Here at Centreville United Methodist Church the program vision of Children’s ministry is “to ignite a love of Jesus through faith, family and friends.” Not just encourage faith development. Not just support our families. Not just develop godly friendships. We want to ignite a desire in our children to learn about Jesus, to truly love Jesus and be able to grasp how wide, how long, how high and how deep is Jesus’ love for them. And then, burning brightly, to go out and share Jesus’ love with others.
To pursue that vision we strive to make CUMC a safe place where children can do just that - learn about God, grow in their faith and reach out to share God’s love with others. So what does this mean exactly?
First off, we want our kids to feel safe. We work hard to provide safe classrooms and programs by pre-screening our teachers, volunteers and child care workers and implementing consistent safety procedures regarding staffing, sign-in and sign-out procedures, and CPR and First Aid certification. We abide by an open doors policy, commitment to positive discipline and two leader rule.
We also want children to feel welcome. We especially want them to feel welcome on Sundays to participate in all aspects of worship and so we invite them to worship and share in Communion with us in the sanctuary! We have worship bags for our 3-7 year olds and worship folders for our 8-12 year olds to help make the sanctuary worship experience more engaging for them. Please pick up a bag or folder as you enter the center door of the sanctuary or ask an usher for assistance.
Children are also invited to participate in worship by serving as choir members, acolytes, offering helpers, greeter and readers. Acolyte training sessions for children in third grade and older are offered periodically throughout the year.
Children's Sunday School
We recognize that children learn differently than adults. Children learn best by doing. So here at CUMC we provide weekly Children’s church for our children age 3 - 2nd grade during the 9:15 worship service. Parents sign children in for children’s church as they enter the center doors of the sanctuary. Children begin the service with their parents and then are dismissed prior to the sermon to go with our director/teachers to the chapel for a children’s mini-lesson, craft and game or music activity. Parents pick up their children in the chapel at the conclusion of the service.
For a deeper dive into the word and the opportunity to make stronger connections with friends and teachers, we invite children age 3 through 6th grade to join one of our four Sunday school classes offered at the 10:15 Connect and Grow Hour. In each class bible stories and faith concepts are taught by two pre-screened teachers with a variety of activities that include art, role-play, music and games. We are currently using Deep Blue Kids: Loving God, Loving Neighbor for our Preschool through 6th grade Sunday school curriculum. Deep Blue Kids is published by Cokesbury, the United Methodist Publishing House.
Our nursery ministry provides a safe caring place for our under three year olds during both the 9:15 and 11:15 worship services and also the 10:15 Connect and Grow Hour. Our nurseries are staffed by paid managers and are assisted by approved volunteers. Also note: The beautiful sanctuary lobby (or Narthex) is designed to double as a “crying room” where parents can hear and see the service while their children can play comfortably or toddle around without disturbing others.