Children’s Ministry

Welcome!

We give thanks for the families and children at First UMC who make up this beloved community. We hope your family will join us as we grow together in God’s love. We have many opportunities for children to participate in faith formation through music, service, learning, and more during Sunday School, Children’s Church and Faith in Action on Sunday mornings. We believe it is important for families to worship together and so we offer Messy Church monthly as a wonderful way to learn and grow in faith alongside one another.

This is a church which takes child development seriously and joyfully. Come explore some of the many opportunities for your child’s Christian formation.

Blessings,
– Tricia Guerrero
Pastoral Associate for Family Ministries

Contact t.guerrero@santamonicaumc.org or call (310) 393-8258 ext. 104


Messy Church
Gatherings on the 2nd Saturday of the month for the whole family!  Crafts • Music • Stories • Shared Meal

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Family Devotional
Life can be busy, especially for our families! In the midst of school and work, sports, music lessons, theater and everything else, it’s hard to find time for faith as a family. We understand this challenge… Click to read more.


SUNDAYS FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN

Nursery Care – 9:30 a.m., Room 204
Nursery Care is available on Sunday mornings in Room 204 of the Educational Building for children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. Click to read more.

Kids Zone, Sanctuary Narthex
Little one getting squirmy during worship? The Kids Zone is an area for families… Click to read more.

Sunday School – 10 a.m., Sanctuary & Education Bldg
Following the Passing of Peace in worship, children and parents are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary for a short sermon. Click to read more.

Children’s Church & Cherub Voices
Every third Sunday of the month, the children of First UMC gather for song and movement, snacks and crafts… Click to read more.

Faith in Action
Faith is more than a belief, it is an action. On every 4th Sunday of the month… Click to read more.

Family Sundays
Children remain with their families for congregational worship. Family Sundays usually occur around major holidays, such as Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving.


EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Children‘s Sabbath is a day when the children of First UMC lead the rest of our church family in worship.  Click to read more.

Palm Sunday Celebration & Egg Hunt
Come take part in the commemoration of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday celebrates the start of Holy Week and features a children’s palm procession. Following the service, all are welcome to the Family Brunch at no charge. Take a photo with the Easter Bunny, enjoy some craft activities and the annual Egg Hunt!  View photos from 2018.  You won’t want to miss this special family event!

Christmas Eve Family Service 
A “No Muss, No Fuss” Christmas Pageant for all ages with costumes!

Vacation Bible School
VBS takes place each summer for one week. It is low-cost and fun-filled with Bible stories, music, educational activities… Click to read more.


PROGRAMS & MORE

Parent & Toddler Class
Sponsored by the First UMC Preschool…  Click to read more.

FUMC Preschool (License # 191600232)
Our full-day Preschool provides an enrichment program… Click to read more.

Children’s After School Theater
C.A.S.T. is an after school community theater program for children… Click to read more.