Kids Ministry

Explore the ministry opportunities for your children at FUMC Maryville.

Kids Ministry at FUMC Maryville

At FUMC Maryville our kids (infant through 8th grade) experience safe, age-appropriate environments where they learn about Jesus in a creative and relevant way.

Some families prefer to have their children in the service with them, while other families feel that the nursery is more suitable for their children during the length of the worship service. We offer accommodations for both preferences at FUMC Maryville, as well as Sunday School and Wednesday night fun.

We would love to see you and your family.

During Worship on Sunday

FUMC offers childcare during the service for infants, although we also have rocking chairs in the back of the sanctuary. All ages of children are welcome in our service. For older children, we offer activity bags, in the back of the sanctuary, filled with coloring supplies and other items kids may use during the service.

During the service, our Pastor will announce "Children's Time". This is the point in the service where kids are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary for a quick, interactive lesson or devotional relating Jesus and values of Christianity to life in a way that a child can understand. These children's moments are lead by volunteers in the church. Sometimes members of the congregation are asked to participate as well through lending a helpful hint or encouragement.

An example of Children's Time, Led by Brian Swink

Sunday School

We engage children through music, videos, games, and stories every Sunday morning. 

There are a variety of classes to fit the different age groups of children, each class is guided by Safe Sanctuary Certified adults that have been trained to work with children and background checked. All of the children Sunday School classes will gather and dismiss from the Fellowship Hall in the basement, while adults usually meet on the 3rd floor.

Wednesday Night Kids (From Sept-May)

On Wednesday nights (September - April), from 6 to 7 pm, children have the opportunity to participate in the Cherub Choir or COOL (Children Of Our Lord) Kids. Cherub Choir is the children's choir where children ages preK - 1st grade are welcome to join regardless of vocal abilities. COOL Kids is a group where children, 1st - 5th grade, can join to put their faith into action through song, service projects, active learning and having fun together.

A group of Kool Kids having fun!

Your first visit

Here's what to expect when visiting our kids ministries for the first time:

First, find the area marked for Children Ministry Check in. There we will meet your family, check your child into our system, and then one of our volunteers will lead your child to their age-appropriate room.

Upon checking in for the first time, we will ask for the following personal information at the check in station (NOTE: We value your privacy and will not share this information with anyone):

  • Parent/guardian name(s)
  • Child's name
  • Child's birthdate
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Any special instructions (allergies, special needs) for your children

We also ask parents to sign a waiver allowing pictures of their children to be displayed in social media posts or on our church website. We understand that for security reasons, some parents feel uncomfortable with their children's image appearing on even our church's media pages. Any pictures taken will only be used to show the opportunities and results that the ministry groups they are involved in provide.

How check-in works

Before Kids Programs: You can check-in your child at the Kid's Check in Table. A volunteer will help you to sign in. If it's your first visit they will help you to fill in the Children's Safety Info. Your child will be given a name tag with the names of who can pick up the child listed on the back.

After the Program: You will return to your child’s room and adult will ensure that the right parents pick up the right students and then your child will be released back to you.

During Service: In the event that we need to contact you during the service, we will text the number provided in the contact information.

Meet our Kids Director

Pradnya Patet joined First UMC's leadership team in 2018 as the Director of Kids Ministry. She is a part time employee who spends her day as an associate professor in the school of education at NWMSU.

Opportunites to Volunteer

If you feel called to serve, please email Pradnya Patet for more information!

Opportunities to serve include:

  • Sunday School Teachers
  • Leading Children's Moments
  • Snack Providers
  • Wednesday Night Facilitators
  • Helping Acolytes
  • Summer VBS


Got questions?

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