TO KNOW | TO SHOW | TO GROW
Maumee UMC Children and Family Ministries believes that parents are the primary spiritual leaders in the family and it is our job to come alongside you to help lead your children into relationship with God. We seek to help you develop your child’s faith both at church and in the home. The family is the primary guiding force for a child’s faith and we will lead you by helping your children and your family:
TO KNOW GOD AND EACH OTHER, TO SHOW GOD'S LOVE,
TO GROW IN FAITH AND RELATIONSHIPS
TO KNOW EACH OTHER
When we are able to connect with other families and children whom we worship and build our faith lives with, we have a stronger basis for the difficult times and we have others to rejoice with in the celebrations. Being connected with others is how God calls us to live out our faith. In Hebrews 10:24-25, it says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching.” We want our children and families to feel connected, to truly know one another, and to become more like the family that we were intended to be…. a family where we do grace. We dance. We sing. We do I’m sorrys. We give hugs. We do mistakes. And we do love. All because… we ARE family.
TO SHOW GOD'S LOVE
As we develop our faith and we understand what God’s love means in our lives, we are able to more fully understand our privilege and responsibility to serve others. There are many ways to serve those around us and we aim to help children develop a passion for helping and serving others as they grow in the church. In John 13:34, it says, “A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you.” We believe that in giving of our time, talents, and treasures we are able to serve others and serve God. We want to help children see that the need is great and that our resources are many. We do this by teaching them that showing God’s love can begin with showing God’s love to our family and giving offering at church, and can spread to seniors and low-income families in our communities, and extend all the way to children around the world.
Some of the ways we have spent showing God’s love include playing board games with senior citizens, packing meals with Feed my Starving Children, serving meals at Mosaic Ministries, and packing shoeboxes with Operation Christmas Child.
TO GROW IN FAITH
Growing in our faith is a life-long process that begins at a young age when our faith first begins. But it is a process that must be intentionally developed. In children and family ministries we aim to continuously offer ways for children and their families to more fully understand who God is and thus deepen their relationship with Him. In 2 Peter 3:18, it says “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever! Amen.” Worshipping together is one of most spiritually significant and influential faith-development practices a family can engage in. This is why we begin each 9:45 service with the whole family in the worship service together before children leave for Sunday School. This not only allows our youngest to be integrated into the life of the church, but it also begins to plant seeds of faith that will grow and develop through acts of intentional faith development outside of the Sunday morning church environment. Along with nursery care and Sunday School, we offer additional opportunities for children to learn more about the Bible and their faith and grow closer to God.
Some of the opportunities for growth in our faith include Vacation Bible Blast, a Family Christmas Eve Service, Easter Egg Balloonza Hunt, Holy Week Family Experience and Better with my Bible Class.
Enjoy your worship experience knowing your little ones are taken care of. Our nursery caregivers are available for rocking and holding and playing, as well as showing your children just how much God loves them. Children 2 – 5 years old also receive a short lesson and engage in a craft or activity to teach them Bible stories.
Available all three services
Available for infants - 5 years old.
Children's Sunday School is available for children 4 years old to 5th grade. Sunday School is during the 10:30 service.
Children's Sunday School is held in the Zone!
Safe Sanctuaries at Maumee UMC means we pledge to engage in ministry in ways that assure the safety and spiritual growth of all of our children, youth, and vulnerable adults, as well as the servants who engage with these individuals. We follow safety measures in the selection and recruitment of servants. We implement operational procedures in all programs and events that provide safety and security. We train all of our servants and run national background checks every 3 years. We also have defined procedures for reporting suspected or witnessed incidents of abuse that conform to Ohio state law. We take the safety and security of our children, youth, and vulnerable adults very seriously and take measures to provide a reasonable level of protection for these populations.