Faith Formation for All Ages
Children’s Sunday School
Children 3 years old to 5th grade are invited to join us for children’s Sunday school. The fun begins immediately following the children’s message during the 9:30 AM worship service. We leave the Sanctuary as a group and head to our classrooms – Rooms 103 and 104. After the worship service, parents are expected to pick their children up from the classrooms. Parents are welcome to join us at any time.
Our curriculum, Celebrate Wonder, seeks to celebrate spirituality through wonder. Children are naturally spiritual beings and everyday theologians. We want children to recognize and name this spirituality found within themselves and in all the world around them. This curriculum is based on spiritual practices, which are incorporated through play, discovery, biblical exploration, faith conversation, and relationship. We hope you will come wonder with us as we celebrate the Spirit of God in the lives of children.
Childcare: Welcoming your children to First UMC | First, we want you to know that your baby and toddler is welcome to remain in worship with you, and even make noise! Don’t worry about it. If you prefer, a loving nursery is available during the 9:30 worship service. The nursery is located in the Education Building on the first floor – Room 102. There is also a quiet play area at the back of the Sanctuary. Parents must sign their children into and out of the nursery.
Safety | Our congregation has adopted a Safe Sanctuary Policy. The purpose of the policy is to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of our children and youth, and to reduce the risk of abuse occurring in our church. Click here to learn more about our safety policies.
If you have questions about our children’s programming, or would like to schedule a visit , please contact the church office or call 847-825-3144.
REVEAL: Our Youth in Mission
Our REVEAL Youth Ministry strives to help youth grades 6 through 12 to build meaningful relationships with one another, with God, and to help build the Kingdom of God on earth. Gatherings may include events, mission projects, discussion groups, and fun activities. Our summer mission trips are paid for largely by our fundraising efforts throughout the year. In order to participate in summer mission trips, youth are expected to have regular attendance to youth events and are required to participate in fundraising activities.
For more information about the youth ministries of First UMC of Park Ridge, please contact pastor Rev. David Aslesen at firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office at email@example.com or 847.825.3144.
Adult Studies: Refreshing Our Faith
At 8:45 and 11:00am on Sundays, and during the week throughout the year, we gather on a recurring schedule to discuss topics raised in contemporary Christian scholarship and current events, as well as studies based on seasonal congregational themes.