Director of Youth
Charity Helter -
Children's Ministries Assistant
(Click star for Permission/Authorization
Matt Borland, (2nd from right) shown here
with the First Church team that served at
People's City Mission in May.
Christian Education at First Church has
something for everyone from age 2 - 102.
Sunday School isnít
just for kids anymore.
See the classes
listed below to find
what fits best for you!
Sunday School Classes: 9:30 - 10:30 AM.
start with SUNDAY SCHOOL
which meets on second level in the Christian Education
9:30 a.m. All children and youth welcome. From
there classes go to their respective areas for the
remainder of their class. Parents are invited to enjoy
some coffee and conversation during this time at our
Coffee Hour in West Vestry.
happens at the 10:45 worship service when all children
join the rest of the congregation for the beginning of
the worship service in the sanctuary and a "Children's
Time" led by the pastor. The children are then
dismissed for their own age-appropriate lectionary-based
time of puppet shows, Bible lessons and crafts. They
rejoin the congregation for the ending of the worship
service in the Sanctuary.
Preschool: Older preschool children who are ready to move
out of the nursery and are potty-trained are
welcome in our exciting new preschool class!
This group will have fun singing songs, playing
games, doing crafts, and learning about how much
God loves them!
Kindergarten - 2nd
This class learns about and experiences God
through Old Testament Bible stories and
characters using multi sensory learning
activities. Curriculum includes music, prayer,
crafts, games, dramatic expression and more to
help children understand Godís love.
3rd thru 5th Grade:
This class returns to The Frog Pond for a faith filled
journey through Old Testament
stories to learn about the connections between Faith and
life. The curriculum will keep
this group engaged through games, arts, storytelling,
missions and more.
Our curriculum helps us discover
together that our spiritual growth
is a life long journey. The purpose
is to create settings in which
youth can listen for and respond
to Godís call and develop a
stronger, deeper relationship with
God - as individuals, members of
a small group, and as part of a
community of faith. This
curriculum is the foundational
material for Confirmation.
9th thru 12 Grade:
The Senior High class is structured
as a peer group - youth led and
directed. The group will use life
experiences, faith questions, and
teen issues to direct the content
and focus of their discussions that
will lead to greater encouragement
and spiritual foundation. They will
learn to function as a small
First Youth Group meets Sunday nights at 4:30
p.m. and Wednesdays
6:00 p.m. Come for free food, games,
hanging out and worship. The group also enjoys
events out of the church such as local concerts,
laser tag, eating out and other age-appropriate
Adult Bible Study Groups
Corinthians Class - Sundays at 9:30 a.m. - Room
E103. Video series discussions
based on missions, social justice issues, and religions
of the world. This group is open to adults age 55+.
CrossTalk Class - Crosstalk is an adult Sunday
School class that meets Sundays throughout the year in
the Small Dining Room, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of the
class facilitate discussions including short-term Bible
studies, discussions of the sermons or current events,
book discussions on works such as Rob Bell's Love
Wins and Philip Gulley and James Mulholland's If
Grace is True, or invite guest speakers.
Inside First Church, Crosstalk participants provide
leadership in areas such as the Staff Parish Relations
Committee, the committee on Stewardship and Finance,
First Quilts, United Methodist Women, the Companions in
Christ educational program, and the Board of Trustees.
Some sing in the Sanctuary Choir, Inspirational Singers,
and Early Service Choir, and some participate in FUMC's
summer golf league.
Outside of First
Church, class members, along with other FUMC members,
prepare and serve lunch on the second Saturday of the
month at Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach; volunteer at
Fabulous Finds, FUMC's thrift store located west of the
church on 49th; volunteer with the BackPack and other
programs at near-by Huntington Elementary School;
prepare snacks for the after-school program that meets
at FUMC; and deliver Meals on Wheels. Sometimes
Crosstalk leaves the building for social events or sets
apart Sunday mornings for all-class projects such as
making Quilts of Valor.
While many in the
class have been together since their children were young
in the church, Crosstalk welcomes visitors and new
members seeking the goodwill and home base of a small
"Open Table" - Sundays at 9:30 a.m. - Room
B10. Open to adults of all ages, but especially
for couples with young children. This class invites all
to come to the TABLE with thoughts and experiences that
have transformed us into who we are and how we came to
know Jesus. Come, share, it is a safe and open class for
all who either strongly feel the presence of God working
in their lives, or even those who are unsure who God is
and what does it all mean. There is a seat waiting for
you ... the invitation is open ... join the Table. Child
care is available in the nursery. Once a month members
from this class and other young adults, singles, couples
and families meet for "Faith, Food and Fun." Contact
Brent Shaw, Director of Christian Education at 466-1906
Christ - Companions in Christ is a program of
spiritual development produced by the United Methodist
Church. First United Methodist has been offering the
28-week foundation course beginning fall 2009, and since
then, follow-up studies from Companions in Christ.
foundation course begins in September and concludes in
April, with a registration deadline of mid-August.
Companions, and Continuing Companions (those who have
completed the first-year study), meet weekly on Monday
evenings at FUMC, child care provided, and with breaks
for Advent and Lent.
A participant's study
book, journal and book bag are provided new
participants. For follow-up studies, participants cover
the cost of their study guides. Laypersons, who have
completed the first course, facilitate the 28-week
foundation course as well as the Continuing Companions
information for the next foundation Companions in Christ
will be available in the spring. For more information,
contact the church office at 402-466-1906.
Books and Banter
- Thursday morning group, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in "comfy
corner" (southwest corner of Fellowship Hall).
Stimulating conversation and an encouraging environment
for sharing from our own faith journey. We will also do
some guided prayer exercises based on scripture.
NOTE: Please watch our monthly newsletter - The
HAPPENINGS - for various Bible
Study groups or other classes as they are offered.
Nursery: Infants through age 2 years
Nanny will lead the care of our littlest friends
Nursery. Care is available from 8:30 a.m. - 12
noon each Sunday
morning and also Wednesday evenings for
parents attending church sponsored events -
Room E104. This wonderful time of stories,
music, and play activities is designed
especially for the 1 & 2 year olds. Additional
volunteer providers are in the nursery to assist
with activities and care for children under 1
year of age.