“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’” ~ Matthew 19:14
Children are an integral part of worship life at University United Methodist Church. They are always welcome and are invited to take part in all aspects of worship, including communion. By being present and active in worship, children learn about the faith and are formed as disciples by the liturgy. Activity bulletins for children are available in The Sanctuary during worship services.
University UMC is a church “loving God, serving others and building Christian community.” To embody this mission for all God’s children, a sensory-friendly room is available for kids who need a respite from the bustle of the church. Our sensory room will allow them a comfortable, safe space to recuperate in order to re-enter all the fun activities they know and love. Soft lighting and specialized toys and equipment will provide the tools necessary to either calm their overstimulated bodies or provide the sensory input their bodies are seeking. It will also be useful for children with other medical diagnoses who need this short-term retreat during church functions. The small room attached to the nursery is the home for our sensory room. As many parents can attest, this is the perfect space to create a quiet, soothing environment. Nursing mothers will continue to be welcome to feed their babies in the comfort of the rocker. If you have suggestions or would like more information, please contact Melissa Miller, Director of Children & Family Ministries.
Worship preparation is a major portion of the Spring curriculum for the second-grade Sunday School class. This includes a special two week study of the sacraments (baptism and communion). Bible Bearers are selected from third-grade students and fourth and fifth-grade students serve as acolytes.