Children's

About First Kids

Our mission in Children's Ministries 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 great fun, of course!  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!  We enjoy helping kids come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior!  Come join us and be part of this awesome, Spirit-filled ministry!

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Come join us!  This school year we are offering a BRAND NEW Wednesday night program for kids PreK – 6th Grade!  It’s like going to VBS all year long!  You do not want to miss it!   From games, crafts, crazy fun music, and Bible Time to fun kid meals, we have it all!  Through a comprehensive, fun, and rewarding program of Bible study and extracurricular activities, students will learn the essentials of our living faith in Jesus Christ.  Ongoing extracurricular student activities and Bible verse memorization are important features of the program and are encouraged through frequent awards in the form of Bible Bonanza! Bucks, Bible covers, pins, ribbons, and more. Bible Bonanza! Bucks are spendable at special in-church "stores," offering a fun selection of appropriate prizes and merchandise. They are earned through individual activities such as verse recitation (by students AND their family and friends), daily prayer, church attendance, service, witnessing, and many other special activities. The Bible covers, ribbons, pins, and other awards are presented at various stages of accomplishment in the area of verse memorization.   The program is designed for PreK – 6th grade students!  Aug. 29th – April 3rd, 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm.  Join us anytime, it is never too late!

If you would like to serve in Bible Bonanza!, here is how it works!  You can sign up to help for one section or two or even the whole evening!

Here are your options:

Check-In 4:45 - 5:15 pm

Crafts from 5:00 – 5:30 pm

Games in the FLC from 5:00 – 5:30 pm

Serving Mealtime to the kids Upstairs 5:30 – 6:00 pm

Teaching Bible (PreK – 6th Grade) 6:00 – 6:45 pm

Helping in Music Time – 6:45 – 7:15 pm

 

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If you joined the over 200 kids for Fearless Friday, you know it was a super fun evening adventure for kids!  We explored what it means to be a Superhero for Jesus!  Jesus is the world's Ultimate Superhero and he has given each one of us a superhero mission!  We explored and discovered the important and life-changing message of Jesus through upbeat music, crazy games and awesome Bible fun!  Don’t miss out on our next Fearless Friday!  Coming soon - February 8th from 6:00 - 9:00pm.  For kids Kinder – 6th grade!  If you are an adult or teen and want to help with the event, there are opportunities for you to serve!  WooHOO!  Fun and adventure awaits YOU!  Invite ALL of your school friends, and include everyone you know!  See ya' soon!  Registration will open soon!  Keep checking here for updates and online links to register!

Children's Ministry

The vision of First United Methodist Waco Children’s Ministry is to partner with parents and family members to raise up Christ-like disciples by reaching, teaching and preparing children to know Christ and to make Him known. This is the motivation behind everything that we do in our Children’s Ministry. We want you to know that God is using YOUR family to grow HIS family. We know that parents and grandparents are the primary spiritual mentors in a child’s life. It is our intention to help give you the tools to lead your children in your home. We strive to use curriculum, activities, and events that naturally open the doors of conversation in your home. We, along with the best team of volunteers, look forward to serving your family over the next year.

Nursery

We provide quality and consistent paid staff, as well as volunteers to love and care for our babies. During all worship services, babies are offered an age-appropriate curriculum. It’s never too early for them to hear how much God loves them.

Preschool

Our preschool ministry strives to have the same amount of energy and excitement as our preschoolers!  We believe in hands-on learning in whatever we are teaching these precious children. We provide weekly tools for parents to take home that correlate with what their child is being taught so the learning can continue all week. We also provide opportunities for these children to worship and serve.

Elementary Grades 1-4

Here is where elementary fun begins!  With awesome teachers on the weekends and on Wednesday evenings, you do not want to miss out! Opportunites on the weekends include both large group and small group sections.  On Saturday evenings at 5:30 pm and Sunday mornings at 9:30 am, kids are invited to join us for Children's Church in the PowerHouse!  Singing, games, and Bible time are just part of the fun!  In addition, on Sundays at 9:30am and 10:50 am small groups are available by grade level.  Fun activities and deeper Bible time is available for kids to enjoy!  Don't get left out!

On Wednesday evenings kids enjoy Bible Bonanza!, a comprehensive, fun, and rewarding program of Bible study and extracurricular activities, where students learn the essentials of our living faith in Jesus Christ.  Ongoing extracurricular student activities and Bible verse memorization are important features of the program and are encouraged through frequent awards in the form of Bible Bonanza! Bucks, Bible covers, pins, ribbons, and more.  Games, mealtime, music and Bible time are provided on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 7:15 pm.  Come join us and be part of the fun!

56 Unplugged (5th & 6th Grade)

This is our program on Sunday mornings for our 5th and 6th graders!  We offer relevant topics and discussion for kids.  Kids enjoy hang time with their friends, solid biblical teaching and small groups as they go a bit deeper in the exploration of their faith!   Swim parties, movie nights and other fun activities are just a few of the opportunites for kids this age.  Fifth and Sixth graders enjoy our age appropriate programming on Wed. evenings in Bible Bonanza!  Sixth graders are encouraged to step into Confirmation classes mid year.  Confirmation is time to "confirm" a faith decision in Jesus!  Activities, strong teaching, retreats, and service projects are part of the fun and grow offered to these kids!

