Love God, Love Others
At First United Methodist Church of Marietta, we use the public school cut-off date for age level classes. Class assignment is determined by the child’s age on September 1 of the current school year. Children must be 3 on or before September 1 to be in 3K; children must be 4 on or before September 1 to be in 4K, etc. All children stay at their age level until Promotion Sunday in August. They then move up as a group to the next level.
The curriculum most classes use is Spark – Activate Faith. This curriculum follows the church calendar, as well as scripture taught in worship. Learn more at wearesparkhouse.org Older classes (3rd-5th grade) go deeper into scripture through group discussion of the Biblical message.
313 – 3K
310 – K
319 – 1st
320 – 2nd
321 – 3rd
322 – 4th
324 – 5th
Preschool Sunday School
Ages 3, 4, 5 (pre-kindergarten)
10:10 a.m., 3rd floor, Sanctuary Building
Elementary Sunday School (K-5)
10:10 a.m., 3rd Floor, Sanctuary Building
1st Grade Worship Readiness
When children are in 1st grade, we offer a 13 week Worship Readiness Class during Sunday School. They learn about the order of worship, Sacraments, the role of the ministers, and the layout of the sanctuary. After this class, children are promoted to “big church.” This class is offered every fall; 1st graders may attend Fuse Worship (after the children’s sermon) until the class begins if they choose.
3rd Grade Bibles
Every year, during worship, we present our third graders with a special engraved Bible. Children are encouraged to read, write in, and page mark their Bibles so they will incorporate scripture in their daily lives. During Sunday School the children use the curriculum Living the Word to explore their Bibles and grow closer to God. New this year – Team 3! Third graders will form bonds in and out of class to prepare for the next stages in their spiritual walk.
4th and 5th graders are a special group called Power 45. On Sunday mornings they attend their own Sunday School classes, then on the third Sunday of the month the group meets together from 4:00 – 6:00 for mission projects, fun outings and even a weekend retreat to Glisson! Kick off pool party is in August, the retreat is in September.
Sunday Fuse Worship – Grades 3K-Kindergarten
9:00 and 11:15 a.m. — Fuse Box (316)
Whirl curriculum teaches children lessons that follow scripture used in “big church” through stories, crafts, music, and games. 3K and 4K meet in the “Fuse Box” on the 3rd floor before Worship. Preschoolers may be brought upstairs to Room 316 prior to the worship service. Kindergartners sit with their parents until the children’s sermon. At that time, children will listen to the message together, and then leave the Sanctuary with the Fuse Worship leaders.
Our acolyte program is a wonderful way for the children of our church from fourth grade up to actively participate in Sunday Worship services. An acolyte serves at the altar of God, assisting the ministers, and helping everyone prepare for worship. The “Light of Christ” is brought in to Worship by the acolyte and the “Light” is then taken out at the end of the service to signify taking the love of Christ to the world. Encouraging our children to serve lets them know that worship is important, and people of all ages can serve. More information here.
Each child is encouraged to bring an offering every Sunday, which is taken up during Sunday School and Fuse Worship.
Children of any age are welcome in the Sanctuary during worship services if they choose not to participate in Fuse Worship.
Due to large numbers of children in Sunday School and Fuse Worship, we ask all parents to volunteer at least two times August – December, two times January – May, and one time in the summer. Sunday School classes thrive with consistent teachers; please prayerfully consider volunteering regularly in a Sunday School class. This is a great way to serve in the church and get to know our children! Contact Kelly Duncan at email@example.com for more information about volunteering.