We are in ministry with children and their families as we worship, study, play, serve, and grow in our understanding of what it means to be a child of God.
Wesley provides weekly and annual programs for children Kindergarten through fifth grade. 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.
Wesley Monumental has choirs divided by ages which allow children an opportunity to learn how to offer their best praise. Our Junior Chorister group is for children in grades 2 through 5, our Novice Choristers are in kindergarten through grade 1. Be sure to visit our Children’s & Youth Choirs page for more information.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade & 2nd & 3rd Grade
This year we will continue our study of the lives of God’s people in the Old Testament who lived close to God and are great examples of faith. We will use a multi-sensory approach to engage the children and allow them to see, feel, hear, and retell the stories of David, Solomon, Elijah, Daniel, and many others. Our goal is to extend and deepen the children’s understanding of the relationship between God and his people in Old Testament times.
4th & 5th Grade
Spark: Activate Faith is a traditional style curriculum with time to read the Bible and reinforce its teachings through crafts, games and activities.
Each Sunday during both services, the K-3rd graders have the option to leave worship in the sanctuary after the Children’s Sermon and attend a worship service geared toward their age level.
Here are some occasional or one-time events for elementary age children
For one week during the summer, Wesley Gardens Retreat Center is transformed into a café, a big top, the sea of Galilee, or whatever will help us have loads of fun while learning about God! The elementary age children meet in the Chapel for an opening program, then they travel around the grounds to have games, snack, crafts, music and storytelling, all with the daily Bible story as the focus. They regather in the Chapel for closing and a re-cap of the theme and Bible story. In addition to learning and having fun, the children also participate in a mission project. In the past, they have collected non-perishable food items for Wesley Community Center, men’s white socks for the homeless, and pillows for Union Mission’s Magdalene House.
Our VBS program takes place weekdays from 9-noon, usually in mid-June. Registration for 3 year olds through 5th graders begins in April and runs through mid-May.
Our annual Fall Festival is held on the last Sunday of October in the late afternoon at Wesley Gardens Retreat Center. Families can take a hay ride, paint pumpkins, play games, make fall crafts, and bounce and slide on the inflatables. Dinner is also provided.
Before the actual hunting for eggs takes place, there are Easter crafts and stories for the children. Elementary children are then divided into age groups to hunt for eggs filled with candy and the “golden egg” with a special treat in it! Cookies and lemonade complete the event!
The birth of Christ is shared by our children each year through a Nativity Pageant. Children begin rehearsing lines and trying on costumes, as well as learning the music, early in the fall. The pageant is held in the sanctuary on a Wednesday evening as part of our Wednesday Night Supper and is a not-to-be-missed event.
Each fall, Wesley presents each of our 2nd graders with their own Bible. The presentation is part of our morning worship service with each child called forward by name to receive a Bible from one of our pastors.