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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 (NIV)

 
Children’s Ministries at FUMC Uvalde
 
Nursery  Ages 3 & under on Sundays / Ages 12 & under for weekday events

 

Nursery care is provided throughout Sunday mornings while adults attend Worship and Sunday School.  No reservations are needed.  The church nursery is located in the Children’s Wing, Room B, just north of the Sanctuary.  Our professional childcare staff members receive annual infant/child safety, first aid, and CPR training and have many years of experience providing love and nurture for our children.  On arrival, please sign in and make sure all items the child needs are clearly labeled and checked in.  Be sure to share any feeding instructions, allergies, and special needs or concerns with the staff.  Fill out a child information card as well so that care-givers may reference the information at any time.  Pagers are handed out in case the staff need to contact you while your child is in the nursery.

The nursery is also available for other church-related events besides Sunday mornings, like bible studies and meetings.  If you need the nursery or child care for an event, please contact Bethany Suarez or the church office at (830) 278-3135.
 
 

Children’s Sunday School (late August – May)

Children’s  Sunday School begins in the chapel.  Children sing traditional and contemporary Sunday School songs and hymns that will connect them with other Christian children around the world.  Children engage in a fun ‘Books of the Bible Rap’ in order to be able to navigate the scripture as they get older and become more proficient in reading comprehension.  Children say the Lord’s Prayer as well as other prayers.  Each month, children learn a Bible verse that is applied to their lives and current events.  Chapel time is also used to announce exciting FUMC-sponsored events and to reinforce Sunday School lesson themes.

After chapel, children attend their Sunday School class according to age.  In class, children hear or read scripture and/or scripture-based stories.  The teachers use engaging activities and discussion to enhance understanding of biblical concepts.  Activities vary from musical in nature to kinesthetic to artistic and more so that children with different learning styles are able to grasp the true meaning of the scripture. 

Children’s Sunday School is from 9:40-10:40.  The children meet in the Chapel (if your child is new, please fill out a registration card at the Welcome table outside of the chapel) and go to their classes in the Children’s Wing.  Children may be picked up in their classes at 10:40.

  • 3 year olds and preschoolers meet in Room C
  • Kinder and 1st grade meet in Room D
  • 2nd and 3rd grades meet in Room E
  • 4th and 5th grades meet in Room I
  • Sixth Grade (Confirmation) meet in the Christian Life Center (CLC) Room 108                         

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Confirmation Class

Room 108 CLC from late August to May, ready 6th/7th graders, Sunday mornings 9:40 – 10:40

Contact:  Diane Underwood

Confirmation is a nine-month program for our 6th grade youth and their families.  During the confirmation process, the individual is asked to embrace the Christian faith as their own.  The youth are instructed in the basics of faith, including our identity, our history and heritage, our practices and our beliefs as a Christian community and as a United Methodist family and what it means to live the Christian life.  However, our faith is not just about information.  It is also about formation – being molded, shaped, and transformed into the image of Christ.  We seek to provide experiences and opportunities in which the confirmand can be shaped as a Christian by providing an environment of love and acceptance in which they can explore their faith and learn how to apply it to their everyday life.  We help the youth build relationships with God, each other and adults by partnering them with a mentor (Friend-in-Faith) and a prayer partner to help them through the confirmation experience.

 

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God’s Kids

Upstairs Choir Room, Wednesdays (September – May) from 4:30-5:25PM

God’s Kids is our children’s choir.  They sing in our services once a month during the school year and participate in Christmas and other musicals.  Susan Lovelace-Gerrish is the outstanding director who teaches the children about music, projection, posture, and more.  The most beloved part of practice (aside, perhaps, from the tongue-twisters) is prayer time.  Children are learning  how to pray aloud for one another in front of a group.  What a precious gift for their hearts and the hearts of those they will encounter in the future!

 

 

 

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The Lord’s Supper – “Eat Your Way Through the Bible”

Christian Life Center, Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 (September – May)

All ages are invited to come eat their way through the Bible!  While we do spoil the kids a bit during dinner, everyone is welcome.  Young and old alike enjoy the fruits of the Garden of Eden, taste the stew of Jacob, work their way through the plagues, feast like David, and watch the loaves and fishes multiply!  Come and learn, or re-learn, the deep stories of the Bible and find afresh the true heart of God.

