Children’s Ministry at First Church offers many opportunities for fellowship and fun for a growing number of kids and their families throughout the year.
J.U.M.P. Youth Group
J.U.M.P. (or “Junior United Methodist People”) is an introductory youth group for kids in grades 4-6 that meets the second Friday of each month. From bowling and basketball to service projects, J.U.M.P. participants have fun and get to know each other.
This group of 1st-3rd graders meets the second Sunday of the month from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for fun and community building. Dinner is included. Our usual meeting place is the church but occasionally we will meet off-site for various activities.
First Steps to Faith
Children ages 0-3 and their parents gather the second Sunday of each month in the nursery to play, sing songs, and enjoy time together.
Camps play a large role in our children’s ministry program and are offered each summer in a variety of forms. Scholarships are available for all camps.
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Creation Camp – a Monday through Thursday camp for First Church children (entering 3rd through 8th grade), youth counselors, and adult staff in the early summer at Wesley Woods Camp on Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, WI. Designed to be a first sleep-away camp experience for the younger kids, Creation Camp week is the favorite of the summer for many of the kids and their high school youth counselors. Activities include swimming, canoeing, crafts, devotions and Bible study, sports, horseback riding, singing, and, of course, nightly campfires and s’mores.
Vacation Bible School – VBS is a Monday through Thursday evening camp in July at the church for campers entering kindergarten through fourth grade. Campers eat dinner and learn about a theme in the Bible through storytelling, activities, and crafts.
Children in Action Mission Camp – is a day camp for third through sixth graders that focuses on age-appropriate mission work. Each day campers participate in a service project such as serving a soup kitchen, visiting persons at a retirement community, and cleaning up the beach. Campers enjoy other activities and games later in the afternoon.
Family Camp – is an opportunity for the whole household to participate in the best parts of summer camp. Families of any size and makeup are invited to spend one or two nights in mid-August at Wesley Woods Camp on Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, WI for campfires and s’mores, singing, swimming, group devotions, hearty camp food, impromptu games, and free time.
Our children’s ministry program regularly offers family events such as Family Camp, Parent Coffees, First Steps, Advent Festival, and summer outings.