Youth & Families

Sunday School
Wesley United Methodist Church offers Sunday School for Pre-K through High School students each Sunday September – June.  Our program aims to teach the love and compassion of Jesus Christ through biblical scripture in the form of games, projects and music.  Classrooms are divided into appropriate age groupings so that age appropriate teachings and conversations can be shared.  At various times we bring all ages together for group projects.  Our program is led by qualified and dedicated teachers who volunteer their efforts.

Children start in worship at 10:00 a.m., have special time with the Pastor and are then dismissed for Sunday School.  The first Sunday of each month is Family Worship, during which children stay with their families for the full service, including communion.

Nursery
Nursery care is provided during Sunday services for the youngest members of our church family (infants – 3 years old) by qualified adult volunteers, allowing their parents to fully participate in worship as they wish.

Youth Group
The Youth Group (Grades 7-12) meets two times a month on Sundays after worship from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The activities of the group include: fellowship, fun, faith-building, community service, service to the church, and helping others.

Youth Group at 2011 Pasta Dinner

Annually around Valentine’s Day they organize a Pasta Dinner to benefit Godwin, a 13 year old boy living in Ghana (the group has sponsored Godwin for the past 5 years).  In March they participate in The 30 Hour Famine by experiencing hunger, learning about hunger and homelessness, and raising money and awareness to make a difference.  They also share fun adventures together such as Christian Concerts, Breezy Acres Water Park, Creation, and Canopie Lake!

Any interested youth, regardless of membership in Wesley UMC, are invited to participate in Youth Group activities.

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Wesley Church provides additional opportunities in addition to weekly Sunday School Classes for children and youth to explore, in depth, elements of their faith.  We believe that giving our children and youth the gift of a living, growing and vibrant faith is the most important gift we can give them.  We strive to help them develop a solid relationship with their God who loves them unconditionally.

Confirmation
Youth in grade nine and higher are invited to attend a series of classes with the Pastor to explore Confirmation. Classes run 9 or 10 weeks, depending on schedule and need and are typically held after worship at church. Basic beliefs including our approach to the Bible, our experience of God, the example of Jesus and the presence of the Spirit are explored in reading, discussions and exercises. The uniqueness of United Methodism and the place of faith in the contemporary world are emphases as we utilize scripture, tradition, experience and reason to illumine personal and societal living. The centrality of worship and the meaning of membership add dimensions of spiritual commitment. Every class member does a service project.

Communion
The United Methodist Church practices an “Open” communion table.  Everyone, regardless of age, church affiliation or personal situation is welcome to receive the bread and cup as signs of God’s grace and Jesus’ presence. Our younger children, however, take turns each year learning about communion in a one-session special class led by the pastor where they are helped to understand the place of the sacrament in the life of faith. On a designated Sunday the class members serve the communion with the pastor and learn that being Jesus’ disciples involves serving others in the world.

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Adult Study
Wesley regularly offers short-term duration Adult Study opportunities for those looking to more deeply explore their faith through reading and discussion of various texts.  These study groups generally meet for 4-6 sessions, either weekly during the Advent and Lenten seasons, or monthly as with the Autumn 2014 Book Group.  Check the home page for announcements of new study opportunities.