First United Methodist Church Westfield

Children

 

 Christmas Pageant rehearsals are Sundays at 9 AM! Contact Patti Merkle at fpmerkle@yahoo.com for more info!

 

Our vision at FUMC is to foster an environment where children can develop relationships with God, the congregation, and each other in a community that promotes learning and spiritual growth in a safe place of belonging. For more information about any of our programs or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Childrens Program Coordinator Marcee Rogers at mmrogers93@gmail.com or check out our Facebook Page!

 

Christian Education

Sunday School

Sunday School takes place most Sunday mornings at 9 AM for children from age 3 through 12th grade from September through May. A life-centered curriculum focuses on contemporary issues and biblical principles. Contact Nancy Anderson at nancya981@comcast.net for more information.

Growing In Faith Together

The Growing In Faith Together (G.I.F.T.) group meets weekly during the Christian Education hour at 9AM in the first floor classroom near the entrance from the parking lot.  The class is for parents and their PreK children and is designed to provide an opportunity to get to know each other while providing activities to engage the children in fellowship and faith exploration.  Class leaders for the 2018-19 education year are Sarah Ashworth, Janice Gugliemi and Joyce Williams.

Music and Mission Sundays

On select Sundays through the school year, instead of our traditional Sunday School classes for children and youth at 9 AM, we will have a group program with a focus on music and mission activities, each with a different theme.

The next Music and Mission Sunday will be on November 11th!

Worship

Childcare

Childcare is provided from 8:45-11:15 AM on Sunday mornings for infants and toddlers. For more information please contact Amy Brodersen (gdbroder373@aol.com) or Pat Guglielmi (gmrsg@verizon.net).

Young Disciples

 Young Disciples is an alternate worship experience for children under 10 that involves a bit more movement than our traditional setting.  All children are invited to start worship with their families in the Sanctuary; following the Time with Children moment in the service the children are invited to continue worship as a group up in room 218.  The program encourages the children to take leadership roles and features songs and lighting of candles, a call to worship and prayers, reading and reflection upon the scripture.  The goal is always to return to the main service to participate in communion and the sending forth.  Throughout the year, the group also works on a variety of mission project activities and takes an active leadership role in the main worship on 5th Sundays and other youth-led worship services.

5th Sundays Youth Led Services

These youth led and adult mentored services are a great way for our children and youth to learn about the components of worship and provide them with opportunities to deepen their connection with God through worship leadership. Youth take on leadership roles for all aspects of these services: greeting and ushering, leading prayers and music, reading scripture and sharing a reflection or a chancel drama.

Youth Choir

All children are invited to participate in this choir that performs in worship a few times a year! Contact Jonathan Evers at music@fumcwestfield.org for more information.

Fellowship

Junior Youth Fellowship

Known as JYF, this group is open to children in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. The kids gather monthly during the school year for dinner and focus on faith, fellowship, and fun through conversation, games, and mission activities.

The next JYF meeting will be on Thursday, November 15th from 6-7 PM!

Family Fellowship Group

Join other families with young children for food, fun, fellowship and faith development.  Throughout the year, families with young children are invited to gather in the Fellowship Room for a potluck dinner and activity centered around a particular mission and faith practice or season of the church year.