202 S. East Street, Somerville, Tennessee 38068  901-465-2627 | somervilleumc@gmail.com

Children & Youth

Youth/Children’s Director  Angelia Johnson

OUR PURPOSE

We serve as an outreach of the Somerville First United Methodist Church to assist children to develop spiritually, physically, socially, cognitively and emotionally through the Grace of Jesus Christ.

INFANTS & TODDLERS

Infants and toddlers up to age 3 are cared for in the nursery.  Greeters will show you where these rooms are located.  Please sign your child in.  Children are invited to participate in fun, age-focused play.  Our nursery and toddler caregivers are fully trained and have received background checks according to our Safe Church Policy.  There is infant and toddler care available at all of our services and daytime and evening meetings, Bible studies, and other church events.

CLASSES OFFERED

Our goal is that our children be loved, valued, and nurtured in their faith.  We have many activities for children and youth of all ages here at Somerville First United Methodist Church.  We have the following classes on Sunday mornings for Sunday school and Wednesday evenings for our Wednesday night worship and dinner.

Beginners: 4 and 5 year olds

Using Bible stories and lessons, our focus is to help our children link life experiences and to practice what they are learning.

Middle Elementary:  1st – 3rd Grades

The session opens with with a “circle time”of singing, prayer, sharing and chatting.  The children then break into smaller groups for the morning lesson and a little homework.

Upper Elementary: 4th and 5th Grade

The curriculum focuses on the importance of reading the Bible and bringing it to church.  Emphasis is placed on classroom involvement by reading the Bible story and applying the biblical principles learned that week.

Middle School: Grades 6th – 8th 

The mission of this class is to teach the Bible and make its lessons relevant to the issues currently facing middle school-age children, while assisting in the growth of their faith.  Scripture is presented, followed but either discussions, a skit or game based on that scripture.

High School: Grades 9th – 12th 

It’s all about RELATIONSHIPS! A customized curriculum especially for young people facing new pressures and challenges as they enter high school is used, beginning with the students, relationships with parents, friends, teachers, and others.  Some of the topics include peer pressure, addictions, self-worth, dating and purity.

Children’s Church

8:30am and 10:55 Service

Children’s Church is open to children ages PreK-5th grade.  All children will begin in the sanctuary and participate in , A Time for Children. After, A Time for Children, kids may go to children’s church in the education building.  All children may be picked up after the service in the education building.

*All children will return on Communion Sunday at 11:50am to participate with families.*

Wednesday Night Activities

Our Church bus picks up at Buckley Carpenter Elementary and Fayette Academy after school.  Please be sure to fill out the permission form for your student to participate in bus pick up.  Your child will have a snack and do homework at church.  We will have games, music, activities, handbells and dinner at church.  You can purchase a dinner meal card for your child.  $25 meal card for 10 meals or $3 per week.  These activities will end each Wednesday at 7:00pm.  We have Family dinner and Bible study for the adults.