Kids (3 years - 6th grade)
First Methodist Waco loves kids! Hundreds of kids populate our dynamic, Christ-centered programs. The mission of our Children's Ministry is to win kids to Christ and grow them spiritually. We want kids to know Jesus, grow in Jesus and go in the Name of Jesus while having tons of fun! From Fearless Fridays, Bible Bonanza!, and Vacation Bible School to special programming such as Confirmation Retreats, Christmas Eve Kid Services, and Twin Nights, we are here for your family. Kids belong here.
The safety of your children is of upmost importance to First Methodist Waco. All First Methodist Waco pastors, staff, nursery staff, and volunteers have successfully completed Ministry Safe training and background checks. Paid-staff loving operate our nursery (six weeks to three years) to provide consistency and trained childcare professionals for the babies (6 weeks - 3 year olds).
Preschool (3 years - kindergarten)
The First methodist Preschool Ministry has the same amount of energy and excitement as our preschoolers! On a typical Sunday at First Methodist, our preschoolers will attend a portion of worship and Children's Time in the Sanctuary, music led by our legendary staff member "Laughing Larry" (Mr. Larry Holze), Bible lessons and corresponding craft, snacks, and playground time. They will leave church singing about Jesus - and they will be ready for a nap! Join us for Wednesday night Bible Bonanza! which is an year-around Vacation Bible School. The preschoolers have weekly memory verses, songs, performances, prayer time, play time, and dinner. You will be amazed at what your preschoolers learn on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings! Your preschoolers belong here.
"Mommy, push me higher on my swing so I can reach the sky and touch God and Jesus!"
- 3-year old First Kid said while swinging!
Elementary (1st - 4th Grade)
The First Methodist Children's Ministry pours the love of Jesus into our elementary children at every step. At the Saturday night service and Sunday morning 9:30 service, children in first through fourth grade attend Children's Church in the PowerHouse. Your children will have a blast learning about Jesus during Children's Church! Fun, upbeat music, Bible lessons, and prayer time will become second nature to your child. Your child will have so much fun that he or she will want to come back to church on Wednesday night for Bible Bonanza! which is a year-long Vacation Bible School. And of course, the highlight of the year for our elementary school kids is Vacation Bible School each June. Your kids belong here.
56 Unplugged (5th & 6th Grade)
"56 Unplugged" offers relevant topics and discussion for the fifth and sixth graders. Kids enjoy hang time with their friends, solid biblical teaching, and small groups as they dive deeper in the exploration of their faith. Swim parties, movie nights, and other fun activities are just a few of the opportunities for kids this age. Come back on Wednesday evening for Bible Bonanza!, our year-long Vacation Bible School. Sixth graders are encouraged to step into Confirmation classes mid year. Confirmation is time to "confirm" a faith decision in Jesus. Confirmation classes include strong teaching, retreats, and service projects as our sixth graders make the personal decision to confirm their faith and continue their journey following the Lord! your tweens belong here.
Uplift Special Needs
The Uplift Special Needs Ministry shares the love of Jesus with special needs children and their families. Our passionate, skilled team provides children with the love, individualized care, attention, and fun that children deserve. Your special child belongs here.
For more information, please contact LeeAnn Omo, firstname.lastname@example.org. She looks forward to hearing from you.
Bible Bonanza! (Nursery through 6th Greade)
Wednesdays, August 29th - April 3rd, 5:00pm - 7pm.
Created by our Executive Director for Children's Ministry, Beth Gray and her husband George, our Bible Bonanza! program is like a year-long Vacation Bible School! Bible Bonanza! includes games, crafts, Bible time, and kid friendly meals. Through a comprehensive, fun, and rewarding program of Bible study and extracurricular activities, kids will learn the essentials of our living faith in Jesus Christ. Bible Bucks are earned through individual activities such as verse recitation, daily prayer, church attendance, service, witnessing, and many other special activities. Bucks are spendable at special in-church "stores" offering a fun selection of prizes. Kids belong here.
The best Friday nights of the year are Fearless Friday nights at First Methodist Waco! Children ages kindergarten through sixth grade partake in a fun evening of upbeat music, crazy games, yummy food, and awesome Bible fun at First Methodist Waco. your children will not want to miss it - and you won't want them too either (Date Night!!!). Kids belong here.
Vacation Bible School
Join 400 kids preschool through sixth grade for Vacation Bible School 2019, June 23-27 (6:00-8:30pm). Children from every school and numerous churches from Waco and beyond come running through the doors of First Methodist each summer for the most fun-filled, Jesus focused week. Children will enjoy Bible lessons, games, crafts, and of course yummy snacks. Your child will know and love Jesus even more after VBS! Kids belong here.