Welcome! Our goal is to help our children become true disciples of Jesus Christ by: building relationships with them, Being examples for them and teaching them God’s Word.
At Fredericksburg United Methodist Church we strive to do that by offering a variety of activities to get children excited about Christ! We offer ongoing Christian education in the way of Sunday School, Wednesday night classes, vacation Bible school, special interest groups, children’s choirs, and seasonal events. If you have any questions about our children’s programs, please call our Director of Children’s Ministry, Shannon Bolick. Come join the fun as we learn and praise Jesus!
Preschool - 5th Grade
As we start a new year of programs for children here at Fredericksburg UMC, we want to be sure that we are keeping our children as safe. This is a large building with hundreds of people in and out each day. Remember that ALL children under sixth grade must be accompanied by an adult at all times. You must walk your child to and from Sunday School. Also any groups of children must be supervised by two adults. This is not just a way to keep them safe, but is part of our child protection policy and connected to our church’s insurance policy. Please register your children for Sunday School. If you are in the master roster, you can just check for changes and initial instead of filling out another form. When you do this, you will be asked to list allergies as well as all people who may pick up your child. Teachers will quickly get to recognize the parents, but as this familiarization occurs you may be asked to show ID. Please be patient. We are making sure that we protect our children.
Children Music Ministry (coming soon)
SEASONAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS
Children's Sabbath - October 29
Once again this year we celebrated the National Children’s Sabbath with our children leading us in worship at all of our Sunday worship services. Our theme was “Friends With Jesus.”
Wednesday Night - Grade Level Studies - Fall
On Wednesday nights, November 1, 8, 15, and 29 we are hosting our "Grade Level Studies" program. Children will meet by grade level and study one component of our faith. These are the same each year so that children have the opportunity to attend each topic. Adult helpers are needed for each grade level.
- Kindergarten – BAPTISM - What is this water thing all about? They will learn about Jesus’ baptism, the
symbolism behind the sacrament, and make a baptism book about their own baptism or hopes.
- First Grade – THE LORD’S PRAYER - Learn what this prayer really means, how to sing it, how to say it in
American Sign Language, and create it in your own words. Children will play games and do crafts to learn
more about all types of prayer.
- Second Grade – HOLY COMMUNION – Read the Last Supper from three Gospels. Find out the background
for this special meal and focus on communion as a gift to us from Jesus to help us remember Him.
- Third Grade – USING YOUR NEW BIBLE – Find out how to use your new Bible. Learn about the layout,
make a bookmark, and learn some special verses to set you on a lifetime of reading God’s Word.
- Fourth Grade – STEWARDSHIP – We aren’t just talking about money! Find out how we are called to care
for and use our time, talents, gifts, and service.
- Fifth Grade – THE APOSTLES’ CREED – What do we believe? Learn this statement of faith and what it
means as well as writing your own.
Upwards Basketball - Fall/Winter
FUMC offers Upward Basketball for girls and boys in grades K-6th grade. Enjoy a great team experience and play ball with your friends in a supportive, Christian environment. For more information, use the Sign-Up form. Register now for UPWARD basketball at FUMC. Evaluation day is Saturday, December 2 between 8:00 and noon. Practices begin in January on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays. Practices are one hour between 6:00 and 9:00. Games will be on Saturdays from January through March. For more information, contact Adam Sutton.
Over 180 excited and energetic children participate in this program! It is not only sports, but a Christian model for sports. Be sure to sign up this fall to come play with us!
Advent Adventure - December 6
Children of all ages are invited to prepare your hearts and homes for the coming of Christ at our annual Advent Adventure on Wednesday, December 6 from 6:00 – 8:30. There will be lots of “make and take” stations for families to visit and create Christmas decorations and / or gifts. Bring your Advent wreath frame with you to cover in fresh greenery or order a new frame in advance.
KIDS WITH PURPOSE - Spring
Our children’s mission program, Kids With Purpose meets children in grades K through 5 meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 until 7:30 to tie our Biblical learning to hands on mission work.
Camp Westview on the James Scholarships - due in the spring
More information about the summer camp is located here or brochures located in the church office or from the Director of Children's or Youth Ministries.
Vacation Bible School - Summer
This past year we followed Paul's journey through Rome. Children ages rising kindergartners through rising sixth graders met Paul in ancient Rome during the week of June 26 – 30. We had need a ton of helpful hands to make VBS the wonderful success once again. Registration will be available in late March for 2018