“Jesus matured in wisdom and years, and in favor with God and with people.”—Luke 2:52
At Longview FUMC, we work with families to help children grow like Jesus. We believe your child is a complete spiritual being that is learning ways to express his or her understanding of God. Their spiritual growth is cultivated four ways:
- Learn: Children learn about the Bible
- Play: Children get to do fun things with their friends in a faith community
- Help: Children are involved in mission activities by donating to and participating in missions that help them live out their faith in God by helping others
- Pray: Children develop spiritually as they learn about personal prayer, worship, and the Sacraments
These ministries with children are supported by the volunteer efforts of parents and church members of all ages as teachers, chaperones, classroom helpers, choir helpers, and many other capacities.
SUNDAY MORNING MINISTRIES-Ages 2-grade 5
9:40-10:40am on 2nd floor of Education Building and Nursery
Sunday School for ages Pre-K through grade 5 meet on the 2nd floor of the Education Building. Nursery age children meet in the Nursery. Sunday School begins with a large group time of singing and fun in PraiseTime from 9:40-10:00am followed by classroom time from 10:00-10:40am.
Our Sunday School curriculum for children ages 2 through grade 3 is Activate Faith, which presents 104 Bible stories in a fun, interactive format that honors the United Methodist perspective on the Bible.
Preteens, grades 4-5, study the Bible with Ms. Phyllis Winn’s Bible Academy. Bible Academy is a thorough, in-depth look at each book of the Bible. Bible Academy brings together information on the authors, settings, and history of each book in the Bible. Students also commit selected Scripture to memory as a way of taking God’s Word where ever you go.
KIDZ CONNECT CHOIR-Ages 3 yrs.-5th Grade
Wednesdays 5:30-6:00pm in Room 239.
Kidz Connect Choir rehearses songs that are performed on a monthly basis in the late Traditional Service and special events like the Children’s Choir Christmas Program.
Wednesday Night Kidz Blitz
Wednesdays from 6–7:30 p.m.
Sign in at the Kidz Check-in Station
For ages 4 years–6th grade
A fun time for children to enjoy a meal together, learn about God, and hang out with friends.
FAITH EXPLORERS-Grades 1-3
Once a month at 4:00-5:30pm on Sundays
Faith Explorers meet monthly for fellowship and learning about the Sacraments, Worship, and Missions. Faith Explorers has two special events-the Christmas Mission at Newgate Mission and the end of year Legoland field trip.
CIA-CHRISTIANS IN ACTION-Grades 4-5
Once a month from 5:00-6:30pm on Sundays
CIA is a transitional ministry to preteens in grades 4 and 5 that introduces students to life application Bible Study. Sessions begin with a pizza meal, move to Bible Study and end with recreation time. CIA ends the school year with a Pizza and Putt-Putt party.
SUMMERSLAM! Preteen Summer Mission-Grades 4-6
June 10-13, 2018
SUMMERSLAM! is a three day summer mission camp for students entering 4th-6th grades. The mission is open to any United Methodist Church in the Texas Annual Conference. Students live at FUMC Longview for the three days, working during the day building wheelchair ramps, helping at Newgate Mission, local food banks, and other community service ministries in the Gregg, Upshur, Harrison county areas.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL-Ages 4 (by Sep. 1 of 2017) through Grade 5
June 25-29, 2018
VBS is open to children ages 4 as of Sep. 1, 2017 through students entering 6th grade. Register online beginning in April 2018 through June 21, 2018. Check back soon for registration information.
For questions, event registration, or partnering, please call Nathan Firmin, Children’s Pastor at 903-753-4463 (ext. 24.)