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Children and Youth Ministries

Church School begins on September 10, 2017 at 10am.  All ages welcome.  To register please contact education@sumcnj.org.

For more information on the 2018 Confirmation Class please contact Jennifer Antoncich at jantoncich@sumcnj.org.

 

Because we take our responsibility for the safety of our children and youth very seriously, SUMC utilizes a Safe Sanctuaries Policy which provides safety requirements and guidelines for church employees and volunteers in ministry with children and youth. Copies of the policy are available at the church.  All of our volunteers who work with young people undergo a background check.

 

Church SchoolChildren and Youth Ministry

Church School classes for children and youth (pre-school through high school) take place at 10:00 am from mid-September through mid-June. Classes are grouped by grade and employ a variety of fun and engaging age-appropriate methods for teaching young people about the Bible and about living as faithful followers of Jesus. Occasionally, combined-ages sessions are held for pre-K through grade 8, utilizing hands-on multiple intelligence learning activities to explore a particular Bible story or topic. Parents are always welcome in Sunday School classes, particularly for combined-ages sessions. There are approximately 50 children in our Church School. 

 

 

UMYF (Senior High Youth Group, grades 9-12)

Our United Methodist Youth Fellowship is mission-oriented.  Every year, nearly all of our youth participate in The Christian Outreach Project, a week-long mission opportunity where youth grow in their faith through service, study, prayer, and connection with other Christian youth.  During the year, our youth also engage in other ways of serving the church and the community:  they lead worship twice per year, visit our shut-ins at Christmastime, and serve at The Center for United Methodist Aid to the Community (CUMAC) in Paterson.

BASIC (Junior High Youth Group, grades 6-8)

Brothers and Sisters in Christ is our group for middle-school aged youth.  Here too, the emphasis is on missions and service.  Each year, the youth pick projects to support and work to raise money and awareness for those projects.  In addition, they bake Christmas cookies for prisoners at the Morris County Jail, serve at Faith Kitchen, and participate in other mission opportunities.  But there’s fun stuff too:  a highlight of the year is the “Smashing Pumpkins” event in October.  What is it?  You’ll have to come find out!

 Vacation Bible School

We offer a week-long fun, creative learning experience with music, drama, crafts, and storytelling every July. We typically have about 50 children and 25 youth and adults join us.  This is a growing area of the church’s ministry.

Youth Choirconfirmation

The children’s choir is a great place for children ages 4 and up to learn the basics of singing and have fun doing it.

Acolytes

Children in grades 3-6 participate in traditional worship each week by lighting the altar candles.

Confirmation

Confirmation offers youth an opportunity to learn what it means to be a Christian through the United Methodist Church. Held every other year, the class enables youth in grades 7 and 8 to explore faith more deeply.  Our focus is on experiential learning through field trips and other outside-the-classroom activities. We also seek to model faith for our youth through relationships between the youth and adult mentors.

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