Welcome to Arab First United Methodist Church!

We are happy that you and your child(ren) have chosen to worship and learn at AFUMC. We have children’s activities on Sundays, Wednesday afternoons, Wednesday nights and as part of special events throughout the year. We offer interactive, age-appropriate, Bible-based fun learning opportunities for children of all ages. We look forward to getting to know you and worshiping with you.

If I can help you find your way in our children’s ministries, please contact me, Heather Tallent, Children’s Director, at children@arabumc.org.

In His Service,

Sunday Mornings: Sunday School, Children’s Church, great places to learn

On Sundays, we provide the opportunity for your child to attend Sunday School 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. We use Cokesbury’s Deep Blue Curriculum for age two years through fifth grade. Children age three and younger meet in the nursery rooms off the hallway on the main floor level near the sanctuary. Children four years through fifth grade meet in the classrooms downstairs.

During the 10:55 a.m. service, we host a children’s moment at the front of the sanctuary for children of all ages. Following this brief, interactive program, children first grade and younger are welcome to attend Children’s Church downstairs in Room 120 (K-1 Room). During Children’s Church, youngsters do various activities including crafts, puzzles, games, listening to a Bible story, or watching Bible-based video.

For more information about Sunday School and Children’s Church, contact Heather Tallent, Children’s Director, at children@arabumc.org, or the church office at 256-586-5792.

Kindergarten — Fifth Grade invited to JAAM on Wednesdays

Children entering Kindergarten – Fifth Grade are invited to join us for Jesus, Arts And Me (JAAM) Wednesdays 3 to 5 p.m. in the church fellowship hall during the school year. The purpose of JAAM is to teach children about worship and praising God. It is also to prepare them to lead AFUMC members in worship at least once a month.

JAAM leaders send out a newsletter weekly that indicates which week the children will share in worship. The goal is to have JAAM children participate in service on the second Sunday of the month. By having your child participate in JAAM, you are asked to commit to having your child attend the sharing services once a month as well as the Christmas and Spring programs.

Parents may drop off their children for JAAM or students who attend Arab City Schools are eligible to ride the bus from school to AFUMC. More information about JAAM can be obtained by picking up a JAAM Registration form, which is available at the AFUMC office.

For more details, contact Debby Heidt, Worship and Creative Arts Co-Director, at worshiparts@arabumc.org, Jami Russell, Worship and Creative Arts Co-Director, at worshiparts@arabumc.org, or contact the church office at 256-586-5792.

Wednesday Nights — Dinner, Activities for children of all ages

Wednesday nights during the school year, church members, and friends are invited to gather in the fellowship hall at 5 p.m. for a family-friendly dinner followed by adult and youth Bible studies, and age-appropriate activities for children fifth grade and younger. From 6 to 6:30 p.m. preschoolers learn songs for the Christmas and Spring programs. Care is provided for children three years old and younger in the nursery on the main floor, off the hallway across from the sanctuary.

For more information, contact Heather Tallent, Children’s Director, at children@arabumc.org, or the church office at 259-586-5792.

Nursery available for all services

Nursery care is provided for infants ages six weeks to three years during all three Sunday services – 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:55 a.m., and during Wednesday night classes. We provide a cheerful, loving environment for your children, located next to the sanctuary for easy access.

To keep all our children safe, health and emergency contact information is required for each child kept in the nursery. For more information, contact Kim Taylor at 256-586-5794, graceplace@arabumc.org, or the church office at 256-586-5792.

Grace Place: Daycare for six weeks — pre-kindergarten

Grace Place is a loving, Christian daycare program for children six weeks old through pre-kindergarten age. The daycare is open 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and follows the Arab City School District calendar. The Grace Place staff also offers a part-time program during the summer.

The purpose of Grace Place, a non-profit ministry, is to assist Arab First United Methodist Church in accomplishing its vision of providing the Arab area with the highest quality Christian children’s ministry available. Our mission also includes providing basic care of children to enhance their spiritual and emotional needs.

For more information, contact Kim Taylor at 256-586-5794 or graceplace@arabumc.org, or the church office at 256-586-5792.

AFUMC Children’s Ministry Mission

Our mission for the children of Arab First United Methodist Church is to provide a safe, fun learning environment for your child to grow and expand his or her faith in Christ. We reach out to children with open hearts, open minds, and open doors. All adults who interact with your child have undergone a thorough background check. Your child will be under supervision of a minimum of two adults during any event.

Join us for Easter egg hunt, VBS, more

In addition to our weekly children’s ministry schedule, we have annual events including a lunch and Easter egg hunt, a spring worship and arts program near the end of April, Vacation Bible School one week in the summer, a fall carnival in October, and a Christmas worship and arts program the first week in December. Please consider joining us for one or all of these activities. We have something for everyone at Arab First United Methodist Church. We would love for you to be a part of it. Come grow with us!

Children’s Ministries at a glance

Grace Place Monday-Friday 6:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
JAAM Wednesday 3 – 5 p.m.
Activities Wednesday 6 – 7 p.m.
Worship Nursery Sunday 8 – 12 a.m.
Sunday School Sunday 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.