Children's Ministries

Sunday Faith Formation

 

Our smallest Christians to our most insightful tweens engage their peers, participate with their leaders, and respond to God’s grace with their own creative mission experiences.  Join us on Sunday mornings for faith formation, fellowship, and fun.  If you are interested in learning more in advance of visiting then please contact Mrs. Carol Ryan via the church office or email cryan@westlakeumc.org.

 

CHILDCARE

Sunday Morning 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 pm.

Childcare for infants (6 weeks +) through 3 years is provided by our carefully screened, trained, loving, and silly team of nursery assistants.  Pagers are available for parents.  Check in is located in room 201.  Childcare is also provided for several special and seasonal services, small group studies, and special events. 

 

S.P.I.C.E. (Special people in Christian Education)

If our program may better support your budding Methodist with alternative activities, individualized care, or buddy to tag along during our Sunday school hour, we look forward to connecting with you!  Help us make your whole family’s time with us on Sunday morning as special as possible.

 

FIRST PEW

If you volunteer within our busy church life between 9:50 – 10:15, we hope you look for one of our super friendly and well screened nursery assistants seated in the first pew in the sanctuary.  Parent or guardian may transition a child(ren) to our team member.  We want to enable parents with young children  to participate in choir, hospitality, greeting, or teaching a class like other “normal” adults.

10:00 A.M.  Programs

Bee-Lievers (Preschool and Pre-K)

This dance party, story circling, Jesus loving, crew of children ages 3, 4, and 5 (pre-kinder) meets in room 207.  Bee-Lievers focuses on how God’s love makes us good, and how loving Jesus makes us feel good.  Bible stories transition from the circle to hands-on activities facilitated by two terrific teachers.

 

Deep Blue (Kinder – Fifth Grade)

Our children kindergarten through fifth grade team joins worshiping adults and teens in the sanctuary for the beginning of the 10:00 a.m. worship service.  After participating in a small sample of the worship service and participating in our children’s message, our kiddos are dismissed down the stairs to fellowship hall.  Together with our Director of Christian Education and Sunday school teachers, the children share announcements, prayer concerns, and celebrations as a group before heading off to their unique classrooms.  Each grouping has its own unique vibe tied to their age, their collective class personality, and their teacher’s style.  At each step up in their faith formation, our programs shifts from sharing information to seeking connections to synthesizing today’s experiences with scripture lessons.  All classes participate in mission and service with age accessible opportunities.   And yes!  There is glitter, paint, scooters, and even a class pet.

 

Kinders and Firsties in Room 102, pick-up following worship
Grades 2nd – 3rd in Room 105, class ends at 11:10
Grades 4th – 5th in Room 107, class ends at 11:10

 

Submerged (Grades 6th and 7th)

Tweens focus on making connections to larger themes within our faith such as Trusting God, Serving Others, and Forgiveness through scripture reading, and discussion of real middle school life.  Blending games and donuts, this class of students focuses on various mission projects throughout the year.  Class begins following Children’s message until 11:00 a.m.

Grades 6th – 7th in Room 100


CONFIRMATION (Grade 8th as well as older unconfirmed teens)

Our confirmation class runs an intensive one-year program with classes in Room 205 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. weekly.  If your tween/teen is interested in joining our confirmation study, we hope you will make sure we include your teen and family in our communications!  Participation prior to 8th grade is not required.  Parent and guardian membership is not required.  Join us for class, retreat, and spiritual questioning leading to meaningful growth.

 

YOUTH (Grades 6th and up)

For more information regarding programs, classes, and events for youth, please click on both Youth Ministries as well as Music Ministries (hand bell choir).


11:28 A.M.

Deep Blue One-Room Sunday School

Join us following the Praise Band’s second song in the 11:28 worship service!  This multi-age class is a terrific opportunity for older children to lead, for younger children to connect with our Bible lessons, and to enjoy an upbeat Christian faith formation and fellowship contemporary worship style!

 

LITTLE RINGERS & SINGERS (preschool – firsties)

Our mini-bell players and singers season concluded!  We are excited to watch for next year’s kazoo, bell, and tiniest of friends musical magic uplifting us in worship, as well as in class.  Our special music opportunities occur during regular class seasonally, and children together with family’s choice to perform during worship.

For information regarding our joyful Children’s Choir, please check out our Music Ministries!

 

TEAM MINION and WUMC Christian Education Internships

For responsible (and awesome) and service-minded (and awesome), teens and young adults, our Christian Education program offers a multitude of service, mission, and training opportunities.  Internships especially in early childhood education and music provide teens/young adults opportunities to grow their spiritual gifts as our children enjoy more opportunities. 

ALL ARE WELCOME! Westlake United Methodist Church • 27650 Center Ridge Rd. • Westlake OH 44145 • (440) 871-3088 • westlakeumc@westlakeumc.org

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