Sunday Morning Opportunities

Sunday School, 9:45-10:45 am

All children ages 2 through 5th grade will start Sunday school in the Sanctuary for music time and announcements at 9:45 am.

2 & 3 Year Olds

2 and 3 year olds will attend class in Room E 202 following music until 10:45. Parents and caregivers will take turns leading a simple lesson, craft, and bring a snack to share. Sign up outside the classroom door! Lessons and all supplies are provided.

4 & 5 Year Olds, Pre-Kingdergarten

Pre-Kindergarteners will attend class in Room E 204 following music until 10:45. Parents are encouraged to take turns leading this group using a prepared lesson which will include story, craft, music, play time, and snack.

Kindergarten-5th grade

K-5 will rotate through art, games, and drama 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! Art is led by United Elementary art teacher, Suann Evans. Drama is led by ISU Performing Arts major, Wesley Tener. Games are led by Nicole Smith.

Contact: Nicole Smith – 515-232-2750 or nicole@fumcames.org

Old School Academies

This year we are going to be “Kickin’ It Old School” as we Focus On Old Testament (FOOT) and learn more about Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Miriam, Joshua, the major prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Isaiah, David, Jonah, Samuel, Solomon, and Esther. The children will also have special Sunday lessons called “Old School Academy” this year in which we will focus on a story from the Old Testament and learn or create something through cooking, building, creative movement, gaming, Legos, knitting, and more! Special sign-ups for those classes will be open two weeks prior to the Old School Academy date. Teachers are needed for the Old School Academy and can be high school youth through adults. Contact Nicole if you are interested.

Wednesday Night Opportunities

Pizza, Praise & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights between Labor Day and Memorial Day from 6:00-6:30 for Pizza, Praise and Prayer.  All ages are welcome to enjoy some pizza (salad, fruit, dessert also provided), participate in some praise songs and prayer before going to our various evening faith formation opportunities.  We will meet in the Multipurpose Room- W201.  Suggested donation $1 per slice.

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 3-4 times a year. All ages are welcome.

Contact: Nicole Smith, Nicole@fumcames.org

Kids’ Club (PreK – 5th Grade), Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30 p.m., room E204

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.

The curriculum follows the theme of the year beginning with the children’s version of the Adam Hamilton Moses study. The different learning styles of children are catered to through the wide variety of activities that are done. The group meets from 6:30-7:30pm in Room E206.

Contact: Nicole, 515-232-2750, nicole@fumcames.org

Other Opportunities for Children

Vacation Bible School         

Date and Theme To Be Determined for 2018. More information about VBS will come after the first of the year.

Please let Nicole Smith (nicole@fumcames.org) know if you are interested in helping out!

Kids on a Mission

What a great group of leaders we have with Kids on a Mission! They worked hard (even in the rain!) weeding the Main Street Gardens and picking, washing, and bagging the produce to give to Food at First for the Free Market. They learned about the Ames Interfaith Refugee Alliance group and how they could help the new family who recently moved to Ames. They 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 gathered and sorted the donated school supplies that have so far been given to 12 families in need who have directly contacted the group with the remaining supplies going to the schools in the rural Story County communities as well as to UMCOR. Be sure to check out their website at www.fumcamesevents.com to learn more about their efforts.

Also, be on the lookout for information about their upcoming fundraiser which will be on Monday, September 18 prior to and during the Ames High Homecoming parade. They plan to grill and have burger or hot dog “baskets” for $5. The baskets will include burger or hot dog, chips, cookie, and bottled water. All proceeds will go to their continued efforts in assisting children and families of the district who are homeless or living in emergency housing. Children in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome to join this group at any time.

Contact: Nicole, nicole@fumcames.org