Children (ages 2 through 5th grade) are encouraged to begin Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. during a time of Sunday School for all ages. The 11:15 a.m. worship service features a special children's church time during the pastor's sermon.
Sunday School: Children ages 2 - 11 are invited to attend Sunday School on the Lower Level. We have three Sunday School classes: 2 - 3 years, 4 years - Kindergarten, and 1st - 5th grade.
Children's Church is held weekly during the 11:15 a.m. worship time.
Acolytes & Worship Liturgists Serving as an acolyte and bringing the Light of Christ into 9 a.m. worship celebrations is something children grade 2 and older enjoy. Children can also serve as liturgists (readers) on four Sundays throughout year.
Bibles for 3rd Graders: In September, each 3rd grader receives the gift of a Bible from the congregation. This special gift is given hoping that it will be used by children in Sunday School and other settings and that it will become an important companion throughout the rest of their lives.
Annual UNICEF Collection: Throughout the month of October children save coins in special UNICEF collection boxes and then bring them to church following Halloween. And the best part is that the coins they've collected (along with other gifts from adults) go to help children and families all over the world.
Hanging of the Greens: On the Saturday before Advent families come together to decorate the church Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall and Chapel for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Decorating is accompanied by goodies to eat and a lot of community fun.
Christmas Pageant: A church-wide Christmas Pageant is held each year and our children participate by welcoming the Christ child with singing.
Pride Parade: FUMC is a Reconciling congregation: we welcome and affirm the full participation of all people! Our participation in Madison's annual Pride Parade is one way we advocate on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families. Children of the congregation often join our parade unit and participate by riding in strollers, riding bicycles and tricycles, or walking the parade route and distributing candy or balloons to parade attendees. (There are always candy and balloons for the kids to enjoy themselves too.)
Other (Music, Fellowship, Worship): Throughout the year there are other opportunities for singing, fellowship events, and opportunities for children to participate in worship leadership. Check the website and downstairs white boards for details or subscribe to First Church Kids email.
Contact for Children and Family Ministries: Rev. Tina Lang