Children & Family Ministry

Children & Family Ministry includes fun educational activities and events for children from birth through elementary school and their families to make faith last a lifetime.

Children in middle and high school participate in our Youth Ministry.

Contact: Christy West

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Sunday School runs all year long! Children of all ages are welcome. Childcare and Sunday School are offered during worship on Sunday and during selected events.

Sunday School Classrooms

Birth to Toddler - Early Childhood

-Worship – Bring your child into worship to begin the tradition of worshipping together as a family.

-Bride’s Room – Spend time with your child and listen to the sermon.

-Nursery Room – Christian care provided by intelligent caregivers. Your child will be introduced to praise music.

-Toddler Room – Christian care and activities that help your child adapt to a Sunday morning routine.

K4 - 5th Grade - Elementary

-At 9:00 am or 10:30 am, all children will join their families in the Sanctuary for the start of worship.

-After the children’s message, children will be taken to their classroom for a fun-filled lesson culminating with children’s praise and worship.

-Sue Stanley Mortellaro and Chris Peterson are our Children’s Worship Leaders

-Families can pick up their children at 10:15 am or 11:45 am in Fellowship Hall.

-This gives families more time to connect with friends prior to pickup and teachers will gain instructional time.

Older Children

Children in Middle and High School are invited to participate in our Youth Ministry programming.

Our Curriculum

Our role as a church community is to provide a foundation of experiences on which children build a life of learning and growth toward a mature and vital faith.

We follow the Orange Philosphy. In Orange Philosophy, the church is the bright yellow light of Christ and the home is the warm red heart. Together they are ORANGE, which is more than each part alone.

Learn more about the Orange Philosophy.

Additional Resources

Check out our Orange Monthly Parent Cue Sheet:

January 2017

February 2017

Download the Parent Cue App:

Taking Steps of Faith Together

Click on the categories below to learn more about each of the Milestone Ministry stages.

Blessings From Above

Blessings from Above consists of church members who offer support and help to parents after the birth of their baby. Our process includes:

  • We will contact the parents during the pregnancy and find out if anything is needed at that time.
  • The team will pray for the parents and the expected baby.
  • After the birth of the baby, the team will deliver a gift bag to the parents with a baby blanket, book, and helpful information to celebrate a new family member. The team will provide meals as needed.
  • The team leader will follow up with the family to check in introduce the Milestones and other opportunities to be connecting within the church family.

New babies truly are a blessing from above, and we want this ministry to aid the parents in any way that is needed.

Contact: Caitlin Arterburn

Baptism

Baptism – Parents, first, meet with a pastor to discuss the sacred blessing of baptism and the covenant the parents are making to raise their child in a Christian community. The baptism is scheduled for a Saturday or Sunday worship service after this meeting. Contact Heather Taylor in the church office to schedule an appointment with a pastor.

Whole World in His Hands

Whole World in His Hands – 2-year olds and their parents learn that God made me and God made the whole world through active games, songs and special take home craft.

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me – 3-year olds and their parents participate in an hour long exploration of how much Jesus loves YOU. Through songs, a Bible story, a craft, and a snack we will feel the love of Jesus and bring home a tangible reminder that we are never alone.

Jesus Loves Me So Much

Jesus Loves Me So Much – 4- year olds and their parents enjoy and hour long retreat to dig deeper in the understanding Jesus loves each one of us the most! Through songs, a Bible story, a craft, and a snack we will feel the love of Jesus and bring home a tangible reminder that Jesus wants to be our friend forever.

Walking With Jesus

Walking with Jesus – Age 5 is a big step in the life of a child. This is when most children begin attending full-day school. Parents are invited to attend a special retreat and backpack blessing with their 5-year old. We will talk about how to walk with Jesus every day with activities, snack, and a very special take-home that can be attached to a backpack.

Prayer

Prayer – First graders and parents walk through the church to explore 12 + ways and reasons to pray. Prayer is talking and listen to God. This retreat will stretch our understanding of the ways to pray and make your prayer life as vital as each one of us. This prayer walk is written to be self-guided and very active, just like our 1st graders. Each station has a host to answer questions and provide materials.

Communion

Communion – The United Methodist Church believes that communion is a sacrament available to all, and that parents and children together decide when a child is ready to take communion. We specifically invite children who are in 2nd grade with their parents to learn about communion. This invitation includes an open public invitation to children and parents of any age to join in the retreat. We will explore the history, purpose, and specifics of communion through craft, conversation, and an opportunity to prepare the communion elements for the evening worship service. The children and their families will then attend the 5:00 pm worship service and partake in communion as a part of the service.

