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


Children’s Registration Form

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 Lori Wiemers

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 203

4th/5th  Grade room 205

 6th Grade room 202

 All Sunday School Students: Parents must fill out a registration form.

mingus mountain fishing

Established in the late 1940’s, Mingus Mountain Camp & Retreat Center has nurtured and nourished generations of campers and families under its towering Ponderosa pines and night skies splashed with countless stars.   Since  its inception in 1947, Mingus’ camps have been staffed by volunteers  drawn from the ranks of pastors, youth leaders, educators, and church  volunteers. In addition to its regular cycle of children’s, youth, and  family camps, Mingus hosts local church retreats, school band camps, and  small group meetings.  Mingus Mountain United Methodist Camp is a beautiful mountaintop retreat encompassing 110 acres in Ponderosa pine forest. Located near Jerome, the camp is at the 7,700 foot summit of Mingus Mountain within the Prescott National Forest. Our rustic environment and open grassy meadow make the camp especially popular for youth and family oriented church camps. Our spacious new retreat cabins are ideal for adult groups too

 2017 Summer Camps information is now available!
For more information and cap schedule visit the Desert Southwest Conference Mingus Mountain Website


scouting - cubCub Scouts

Cub Scouting is fun!  no matter what grade you are in, 1st through 5th, it can 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, shoot a bow and arrow (archery). Have you ever cooked a meal on a campfire?  Sent a secret code to a buddy? build 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 pack.  The pack is divided into smaller groups called dens. Each den has about six to eight boys. All of the Cub Scouts in your den are in the same grade and may even go to the same school.  The Cub Scout pack belongs to a church, a school, or some other group of people in your community or neighborhood. This group makes sure your pack has good adult leaders, a place to meet, and exciting things to do. The group gets help from the Boy Scouts of America, which is part of Scouting around the world.

Pack 88

Pack 88 is currently one of the largest traditional Cub Scout Packs in  the San Tan District and is has been sponsored by the First United  Methodist Church Of Gilbert.  Pack and Den meetings are held throughout the week, depending on which den you are in.   Visit Pack 88 website for more detail


boy scoutBoy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The 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, the 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.  Additional information can be found at http://www.88scouts.org/ 

 Troop 88

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 scouting@gilbertumc.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.

.girl scoutGirl Scouts

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 levels of 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 please email Carrie Mook, Girl Scout Lisaison for the church.

Sonshine choir

The Sonshine Singers is one of two children’s choirs here at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert. Children in grades 3-6 are welcome to join with the permission of their parents.  This group works on choral repertoire that inspires a joyous connection to God while developing musicianship and harmony skills.  They learn to sing classics such as “Pass It On” and “They Will Know We are Christians by Our Love” as well as anthems, hymns, contemporary Christian songs, and even active church camp songs such as “Pharoh, Pharoh!”

Rehearsals are between the second and third services, from 10:45 to 11:15am in Room 221.  Attendance is taken every week, and it is important that that the singers attend unless an absence is communicated in advance or an unexpected illness or family emergency occurs.  We are diligent that the kids are well prepared to be in front of an audience.

The Sonshine Singers follow the school calendar, with school holidays and summers off.  The Sonshine Singers perform for the congregation every 4-6 weeks.  A schedule of performances is available for the entire school year.

The Sonshine Singers, under the direction of Susan Bowers, please email her with any questions.


cherub Choir

The Cherub Choir is open to all children, both boys and girls, from 3 to 7 years old (second grade), who learn the basics of music in a fun and nurturing environment through singing, movement, and games. If and when an individual child is ready, he or she will also learn to read music. The Cherubs perform for the congregation every 4-6 weeks. during the 9:45 Worship Service.  They rehearse on Sunday mornings from 11:00am to 11:20am in the choir room under the direction of Susan Bowers and her accompanist. Currently the Cherub Choir has over 35 children participating and is always open for your child to join at any time.

The Cherub Choir follow the school calendar, with school holidays and summers off.    A schedule of performances is available for the entire school year.

For more information regarding the Cherub Choir, please email Susan Bowers.


suzuki chimes

Precision crafted from fine lightweight aluminum, Suzuki ToneChimes have adjustable clapper heads for variable expression and overtone tuning for  perfect harmonics. Beautiful, yet cost effective ways to share the music.

Chapel Chimes is another activity for the children/youth of First United Methodist Church of Gilbert.  The Chapel Chimes Choir is  comprised of youngsters ranging from 1st grade through 7th grade.  They learn to play their individual note in combination with every other student’s note form a beautiful song.  No experience is required in order to join, just the love of music and the willingness to learn.

Chapel Chimes practice on Sundays from 4:30-5:00 pm in the Bell Room, with summers off. They play throughout the year during the 1st and 2nd Worship Services on Sunday.

Chapel Chimes is under the direction of Mrs. Tami Bruce.  If you have any questions at all regarding this group, please email Tami.

Vacation Bible School 2018vacation bible school

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.

Click here to register for VBS 2018.

If you have any questions, please email our Vacation Bible School Team.

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3rd Grade Bible Exploration Class Sign-Up Form
It’s time for our 3rd graders to receive their bibles and this year we will be having a bible exploration class for them to explore with their bibles! Aryn Peppin and Janelle Chiricuzio will be leading this class as we encourage them to take an interest in their very own Bibles, and help them learn to navigate through them. This class offers a fun, hands-on approach, with maps, games, and charts!

Please register for this class by August 26th.

This class will run Sundays during the regular small group time 9:30 in room 204.
- September 9th
- September 16th
- September 23rd
- September 30th
We encourage all of the students to be able to attend all four classes, but we understand life happens. Let us know if there are any dates your child will not be able to attend or if there is anything you need us to know.