Nurturing young minds and spirits
COVID-19 NOTE: During the pandemic, classes have continued in an online format. In-person Sunday School for children will return in October, with new safety measures, and online options for those who don’t wish to attend in person. Youth gatherings will be held at a different time and day.
TUMC offers Christian Education for all ages on Sundays from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., September to June. Classes are led by members of our Ministry for Children and Youth Team and mature volunteers, all of whom are carefully selected and guided under the principles of TUMC’s Safe Church Policy. Parents are welcome to sit in on classes or enjoy some adult time with coffee and conversation on various subjects at the “On the Way Cafe” on the second floor.
Preschool: Children ages 3 & 4 meet in the second floor nursery for singing, a healthy snack, Bible story, crafts and activities related to a Bible story. 2-year-olds are invited to attend with a parent.
Senior kindergarten to Grade 5: Kids in this thriving group gather downstairs at 9:45 for a pre-Sunday School time of singing and learning new songs together. This gives children the opportunity to be part of the worship service once a month as a children’s choir, as well as occasionally put together a musical or special program.
Curriculum: TUMC uses the Shine On curriculum published by MennoMedia, which offers creative and active ways to interact with the biblical story. Families with young children receive a Shine On story Bible to read together at home, so parents can be active participants in their children’s faith development.
Fun and faith
Social activities for TUMC kids on other days of the week are organized through Venture Club (Grades 1–5), GERMS (Grades 6–8), and TUMY (Grades 9–12). TUMC also has many university and college students and other young adults, who hold regular potlucks and other gatherings under the name BYOB (Beyond Youth Opportunities for Bonding!). Upcoming events appear in the weekly TUMC announcement sheet and the website calendar.