Your child’s faith journey is important to us and we want to be here to guide him/her along the way. We offer a wide variety of activities for you and your child (ages 0 to fifth grade) to grow together in faith each week and throughout the year.
Children's Ministry at Asbury First is now preparing for Vacation Bible School (August 7-10 from 9 am to 12:30 pm at AFUMC).
Come spend a few mornings down on the farm at Asbury First, where we will explore the fruits of the Spirit, meet some barnyard friends, and make new friends with each other. During Vacation Bible School, kids will explore life on the farm through games, music, arts and crafts, and science!
Join us August 7-10 at AFUMC from 9 am-12:30 pm. We will end our week together with a hoe-down on Thursday night under the big top tent!
We hope to see you there! To find out more, or to register, click here.
We encourage you to check out the events calendar for the most updated listing of children’s ministry activities, but below you will find the typical weekly activities for the school year. Please join us for one or more of the following ministry offerings:.
(9:45-10:45 am, ages four to fifth grade; beginning the first Sunday after Labor Day with a fun-filled open house)
Our classrooms are alive with activities that help children learn how God loves them! All volunteers leading classes model the accepting love of Christ as children learn and play together. Children are divided into classes according to age. Each group has an age-appropriate curriculum that shares Bible stories that teach them about God’s love.
Worship (for a list of worship times, click here)
Children are welcome to stay with their parents during the entire service. During the 11 am service we also offer the following opportunities for children aged four years old through fifth grade following the children’s sermon:
Children ages four through second grade may leave to attend lessons focused on Scripture and the sermon topic of the day. Second floor, education wing.
Children in third through fifth grades may leave to participate in lessons that explore Scripture and the sermon topic of the day. These lessons may include discussions, games, and multimedia presentations. Second floor, education wing.
Children may be picked up after the service in the second floor, education wing.
Childcare (located on the first floor in the education wing, click here for a campus map)
We offer professional childcare for ages 0-3 during every worship service. Our childcare is divided into two rooms: The "Creche" for newborns through to 18 months and the "Rainbow Room" for 18 months through 3 years of age.
Children's Musical Groups
Hallelujah Kids (vocal choir, grades pre-K-1, practice 5-5:30 pm)
Wesley Singers and Ringers (vocal choir and bell choir grades 2-5, practice 6-7 pm)
We offer a family dinner at 5:30 pm with a donation of three dollars per person for all those attending Wednesday evening programs.
Throughout the year, we offer non-musical activities on Wednesday evenings for those who are interested.
Fun, Faithful, Family Events - 2016-2017
Each year, Asbury First hosts events for families. For the most updated listing of times, please check the events calendar. If you are looking for wholesome, educational, faith-based fun, then check out the following events:
|Month||Activity||Date/Time||What's it all About!|
|January||"Board Saturday Night"||Jan. 14, 5 pm||Family game night with pizza.|
|February||Yoga Night||Feb. 11, 6 pm|
|February||Mini Vacation Bible School||Feb. 21-23, 9 am-12 pm||This VBS is a great way to have fun during February break. In Camp H2O, we will explore the miracles in the Bible that pertain to water!|
|March||Pretzel Sunday||Mar. 6, 9:45 am-12 pm||Children explore and learn a Lenten lesson on this Sunday morning while making delicious pretzels. A thirty year tradition|
|April||Family Prayer Night||Apr. 14, 5-7:30 pm||Families share communion on this very holy day as well as learn new and different ways to pray for each other before the evening Good Friday Service.|
|May||Children’s Musical||May 7, 8:30 and 11 am Sunday services||Come and watch our talented children, or have your kids be a part of this faith building experience. Auditions are in January.|
|June||Family Church Carnival!||Jun. 4, 12 pm||A Sunday morning filled with laughter and fun for all.|
|August||Vacation Bible School||Aug. 7-10, 9 am-12:30 pm||Come and share your morning with friends from church. The morning is filled with fun and exciting faith-focused activities for all!|
For more information about children's ministries at Asbury First or to sign up for an event, please contact our children's ministry director, Paula Dugan.
In addition to these programs, we also offer theatre for children.