CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRY

Tara

Contact Director Tara Jones for more information about the Children and Family ministry of First Methodist Waco - Tara@firstwaco.com

KIDS BELONG HERE

FAMILY WORSHIP

We are so happy to welcome you and your family to any of our worship services at any of our three locations. Kids Belong Here! We love the sound of children, including their noise, laughter and busy-ness. God made kids active and conversational, and we understand and love this! We love the presence of YOUR children in our church!

With this in mind, here are a few tips to help your children engage in the service:

Relax!  It's okay to let kids be kids here.
Sit Close!  Consider sitting closer to the front where it is easier for your kids to see what is going on in the service.
Explain!   Quietly explain what is going on in the service, so they can understand the different parts of the service.
Join in!   Kids learn by example. If you sing, respond, pray and participate in the service, your kids will too!
Need to step out? 
 Sometimes kids just need a break. Feel free to step out if you need to, but please come back. 🙂

easter bash

SAVE THE DATE! EASTER BASH & HELICOPTER EGG DROP - We are busy planning our Easter Bash & Helicopter Egg Drop! We will be celebrating our Risen Savior on Saturday, March 30th from 10a-12p with loads of family fun! We will have inflatables, a cupcake walk, crafts and more! You will NOT want to miss this event. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

SUNDAY MORNING CAMPUS SCHEDULES

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MAIN CAMPUS SUNDAY SCHEDULE

  • Newborns thru 3-year-olds l 9:30 & 11:00 am
  • Preschool: Sunday School learning & fun for children ages 3-5 years | 9:30 & 11:00 am
  • Power Up: Children's Church interactive worship for Kinder-2nd graders | 9:30 & 11:00 am
  • Club 345: Children's Church experience for 3rd-5th graders | 9:30 & 11:00 am
  • Game Room time for Club 345 is 10:30-11:00 am
  • Take your family with you to Worship for one hour & send the kiddos to Sunday School for the other.
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DOWNTOWN CAMPUS SUNDAY SCHEDULE

  • Nursery: Newborns through 3-year-olds | 9a-12p.
  • Sunday School Hour: Nursery, Preschool (ages 3-5) & Olders (K-5th) | 10 am
  • Nursery & Preschool l Preschoolers (ages 3-5) will be dismissed from the sanctuary prior to the sermon. Like the Main Campus, children ages Kinder - 5th will be in the service with their parents | 11 am
Children Spiritual Disciplines

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES: LENTEN CHILDREN'S TIME SERIES - During this Lenten season, we have been shining a light on Spiritual Disciplines. The first week, we discussed Gratitude and distributed "Thank You, Jesus" Jars to the kiddos at Children's Time. We encouraged the kids to write or draw their thanks on small notes and add them to their jars throughout the week.

This past Sunday, we focused on Prayer. Prayer is SO important. Prayer is a conversation with God. We spend time in conversation with friends and family members, updating them on life--both the good and the bad. Jesus wants the same relationship with us. This week, the children received Prayer Starfish. Each leg has a prayer-focused reminder: 1) Pray for those most in need. 2) Pray for your needs and thank God. 3) Pray for those who guide and teach us. 4) Pray for those closest to you. 5) Pray for those who lead us.

 

Bring your children to worship on Sunday for their special gift to help them practice the Spiritual Discipline of Journaling!

Month of Sundaes

MONTH OF SUNDAES - We will do another Month of Sundaes in MARCH! The kids loved having the opportunity to earn an ice cream sundae in January, so we wanted to bring back the opportunity!

If your child attends Children's Sunday School (or nursery) each Sunday of March, you will receive a coupon to Baskin Robbins for a free ice cream sundae! Who doesn't LOVE ice cream?! Especially when it's free!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Bible Buddies

You and your children are invited to attend Wednesday night classes at First Methodist! Midweek kicks off January 17th at 6:00p with a Bible Buddy Adoption! Your child(ren) will choose a Bible Buddy from our selection. We will send home a reading calendar with suggested Bible verses for them (with your help) to read to their Bible Buddies throughout the Midweek period. There will be incentives for those who reach the goals of reading to their buddies!

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