking this link, Kidcheck, and following the directions. You can all register on site at any children's event at Faith. Once registered, checking-in is as simple as typing in your phone number at the check-in station and checking off which children you are dropping off. Alternatively, you can download the KidCheck App and use the Express Check-in option. Once complete, a name tag will be printed for each child and a parent.
Faithful Friends Preschool—A preschool program enrolling children age 2 and older. Faithful Friends Preschool provides a Christian environment which will encourage learning, teach to the developmental needs of children, and respect the unique lifestyle of each child. This ministry will meet daily from 9:00am-12:00pm, September-May.
See the Faithful Friends Preschool Page.
Wednesday Night Life—A weekly family fun night that includes a dinner, biblical lessons, crafts, music, drama, gym time and many other activities. Dinner begins at 5:30p and activities run from 6:00-7:00p. Child Care is provided for infants through 2-years old. Middle School Students participate in the Puppets of Praise ministry during this time. Each semester culminates in a churchwide performance by the children of Wednesday Night Live and the Alleluia Choir.
Acolytes—A ministry for 3rd-8th grade in which the children and youth can serve the church by serving as acolytes for the 10:30am worship services. Training takes place in November/December each year and a list of volunteers is developed for the calendar year.
Bible Blast—A fun, activity-filled evening for 3rd graders designed to help them learn how to use their Bible. Faith UMC presents all 3rd graders with a new Bible each year.
Vacation Bible School—In June each year, Faith offers a VBS experience for ages 3 through 5th grade. Our program includes crafts, games, music, a mission project, and Bible stories for a fun-filled week. Click here for more information and to register as a participant or volunteer for VBS 2019.
UMYF - United Methodist Youth Fellowship—A high school youth program that meets at Faith UMC on Sunday afternoons at 4:00p during the fall and spring school semesters. UMYF is a Christian support group which also focuses on service to the church and community. Many of the service projects are geared towards supporting our annual summer high school mission trip to Appalachia. UMYF also engages in a variety of other activities, including pool parties, hot dog roasts, trips to Hardy's Reindeer Ranch, the U of I Ice Arena, and Cunningham Children's Home.
FYG - Faith Youth Group—A middle school youth program that meets at Faith on Sunday afternoons at 4:00p during the fall and spring school semesters. FYG is a Christian support group which also focuses on service to the church and community. FYG also engages in a variety of other activities, including late nights, pool and superbowl parties, trips to Hardy's Reindeer Ranch, the U of I Ice Arena, and Cunningham Children's Home.
ASP - Appalachian Service Project--Appalachian Service Project is a youth mission opportunity in the Appalachia states of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. For 33 years we have sent teams of youth to repair homes making them warmer, safer, and dryer. Click here for more information.
CIA - Christians In Action -A youth praise band which rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 5:00-6:00p and plays at several Worship services and church events throughout the year. CIA is open to all high school students. Just about any instrument and vocals are welcome to join. For more information contact Michael McAndrew.
Puppets of Praise - A middle school puppet ministry which practices on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00p and performs at several Worship services and church events throughout the year.