Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14. This scripture has long been central to the congregation of Foothills UMC. We strive to provide education and special events and activities so that children may grow in their understanding of themselves and the Christian faith.
Children participate in the first part of the 9:30am worship service in the sanctuary. This service includes a Children’s Message, held especially for them up front with Pastor Mike or another church leader. After the Children’s Message, kids and youth are led to Sunday School for the remainder of worship. We have loving and enthusiastic volunteers who teach fun and interactive lessons each week. Children may also remain in worship with their families if they wish. We also have rockers just outside the sanctuary where moms or dads can rock or have the kids wander and play while still listening to the worship service.
Room 1 (Infants to Kindergarten)
We offer a professionally staffed nursery for our littlest ones. Loving arms, bouncers and swings keep the babies happy – while the toddlers enjoy games, crafts, toys and Bible stories that stimulate and entertain too! Parents can feel safe knowing that their children are being watched by certified and screened caregivers. We have pagers so that parents can be contacted in the sanctuary if their little ones need mom or dad for any reason. Lessons center around the basics of being kind and caring to others and the introduction of classic biblical stories.
Our younger elementary kids use the Godly Play curriculum with Bible stories, time to wonder and re-enact the stories, games and crafts as well. Kids enjoy learning the age-old tales of the Bible while imagining themselves in the story! Prayer time and feast (snack) are included too. (Please let us know if your child has any food allergies.)
Our upper elementary kids dive deeper learning about the Bible, prayer, helping others, and so much more. We use lessons that are molded to the activeness of this group. Games, crafts, and fellowship time are also a meaningful part of Sunday school.
This worship gathering is designed for people who would like more freedom in creating the kind of worship experience they might need in any given week. A great opportunity for parents and grandparents who would like to worship together as a family with their children. We offer child and youth-friendly faith builders and activities during this service. Music from a spectrum of styles and genres offered by a trio of great musicians.
We invite adult members of the congregation to pair up with one of our Foothills children or youth. It's a great way to make connections across generations and build relationships! We typically host some of these activities between worship services.
Vacation Bible School
Every summer the sanctuary is transformed into a place of wonder for a week long Vacation Bible School. Children are engaged in Christian teaching through play, songs, crafts, and skits. The older kids and parents are invited to volunteer and join the fun.
Take advantage of fun opportunities to serve with other kids and families at Foothills UMC. Contact Katie Curtin for more information.
Our church playground is open to the community. Guests and members are welcome to utilize the playground and the picnic tables appropriately. There is a Free Little Library is you wish to leave or take a book. Our grounds are a beautiful place to be.
Note: The playground is also available for kids and their families to enjoy before and after church services.