St. John’s United Methodist Church has an outstanding and full children’s program. In addition to Sunday School, St. John’s offers a variety of music, sports, scouting, and other group activities for children in a nurturing, encouraging, and caring Christian environment. Click Here to see the Children’s Ministry 2017-18 Calendar.
GAP – Grades 5 & 6:
GAP is a Sunday School class for 5th and 6th graders that meets at 9:30 AM in Room 262. Kids discuss relevant ways to apply Biblical lessons, and talk about age-appropriate issues with their classmates and teachers.
Kingdom Quest – Grades K-4:
St. John’s United Methodist Church is proud to offer this extremely exciting faith education program for children. In Kingdom Quest, children rotate with their grade group through dynamic leaning stations as they study a monthly bible story. The curriculum engages children with meaningful activities that encourage participation and interaction. Our current stations include art, music, cinema, science, and drama. Classes meet upstairs at both 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. Please check the bulletin boards or the sign at the top of the main stairs for the location of your class each Sunday.
Preschool Sunday School – Ages 3 through pre-K:
Preschool Sunday School is specifically designed for children ages 3 through pre-Kindergarten. Every Sunday, this program provides children with a hands-on approach to learning God’s Word. The Preschool Sunday School meets in Room 140 at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM.
Little Lambs Nursery – Infants through Age 3:
Our highly trained and caring staff is available to shepherd our little lambs (infants – 3 years old) during every worship service. In addition, the Little Lambs Nursery is offered during some other church meetings and functions. Age appropriate activities and developmentally stimulating toys help our little lambs enjoy their nursery experience. Pagers are available so parents can worship without worry. All Nursery workers are CPR certified, background checked, and have undergone Safe Sanctuaries Training.
St. John’s UMC provides nursery care for children age 4 months to 2 years old. Older children are welcomed, as space allows, during special events. The nursery is located in Room 138, across from the SonShine Cafe. Nursery care is available during all worship services on Sunday morning, during classes on Wednesday night, and for many other Bible study classes, meetings, and special events through the year.
The nursery is open 15 minutes prior to scheduled events and services.
Each Tuesday, the kids will split their time between two classes: Obstacle Training and a Bible Lesson.
In obstacle training, the kids will work with Coaches Josh Kronberg and Beverly Gerard. Coach Josh is a five-time Ninja Warrior Competitor, gym owner, and obstacle course coach. Coach Beverly is a Group Fitness Instructor, personal trainer/owner at Skipbarfitness, and mother who believes fitness is a great way for children to excel.
In Bible class, we’ll learn how God helps us to be strong and confident. With his help, anything is possible—whether it be running through an awesome obstacle course, doing well in school, or being a good friend to others—he has a plan for us to become great!
If you’d like to learn more about this program, please e-mail Brandie Spletzer. If you’d like to register your child, fill out the After School Adventures Fall 2015 Registration Form and turn into the church office or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(For Children Age 4 Through 5th Grade)
NewSound provides a weekly opportunity for children to discover and develop their innate musical abilities. NewSound participants engage in both choral and instrumental music, as well as learning about the Christian faith. The individual choirs sing in Sunday morning worship several times throughout the year. Click Here for more information, or Click Here for the latest choir brochure.
• Prelude Choir (Age 4 and Pre-Kindergarten)
• Psaltery Choir (Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade)
• Cantate Choir (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade)
(For Children 12 Months Old Through Age 4)
St. John’s offers a nationally accredited week-day preschool for children ages 12-months-old through 4-years-old. Each one of our highly qulified and trained staff is Red Cross First Aid and Child CPR certified. In addition, each staff mamber completes 24 hours of continuing education each year. Find out more about our Preschool Plus Program here. Both part-time and full-time schedules are offered:
Hours of Operation (Monday – Friday):
• Preschool: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
• Early Care: 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
• After Care:1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Join us every Wednesday through May 3 to learn about how to be a superhero!
The Bible tells us what characteristics we need to be super: helpfulness, creativeness, self-control, and more! We’ll meet in Room 240 at 6:00 PM for games, and then split into age-level classes for a lesson, songs, and hands-on activities! For ages 3 through 5th grade.
If you’re singing with NewSound – no problem! Join us at 6:15 PM.
All are welcome!
We are happy to offer assistance to children with special needs and their families. Our Angel Ministry facilitators work to help all children feel included in our programs, as well as train our teachers to create lessons and activities that are open to all.
Cub Scout Pack 286 & Boy Scout Troop 286:
Every Monday night, starting at 7:00 PM, Boy Scout Troop 286 meets in Room 245. On Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, Cub Scout Troop 286 meets in Room 240. Boys in first grade and up are welcome! Please contact Jim Spates for more information on Boy Scouts, or Jim Dawson for more information on Cub Scouts.
Parents’ Night Out:
On the second Friday of every month, from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, parents have the opportunity to go out while their kids come to St. John’s to play games, do craft projects, and eat pizza. Parents’ Night Out is supervised by our nursery staff, who are all CPR certified, background checked, and highly trained. The cost is only $10 per child. Registration forms for your child’s first visit to Parents’ Night Out are available here, and in the main office. Call 883-9717 to reserve a spot.
• Sensational Summer Day Camps – Preschool & Elementary
• Elementary Camp (at Sacramento Methodist Assembly) – 4th and 5th Grades
• Vacation Bible School – Ages 3 through 5th Grade
• S.M.A.R.T. Camp (Summer Music, Art, Rhythem, & Theater Camp) – Grades 1 through 6
Below, you will find a number of documents and forms covering a variety of Children and Family Ministry events and programs: