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Children and Youth Ministries

Church School meets every Sunday at 10am.  All ages welcome.  To register please contact education@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.


Director of Youth and Family Life

At SUMC we have a Director of Youth and Family Life who works with our youth and their families.  She oversees the middle school and high school youth groups and works along side a great group of volunteers who share a similar ministry.

Donna Anderle is the SUMC’s Director of Youth and Family Life.  Please reach out to Donna with any concerns or issues you might have with our youth program.  DonnaAnderle@sumcnj.org

Church School

Children 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 youth group for middle-school aged youth, grades 6-8. It is led by Donna Anderle, our Director of Youth and Family Life. This group meets for regular discussion nights every 3rd Friday in Fellowship Hall and participates in missions and fun outings each month as well! This group also attends retreats and other Christian-centered events throughout the year. Please reach out to Donna Anderle (donnaanderle@sumcnj.org) for a schedule or more information on this group.

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.

For more information on the 2020 VBS Program please contact Jennifer Antoncich at jantoncich@sumcnj.org.

2020 VBS will be held July 20-24 from 9:00am-12:30pm.

Thank you to Oriental Trading for their generous donations of supplies for our program. Check out some of their awesome products that we will be using during our VBS here: http://www.orientaltrading.com/teaching-supplies-and-stationery/vacation-bible-school-a1-551532.fltr

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.


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


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.  For more information on our Confirmation program please contact Donna Anderle at donnaanderle@sumcnj.org.

*Safe Sanctuaries 

SUMC adheres to the United Methodist Safe Sanctuary policy.  All individuals who interact with youth or vulnerable adults have been trained to properly do so.  Individuals working with youth or vulnerable adults undergo a background check utilizing a Greater New Jersey Annual Conference approved service and have been trained in our safe sanctuaries policy.  A complete copy of this policy is available for you to view here:  

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