One of the main reasons Wesley has become so popular with young families is our programs and activities for our youngest children. With over 100 children on our Early Childhood roles Wesley takes seriously the promise we make at their baptism, to help their parents raise them in faith.
It is important to teach children about God, but even more important to inspire them to know God. We strive to help them come to know God personally through Jesus Christ, to reach out to others through service opportunities, and to make the Bible a part of their everyday lives.
Our church nursery is a loving and nurturing place for our youngest children. We have several nursery rooms open each Sunday and divide children by developmental age. Admittance to the nursery is limited and nursery rooms are monitored by close circuit cameras. Be sure to visit our Nursery page to find out more. Be sure to visit our Nursery page to find out more.
Eli’s Place is the Early Learning Center of Wesley Monumental and accepts children from 8 weeks old through Pre-K. At Eli’s Place we believe children learn from a very young age and we provide a nurturing and enriching learning environment which they are encourages exploration and growth. Eli’s Place offers a weekday school-year program and a summer camp program. To find out more, visit our Eli’s Place pages.
Wesley Monumental has choirs divided by ages which allow children an opportunity to learn how to offer their best praise. Our Joyful Noise Choir consists of children age 3 through Pre-K. Be sure to visit our Children’s & Youth Choirs page for more information.
Children begin attending Godly Play Sunday School in the fall following their third birthday. Sunday School meets from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Three-year-olds meet in room 103 and Pre K children meet in room 201. Contact Charli Weeks for more information about Sunday School.
Children’s Worship is held during the 11:00 service in room 205 and is based on the scripture reading for the day. During this time the children learn how worship is a special time with God and plan and create their own worship experience.
Drop In Care is offered each Wednesday for children from eight weeks old to two years old. Our day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. and includes story time, art, outdoor play, and music. The cost for the day is $20, and reservations need to be made by the preceding Monday at 5 p.m.
We offer a child friendly meal in the nursery each Wednesday night beginning at 5:15 for children from birth to kindergarten. Three-year-olds and Pre-K children are taken to Joyful Noise Choir at 6:00, and children younger than three are lovingly cared for by our nursery staff until the end of the Wednesday Night programs.
Story Time is held each week in our Children’s Library. Led by Desdie Eberman it will be a fun time for children who have not yet begun kindergarten and include stories, songs, stretches, games, and activities.
Here are some occasional or one-time events for young children
Every Mother’s Day, all of the infants who have been born into our congregation over the previous year (whether their parents are church members or regular attendees) are recognized in that day’s church services. Infants receive a special age-appropriate book, and pictures are taken of the baby with his or her family at a special reception preceding the 11:00 service.
No summer would be complete without Vacation Bible School! Our church is so blessed to have the Wesley Gardens Retreat Center on Moon River, a beautiful multi-acre site on which we can hold VBS. Children ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to join the fun. Registration is open to church members first, then after a given time, we open any remaining spots to non-members. Be sure to register early, because we fill up fast, with the number of attendees topping 100!
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The Fall Family Festival features inflatables, hay rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, games, food and drinks. The festival takes place annually at the Wesley Gardens Retreat Center and gives the children an opportunity to wear their Halloween costumes one more time.
The Easter Egg Hunt is an annual event held at the Wesley Gardens Retreat Center. Our youngest children hunt for eggs, play games and have activities in the Big House. The Easter Bunny stops by for a visit and pictures and cookies and lemonade are available for everyone.
We begin rehearsals in November for a special telling of the Christmas story. Each year the pageant is different with special touches added by the children who participate.
Christmas Fun Day is held on a December Saturday and gives our Early Childhood parents the opportunity to finish last minute Christmas errands while the children spend the day making ornaments, baking cookies and candy, enjoying lunch and watching a movie on the big screen in the Fellowship Hall.
Once a quarter our nursery is open on Saturday from 4:30 until 8:00 p.m. and offers care for children 5 years old and younger and their siblings.