Children & Youth

SUNDAY SCHEDULE:
9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. – Sunday school
11 a.m. – Children’s Sermon during worship service (except Communion Sundays)
Laura McCavit, our Director of Children’s Ministries involves the children in the scripture and a message specifically designed for them.

CHILDCARE:
Childcare is available during the 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services for infants through Kindergarten-age children. During the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school hour, childcare is provided for infants and Toddlers.

CHILDREN

Children and youth follow age appropriate and Lectionary based curriculum. Faith goals guide us yearly as we weave lessons and experience into a solid understanding of who we are as Methodists and spiritual development.

To learn more about Children’s ministry, please contact Laura McCavit at lmccavit@fumcdallas.org or 214-220-2727 ext. 229.

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Music programs, Vacation Bible School, Camp Big Church (practical worship experience at the end of Kindergarten year), Bible Blast Retreat for third graders, Fall Festival, Palm Processional and Easter Egg Hunt, FirstGifts, FirstKids Mission projects through Mission Possible Kids (grades 1-6), Hanging of the Greens, Children at the Manger, Generations Unite! family dinner and movie nights.

Click here for a Calendar of Events. Visit our Music and Arts page for more information on FirstKids vocal and handbell choirs.

ZONE56

Zone56 develops leadership and spirituality among 5th and 6th graders to help them grow as disciples and live their faith.  This program precedes confirmation and is built upon new curriculum that includes topics specific to pre-teens shared through engaging discussion and games.  Zone56 meets on Sundays, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is moving from a yearlong Sunday school program to a 6 month retreat program called The Journey. 

In-depth study of faith history, Methodist traditions, and personal faith development will be better served by a retreat model than a 45 minute Sunday school class.  Though content will remain the same, the structure of three overnight retreats and two Sunday retreats (all held here at the church) will allow students more time for experiential learning and community building among the students.

This new schedule will also limit the conflicts otherwise present among Youth, Variations, and Confirmation schedules. Likewise, if a student decides he/she is not ready for confirmation in 7th grade, they will still have a place to belong in both Youth and Variations.

To learn more about Confirmation, please contact Dorian Albert at dalbert@fumcdallas.org or 214-220-2727 ext. 222.

Frequently Asked Confirmation Questions (FAQs)

What if my student has to miss a retreat?
You all are busy people. The church absolutely understands that and wants to work WITH, not against your already full schedules. That said, we hope you will make this Confirmation experience a priority for your student. Though we will do our best to accommodate a missed retreat, the value of being present at a retreat is not easily replicated. Please mark your calendars now for these dates in Confirmation 2016-2017.

What is being offered for parents during the 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. window on the Sunday retreats?
While the students are attending the 8:45am worship, parents are invited to learn about the content their students are studying. Parents will also receive resources to continue the learning and conversation at home with the whole family.

What about faith partners?
While parents are the most influential adults in a student’s faith development, having other adults in the church to walk alongside our students in their journey is a huge asset to the confirmation program. Details about the requirements for faith partners can be found here.

What about the down time between retreats?
Students will receive a hardcover book that has questions, reflections, and devotions for them to complete at home.

Who is going to lead The Journey?
Dorian Albert will lead Confirmation, and several other staff members accompany students during retreats to foster relationship building and share information about their particular ministry areas. And of course, we will need parent volunteers to be with us for each journey!!

Questions/Comments? Please contact Dorian Albert at dalbert@fumcdallas.org or 214-220-2727 ext. 222 to discuss.

We are excited for a fulfilling and in-depth confirmation year.

YOUTH

FirstYouth offers a variety of opportunities for teenagers to find their place in the church community. Sunday school is a gathering place for learning and discussion, with each month focusing on a different topic or theme.

Higher Ground
Higher Ground, Sundays from 2:45-3:45, is a chance for youth to relax together, hang out and really build community – asking questions, serving together and learning to live a life of Christian discipleship.

To discover more about who we are and what we do, click here for more information about our Youth Programs.

Click here for a printable calendar of 2017-2018 youth events (PDF).
To learn more about youth programs, please contact Hannah Escalante at hescalante@fumcdallas.org or 214-220-2727 ext. 222.

Click here for a list of all church events.

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