At Methodist Temple, we believe that every child should know and be shown that they are loved and cherished by God and by our church family. Children & Family Ministries support families by cultivating a spiritual foundation through worship, education, fellowship, and service. These opportunities allow each child to know the excitement and wonder of a life in Christ.
Following the Children's Moment (an activity during the main service), all children are invited to participate in Children's Worship for an interactive morning full of stories, songs, and activities which introduce and instill the word and truth of God. Please note, Children's Church is not Sunday School. While Children's Church is open to KIDZ kindergarten to fifth grade, Sunday School is for all ages. Parents must pick up their children from the Celebration Center following Sunday School hour (if the family plans to attend second service) so that KIDZ can experience the first few minutes of worship and engage during the KIDZ moment. Following KIDZ moment, children will be taken back to the Celebration Center for Children's Church (they can be picked up from the CC following the service). *Big Sproutz are welcome to join the Lil Sproutz in the Yellowbird room during Children's Church if they are too young to understand the KIDZ lesson.
Now that school has begun and summer is just a memory, Temple Kidz Children’s Church will be starting a new unit called The Red Sea. During Children’s Church we will be comparing the struggles and fears for the kids returning to school to what the Israelites must have felt when leaving Egypt. Each 4 week unit is divided into different ways of looking at a bible story through such methods as cooking, music, drama, art, and Bible games. Come join us in looking at an old story in new ways.
TOTZ can remain in the nursery for the duration of the Sunday School hour.
SPROUTZ are separated into two classrooms- Lil Sproutz (ages 3-4) and Big Sproutz (ages 5-6). Lil Sproutz are located in the Yellowbird Room and learn a short lesson prepared by Lindsey Patterson. Big Sproutz can be dropped off and picked up from the Celebration Center; they will be escorted to the downstairs for their lesson. Both classes have a structured Sunday School experience that consists of circle/story time, fun activities such as games, crafts, or music, and snacks.
KIDZ meets in the Celebration Center and are escorted to the downstairs bootcamp room for Sunday School. They return to the CC for pickup following class. All first through fifth graders begin the session by reciting the pledge followed by a short lesson, usually related to making good decisions in life. Then, the children divide into small groups allowing for meaningful discussion with their peers.
Boys and girls in fourth and fifth grade gather monthly for BootCamp, a time for fun activities, team building, and growing closer to Christ and to each other. Meetings take place the first Friday of every month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Bootcamp is led by a volunteer team of counselors from the congregation who have positive attitudes and integrity as well as a strong commitment to safety and to Christian values.