First United Methodist Church Westfield

Children

 

The VBS Planning Team is forming! Do you love the fun of camp days?  Do you want to share God’s love with our children?  Do you like goofy games, cool science activities and fun crafts?  Then help make our 2019 Vacation Bible School camp a reality! Contact Marcee Rogers for more information!

 

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 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 January 20th!

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 sermon experience for children under 10, scheduled for most Sundays throughout the school year as part of the 10AM worship service. Children participating are invited to gather at the rear of the Sanctuary at a designated moment in the worship service. Parents are invited to escort their children to the space, room 218, or allow them to travel with the group; children will return to the Sanctuary for communion and the sending forth. The program encourages the children to take active leadership roles in worship, providing them with opportunities to be an acolyte, share prayers and sing songs, read and reflect upon the weekly scripture lesson and build their understanding of God’s love through worship and mission. Throughout the year, the group works on a variety of mission project activities and trains to take 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.

The next Youth-Led Worship will be on Sunday, March 31st!

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, January 17th 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.