For Children Up to Age 11
Children are an extremely important part of our community at National UMC. Children of all ages are always welcome to participate fully in all of our services, and all of our worship spaces have dedicated children’s areas with age appropriate toys and books. All of our Sunday morning services have a dedicated time for children, where we relate the message of the scriptures and the sermon to children’s life experiences. Each year the children lead our children’s celebration Sunday, including preaching the sermon, selecting the music, and assisting at the communion table.
In our Godly Play curriculum, children are provided an opportunity to listen to Bible stories, wonder about their meaning, and then interpret these stories through art, reflection, and movement. Throughout the school year, various special events on Sunday morning amplify the children's learning. These include service work, making meals for the homeless shelter, the Children's Celebration service at the culmination of the school year, and more.
We offer five Sunday School classes for children:
- Little Wonders: Preschool-age, Room 101
- Godly Players: Kindergarteners and 1st Graders, Room 200
- Joyful Spirits: 2nd Graders and 3rd Graders, Room 202
- Bible Explorers: 4th Graders, Room 203
- Young Disciples: 5th graders, Room 201
Our two children’s choirs are designed to foster the joy of music through a wide variety of musical selections and opportunities for performance. The Cherub Choir is for our youngest singers (ages 4 – 1st grade) and includes experiential musical play through simple songs, movement, and rhythmic instruments. The Morningstar Choir is our elementary choir (2nd - 5th grade), and focuses on developing vocal skill by exploring harmony, rhythm, dynamics, and instrumentation. The children’s choirs perform throughout the school year in regular church services and for special events, such as the Christmas Eve Family Service, and Palm Sunday. Both choirs rehearse following the children's message during the 9am service at the Metropolitan Memorial Campus on Sunday mornings.
For information about the Cherub Choir, contact director Elizabeth Landau.
For information about the Morningstar Choir, contact director Nick Carratura.