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 our worship spaces have dedicated children’s areas with age appropriate toys and books. Each year the children lead our children’s celebration Sunday, including preaching the sermon, selecting the music, and assisting at the communion table.
Our children’s Sunday school meets at our Metropolitan Memorial campus and is timed so that families may participate in worship at either Wesley or Metropolitan Memorial. Sunday school meets from 10:05-10:55 am every Sunday, September through mid-June.
During the school year, we focus on the stories of the Bible through the Godly Play curriculum. Children hear the stories of our faith, 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 (3+), Room 101
Godly Players: Kindergarteners, Room 200
Joyful Spirits: 1st and 2nd Grade, Room 202
Bible Explorers: 3rd and 4th Grade, Room 203
Young Disciples: 5th graders, Room 201
The Young Disciples follow the United Methodist Deep Blue/Submerge curriculum that prepares them to apply their faith to everyday life challenges.
Our children’s choirs foster the joy of music through a wide variety of musical selections and opportunities for performance.
At the Metropolitan Memorial campus, the Cherub Choir is for our youngest singers (ages 3-6). The Morningstar Choir is our elementary choir (ages 7-11). Both choirs rehearse following the children's message during the 9am service at the Metropolitan Memorial Campus on Sunday mornings.
At the Wesley campus, the Wesley Children & Youth choir rehearses following the 11 AM worship service.
The children’s choirs perform throughout the school year in regular church services at their respective campuses and for special events, such as the Christmas pageant, Palm Sunday. Children's Sunday, and the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.