Children in Grades kindergarten-fifth grade meet the third Sunday of the month during the school year from 4-5 p.m. to participate in missions and discover just how we can impact lives around the world. There is a one-time registration fee of $18, which includes a t-shirt. Children participating in Children's Choirs will be escorted to choir following MP Kids. CLICK HERE for complete information about this program.
All fourth and fifth graders are invited to be a part of the Children's Leadership Team, which meets the first Sunday of each month during the school year. We not only discover and develop skills as Christian leaders in the church and in the world, but also provide a place to practice those skills. We want to empower and encourage children to share their input and leadership in the ministries of FUMC Hurst. We want to create a place to give children a voice in the ministries that involve them. Please join us as we begin to discover just what an impact our young leaders can have in the church and in the world!
Special events for children and their families are scheduled throughout the year. These events are designed for fun, fellowship, and faith development. Some of the events require registration or reservations. Watch the Church Newspaper, the Sunday bulletins, and email newsletter for information on the following, and more:
Each year we gather at Central Park (behind the church) and hunt for hundreds of Easter eggs. This fun event is for children age birth through fifth grade and takes place the Saturday before Palm Sunday.
Each year hundreds of children, youth, and adults join together for an exciting week in of encountering God. Each year's themes are designed to delight us all as we learn more and more about our faith through music, recreation, arts and crafts, storytelling, and science.
2017 Vacation Bible School will be June 19-23 (Monday through Friday), 9 a.m. -12 p.m., with a special Open House on Thursday at 7 p.m. VBS is open to all children entering K–Grade 6. Classes are available for younger children of adult volunteers who are on-site. VBS utilizes many youth and adult volunteers who are members of the First United Methodist Church congregation and have attended the MinistrySafe Abuse Prevention Training. Registration will begin in May. Link to more information.
This camp for children entering K-6th grades, is available in the afternoon following Vacation Bible School. Separate registration is required.
Music and Arts Camp is a wonderful week of music, drama, art, and recreation for kids ages first through sixth grades. It begins on Sunday afternoon, 2–5 p.m., and continues Monday through Thursday. There is a nominal cost for Music Camp. On Thursday evening, the children present a program for family and friends. Registration will begin in May, 2017. Link to more information.
We celebrate important milestones in the lives of our children, and starting Kindergarten is an important one. During the 11 a.m. worship service, usually the Sunday before school starts, children receive a special message and gift, along with a Blessing for a wonderful school experience.
In September, third grade children receive the special gift of a Bible from the Church, as they look forward to a year, and a lifetime, of learning to use it as they grow in their relationship with God. Information is mailed to all households with third grade children in August. Children are also invited to participate in the 3rd and 4th grade Bible Camp at Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center as well as a 3rd Grade Bible Night at the church during the fall.
Members of the congregation, young and old alike, come park their cars, decorated for Halloween as costumed children "trunk or treat" for candy on the Sunday before Halloween. Children from all over the community are invited to come "trunk or treat" with us! A hot dog dinner, carnival games and prizes round out this great fall event.
Sexuality is a difficult thing to talk about. Let your church help. Created by God is a human sexuality workshop for students in grades 5 and 6. It is offered each school year, usually in January. Information is mailed to all church families with 5th and 6th grade students prior to the workshops. The weekend includes a Thursday evening parent meeting, Friday afternoon and Saturday sessions with students only, and concludes on Saturday afternoon with a session for students and their parents.
Many of our children and youth attend summer camp, as well as retreats held throughout the year, at Glen Lake, the United Methodist camp for the Central Texas Conference. Camps are offered for children entering first – twelfth grades and have become an important part of their faith development. Camps can fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended and camperships are available if needed. Watch for announcements or check the camp out at www.glenlake.org.