 

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Sundays 9:40-10:40, Drop-Off & Pick-Up in the Children’s Welcome Center

Every summer, Sunday school teachers receive a well-deserved break and children of all ages gather together for whole-group lessons and activities.  There is a new theme each summer and service projects that the children create and/or complete focusing locally and globally in mission for Christ.  Some themes of previous summers include: the Good News; Discipleship; Outreach; & Mistakes.

 
 
 
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Vacation Bible School   2018 = July 9-12
Our Vacation Bible School takes place every July (in the evenings one week, Monday – Thursday, from 6:00 – 8:30PM) and combines worship, education, and a marketplace.  Each year, children gather into tribes (the 12 tribes of Israel), wear ‘Bible-times’ costumes, learn scripture and engage in discussions and activities within their tribe camps–including tents!, and get to experience an old-world marketplace where they may hear music, eat various kinds of foods, create interesting crafts, and buy fun items (all with coins that WE provide).  VBS is for children ages 4 (going into Pre-K) through 12 (going into 6th grade).  Parents may begin registering children in late May.  Parents are invited to stay for worship at the beginning and end of the night and may also check out the events throughout the week.  Volunteers are welcome and should register during May/June and fill out a background check form.  There is a new, biblical theme every year; so don’t miss out!  2018’s theme: Lead Me to the Rock!  (Key Verse: Psalm 61:2)
 
 
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Children’s Sabbath
One Sunday every October (October 14, 2018)
 
The children will lead and take part in all aspects of service. That means that some will greet, some usher, some be liturgists (read scripture and call to worship), lead in singing (God’s Kids Choir will sing and others will lead in hymns and praise music), make announcements, and give testimony (testimonies will replace a sermon).
This is a special day to highlight the gifts and roles of the children within the church community.  Come celebrate these young ones who will be the leaders of their generation!  This year’s Children’s Sabbath is October 15th.  We will have one service on the 15th.  Then we will celebrate our children with a BBQ luncheon, games, music, and activities throughout the afternoon on the church grounds.  Invite the children you know! 

Other Special Events. . .
 
Advent Festival
1st or 2nd Sunday in December, 2-4pm
The Christmas Gift Shoppe focuses on sharing the love of Jesus through mindful giving. Participants make Christmas gifts for free, wrap or bag them, tag them, and personalize cards to give to those special people that could use a thoughtful gift. Children will be encouraged to give gifts to teachers, custodians, law enforcement officers, cafeteria workers, nurses, mail carriers, and other service professionals as well as friends, family, and neighbors. Gift-making opportunities include ornaments, jewelry, treats, and novelties. There is also fun for the whole family with the nativity photo booth, gingerbread nativity building, drinking hot chocolate, playing games, listening to music, and more.
 
Easter Festival
Usually held Palm Sunday
Every year children and their families are invited to an educational and celebratory event focusing on Jesus’ final week on earth and what his death and resurrection means for us.  Activities vary each year, but children have gone on resurrection journeys, built a resurrection garden, baked resurrection rolls, held butterfly and balloon releases, gone on pony rides, played meaningful games, created symbolic crafts or gifts to share, taken and served each other communion, fed animals at a petting zoo, and much more.  Come see what God will do next year on Palm Sunday at FUMC Uvalde!   (April 14, 2019)
 
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Candy Donation:                                              Kids Movie Night
Operation Gratitude                                        (Seasonally/Spring)
 
 
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          Tea Party                                              Christmas Gift Shoppe
                                                                                (December)
 
 
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Resurrection Journey                                         Wilderness Camp
      (around Palm Sunday)                                                                   (late Summer, even years)
 
 
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 Confirmation Parties                                     Confirmation Retreat
               (seasonally)                                                                          (late March/early April)
 
 
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(end of May)                                            (Heifer Int’l, H.O.T.T. Days, BSRC, & mor