Welcome Children & Families!
At Manchester UMC, we offer many ways for children and families to grow in faith and knowledge of God. Our children and families are ALWAYS welcome, safe, and loved by our staff, volunteers, and of course by God. We hope you will join us as we continue to educate these wonderful ever-growing minds on their faith journeys.
Do you have children worshiping with you?
Developmentally appropriate materials have been created to enhance children’s worship experience and to guide them in their understanding of the service.
On Sunday mornings, kids may stop by the Children & Family Ministries table in the Lobby to pick up a packet. Each packet is filled with activities and things to do during worship. Children can use these packets during worship and take them home.
Also, children can also participate in PRAYground during the 9 and 11 am worship services.
3 Year Olds – 5th Grade
PRAYground is available at the 9 and 11 am worship services. It is designed to allow children to participate in quiet play while still listening to the message during the sermon.
PRAYground is located near the front of the sanctuary so children can see and hear everything.
PRAYground offers activities geared towards 3 years old – 2nd grade. However, friends 3 years old – 5th grade are welcome to participate.
Here are a couple of notes:
- All children and adult volunteers are required to wear masks.
- We will provide all participants with hand sanitizer when they arrive at the PRAYground space prior to using the activities and toys.
- In between services, we will sanitize toys that were used by our friends.
For more information about PRAYground, click here.
Volunteers are needed!
PRAYground volunteers are needed. For more information, click here.
For more information, please email the Director Children’s and Family Ministries, Chessey Brenton.
Children’s Sunday School – 9 am
2 Year Olds – 5th Grade
Sunday school is a place for ALL children to learn the story of God’s love, connect their own experiences to the Biblical stories, and to find a place to belong. Our Sunday school team presents fun and engaging age appropriate curriculum for our 2 year old – 5th grade classes.
Our Sunday school team is excited to welcome back friends ages 2 years old – 5th grade to our lower level Children’s Area for Sunday school during the 9 am worship service. We have put safety protocols in place to help keep our children and volunteers healthy during this time. Click here to view our protocols.
Due to limited volunteers, we have decided to combine our Sunday school classrooms until we continue growing! Here is our outline of age groups and rooms for Sunday morning:
|Sunday School Children Age Groups||Room Assignment|
|2 years old – 4 years old||Room 106|
|Kindergarten – 3rd Grade||Room 118|
|4th/5th Graders||Youth Room – joining Youth Sunday Squad|
Sunday school classrooms will be using the Good Shepherd curriculum written by Rev. Brenda Stobbe. This curriculum helps children of all ages grow cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually in their relationship with God. Storytellers will travel between classes sharing Bible stories and wondering questions with all of our friends.
Volunteers are needed!
Lead Sunday School Teachers and Assistant Sunday School Teachers are needed. For more information, click here.
For more information about the Children’s Sunday School program, please email the Director of Children’s and Family Ministries, Chessey Brenton.
Pajamas to Donate!
The Sunday school classes, Children’s choirs, and Circle of Friends Preschool families are collecting warm pajamas for children of all ages and sizes. Collected pj’s will be distributed to LifeWise StL and Epworth Children and Family Services.
Drop them off in the wagon outside of the Director of Children and Family Ministry’s office in the lower level.
Family Worship Weekends
Family Worship Weekends provide an opportunity for families to worship together at either the 9 or 11am worship services. It is not only important for our friends to be in Sunday school, but to also understand how to worship and be in the sanctuary space. Learning together, families can discover more about the many different components of worship, liturgical seasons of the church, and share in their understanding and/or questions from the sermon.
To help encourage your child’s growth in worship, we have prepared Sunday morning worship materials for ages 2-years-old through 5th grade, and most Family Worship Weekends include PRAYground time during the sermon.
Family Worship Weekends:
- Feb. 20, President’s Day weekend
- Mar. 20, Spring break
- Apr. 17, Easter Sunday
- May 29, Memorial Day weekend
- July 3, July 4th weekend
- Sept. 4, Labor Day weekend
- Nov. 27, Thanksgiving weekend
- Dec. 25, Christmas, Winter break
- Jan. 1, 2023, New Years, Winter break
- Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
Register for 2021-2022 Children’s Sunday School
Please complete one form per child:
Children & Family Ministry Facebook Group
Children’s Sunday school continues to be online through the Children and Family Ministries Facebook Group. Make sure you are connected through the Facebook group by clicking here!
Children & Family Ministry eNewsletter
To receive emails about upcoming Children’s Ministry events and activities, follow the instructions on this screen labeled “STAY IN THE KNOW!”, and check the box “Children’s Ministry”.
High School – Adults
The Friendship Class is a Sunday school program for members and visitors (high school – adulthood) with developmental delays. This group meets 2 Sundays per month from 11 a.m. – noon in room 219.
Please note: This class has currently been suspended due to the pandemic. Check back on this website for updates.
For more information or to register for the Friendship Class, click on the blue button below:
For more information about the Friendship Class, please email the Director of Children’s and Family Ministries, Chessey Brenton.
If you have any questions about the Director of Children & Family Ministry, Chessey Brenton.
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