Bible

Bible – Our church family comes together to present a Bible to our 3rd graders each fall. We include all children older than third grade who are new to the congregation and did not previously receive a Bible. Parents and third graders attend a Bible retreat to learn about the parts of Bible, why we are giving the Bible now, to make connections with families of other third graders, and practice for the ceremony in worship. Each family is asked to select a mentor for their child, someone who is an active part of the child’s faith community. The mentor participates in the Bible retreat, presents the Bible to the child on behalf of the congregation and commits to checking in with the child for at least one year to talk about using and reading the Bible.

Contact: Christy West

Acolyte

Acolyte – As our children grow in their faith, we invite 4th graders to begin serving in worship as an acolyte. Training is provided for 4th graders and their parents about what it means to be an acolyte, what to do, and why it is so important that these things are a part of a worship service. Then, 4th graders sign up to serve monthly through out the year.

Worship

Worship – 5th graders are approaching the end of their elementary careers and preparing for increased responsibility in all aspects of their lives including faith formation. We invite 5th graders and their parents to learn about the history of worship, why it is structured the way that is, and what goes on “behind the scenes” at this church in preparation for a weekly worship service.

MACC (Musical Activities for Children of Christ):

Children (K4-5th Grade)

K3, K4 and K5 – Directed by Christine Annin and Melanie Berg

  • Practices are Wednesday, 6:15 – 7:00 pm in Room 219

Grades 1, 2, and 3 – Directed by Caitlin Arterburn and Jongjin Jun

  • Practices are Wednesday, 6:15 – 7:00 pm in the Choir Room

Grades 4 and 5 – Directed by Neil Bubke

  • Practices are Wednesday, 6:15 – 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Youth (6th - 12th Grade)

Youth Praise Choir (6th-12th grade) – Directed by Neil Bubke

  • Practices are Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:10 pm in the Sanctuary

Summer camp builds friendships and allows the youth and adults in our community to come together for a few days of fun and fellowship. Camp Lucerne, located two hours northwest of Milwaukee, provides an ideal lakeside setting for summer camp.

During the Elementary/Junior High Camp, kids going into 3rd through 8th grades have a wonderful opportunity to grow in their faith and have an AWESOME time! Daytime camp activities are divided by grade level (grades 3-5 and 6-8), but everyone enjoys meals and evening campfire together.

Will you join us this summer? Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a church member.

Church Camp Dates:

June 11-14, 2017 for Grades 3 through 8.

June 14-17, 2017 for high school youth

Frequently Asked Questions

What will campers be doing at camp?

Campers will have a traditional camp experience including living in cabins, doing crafts, swimming and boating, playing capture the flag, soccer and other group games, and enjoying songs and s’mores around the campfire. This is combined with activities, devotions, speakers and small group bible activities exploring and celebrating our Christian faith.

Who can participate?

Students entering grades 3-8 in Fall 2017 can attend the Elementary/Junior High Camp (June 11-14, 2017).

Youth entering grades 9-12 can participate in the High School Camp (June 14-17).

What are the living accommodations like?

Campers sleep in traditional cabins with beds and electricity. Campers bring sleeping bags or sheets and blankets. Cabins for the youngest children have bathrooms. Most campers will use separate bathhouses with showers and toilets. Children understand that counselors escort them to the restrooms during the night as needed.

Who do I contact about registration?

Contact: Tracy Ebert at umcwfbchurchcamp@gmail.com or (414) 906-9190

Are campers supervised?

Camp is highly supervised. Cabins are segregated by gender and grade, and each cabin of 4-10 campers has at least one adult counselor and one high school or college counselor. Camp Lucerne has a full-time resident professional staff to provide medical assistance, waterfront safety, and assure the camp is safe at all times.

What is the food like?

Camp Lucerne has a full time kitchen staff and spacious dining room. Meals are typical camp fare such as pancakes, fruit and sausage for breakfast, pizza for lunch, and burgers for dinner. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.

Online Registration:

VBX 2017, Jesus Is My Superhero!

All students K3 – 5th grade are welcome to participate. Also, we have a special two-day program for 2 year old children.

6th – 8th grade students are invited to be junior counselors.

High school students are invited to be counselors.

Save the Date!

August 7-11, 2017

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