Watch the church newspaper, bulletin, Children’s Facebook page, and email newsletter for more information about the following events.
Children’s Discipleship Opportunities are offered two Sunday evenings a month during the school year. Please see the Children’s Discipleship Calendar for specific dates. We gather at 5pm for dinner and then begin our activities for that evening. Children participating in Children’s Choir will be escorted by staff/volunteers from choir to the children’s activity that evening. Children need to be registered in advance and bring $3 for dinner. All children’s activities conclude at 7pm.
Our award-winning Children's choir meets weekly from 4-5 p.m. on Sundays during the school year. No auditions are required and all children in Kindergarten-5th grade are welcome. Children will meet for choir in W121. CLICK HERE to visit the Children's Choirs page.
Mission Possible Kids
Children in kindergarten-fifth grade meet once a month on Sunday evening during the school year 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's Leadership Team
All fourth and fifth graders are invited to be a part of the Children's Leadership Team, which meets once a 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!
Faith & Films
Children in grades K-2 will enjoy a movie together and engage in discussions about where they experienced God in the movie and how they can apply the lessons of the movie in their own lives. This is a wonderful way for young children to look for the extraordinary messaged from God in ordinary places.
Series of engaging and interactive sessions for 3rd graders on how to use their Bible. Parents (or other adult buddy) are encouraged to attend.
Special events are scheduled throughout the year to help children and their families connect with people, purpose and God. Some of the events require registration or reservations. Watch the church newspaper, the Sunday bulletins, Children’s Facebook page, and email newsletter for information on the following, and more:
Community Easter Egg Hunt & Family Picnic
Each year we gather at Central Park (behind the church) to hear the Easter story 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.
Vacation Bible School
Each year hundreds of children, youth, and adults join together for an exciting week of learning about Jesus and 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. Vacation Bible School is free and is Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. -12 p.m., with a special Open House on Thursday evening. 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.
Music & Arts Camp
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, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. There is a nominal cost for Music Camp. On Thursday evening, the children present a program for family and friends. Registration opens in May.
Kindergarten Blessing (August)
We celebrate important milestones in the lives of our children, and starting Kindergarten is an important one. During worship services, usually the Sunday before school starts, children receive a special message and story Bible, along with a blessing for a wonderful school experience.
Third Grade Bible Presentation
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 Buddies on Sunday evenings during the school year.
Each year, between 5-6:30 p.m. on the Sunday before Halloween, members of the congregation, young and old alike, come park their cars, decorated for Halloween as costumed children "trunk-or-treat" for candy. 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. Wonderfully Made 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 evening and Saturday sessions with students only, and concludes on Saturday afternoon with a session for students and their parents.
Glen Lake Camp
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.
Students in grades 4–6 have the opportunity to participate in the worship service by serving as an Acolyte. Acolytes carry the cross and the light into worship and assist in Holy Communion and Baptisms. Training sessions are held twice a year (in early fall and late spring).