We provide Sunday School for toddlers to fifth graders. All our programs are built around Bible stories. We use our innovative learning spaces to provide creative and age appropriate ways to experience God and the Christian faith. Click on the video to learn more about our program.
What's In Your Backpack?
Beginning August 20th, we will be doing a four-week Sunday School Curriculum called “What’s in your Backpack?” What's In Your Backpack teaches kids Bible lessons about having a good attitude going back to school using things they've already got in their backpacks - pencils, notebooks, folders, and rulers. The program is tailored for children in Kindergarten – Fifth Grade.
Check the program outline below:
Week One: Pencil
Pencils are used to make notes when the teacher speaks. Too bad we can’t do that when our friends need a listening ear. Being a good friend means listening, not speaking, and really hearing what someone else needs to say. "Be slow to speak, quick to listen." - James 1:19-20
Week Two: Notebook
We use notebooks to help us remember things. We need to remember to be unselfish and think of others ahead of ourselves. Philippians 2:3-11
Week Three: Folder
Having a folder helps us keep track of all that we’ve finished. We can remember to trust God when we look back at all the things He has done for us. Joshua’s farewell speech to the Israelites.
Week Four: Ruler
Just like a ruler gives you a guide in centimeters or inches, the Bible gives you a guide for knowing God. A ruler lets you make a straight line. The Bible helps you live your life down a straight path. Proverbs 3:5-6
Click on the link below to print "Make It Stick," activities that can be done at home.
Toddlers to Two-Year-Olds–The founder of Methodism was John Wesley who stressed the importance of growing in both knowledge about and faith in God through Jesus Christ. Our children take their first steps toward becoming faithful disciples through a curriculum with lessons built around versions of favorite Bible stories for younger children. They participate in learning activities that provide different ways to present the Bible story while the children move around, explore and play.
Pre-Kindergarten–Godly Play is a curriculum that allows the children to hear the story, see the story, create things that illustrate the story and re-enact the story using three-dimensional materials from the story box. It is a creative and imaginative approach to nurturing young children in the Christian faith.
Children kindergarten to fifth grade have their very own stage, many costumes and props. They enact Bible stories in a spontaneous, hands-on and fun environment. On the right, you can see our kindergarteners enacting a story, base on (Bible verse).
Kindergarten-Fifth Grade – Our elementary age children experience “rotational” Sunday School as they move through these areas: Storytelling, Art, Music, Science, Cooking, Drama and Games. Once a child reaches third grade, they are presented with their own Bible as a gift from their church and spend the year learning how to use it. We also offer a special Bible Retreat for our third-fifth graders to provide them with experiences that will bring them closer to God.
Fifth graders coloring cards before their lesson starts.
Gabby playing with clay while waiting for the other children to arrive.
Third graders putting rocks in paint and rolling them around in a shoebox to make a pretty picture.
After finishing his art project, Clayton started to read the Bible while waiting for the other children to finish theirs.
Our first to fourth graders play the hopping game, Jesus Says..., which could be adapted to other stories. For example you could call it God’s says and call out 10 Commandments. The same with the fruits of the spirit and any other lists of things the bible teaches.
The children listen for correct commandment to hop forward. If they get it wrong, they give two steps back. It is a fun way to learn and cultivate relationships.
On the video you will see third and fourth graders playing Jesus Says...
Fishing for Disciples is a fun game played by fourth and fifth graders. Jesus commanded the disciples to go out and, as a group, make disciples. This game encourages the children to work as a team. Catching the fishes with the letter that spell “disciples” or the challenge fishes, adds fun and motivates the kids. See our fifth graders playing the game in the video.
During Lenten Season, FUMC-Denton children participated in the Lenten Rebuild Project by creating their own coin bank. Each day during Lent, they had a different household item to collect coins for. The theme for the third week was related to light, so, during this week, children collected coins for lamps, lightbulbs, light fixtures, etc. Overall, the children raised over $120. When asked why she liked collecting coins, Maggie, age 8, said, “I like collecting coins so that homeless people can have food.”
On the left side, you can see Maggie with the coins she brought for the Lenten Coin collection, Levi pouring coins into the offertory basket and Victoria with the coin bank that she made to hold her coins for the collection. We are very proud of our kiddos!
“Brandi, thank you for building good relationships with kids and parents of FUMC. As I watched and listened this morning I could feel the trust and shared times.” - Kae Fisher, volunteer.