Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
Home Ministry Education Worship Happenings


Under the leadership of Angela Boese, Carol Besco and Tonja McCulloch, the Children's Ministry Team is responsible for the materials, personnel and planning involved in the Children's Christian Educational ministries of our church--both ongoing and special events.
     They organize Children's Church, Kids 4 Christ, Young Disciples during worship services, the annual Easter egg hunt, Church School Promotion, Teacher Appreciation, Vacation Bible School, Trunk or Treat, and Jesus Birthday Celebration.  They also administer the Christian Education budget.

   (3yrs - 5th grade)

Sunday School
Come join a children's Sunday School class today. We have classes for Preschool, K thru 2nd grade and 3rd thru 5th grade. All classes meet in the education wing at 9:45 a.m.

It's hard to believe February is here!  I often think about yourng children memorizing Bible verses.  Do they understand them?  Should we wait until they are older to introduce those verses?  Then I reflect on my childhood and not knowing verses.  I think about when my mom started writing certain verses on cards for me and there were always those special verses we shared back and forth to each other.  I think about friends who write me verses to help me handle a certain situation and how helpful that is.  I want to get so much stronger at being able to say a verse to someone when it would be helpful to them.

Thus, I have come to the conclusion that we should show our children at churh where the verse we are learning about is from and that we did get that verse/story from the Bible.  Beginning to learn how to use the Bible!  I was reading an article in "Ministry to Children" by Amy Brown.  She said that "memorizing scripture is a vital discipline for every believer.  Bible memorization helps us find comfort, fight sin, and know our God."  Teaching children to memorize verses early in life can have a "ripple effect the rest of their life."

In January we made New Year's resolutions.  We would hang these on our bedroom doors.  One resolution was to learn a certain number of Bible verses for the year.  I thought one a month would be good.  I will post those in the education wing as they are introduced.  One way to practice the verse each month is to write each word of the verse on an index card, then mix them up and try to unscramble the words and put the verse in the correct order.  You can keep the index cards in a baggie with the verse written on the front.  Make one for each month.  When you first start to learn the verse put it out on the table in correct order  Turn a card over and see if you can remember the word not shown.  Then try two and three words not showing.

What verse should we learn first?  John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever would believe in Him should not perish but have eternal life."

After church on February 12th, I would like to have the kids come to Fountainview and drop off some Valentine cards and wreaths for the room doors.  I hope that we can divide up, and one adult take some of the children around to the rooms and deliver these items.  The cards and wreaths will be made during Children's Church.

On February 19th Bible Buddies will meet after church and the Olsons will provide lunch.  In January, Bible Buddies worked with Bobby Reed for acolyte training.  They will work with the older acolytes during services to learn how.  Thank you Bobby?

"Kids 4 Christ" will meet on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  Healthy snacks wll be a part of the lesson.  They will have movement type activities to learn about these stories.  Plus a story related craft.  A calendar will be given of all dates.  We will meet in the middle of the church and go to a Sunday school room or use halls for activities.

Grace & Peace,
Angela Boese,
Director of Children's Ministries

Musical Groups for Children
There is a choir and a bell choir for children.

Vacation Bible School
Held in June of each year for children 4 years through fifth grade. 2017 VBS will meet June 12th -16th from 9:00 am to Noon.

Camp Horizon Summer Church Camp
"The mission of Horizon United Methodist Center is to provide a natural setting for the church to make and strengthen disciples of Jesus Christ."
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Sunday School
Classes are held Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. in the Education Wing for 6th-8th graders and 9th -12th graders.
Youth Group
 I have talked with the owner of Coffee with Friends and she would love for our youth to meet on Wednesday mornings at the coffee shop.  She has even given us a price of $1.00 for a cup of coffee/cocoa. Starting January 4th, stop by and have a cup of coffee/cocoa before you head back to school.  It's late start so you have a little more time.  I'll be there at 7:00 a.m. and would be thrilled to visit with you.  Besides that, CWF has nice couches!

The High School Sunday school class has started the book "Creed: What Christians Believe and Why".  This is a 6-week series by Adam Hamilton that will help us understand our beliefs and what the Apostles' Creed really means.  We have said this Creed in church for as long as we can remember, so now we will study it's actual meaning. This book is quite interesting to me personally.  As a woman of science, it can be difficult to balance one's belief of God and at the same time watch new solar systems being born.  This book helps me to realize that I'm not alone in my belief that science and God can exist together, and that's a great gift.

The Junior High School Sunday School will be focusing on lessons from Mark. They will focus on Sharing, Knowing Jesus, Dicipleship, and Faith.  Speaking of sharing. . . do you have a couch that could be re-homed?  We are looking for another couch to add to the Jr. High room.  Just let the church know, and we'll set a time to come and get it.

We are getting closer to making the Gaga Ball pit a reality.  Henry Mann (grandson of Diane Mann) will be leading this project.  This is his Eagle Scout project.  He has received the inital approval from the Board of Trustees.  He will be finishing his final design, selecting a location, raising the funds, and recruiting volunteers.  if you would like to donate to this project, please send your funds to the church and reference Gaga Ball Pit.

A huge THANK YOU to the youth and adults that helped "watch" our younger members on December 18th.  They were Jenna McCulloch, Ella Nelson, Elliot Herod, Gavin Strawn, Anna Kock, Katelyn Koch and Diane Reed.  It was a hugh blessing for the families that needed to finish wrapping gifts while the little ones were away.

The Youth are watching The Chronicles of Narnia--The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.  There are many lessons we can take from this story.  C.S. Lewis' story telling intertwines the teachings of Jesus into the relatable tales for young peple to understand the importance of doing good, standing up for the weaker people, and sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice, as Aslan did to save Edmund.

The youth will be making hearts again for Valentine's Day.  We will have them ready by February 5th and 12th.  Please take one or more and give to someone that needs a little extra love and hope during February.  If you would like us to mail one, please let the office know and we will get the hearts in the mail.

 I look forward to seeing our youth on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm!
Share the Love!

Lesley Riddell-Koch
Call/text: 316-617-9838


Sunday School
Classes are held Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m.

Bible Study
Pastor John leads a Bible Study each Wednesday evening at 7:07 pm in the library.

Chancel Choir
Chancel Choir meets each Sunday evening for rehearsal August-May at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Feel free to contact the church office at 776-2212 if you have any questions.

United Methodist Women (UMW)
Open to any woman member or non-member of the church.

United Methodist Men (UMM)

Open to all men.

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