Children

We love children at Guilford College United Methodist Church! It is our privilege and joy to partner with parents to help children become fully developing followers and disciples of Jesus Christ. Our children’s ministry provides a nurturing Christ-centered environment which will encourage children to . . ...COME . . . GROW . . . GO.


COME seeking God and His love through His people.

GROW in the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave His love and life for all.

GO in service, sharing God’s love, leading others to Christ, and making disciples of all nations.


To accomplish this, we are focused on the whole child. Our lessons are relevant to today’s kids. We teach the Bible creatively and intentionally. We build relationships with children through gifted and trained leaders in small groups and special events. We keep children spiritually, emotionally, and physically safe while we have a BLAST loving Jesus!

Weekday Preschool

GCUMC Preschool offers a developmental curriculum which presents both structured and non-structured activities, affording the children a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities throughout the day.


We believe in the “Whole Child” approach to learning that focuses on meeting a child’s individual needs as well as supporting their development spiritually, emotionally, physically and cognitively in a warm, loving, and safe environment that fosters family communication and enables each student to reach his or her full potential.


For more information, please contact the Weekday Preschool Director at 336.294.6730.


Click on the appropriate link below to view the document:

-Preschool Parent Handbook.

-Preschool Registration Form.

-Preschool Medical Form.

-SUMMER CAMP Registration Form.

-SUMMER CAMP LUNCH BUNCH information.

Nursery & Preschool

Our nursery staff provides consistent and nurturing attention in a secure and loving setting. They are assisted by adult volunteers as needed. Each child care worker has been carefully selected, screened and background checked to assure the church is providing the best possible care for your child.


Parents bringing children to the nursery will receive a numbered pager which is used for parent notification and identification to pick up your child.


To register your child for the nursery, please click here.


Our preschool children enjoy creative, engaging, age-appropriate Bible lessons and activities which stimulate the wonder and awe of God in their lives. We follow Jesus’ example of being in relationship with these little ones as we journey together to know and love Jesus. Preschool ministry includes:


Sunday Morning Learning Groups

Joyful Noise Choir - Wed. 5:25-5:50 p.m.

Children's Worship

Mission Possible Kids

Children’s Bulletin

Vacation Bible School – Summer

Seasonal age-level special events

Children’s Christmas Eve Worship




Elementary

Our elementary children’s ministry provides engaging opportunities for children to explore the Bible, the church, our United Methodist heritage and traditions, worship, and what it means to live as a disciple of Christ. Just as Jesus nurtured his apostles, our adult leaders are intentionally in relationship with children to nurture and encourage their faith journey. Elementary ministry includes:


-Sunday Morning Learning Groups

-Joyful Noise Choir – Age 4 - Grade 1 - Wed. 5:25-5:50 p.m.

-Jubilee Kids Choir – Grades 2 & 3 - Wed. 6:00-6:30 p.m.

-Faith Friends Bible Study – Wed. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

-Children’s Worship

-Children’s Bulletin and/or Worship Bag

-Bible Presentations to Kindergarten & Grade 3 children

-Vacation Bible School - Summer

-Camp GuilRock Elementary Day Camp - Summer

-Summer Fun Days - Summer

-Seasonal age-level special events

-Children’s Christmas Eve Worship

-Scouting program for girls and boys


To request information about our Elementary Ministry, CLICK HERE.

Elf Gang

Elf Gang provides opportunities for 4th, 5th and 6th grade children to experience Christian fellowship, spiritual nourishment and discipleship. This is accomplished through spirit-filled, fun group activities that promote and encourage Christian values, Bible studies that nurture and challenge faith, and mission opportunities that allow response to God’s love and puts faith in action. All Elf Gang activities target the emotional, developmental, physical and spiritual needs of this specific age group.


Elf Gang ministry includes:

Sunday Morning Learning Groups

Jubilee Kids Choir – Wed. 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Faith Files Bible study – Wed. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mission Possible Kids

Children’s Bulletin & Worship Bag

Monthly fellowship and outreach events

Bible study for 6th grade girls

Bible study for 6th grade boys

Human Sexuality Seminar

Acolyte

Vacation Bible School - Summer

Camp Tekoa Residential Camp - Summer Summer Fun Days – Summer

Seasonal age-level special events Scouting program for girls and boys


To request information about our Elf Gang, CLICK HERE.

Learning

Sunday Morning Learning Groups meet from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the children's building.


Joyful Noise Choir - Age 4 - Grade 1 - Wed. 5:25-5:50 p.m.

Jubilee Kids Choir – Grades 2 & 3 - Wed. 6:00-6:30 p.m.


Children's Worship - Children's Worship prepares children for worship, helps them understand what worship is, and helps them to creatively and interactively experience and respond to God in an age appropriate worship setting. Offered during the 11:00 a.m. worship for children who are age 3 as of the beginning of the school year through Grade 3.


Wednesday Night Bible Studies meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the children's building in age-appropriate groups.


Bible Exploration - Grade 3 children explore the Holy Bible through many different activities - games, music, sharing, puzzles, prayer, projects, and weekly activities!  


Worship Explorers - Grade 4 children explore how we worship as a community of believers in Jesus Christ and strengthens their participation in congregational worship.


Human Sexuality - A human sexuality study with a Christian foundation entitled "Created by God." Students in grades 4-6 participate in student sessions; parents participate in parent sessions as well as joint child/parent sessions.


Vacation Bible School – Summer

Summer Camping Opportunities

Seasonal age-level special events

Scouting program for girls and boys

Serving

Mission Possible Kids - Kids and their families join together once a month for a mission opportunity! MP Kids has touched over 2,200 individuals locally, nationally, and globally with the love of Christ! MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS – CHANGING THE WORLD BY HELPING OTHERS


Backpack Club - The Backpack Club helps children who have been identified as being at risk of going hungry over the weekend. Each week, volunteers fill backpacks with nutritious, kid-friendly food that the child takes home on Friday and brings back to be filled again the next week. GCUMC also provides Thanksgiving meals, Christmas gifts, summer food program, and back to school shopping for our Backpack Club kids.


Elf Gang - Ministry for Grades 4-6 provides opportunities for kids to live out their faith by serving in the church and in the community.


Acolytes - Acolytes serve an important ministry in the morning worship services. Children in grades 4-6 are invited to serve as acolytes.

Connecting & Caring

As we connect and care for one another, whether in a Sunday Morning Learning Group, a small group Bible study, missions and outreach, or being present with a child and his/her family in the midst of life situations, we strive to building lasting relationships centered on Christ. Through these relationships, we find acceptance, encouragement, accountability, and support to live as disciples of Christ.

Parent & Family

CONSENT FORMS

Click here for Parental Consent Form (required for all church events).

Click here for Child Care Information Form (nursery children).

Click here for Children's Worship Information Form.


FAMILY MINISTRY

We offer events, resources, training, and support for families to grow in faith together.

 

Wednesday Night Out Family Dinner - 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Fall Festival - A church-wide fellowship day with games, professional crafters, children's activities, bake sale and stew.

Advent Festival - Activities for children, youth and adults in preparation of Christmas.

Lent Festival - Activities for children, youth and adults in preparation of Resurrection Day.

Easter Egg-Stravaganza - Easter Egg Hunt, Children’s Carnival, inflatables, pony rides, petting zoo, and refreshments.


To request information about our Parent & Family Ministries, CLICK HERE