Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
Updated October, 2017
Parent Night Out.
Parent Night Out is a program designed to give parents a chance to get out while their children (ages 1 through fifth grade) are in a safe and familiar setting. Hours each night are from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Dinner is provided. Registration is required.
Dates for PNO:
October 20 (third Friday due to fall break)
March 2 (first Friday due to spring break)
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.
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.
With school beginning in just a few short weeks, summer will quickly come to an end. We are planning our programming for children this upcoming school year and want you to consider how you can work with us to create a vibrant ministry. There are a number of volunteer opportunities. Please read through these and find a place you feel your talents can best be used. We would love to see all families represented in our ministry. Just like most ministries, you will find you get much more back than you could ever give. Please prayerfully consider your role.
Sunday Morning Kids Quest Mentor: This crucial role is on the front lines of ministry with children. These individuals come each Sunday, building relationship with the children and sharing the Good News. Mentors use lessons to follow up the main lesson taught in large group. All lessons and materials are provided; you only need to bring a servant’s heart and love for God and children. Men, we need YOU to lead our boy groups. Time requirement includes 1 hour 15 minutes on Sunday morning and about 15 minutes of prep each week. We understand work and travel and will have substitutes for these occasions. Please contact Lisa Pierce if you are interested in this role.
Sunday Morning Kids Quest Host: These individuals assist mentors with lessons and kid control each week. This is a month-long commitment and is incredibly important to the success of each lesson. Please register online using Sign Up Genius. (Consider signing up for more than one month.)
Sunday Morning Stepping Stones Teachers: These individuals present the weekly small-group lesson in the preschool classes. After large group time, each group will return to their classroom for the small group lesson. All lessons and materials are provided. The length of commitment is one month. Please contact Kristin Dickerson to volunteer for this ministry.
Grace Class Leader: Grace is our class designed for elementary-aged children with special needs. We need teachers for this class as well as shadows to go with children if they chose to enter the Kids Quest program. Volunteers can either serve for one month or once a month for the school year; commitment is about one hour 15 minutes each week. All materials and training are provided.
Elementary Expedition Small Group Leader: These individuals will join us on Wednesday nights for dinner, worship, and small group. We will begin at 5:30 with dinner in the Huddle, move to the chapel for worship, and then break into small groups and games. We will end at 7:15. All lessons and materials are provided. This is a semester commitment running for 10 weeks (excluding fall break and ending at Thanksgiving for the semester). We will resume in January and run up to spring break. Please contact Lisa Pierce if you are interested in helping with this ministry. (If you are not able to make it in time for the dinner, you are welcome to join us at 6:00 for the rest of the evening.)
Elementary Expedition Food Prep: These individuals purchase and prepare the meal for Elementary Expedition (Wednesday night) each week. The meals are very “kid-friendly” including favorites such as chicken nuggets, pizza, hot dogs, etc. No big-time cooking is necessary, just heating and serving. Time commitment each week is approximately one hour for purchase of food and two hours for preparing/serving/cleaning up. This job could be divided if multiple people work together. This is also a wonderful way for a Sunday school class to serve. Please contact Lisa Pierce if you are interested in serving in this ministry area.
Kids Quest Band Leader: This person needs to be willing to organize and rehearse with a group of youth each week (scheduled at your convenience). The band will present two songs each week and will include a guitar, drums, and vocalist (minimally). This person does not need to serve on Sunday mornings. Please contact Lisa Pierce if you are interested in working in this ministry area.
Kids Quest Environment Prep Team: Our curriculum has monthly themes which require environment changes and props. This team will develop the environment each month for our theme as well as assemble props for the weekly stories. This will require about five hours a month and is not a Sunday morning commitment. Please contact Lisa Pierce or Callie Beaver if you are interested in helping in this ministry area.
Kids Quest Lesson Prep Team: Our curriculum has monthly themes which require environment changes and props. This team will develop the environment each month for our theme as well as assemble props for the weekly stories. This will require about five hours a month and is not a Sunday morning commitment. Please contact Lisa Pierce or Callie Beaver if you are interested in helping in this ministry area.
Special Events Team: This team works seasonally for special events such as Fall Festival, Advent Workshop, Milk and Muffins, etc. Please contact Callie Beaver if you are interested in this ministry area.
1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Please prayerfully consider where you can serve in our children’s ministry, doing it all for the glory of God.
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We meet on Sunday mornings at both 9:40 and 11:00. Children begin each hour in a large-group setting in the Huddle (room 242). During this time, we share the daily Bible story through skits as well as a time of worship. From the Huddle, we break into small groups which consists of children the same age and gender as well as adult and youth mentors. These groups meet in classrooms in the children’s education wing; doors are clearly marked for each group.
Following the large-group time, children move to their classrooms for some follow-up small-group activities, reinforcing the weekly Bible lesson. Parents pick up their children in the classrooms in the children’s wing.
There are three main concepts we want children in grades K-5 to understand, and all our lessons are directed towards these ideas. Before graduating our program, we want all children to understand and be able to apply these three biblical truths:
While every lesson is different, there is an element in each which leads back to these concepts. We want the children to understand the Scriptures are alive and relevant to today. Therefore, our lessons are active, engaging, and hands-on.
Wednesday Nights: Elementary Expedition has taken a break in our Wednesday night gatherings until after Labor Day. We will resume with an exciting format, similar to that of youth group. Elementary children and youth will gather for a kid-friendly dinner at 5:30 in the Huddle ($3 at the door). We will move from dinner to a time of family worship in a relaxed environment with music, lesson, and activity designed specifically for our children and youth. At approximately 6:30, we will move from our worship time to small groups in the children’s wing. Pick up is at 7:15 in the children’s wing hallway.
Sunday nights, 5-6 p.m.
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.