Sunday Morning Opportunities

Sunday School, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

2 & 3 Year Olds, Pre-Kindergarten

Our young children use the curriculum Grow, Proclaim, Serve. It is relationship-building faith journey, developing a child’s connection with God, a child’s friendship with others in class, and a child’s bond with adult teachers. Lots of free play, simple crafts, easy songs, yummy snacks, and loving adults can be found in these rooms. Each Sunday the lessons will immerse the children in Bible stories and help them learn what the Bible has to say to them today, at their age level. Children will say, sing, act out, and draw Bible verses and bring the Bible to life!

2 and 3 year olds meet and dismiss from their classroom (room 205). Pre-K joins the big kids for music in the Sanctuary and dismiss from their classroom.

Kindergarten-5th grade – Our elementary Sunday School uses the creative teaching and organizational methods of the Workshop Rotation Model which helps build the relationships that are so vital in a traditional Sunday School model.

The Kindergarten through 5th graders meet in the Sanctuary. 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are dismissed from room 202. Kindergarten – 2nd graders dismiss from room 201.

Contact: Nicole Smith – 232-2750 or

Workshop Rotation Model of Sunday School

Children meet their Guardian Angels in the Sanctuary each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. After music, the Guardian Angels participate with the children in their creative workshop of the day, which is led by a Workshop Leader.

Classes rotate to new workshops (art, drama, puppets, games, and more) each week for three to four weeks – the “rotation” period. Workshop teachers do not rotate. They stay in the workshop, repeating the lesson to a new group of children each week (with some age-appropriate modifications).

During the three to four week period, only one Bible story is taught. The entire rotation – every workshop, every week – is focused on learning that one Bible story

Wednesday Night Opportunities

Liturgical Dance

This group seeks to incorporate dance into worship as a way of praising God. We meet every other week and dance into worship as a way of praising God. We dance in worship 4 times a year. All ages are welcome.

Time: Liturgical Dance, Wednesday at 5:15p.m.  Contact the church office for specific practice dates.

Contact: Nicole Smith,

Little Kids’ Club (PreK – 2nd Grade), Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30 p.m., room E204 AND Kids’ Club (3rd-5th Grade), Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30p.m., Room E206

Our Wednesday evening Kids’ Club programs have 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.  The curriculum follows the theme of the year and the different learning styles of children are catered to through the wide variety of activities that are done.  This year’s focus will be on Spiritual Gifts and how the children can use their spiritual gifts to help our neighbors!

Contact Nicole Smith – 232-2750,

Other Opportunities for Children

Vacation Bible School         

Date and Theme To Be Determined for 2016 at First United Methodist Church

More information about VBS will come after the first of the year.

Please let Nicole Smith ( know if you are interested in helping out!

Kids on a Mission Summer Mission “Trip”

In the summer, the children of First UMC have the opportunity to go on a mission “trip”…without leaving Ames! The summer mission “trip” consists of learning about a variety of mission opportunities worldwide as well as in the local community including learning about countries in Africa, Central America, and Haiti; creating books to go to schools in Uganda and Belize, putting together school and health kits for children and families in Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Honduras, Guatemala, and Haiti; learning how we can help those in Sierra Leone have cleaner water, and also starting the Terracycling program at Ames First where money raised from the recyclable materials brought in will go to Imagine No Malaria.  We also work on local missions and raise money for Food at First by coming up with child-inspired ideas such as creating water color artwork inspired by Bible verses and selling them during fellowship hour at church. We also work together to learn more about mental health awareness and those affected by it in our community. We work to help those in need of basic daily items by creating blessing bags and working with the police department to get them to those in need. Kids on a Mission is held in July.  Details can be found in the May newsletter or by contacting Nicole at