For more information please contact Beth Gray, Executive Director of Children’s Ministry, bgray@firstwaco.com

Children's Church Schedule

POWER UP! KIDS CHURCH AT 9:30 AM

POWER UP

POWER UP is our Children's Church worship experience for 1st - 4th graders. During the Sunday morning 9:30 am worship service, kids can join this full hour of high energy worship and Bible study designed to keep your body moving and your faith growing. Children participate in the children's time during the main adult worship service, then head to Power Up! Small group classes are offered during this same time for PreK/Kinder and 5th/6th graders.  Nursery is also available during all worship services!

KIDS CHURCH AT 5:30 PM

Saturday Night Children's Church

Kindergarten through 6th graders are invited to join us  on Saturday or Sunday nights for a super fun, Christ-centered experience in our Power Up space. Get ready for some crazy music, games, and outrageous Bible fun!  Come on, join us!  Nursery is also offered during this time for birth - PreK.

VBS 2019

Plan to join us this coming summer for another AWESOME experience!
JUNE 23rd - 27th, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

If you were one of the hundreds of kids who joined us this past summer at VBS, then you KNOW it was a BLAST!  Kids discovered how Jesus rescues us through life’s storms. Shipwrecked VBS was filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences, and lots of fun, games, crafts, snacks and island music!

 

ONLINE Registration is currently closed, but will open as we get closer to VBS! Walk-in Registration is open each night beginning at 5:30 pm!  Come join us! 

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Children's Dancing Angels

All kids (Kinder - 12th Grade) are invited to join us for our Family Christmas Eve Service at 3:00 pm on Dec. 24th!  If you would like for your BOYS or GIRLS to participate as angels this year, then check out the schedule below for practice times, and then, sign them up!  The BOYS will have new costuming this year!  Please make sure to sign up before the first practice on Dec. 3rd!  If you would like to volunteer to help us with practices and/or the performance, please sign up below!  We are looking forward to seeing angels coming our way, and watching Jesus work through these kids to share His Good News!  If you have any questions, contact Beth Gray, Executive Director of Children's Ministries, bgray@firstwaco.com.

Confirmation 2019

We are so excited about Confirmation this year!  If you are currently in 6th - 8th grade and are interested in being confirmed in the Methodist Church, then you are invited to join us on Wednesday nights, beginning Jan. 9th, 2019!  Please be praying about a special adult that can be your “Friend in Faith” to journey with you through confirmation!  Make sure to check the information below, get registered and complete the MinistrySafe Requirements!  (Retreat info coming soon!)

Friend In Faith Commitment to First Waco and The Confirmand

  • Attend the Friend in Faith/Parent training January 6th at 12:15 pm (snack lunch provided).
  • All Friends in Faith are asked to attend the final Confirmation Class on April 3rd .
  • Attend the Confirmation Ceremony Service to support your Confirmand and his/her family at 10:50 am on April 28th.
  • Participate in one group activity with your Confirmand.
  • Meet as often as you wish with your Confirmand.  Strive to meet at least 6 times during the semester.  As you talk with your confirmand, get to know them!  Ask about their day, their week, their life!  Review any questions they may have about the information they are learning, and talk about how the lessons can apply to their own life!  This is a time of relationship building, so have fun sharing the joy of Jesus with your Confirmand!
  •  Turn in MinistrySafe forms to the Children's Office by Dec. 6th, and complete all MinistrySafe requirements by January 6th, 2019. (Forms online)
  • Understand that staff members and volunteers should never conduct one-to-one, unobserved meetings or interaction with children while participating in our Children’s Ministry programs.  An additional adult who has completed the required safety application and screening process should always be present.  Never will a child or youth be alone with an adult in a vehicle. (This excludes a parent transporting their own child.)
  • With the above requirement in mind, we recommend that you pair up with at least one other non-related Friend in Faith/Confirmand pair.  These “buddies” can open up more outside activities for you and your Confirmand, if you so desire.  Sharing time, discussing and exploring faith together with your Confirmand in this manner, is a plus!
  • We have made it easy for you to shoot some baskets and hang out in the FLC from 5:00 – 5:30pm on Wednesday evenings with your Confirmand. You can also join them for a fun meal on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:00 pm.  Once class begins at 6:00 pm, Confirmation Leaders, Table Leaders and Confirmands will be those attending class.

Retreat Information 2019 Confirmation

Retreat for Confirmands - 2019


Dates: January 25th – 27th

Times: Friday afternoon to Sunday midday.

Cost: $125 for students; $125 for adults (Friends in Faith or parents)
Please pay by check made payable to FUMC.  Memo line: Confirmation Retreat 2019

Please return the check and forms to the Children's Ministries Office.

Release Form and Challenge Course Waiver forms are due on or before January 6th.
Place: Glenlake Camp and Retreat Center in Glenrose, Texas.

Transportation:  Charter Bus.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE TWO FORMS BELOW, FILL THEM OUT AND RETURN THEM, ALONG WITH THE $125.00 CHECK, PER PERSON, TO THE CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES OFFICE BY JAN. 6TH, 2019.

For More Information about Children's Ministries at First Methodist Waco, contact
Beth Gray, Executive Director of Children's Ministries, bgray@firstwaco.com 254-772-5630.

 

 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."  Proverbs 3:5-6