Welcome to FIRSTKIDZ
We value each child and family that comes to First United Methodist Church of Gilbert!! FIRSTKIDZ is a special place designed for kids from infants through 6th grade. We believe each child is created to have a relationship with God and with unique talents and abilities to influence their world and community. We are dedicated to helping each child become a deeply devoted child of Jesus!
We recognize that no one has more influence over a child than his or her parent. Because of this, we believe that what happens at home is more important than what happens at church. We are committed to partnering with parents by providing a plan that will give them the tools they need to support their kids spiritually.
We look forward to meeting your family! Please feel free to contact us at anytime with questions or suggestions. Contact the Children’s Ministry via email
Sunday School is offered for Preschoolers through 6th graders during the 9:30 am and 11:00 am Sunday morning service hour.
Every Sunday all children (newborn through 6th grade) experience safe, age-appropriate environments where the Bible is taught in a creative and relevant way.
Our nursery (infants to age 3) is designed to make a first impression of your child’s heavenly father in such a way that it makes a lasting impression on a child’s heart.
The nursery is clean, safe and staffed with carefully screened small group leaders who serve each week
We use the First Look Curriculum from the rethink Orange group to help your child learn that God made them, God loves them and Jesus wants to be their friend forever.
Nursery is offered at 8am, 9:30am & 11:00am every Sunday morning.
Elementary/Tweens – FIRSTKIDZ is offered Sunday mornings at
9:30am and 11:00am.
We believe the Bible should never be boring, good leaders always care, and worship can be really fun! Through weekly large group and small group settings, FIRSTKIDZ is designed to guide children to put their faith in Jesus.
Their weekly small group leader is focused on making these 3 truths stick:
- I need to make the WISE choice,
- I can TRUST God no matter what
- I should TREAT OTHERS the way I want to be treated.
We use the 252 Basics curriculum from the rethink Orange Group.
We want to partner with parents to strengthen all our families!
To connect with parents weekly we email the Parent Insider. In each issue there is information about what we are doing in FIRSTKIDZ, and topics about parenting.
Every Sunday we make available to parents God Time cards and the Parent Cue so that what we learn on Sunday can be taken home for Monday through Friday.
Once you are in the classroom and greeted by your child’s Small Group Leader, your child will be introduced to one of the classroom greeters. Classroom greeters will make sure that your child has someone to sit with and is part of the group activities. At the end of the service you will return to your child’s classroom(s) and sign them out. Your child’s Small Group Leader will make sure you have any parent information available.
In an effort to maintain and provide a safe, loving environment for all children participating in activities on our campus here at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, we have implemented Safe Sanctuary. Safe Sanctuary in part conducts background checks on all of our employees and volunteers who work with children, each classroom will be staffed with the Rule of 3 in mind. All classrooms will be clearly visible from the outside (blinds will not be closed). If you have any questions or concerns regarding these policies, feel free to email Sylvia Harris
At First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, the elementary age children go directly to their classrooms to begin their Sunday School Hour. Parents will drop off and pick up in the rooms listed below.
Pre-K3’s & Pre-K4’s Room 146
Their classrooms are in the East Education Wing. These classrooms are specifically designed for these young children in mind. Please remember in order for your 3 year old can attend Pre-K3’s they need to be potty trained and be 3 before August 31 In order for your 4 year old can attend Pre-K4’s they will need to be potty trained and be 4 before August 31
For all other Elementary Grades:
Kinder/1st Grade room 144
2nd/3rd Grade room 205
4th/5th Grade room 203
All Sunday School Students: Parents must fill out a registration form.
Cub Scouting is fun for the entire family – girls and boys, grades Kindergarten through Fifth grade!
No matter what grade you are in – it will be a blast. Do you like to learn by doing? This is just the place. You can learn to tie knots, set up a tent, and shoot a bow and arrow (archery). Have you ever cooked a meal on a campfire? Send a secret code to a buddy? Built a bird house? Play Ultimate? Hike? Earn rewards for doing these things in Cub Scouts.
As a Cub Scout, you will be part of your own den. The pack is divided into smaller groups called dens. Each den has about six to eight scouts. Girls and boys are in separate dens, to recognize developmental differences and encourage individual growth and learning.
All of the Cub Scouts in your den are in the same grade, but may go to different schools. The Cub Scout pack belongs the First United Methodist Church of Gilbert through the Scouting Ministry. The Cub Scout Pack is open to all young people, regardless of church affiliation, culture, or background. The Pack is committed to having good adult leaders (who go through background checks and mandatory training), a place to meet, and exciting things to do. The Pack gets help from the Boy Scouts of America, which is part of the World Scouting Movement.
Pack 88 is currently one of the largest traditional Cub Scout Packs in the Lost Dutchman District (Mesa, Gilbert, Apache Junction, and San Tan Valley). Pack and Den meetings are held on Mondays or Tuesdays, depending on which den you are in. Visit Pack 88 website for more details or email email@example.com.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society
Troop 88 is one of the largest traditional Boy Scout Troops in the Lost Dutchman District (Mesa, Gilbert, Apache Junction, and San Tan Valley) and has been serving youth for over 90 years. Troop meetings are held every Mondays evening from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Church Activity Center. Drop-ins and visitors are always welcome!
Visit Troop 88 website for more details! For more information regarding Troop 88, please email our leadership team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, Scouts BSA is scheduled to launch in February 2019, enabling all eligible youth ages 11-17, to earn the Eagle Scout rank. Scouts BSA will be single gender – all girl troops or all boy troops. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.
First United Methodist Church of Gilbert will be starting an all-girls troop in February/March 2019.
In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.
There are several different Girl Scout troops associated with First United Methodist Church of Gilbert. Troops from Daisy through Cadettes are currently meeting at the church, with the girls coming from all over Gilbert. You do not need to be a member of the church for your daughter to participate in one of the troops.
For more information email our Girl Scout Coordinator at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert at email@example.com.
Children beginning with age 3 meet in the Choir Room each week from 10:45 to 11:00 (between the second and third services) for a time of singing and praise. We sing music appropriate to the age of the children as we explore what it means to be a Christian. in ddition to songs by well-known composers of children’s music, the children often write their own lyrics. Every 4 to 6 weeks, the group sings “in big church” to the delight of the congregation.
The Children’s Choir follows the school schedule with school holidays and summers off. For more information contact Marty Province in the church office.
Vacation Bible School 2018
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a ministry outreach First United Methodist Church of Gilbert provides to educate children about God. Children learn about Jesus through fun, age-appropriate activities.Vacation Bible School helps children build a lifetime of memories and friendships. Children will enjoy stories from the Bible, singing, crafts, games, snacks, and exciting skits.
- Life lessons help every child learn how to be a good person and a friend to others.
- Perfect for younger children to get a feel for camp without having to go away overnight.
- Kids meet new friends who share their beliefs.
- You don’t have to be a church member to attend VBS.
- $20 per child/$60 Family Max (Financial assistance available upon request)
Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert is open for all children ages 3 years (must be potty trained) through those entering 6th grade in the fall of 2018. The next Vacation Bible School will be June 4-8 2018 from 9am-12pm.
If you have any questions, please email our Vacation Bible School Team.