WELCOME to Children's Ministry at WFUMC!
In keeping with our church’s mission statement, “Reaching out to ALL in the name of Christ,” Children’s Ministry at WFUMC provides opportunities for children to share the love of God by becoming the hands and feet of Christ through serving others within our community and beyond. We believe that even our littlest members can further God’s kingdom by serving, witnessing and spreading God’s love.
Each event, program, or activity we hold throughout the year provides young children and families with an opportunity to grow closer to God, build relationships, and serve others, through teaching, worship, and fellowship.
Children's Ministry Contacts
Children's Sunday School: Pastor Helen Champion
Children's Ministry Director, Children's Ministry Denelle Manley
Children's Sunday School (9:45-10:45 am)
Nursery (offered from 8:15 am to 12:15 pm):
Care is provided for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years old. The nursery is located on the lower level in the Education/Preschool Building. It is our goal to provide a safe and loving environment for children while their parents participate in worship and Sunday School. The nursery is staffed by paid workers who have been carefully screened and completed the Safe Sanctuaries program. Parents should bring all necessary supplies for their child (diapers, bottles, cups, etc.) Please label all items. While children are in nursery care, parents are asked to remain on the church campus.
Sunday School Pre-K Through 5th Grade
All children meet together in the Fellowship Hall for a group lesson and music time. After the lesson, smaller groups will break out for age appropriate lesson enhancement through crafts, games, and activities.
On-Going Programs & Ministries for Children at WFUMC
Kid’s Kingdom Worship
This Ministry is focused on transitioning our young members (ages 4 through first grade) into the Worship experience in a fun and child-centered atmosphere. Every Sunday during the 11:00am service (with the exception of some Holidays and Communion Sundays), children are escorted to the Chapel. In the Chapel, they are lead in a children’s church service – learning about what happens in the Worship Service by participating in activities including an Offering, the Lord’s Prayer, a Sermon, and Hymns. Next, the children head over to the Fellowship Hall for Lesson reinforcement, crafts and games. It is our hope that the children “graduate” from Kid’s Kingdom (after 1st grade) with an understanding of how we praise God in the Worship Service, and are prepared to participate in that experience with open hearts and open minds.
In order to keep this Ministry active, we need your help! We are in need of Parent and Youth Worship Assistants. These volunteers are responsible for being an extra set of hands for the Leader during Kid’s Kingdom. Commitment is approximately 1 hour per quarter (during the 11:00am Sunday Worship Service. (Click here to sign up to serve as a Worship Assistant)
Club 4/5 is a fellowship group at Wake Forest United Methodist Church that provides a unique opportunity for fourth and fifth graders to come together for an evening of fun, fellowship, bible study and mission work. This ministry is a stepping stone to preparing these children for their transition into Youth Group in 6th grade.
Club 4/5 meets the SECOND FRIDAY of every month from 6-8pm in the Family Life Center. We begin each gathering with prayer, snack dinner and fellowship time, followed by time in God's word, and ending with games, crafts and/or mission activities.
The cost is a $20 per child for the year so that we may provide a snack dinner, beverages and dessert (pizza, subs, etc) each month.
Children's Ministry Event Calendar
Special Palm Sunday Kids Kingdom Worship
April 5, 2020
Children ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to participate in a very special Palm Sunday Worship. This will be offered at BOTH the 8:30am and 11:00am worship services.
Children should be dropped off in the Parlor prior to the 8:30am or the 11am service where they will be given instruction. We are in need of extra hands (adult and youth) to help out with the children during this time. When worship has begun, children will process down the center aisle waving their palms and take a seat and await children’s time. After children’s time, the children will be escorted to the Family Life Center for a special Palm Sunday lesson and craft. Parents will pick them up in the FLC after the service. We do not typically hold Kids Kingdom during the 8:30am service; however this is a special occasion.
Easter Egg Hunt
April 11, 2020 (Saturday), 10:00-11:30am
Children ages 2 through 5th grade are invited to participate! Please check in at the Family Life Center. Children will be divided into four age groups (2-3 years old; 4-5 years old, K-2nd Grade and 3rd-5th Grade). The groups will rotate through 4 stations including: Crafts, Snack, Bunny Petting Zoo, and of course, the Easter Egg Hunt! Parents are welcome to stay with their younger children.
Summer Camps 2021 Dates TBD
If you are searching for a fun-filled, Christian-based, Summer Camp, we invite you to check out Wake Forest United Methodist Church. Our week-long, half day summer camps provide a safe environment for children to learn and grow, have fun, and make new friends through indoor and outdoor games, snacks, crafts and more!
Virtual VBS Rewind Vacation Bible School 2020
July 13-16, 2020, 6:30pm
Trunk or Treat Family Fun Night
October 25, 2020, 4:00-7:00pm
Join Wake Forest United Methodist Church for one of our most anticipated events of the year, “Trunk-or-Treat Family Fun Night!” Bring your family and friends for fun, food, fellowship and Trunk or Treating! All are welcome and...it’s FREE! When you first arrive, be sure to check in at the Children’s Ministry table to receive a schedule of events, free giveaways for children, and enter for a chance to win fun door prizes! This event is a way for WFUMC to open our hearts and doors to our community, and show God’s love to others. Watch for more information to come in August!
Children's Christmas Shop
December 13, 2020, 3:00-5:00pm
Children, ages 3 through 5th grade, are invited to the WFUMC Annual Children’s Christmas Shop for a fun-filled afternoon of shopping, craft-making, games and more! Parents check in and drop off their children in the Family Life Center and then an “elf”, one of our Youth Group members, will escort each child through the shopping area. Parents choose how much money to give their child to spend.
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