West End’s Children’s Ministry is excited and honored to have the opportunity to enter into ministry with you and your family. Our goal is to provide a variety of opportunities that nurture and encourage spiritual growth in Christian community. We aim to do this by supporting and affirming all facets of spiritual development and formation. We recognize the importance of family life and welcome all into our dedicated and engaged faith community.
Ministry Milestones: Second Grade: Communion
Sunday school is a priority for the Children’s Ministry at West End. Beginning with infants, age-appropriate materials and methods are used to help even our youngest ones become aware of God’s great love for them and the fundamentals of the Christian faith.
Children’s Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Children’s classrooms are located on the 1st floor and the 4th floor of the building. Parents are asked to accompany children to their classrooms and sign children in to the room on the attendance sheet, giving the teachers and staff the location of parents in the building.
The Confirmation process at West End UMC happens in the 6th grade year to mark the transition from childhood to adolescence in terms of one’s faith journey and one’s intentional participation in the life of the church. It is a time when these young people ponder what it means to encounter the faith narrative from creation to Christianity, embrace the essential beliefs and practices of the United Methodist Church, and embody the confirmation vows and embark on the Christian discipleship journey.
The confirmation class meets on Sunday morning beginning at 9:45 AM in the 6th grade Sunday school classroom, Room 407.
Older Elementary Fellowship
Throughout the school year, activities for children in grades 4-6. are held. These events include social activities and service projects. This time of fellowship helps to reinforce the connections between the children and the adult leaders they interact with during these years.
Faith Milestone Program
Milestones are the significant developmental markers that we experience throughout our lives. They are our firsts. There are ordinary firsts of steps and teeth, walking and talking. There are also firsts in our faith life: receiving a Bible, Confirmation, learning about Holy Communion and baptism, and more.
Our Faith Milestone program is designed to partner with families to find ways for children and families to grow in faith at home. The church provides the resources for families to focus on certain faith foundations throughout the year in their homes. It is our hope to have a faith milestone for all ages and grades of children at West End United Methodist Church.
Currently our milestones include:
Kindergarten: Touch and See My Church – a chance to explore the sanctuary “behind the scenes’ and learn more about worship.
Grade 1: Touch the Water – Learn about the sacrament of baptism
Grade 2: Taste the Bread – Learn about Holy Communion and what it means for us.
Grade 3: A Bible of My Own – Parents and children learn together about the Bible and how to use it in daily living. Children also have an opportunity to participate in a sleepover at the church. Bibles are presented to children in worship. 3rd grade Sunday school class reinforces the Bible learning throughout the Sunday school year.
Grade 4: Worship Around the Year – Learn about worship and the liturgical Christian calendar.
Created by God Workshop
The Created by God workshop is a human sexuality workshop designed to begin conversations between parents, 5th & 6th graders, and the church on this topic. It is designed to help 5th & 6th graders celebrate and navigate the many changes that occur in their lives during adolescence.
West End hosts Vacation Bible School 3 yrs.-3rd grade each summer usually in June. During the week, the children learn Bible stories in a fun way through storytelling, discovery, games, and crafts.
Music Camp also happens during the summer. Participants learn songs and dialogue in order to perform a final musical for parents and friends at the end of the week. All musicals are retellings of Biblical stories and are great fun for the children participating.
A local Mission Week is held for Older Elementary children ( 4th, 5th, & 6th graders) in the summer currently simultaneously the same week as Vacation Bible School. Throughout the week, the kids learn about various needs and mission opportunities in our community, as well as participate in multiple mission events.
Advent Dinner and Wreath Making Workshop
All church members, especially families with children, are invited to come and share in a potluck dinner begin their preparation for the birth of Jesus by creating an Advent Wreath and learn about its meaning on the first Sunday of Advent.
Christmas Eve Pageant
This is a Family friendly Christmas Eve service where children have an opportunity to retell the Christmas story through a live nativity. Children are invited to come early to dress in costume in order to participate in this service. Following the drama, Holy Communion is served to all in attendance.
Easter Egg Hunt
Children of all ages are invited to join us to experience God’s Easter surprise as they hunt for eggs and learn the true meaning of Easter. Following the Egg Hunt, families are invited to stay for fellowship and refreshments.