News & Events
Updated September, 2017
Sunday Morning Programs.
Preschool Stepping Stones: We know that our littlest ones learn best by wiggling, moving, and singing. Our Bible story each week is presented in a format where each child may learn by doing what they do best. We teach our preschoolers they are wonderfully created by God and that Jesus is their friend. We welcome children ages 6 weeks until they begin Senior Kindergarten. (We are located directly across from the main entrance to the sanctuary.)
Kids Quest: Our elementary program begins with a large-group time where we learn through skit, music, and games. We then break into small groups divided by age and gender where we dig a little deeper into each of our Bible lessons. Elementary children are encouraged to worship in the sanctuary with their families and attend Kids Quest the opposite hour. We begin in “the Huddle” and end in the children’s wing hallway.
Grace Class: If your little one has special needs, we have a sensory room where they are invited to fill their “sensory bucket.” If they are able and it is the desire of the family, we will work towards inclusion with the large group, beginning with small group time. We have staff in our sensory room; we also have shadows available for those desiring inclusion.
Elementary Expedition (Wednesday Night Program).
September 6 – November 8 (excluding October 11 for fall break); January 10 – March 7
Our mid-week program provides a variety of opportunities for children to experience Christian fellowship and develop a closer relationship to Christ. This is our children’s ministry equivalent of “Youth Group.” We begin with kid-friendly dinner at 5:30, move to child-centric worship from 6:00-6:30, and then close in small groups where we enjoy discussion, games, and crafts. We end at 7:15. Dinner is $3, payable online or at the door. Please register online for the meal.
Third Grade Bible
September 15 and 17
In the fall, our third graders are presented with their own personalized Bibles from the church. This special presentation occurs during the worship service with the congregation. In preparation for receiving their own Bibles, third graders attend a Bible retreat—a Friday evening of Bible education and fun. We follow up this presentation with nine weeks of “Learning to Use My Bible” class on Wednesday nights.
Family Day at Putt-Putt Golf and Games
October 8, after church
On this day, we gather our family and guests at Putt Putt Golf and Games at 5484 Summer Avenue for a fun family afternoon. Free wristband entitles each person a free hot dog lunch and admission to all the rides, batting cages, and putt putt golf. Each participant is also given a prepaid card for video games and arcade. This is a great time for the entire family and completely free! Mrs. Lisa will be waiting to race you on the go-karts!
October 29; noon; OLEC
This fun family event is held annually as a cross-generational event. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite non-scary costumes, enjoy delicious treats, bounce in giant inflatables, and play carnival-style games including the ever-popular Treat Walk. We begin as soon as the 11:00 worship ends.
November 15; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; children’s wing hallway
In preparation for the Advent season, families are invited to attend this special Mid-November event, geared toward children of all ages. Families can make their own Advent wreath and enjoy a tasty treat. Children can express their creativity through a variety of Christmas crafts and ornaments to decorate.
Milk and Muffins
December 9; 9:30 – 11:30; Hamilton Nursery
Families with young children (and older people who are children at heart) are invited to attend this special GUMC tradition. Children hear the Christmas story, enjoy snacks, make crafts, and have the opportunity to visit with Santa. New this year…we will include a Journey to Bethlehem.
Plum Pudding Festival
December 3; 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall
This longstanding GUMC tradition is a family favorite! Join us for children’s choirs concert as we move into the season of Advent. The concert is followed by cookies and treats galore in the fellowship hall.
December 3; 9:30 – noon during Kids Quest; the Huddle
A faithful volunteer spends an entire year finding fair-trade and mission-oriented gifts to sell during this event. Our children are instructed on what fair-trade means, how we support different individuals with these purchases, and how to be an informed consumer. Gifts are wrapped carefully and beautifully for the children to take home. Each gift is $5 and is sold in an adorable market. This is a special time for our children to purchase purposeful gifts for their family.
Family Worship Sundays
December 24 and 31
Kids Quest will not meet on December 24 or 31; please use this time for some relaxed worship time with your families. Stepping Stones (nursery and preschool) will meet in the Hamilton Nursery area during all worship hours.
Christmas Eve Family Service
December 24; 3:00 and 4:00; Sanctuary
Join us for this special time of worship designed with our littlest ones in mind. During this service of Scripture and carols, children are invited forward to participate in the Christmas story as it is told by a narrator. The environment is very relaxed and child-friendly.
Ignite! (4/5 Grade Retreat)
February 3; 8:00 a.m. – February 4; 1:00 p.m.
4/5 graders travel to a local retreat facility for a one-night retreat centering on worship. We discuss the parts of worship, experience a couple of different types of worship, and grow together as a group. This is an action-packed team building event.
Created by God
February 23; 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; February 24; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Created By God is a program resource designed to communicate to fifth and sixth graders that we are a fantastic creation made by God. The topics of human sexuality, values, and relationships are approached in a frank, honest, and Bible-based manner. This is a Friday night and Saturday morning course for tweens; parental attendance is required for two sessions.
Easter Egg Hunt
March 31; 9:30 a.m.; McVay Gardens
Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is held the Saturday before Easter at GUMC’s McVay Gardens Park. This fun and festive event provides photo opportunities galore! In addition to the traditional egg hunt, children can enjoy a petting zoo, fun crafts, face painting, and much more! The Easter Bunny makes an appearance as well.
Vacation Bible School
Weeknights: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. (May 30 – June 1)
Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. – noon (June 4 – 8)
VBS is a fun-filled week of crafts, games, science, snacks, music and skits to relate Bible stories using a different theme each year. VBS is designed for children who will be age 4 by August 15th through rising 6th graders; however, we have a special VBS for children of volunteers who do not meet the cut-off age. Registration begins April 1st and will be available online at www.germantownumc.org.
Summer Mission Camp (July 9 – 13; 9:30 am – 2:30 p.m.) is for our rising fifth and sixth grade students to experience the joy of local mission work. We work together in urban missions, rural missions, and inner-church missions, allowing our children to get a “feel” for the variety of service opportunities in our community.
Mission Wednesdays (select Wednesdays; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.) is an opportunity for our children to create pieces of artwork. Sacrificially, the children leave these masterpieces behind to be sold in the fall to raise money for a mission voted upon by the group. Each week we discuss a different mission and have some guest speakers who have been on different mission trips to tell us about their experiences.
Movie Mondays (select Mondays; noon – 2:00 p.m.) are a fun time to come together, get out of the summer heat, eat pizza and watch a movie with some super-fun friends.
Lakeshore Camp (July 16 – 21) “Away Camp” is a life-changing experience for children. We travel as a group to Lakeshore in Eva, TN for a week of frolic and fellowship in the woods. Lisa Pierce will be on site as a camp leader during this week. We are hoping to fill all the cabins at Lakeshore with kids from GUMC!
Playing team sports is a wonderful way to build friendships, confidence, and a love for active fun. If your child is interested in team sports, please consult our opportunities offered through our Health and Recreation Ministry at the Owings Life Enrichment Center (OLEC).
Sunday nights September 11 – November 26; January 8 – April 22; 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.; children’s wing
Music enriches the worship experience and singing in a choir offers an opportunity for children to serve the church as they help lead worship. We have an incredible choir program for children ages 3 and up, leading worship 3-4 times a year and having seasonal concerts. All choirs meet in the children’s education wing. Children not yet in kindergarten must have a parent or chaperone accompany them to their rehearsals and will meet from 5-5:45 p.m. Child care is available in the nursery upon request for children of parents who accompany older siblings to choir.