Our commitment to children, birth through sixth grade, provides environments that promote boys and girls in making important discoveries about God’s love. From our Sunday School classes to our licensed and Quality Approved Weekday School, Children’s Day Out and Child Enrichment Center programs, Christian Education is central to our Children’s Ministry.

Children can begin their faith journey in our nursery and progress through preschool programs, and children’s Sunday
School (grades 1-4) and continue through upper elementary school in Club 56 (grades 5th & 6th).

Each part of the journey is tailored to meet the needs and development of the different children’s age groups. Children learn through many medias but the foundation is the same; God loves each of us and we are all his children.

For any questions contact Sally, the Director of Children’s Ministries, at 479-782-5068 or sware@fsfumc.org.

Sundays (year round)

Sunday morning 1st thru 6th grade check in on the second floor at 9:45am for an age specific God based learning experience in a fun environment.

Children 1st – 4th grades split into classes and learn one lesson a month, in many different ways. From Cooking in the Café to Surfing the Web in the Computer Lab, from Creating Masterpieces in the Art Studio to Catching a Bible related “Flick” in the Movie Theater, our Sunday School area is designed to reinforce the Bible lessons.

Club 56 is a Sunday School class designed for the pre-youth 5th and 6th grade students. They dive a little deeper into the Word.

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Acolyte program (year round)

Children 4th through 6th grades can participate in serving the church by being an acolyte. An acolyte is an assistant in the 11:00am Sanctuary worship service.

From starting worship by lighting the candles or helping with communion, being an acolyte is a great way to give service to the church.

Children’s Choirs

Bayliss Hall Singers, Choir I, is for children age 4 through 1st grade. Bayliss Hall Singers, Choir II, is for children 2nd grade through 6th grade. The choirs meet September through May from 4:00pm – 5p.m. (5:30pm for Choir II) on Wednesdays. This choir sings in worship approximately 4 -6 times a year.

Summer Events

Vacation Bible School (every summer for one week Mon-Fri): Each year the Children’s Ministry invites children to attend a fun, interactive Bible themed week of singing, crafts and many fun activities. Registration is required and theme and dates are announced each May. 

Music Camp (every summer, the last week of July, Mon-Fri with a Friday night performance): All week over 40 young missionaries will be working hard and having fun to learn lines, solos, paint backdrops, have Bible Study, study a mission project and make great crafts, all to raise money to help a local mission. Ages are: Children who are entering 2nd grade through entering 7th grade the coming fall.

Holiday Events

ADVENTure (every December on a Sunday afternoon, for the whole family): To kick off the joyful Christmas season the Children’s Ministry Council invites families to participate in an evening full of crafts, singing and spiritual inspiration. This event is for families of children with ages 4 years through 6th grade. The evening includes story time, crafts, cookie decorating stations and candlelit sing a long Christmas carols. The craft supply fee is $5 per child. Reservations are required to ensure proper supplies are prepared. Childcare will be provided for children under the age of 4. Dates are announced each November.

Spring Events

Confirmation: Each year the 6th grade class participates in a Confirmation class to better understand their faith and the Methodist traditions. Information is available each spring for this age group. 

Baseball: First United Methodist Baseball has been an outreach program since 1955. Baseball commissioner is Chris Bercher and can be contacted at 479-806-7028 for age specific questions.

Created By God: Each year the 5-6th grade class participates in a class to better understand how God created us and why with a Biblical teaching environment. Information for this class schedule will be available each spring. .