Children

INFANT/TODDLER CARE

Infant/toddler care is staffed by infant CPR and First Aid certified childcare specialists from 8:30 to 11:30am every Sunday.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES (PRESCHOOL – 5TH GRADE)

Our 9am worship includes a message for children in the Sanctuary every Sunday before they depart for Sunday School classes. We love that children can be both part of the worship service and have their time in Sunday School with a lesson geared toward their needs and developmental appropriateness. The lessons are fun and engaging and there are take-home pages to help the children dig deeper into the Bible story.

FAMILY WORSHIP

The second Sunday of the month is Family Worship Sunday. Children ages 4th grade and up are encouraged to stay in the worship service with their families to become familiar with the church worship experience.

THIRD GRADE BIBLE CLASS

3rd Grade Bible Class is a 6-week program that delves into the Bible and culminates with 3rd graders receiving new Bibles during worship.

ACOLYTE PROGRAM

Ages: 4th Grade to 12th Grade
Acolytes have assisted in worship ministry since ancient times. We currently have over 50 active acolytes! Acolytes light candles, assist in receiving the morning offering, and help serve Holy Communion. Training for the acolyte program is held every Fall. For more information, contact the church office.

LITURGICAL DANCE

Ages: 4th Grade to 12th Grade
Various passages of scripture reference dance as a form of joyous celebration and meaningful worship. Our Miracle Movers dance troupe presents regularly in worship. The troupe is designed to introduce and build upon the fundamentals of dance, so no prior dance experience is necessary.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Ages: Kindergarten to 5th Grade
The Children’s Choir practices throughout the school year and presents regularly in worship. No prior choir experience is needed!

ZERO GRAVITY

Ages: 4th and 5th Grades
This group meets once a month on Sunday afternoons for a fun-filled afternoon fellowship. Recreation, Bible Study, eating together, laughing and talking—and most of all, creating bonds that will steer our children into lasting friendships in the teen years—all can be found in Zero Gravity.
For more information, please contact Family Ministries Director, Kim Wilmoth.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Ages: Preschool – 5th Grade
For one week each summer the AUMC campus is transformed into a magical place of discovery and celebration. Over 100 children (and 75+ volunteers) sing, play, craft, snack, read, and laugh their way through an engaging theme, learning about God’s love.
For upcoming dates, or for other VBS information, please contact our Director of Children’s Education, Kim Wilmoth.

SUMMER CAMP

Ages: 3rd Grade to 6th Grade
Aldersgate supports United Methodist camping ministries. Locally, campers from AUMC attend Lazy W Ranch Camp in San Juan Capistrano. (Sign up at calpaccamps.org)

ALDERSGATE CHILDREN’S CENTER

Ages: 6 weeks to 5th Grade
Open M-F, 7am-6pm. Options for families include day care, after school care, and summer day camps. For more information please call the Children’s Center Director, Jackie Kush, at 714-544-5510.