Attention: During this time as we navigate through Covid-19 and abide by government regulations, please contact the church office or group leader to find out how your group can remain in contact with each other.

Sunday Morning Opportunities

Sunday School, 9:45-10:45 am All children infants through 5th grade will start Sunday school in the Sanctuary for music time and announcements at 9:45 am. This is during the school year. Special Sunday morning events in the summer will be publicized separately.

Nursery Class Infants and toddlers will attend class in Room E 203 (nursery) following music until 10:45. The teacher leads the lesson* with story, music, video, simple craft, and play.

2 & 3 Year Olds 2 and 3 year olds will attend class in Room E 202 following music until 10:45. The teacher leads the lesson* with story, craft, play and of course a little snack time. 4 & 5 Year Olds, Pre-Kindergarten Pre-Kindergarteners will attend class in Room E 204 following music until 10:45. The teacher leads the lesson* which will include story, craft, music, play time, and snack.

*Deep Blue age specific Curriculum is used for these classes.

Kindergarten-5th grade K-5 will rotate through art, games, drama, and movies as they learn a different bible lesson each month. Parents, caregivers, and other adults are encouraged to help guide the students to their classroom and stay to participate with the children. These are our “Guardian Angels” and we need many! The various rotations are led by adults who specialize in those areas. Special mission and outreach events are held at least once a quarter for the whole group to take part in.

Nursery care is available for children during the Saturday and Sunday worship services. On Sunday mornings, we also have our Prayground space in the Sanctuary available for children to be kids while being in the worship service. At Ames First UMC, it’s okay for kids to make noise and move around!

Wednesday Evening Opportunities

Kids’ Club (PreK – 5th Grade), Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30 p.m., room E206 Kids’ Club is open to children Pre-K through 5th grade. This program has our kids learning how to live like Christ through Bible study, memory verse, hands on activities such as science experiments, crafts, scavenger hunts, games and putting all of their knowledge of living like Christ into action through various service learning projects. The different age groups work well together as they help one another and often times “buddy up” to do the many fun things. This group meets during the school year starting in early September and ending in early May. Special weekday events for the summer will be publicized separately. Special Family and Intergenerational Events Throughout the year, many family and intergenerational events are scheduled that involve mission and outreach as well as time to get to know each other and have fun together too. Watch the bulletins, newsletters, and especially email for information regarding these activities.

If you’d like to be on the Children & Families email group, please contact: Nicole Smith Director of Children, Family, and Intergenerational Ministries

Other Opportunities for Children

Vacation Bible School          2019 dates are June 24-27th with a theme of To Mars and Beyond! One small step for your kids…one giant leap for God’s Kingdom! Blast off with the first VBS to land on the moon! To Mars and Beyond will help kids discover the wonders of God’s universe. They’ll become Voyagers on a journey through space, exploring where God’s power can take them. Beginning in your Assembly area-an outpost on Mars-they’ll lift off to distant planets on special missions to collect power sources. Along the way, they’ll learn how God walked with heroes of the Bible, and that God is always with them, too. Add to the adventure with out-of-this-world fun, learning, and timeless Bible stories that inspire kids to give glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine! Ames Downtown Churches will join together to host the Ames Ecumenical VBS at Ames First United Methodist Church June 24-27 from 8:30am-11:30am. Early drop off and late pick up times available upon registration request. VBS is open to children ages 4 (or attending a 4 yr old preschool class in the fall) and up. Youth and Adult volunteers are needed for all areas! Sign up as a participant or volunteer today at Kids on a Mission What a great group of leaders we have with Kids on a Mission! Projects they’ve worked hard on in our community include weeding the Main Street Gardens and picking, washing, and bagging the produce to give to Food at First for the Free Market. Also, they learned about the Ames Interfaith Refugee Alliance group and how they could help the new family who recently moved to Ames. They’ve had a lemonade stand and bake sale in which they were able to raise money towards helping the refugee family and to purchase school supplies. They’ve gathered and sorted donated school supplies to families in need. Remaining supplies went to schools in the rural Story County communities as well as to UMCOR. Be sure to check out their website at to learn more about their efforts. Children in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome to join this group at any time. Contact: Nicole, Director of Children, Family, and Intergenerational Ministries