Faith Formation

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Here is a brief overview of our First UMC faith formation programs.

Children  

All children age 3-10 are welcome to join us for 2020 Sunday school, whether we are in the church building or learning online! In-person: The fun begins immediately following the children’s message during the 9:30 AM worship service. Online: Zoom meeting for children in grades 3-5 from 9:30 to 10:00 AM. Children age 3 to 2nd grade are learning at home and accessing online videos and activities.

This year we are using Cokesbury’s newest curriculum, Celebrate Wonder. The program is designed to honor the spiritual life of children-their natural sense of awe, wonder, imagination, and curiosity-and help shape their growing faith. There is a video component, arts, music, drama, and wonder time.

If you have any questions about our children’s programming contact Maureen Koziol at children@parkridgeumc.org. If you are interested in having your child join our program, I’d be happy to meet with you.

Childcare: Welcoming your children to First UMC

COVID 19: Our nursery is temporarily unavailable due to local restrictions. We will begin to offer childcare, with limitations, when those restrictions are lifted.
While our nursery may be closed, your baby and toddler are welcome to remain in worship with you, and even make noise! Do not worry about it. There is also a quiet play area at the back of the Sanctuary.

Children’s Sunday School

COVID 19: Children’s Sunday School is temporarily unavailable due to local restrictions. We hope to offer Sunday school beginning in September, virtually, and then move to in-person Sunday school when it is safe to do so.
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!


Beginning September 2020, we will be using Cokesbury’s newest curriculum, Celebrate Wonder. The program is designed to honor the spiritual life of children-their natural sense of awe, wonder, imagination, and curiosity-and help shape their growing faith.
If there are modifications that might make your child more comfortable, please let us know.


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 visit during the week, please contact Maureen Koziol at children@parkridgeumc.org or call the church office at 847-825-3144.

Youth  

Our REVEAL Youth Ministry strives to help youth build meaningful relationships with one another, with God, and to help build the Kingdom of God on earth. We do so by meeting on Sunday evenings throughout the academic year. Our middle school and high school ages meet from 5-6:30 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month – see the Sunday bulletin and newsletter for schedule changes & other events. Gatherings may include events, mission projects, discussion groups, and fun activities.
On the 2nd and 4th Sundays, our youth meet for fellowship time and Sunday school at 9:45 am. They start in worship at 9:30 am and then gather on the 3rd floor in the youth room until 10:30 am. Our middle, jr. high and high school groups meet with teachers to dive deeper into scripture and application for faith in our daily lives. Conversations and activities seek to take their faith to a deeper level. Our dedicated teachers make Sunday school fun, interesting, and relevant! More details here.

Adults

We offer adult discussion groups Sunday mornings at 8:45 and 11:00 AM. The topics will vary, but all of our studies engage adults to continue to grow in their faith formation.  We are always seeking to go deeper.  We do this through sermon series during worship, Sunday morning classes, day and evening Bible studies during the week, and covenant groups on occasion. Learn more here.

 

 

 

 

 

Providing a safe and secure environment for your child is our most important commitment. Our staff and volunteers are trained, and adhere to Safe Sanctuaries guidelines as summarized in this UMC Leadership Ministries statement.