Sundays for Children

Sunday Morning Schedule

9:30 a.m. Childcare is available on Sunday mornings in Room 204 of the Educational Building for children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years.

10 a.m. Children attend worship in the sanctuary with their families.

10:15 a.m. After the Children’s Message during worship, Sunday School teachers walk children to their classes, but parents are always welcome to join us. If it is your child’s first time, it’s always great to go with them for a little while to make sure they’re comfortable. Sunday School concludes at 11 a.m.

Parents with young children are also welcome to worship from the Kids Zone in the narthex of the sanctuary.

11 a.m. All are welcome to enjoy refreshments and mingle with the congregation at Coffee Fellowship in Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center after worship.

A changing table is available in the restroom across the hall from the Fireside Room kitchen. High chairs are also available for use during Coffee Fellowship.


Sunday School

2020 Sunday School teachers: Jamie Jones, Dot Plukas, Emily Plukas, Sandra Jones, Virginia Pelton, and Janet Bogle.

We believe that children’s faith formation happens through a variety of experiences and styles of learning. For this reason, our Sunday School program is a rotational program consisting of Bible study and crafts, music and hand-bells, and monthly service projects.

Curriculum
The Sunday School Curriculum is called Deep Blue. We believe that one of the ways God works to give us hearts after Jesus Christ’s own heart is through the searching and study of Scripture. In Sunday School we try to empower kids with age-appropriate bible skills that will help them come to know God through Scripture for themselves.

Exploring Further
Deep Blue curriculum
Deep Blue App

Make a Joyful Noise
Children’s Church is a monthly gathering for children to learn about God and God’s loving activity in the world through singing, instruments and movement.

Faith in Action Sundays
Faith is more than a belief, it is an action. Once a month, all Sunday School children gather together as one class for a hands-on service project. Projects vary from crafty outreach such as making Christmas Cards for shut-ins, to community-focused projects such as gathering and donating school supplies for local students. This is an opportunity for children to reach out into their community and their world with grace and love. www.santamonicaumc.org/faith-in-action

Parents are invited and encouraged to take an occasional Sunday off from formal worship, and to spend it with their child in Sunday School. Furthermore, Sunday School teachers will be sending children home with crafts, worksheets, and songs to share with their families. Please be encouraged to find out what your children are learning, and ask them about it. Let’s partner together to raise up a new generation to love and serve the
living God!


Family Sundays

Children remain with their families for congregational worship for there is no Sunday school.  Worship activity packets for children can be found with the ushers.  Family Sundays usually occur around major holidays, such as Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving.


Other Opportunities for Children

Children’s Sabbath
Once a year, the children design and lead one of our 10 a.m. worship services. Children of all ages not only help write and lead the liturgy; they also preach and sing

No Muss No Fuss Christmas Pageant
Join us for a Christmas Eve Family Service with a “No Muss, No Fuss” Christmas Pageant for all ages. Costumes for children are available at the door.

Palm Sunday & Easter Egg Hunt
All children and families are invited to participate in the waving of the palms during the worship service on Palm Sunday. Then, after worship, come join in on the annual Easter Egg Hunt, with a light lunch and crafts.

Vacation Bible School
VBS takes place each summer for one week. It is a week filled with Bible stories, educational activities, fun and fellowship for children 5/tk years old through 5th grade are invited to participate. Opportunities for youth and adult volunteers are also available.

Parents Date Night & Kids Fun Night
While parents enjoy an evening out, children are provided a safe and fun evening of games, activities and crafts, pizza dinner, and a movie with our trained childcare team.

Kids Zone, Narthex

Little one getting squirmy during worship? Although children are always welcome in the sanctuary sometimes they want a little more space.  The Kids Zone, stocked with toys and books, is a comfortable area for families to hear and see the service from the narthex, just outside of the sanctuary. Look for the Kids Zone sign. Ushers are available for assistance.

A changing table is available in the restroom across the hall from the Fireside Room kitchen. High chairs are also available.


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