BUMC Ministry with Children is committed to helping children and families grow in their knowledge of/and relationship with Jesus Christ in a loving and caring environment. BUMC tries to foster this growth through our Sunday Mornings @ BUMC, Mid Week Opportunities, Major Monthly Events, and Service Opportunities for the children and their families. Each aspect of the Children’s Ministry here at BUMC is designed to provide a meaningful and joyous experience to share God’s love, and to teach young boys and girls the stories of our faith. Through these stories, children can come to know God as a friend, and Jesus as their Savior.
Let us tell you a little bit more about our children’s ministries and how it works!
Sunday Mornings @ BUMC*
Nursery (8:30 – 12:30pm)
Infants through Age 2
Sunday School (10:00 – 10:45am)
2s & 3s – Room 3 Hands on Bible
4s & 5s – Room 5 Hands on Bible
Kindergarten – Room 10 Hands on Bible
First & Second Grade – Room 11 Godly Play
Third & Fourth Grade – Room 12 Godly Play
Fifth Grade – Room 13 Small Groups
Sixth Grade – Room 201 Confirmation Youth
Children’s Church (during 8:45, 11:00, and Crossroads Services)
All children are welcome to attend the church services. After the Children’s Blessing in each service, children from ages three through first grade are invited to the Children’s Floor for Children’s Church. There they will participate in worship geared toward their age group. Parents can pick their children up on the Children’s Floor after the service.
Children’s Church Locations and Times
8:45 Worship Service: Room 6 (Preschool) and Room 9 (Elementary)
11:00 Worship Service: Room 9
10:45 Crossroads: Room 6
Mid Week Opportunities
Children are born with an innate sense of wonder and faith that is real and authentic. Our focus in “Ministry with Children” is not only on religious instruction or teaching, but rather spiritual formation during childhood which includes instruction, but involves much more. As teachers and leaders, our role is to provide a foundation of experiences on which children move toward a maturing faith, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ through which we become more like Christ living in our everyday lives in the world. We offer many opportunities for children to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Boone United Methodist Preschool (BUMP) – This is a morning program for children aged 1 to 4 years old. This program provides experiences which encourage the child to ask questions, explore, experiment, make friends, and to know that every person has value as a child of God. For more information about BUMP, please click here.
Club 45 – A Preteen Community Group designed for 4th & 5th graders. Registration Forms are now available for the 2017 – 2018 year of Club 45.
Confirmation Youth – If we had to define the confirmation ministry at BUMC with one word it would be relationships. We want our confirmation youth to build relationships with other youth, with adults who care about them, and FIRST AND FOREMOST with God. 6th graders and older are invited to participate.
Major Monthly Events
Advent Festival – Food, fun and crafts are used to teach children about the Advent Season. This annual event is designed especially for families with young children, but the entire church family can and does participate.
Easter Egg Hunt – Children of all ages will be delighted as they explore hands-on activity stations and participate in meaningful response opportunities to the greatest act of love of all time. Children and families can sit with storytellers as they shared the Story of Easter. As always, we will have an Easter Hunt come rain or shine. Join us on April 15 from 10:00 – 11:30am.
Day at the Ball Park – Join us for a BUMC Family Fun Day at the Hickory Crawdads Father’s Day Celebration. Fathers are free! We spend the day eating a picnic buffet, celebrating Father’s Day, and watching a little baseball. Game time is at 3:00pm. Buffet starts a half hour before the game and extends for an hour into the game.
Vacation Bible School – VBS is offered ever summer to the children of Boone UMC and the community. Biblical studies are explored in a fun and informative way. Plans are underway to make the 2018 Boone UMC VBS ever better. Continue to check here to learn more as we get closer to July 2018.
Friday Night Out
Our last Friday Night Out was on February 10. Children from 6 months through 9 years old came out for an evening of kid to kid fun & fantastic kid-friendly foods. The whole evening was kid-sized! Older kids enjoyed organized games, the Nerf gun shooting arcade, and the Lego room. Younger kids made valentine’s, read books, played games, and enjoyed movie time in their small groups. Parents were able to spend quality time reconnecting at local restaurants around town. Thank you, Sunday Morning Workers, for loving our children in such a special way! Our next Friday Night Out will be scheduled soon!
Booo-ne Treat or Treat – Are you looking for a place to Trick or Treat in a warm, dry and safe environment? The Children’s Ministry host a great night of safe Trick or Treating every October 31 in the Family Life Center from 5:00 to 7:00pm. There are always lots of treats, games and a light dinner for those who want more than candy. If you would be interested in helping out with this event, please click here or contact Colette.
Advent Festival – Food, fun and crafts are used to teach children about the Advent Season. This annual event is designed especially for families with young children, but the entire church family can and does participate. This year’s Advent Festival is on December 3, from 5:00 – 7:00pm in the Family Life Center.
Graham Central Stables – Not in the Christmas mood YET??? Here is the sure fire way to get in the Christmas spirit. In December, all ages get together to create Jesus’s birthplace, a stable, out of Graham Crackers. Or…you could make a gingerbread house if that suits your fancy. If you and your children want have a “Christmas memory-building experience” or if you harbor an inner architect, come out and show everyone what you can accomplish with a cracker! Fun for ALL AGES.
Children’s Service Opportunities
The 2017 Diaper Drive !!!
Two years ago, Boone United Methodist Church heard about the need for diapers in our community! We had our first diaper drive in 2015. The response was overwhelming! Last year, the Drive was even more successful. A diaper wall was built and it reached a height of seven feet high and was almost six feet wide! We collected just under 4,000 diapers to contribute the Children’s Council’s goal, “…to ensure every child in our community has enough diapers to remain clean, happy and healthy.”
This year’s Diaper Drive was even more incredible. We crushed last year’s number by collecting five thousand, five hundred and fifty one diapers. That, my friend, is a lot of diapers. But as is the case with diapers, they go fast! Every few seconds someone, somewhere is Watauga County is ready for a clean diaper. If you’d like to continue donating diapers, you may take them directly to the Watauga County Children’s Council, or drop them by Colette’s office. If you have any questions about Boone UMC’s Diaper Drive, please contact Colette.
Christmas Eve – Cookie Distribution
Cookies are baked by the church, collected, and then sent out with families on Christmas Eve to be distributed to area agencies where folks are working. We have a list of places to go such as the Police Department or Fire Department. This is one of Boone UMC’s efforts to remember those who serve and keep us safe (even on Christmas Eve).