Kids

Welcome to the kid's ministry! Whoever you are and wherever you’re from, we’re glad you’re here. Our goal is to help our children become true disciples of Jesus Christ by: building relationships with them, being examples for them and teaching them God’s Word.

To stay in the loop about what we’re teaching as well as upcoming events, follow along on Facebook and sign up for our weekly parent emails by calling the church office or emailing Susan Bishara, Director of Children's Ministries.

At Home

Even though we can't meet in person, we're still staying busy at home with lots of fun activities. See below for a list of weekly events. You can also stay up to date on our children's Facebook page and Bishop's Instagram, @goodestboybishop. If you're not getting Mrs. Susan's weekly emails, contact her to be added to the email list.

kid's academy reboot

We have exciting new virtual classrooms where kids can experience Kid's Academy online in a fun and interactive way. Keep up with Sunday school, memory verses, ukulele lessons, and more, with new content each week. See below for the Preschool and Elementary classrooms.

Preschool

Take a tour of the preschool room here.

Elementary

Take a tour of the elementary room ">here.

Drive through blessing of the backpacks + devices

Sunday, September 13 | 4:30-6:00 pm | Parking Lot

Stop by the parking lot on Sunday, September 13 between 4:30-6:00 pm for a drive through Blessing of the Backpacks + Devices. Whether you're attending school in person or online this year, we invite you to join us for a special time of prayer and blessing. Bring your backpacks, bags, laptops, tablets, or other device of choice along with you.

Sunday Morning

INFANTS & TODDLERS

(6 weeks old through walking)

8:00 am-12:00 pm | Nursery Hall - Room 101

PRE-K

2-5 years old. Ages are as of September 1

8:15 am | Room 101
9:30 am | Room 104 & 106
11:00 am | Room 104

Music time each Sunday at 9:30 am for all ages in Joyful Noise (Room 103)

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ACADEMY SUNDAY SCHOOL

Age: Kindergarten-Sixth Grade
9:15 am | Second Floor

This winter & spring, we have a full semester of the super-fun and content rich Children’s Academy Sunday school for kids in Kindergarten through 6th Grade. Once enrolled in Academy classes, children will stay in the same rooms with the same teachers all summer. Some classes are designed for younger elementary and some for older elementary. While the subject areas are varied, each class will work from the same Bible story, memory verse and core value each month. (During the summer, sixth graders will join the rest of the Academy classes instead of going to Confirmation class.)

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CONFIRMATION CLASS

Age: Sixth Grade (during the school year)
9:30 am | Second Floor (Rooms 219 & 222)

The Confirmation experience at FUMC is a year-long class on Sunday mornings. Children begin with donuts in their snack room (219) and move to their classroom (222) around 9:30 am. Throughout the year, students explore a variety of topics, including: church history, United Methodist beliefs, and what it means to live out of Christian discipleship. Our 6th graders also enjoy fellowship opportunities, mission projects and retreats. The Confirmation year concludes with a ceremony and banquet in May where students are invited to confirm their faith, join the church and celebrate!

Age: K-6th
10:25-10:50 am | Second Floor (Room 212 & 214)

Children’s Choirs help train a child’s voice in a small group setting and they build confidence in the young singer which helps them become stronger on their spiritual journey. Come check us out as the choirs meet every Sunday morning from 10:25-10:55 am in Room 212 (K-2nd grade) and Room 214-(3rd-6th grade).

SHINING STARS SPECIAL NEEDS CLASS

11 am–12 pm | Ages 3–12 | Room 108

A safe and fun class for special needs children to attend on Sunday mornings to learn about and experience the Love of God. Other family members can enjoy one of two worship services held during this time. Parents must notify us each week that their child will be attending so that we can match up volunteers to the child’s needs. Please contact Rev. Kay Lancaster no later than the Thursday before the Sunday you wish for your child to attend.

Learn more about our Special Needs ministries here.

Events

Staff

Susan Bishara
Director of Children and Family Ministries

office: 817-274-2571 x240

Ministrysafe

Over a decade ago, FUMC of Arlington decided it was of utmost importance to protect children, youth and special needs individuals from potential harm and provide a loving environment for them.

Additionally, to help us fulfill this obligation, a resolution was passed at General Conference in 1996 requiring all conferences to adopt policies to safeguard children and youth. The General Board of Discipleship was given the charge to develop written resources for these policies, which became known as Safe Sanctuaries. 

Our MinistrySafe policy, background checks and MinistrySafe training attempts to do just that for our ministries that deal with children, youth and vulnerable adults.

To volunteer with children's, youth and special needs ministries you must

  • Have been an active participant at FUMC of Arlington for a minimum of six months
  • Fill out a volunteer application
  • Pass a background check
  • Read and sign our MinistrySafe policy
  • Complete provided MinistrySafe training

Required forms to volunteer with the previously stated ministries

Every two years a MinistrySafe training link will be emailed to volunteers wishing to continue volunteering.

Please contact Betsy Spencer or our office at 817.274.2571 for more information or with any questions

Volunteer Application

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What ministries/activities/programs are you interested in as a volunteer?

What qualities do you have that would help you work with the activity/program for which you are volunteering?

Why would you like to volunteer in our ministry to children, youth, or vulnerable adults?

Have you ever been charged, convicted of, or pled guilty to a crime, either a misdemeanor or a felony (including, but not limited to drug-related charges, child abuse, other crimes of violence, theft, or motor vehicle violations)?

If Yes, explain fully.

Have you ever been exposed to an incident of child abuse or neglect?

If Yes, how did you feel about the incident?

Please list three individuals as references who 1. are not related to you by blood or marriage, 2. are not FUMC of Arlington staff, 3. you have known for at least three years. Email addresses are required (No AISD emails please)

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