HUMC Kids

A Place Where Kids GROW. LEARN. LOVE. SERVE.

Watch this short video to see why kids and parents love HUMC Kids and how we make learning about God fun!

HUMC Kids meet at the Hebron United Methodist Church from  9:45 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. every Sunday during the school year.  Our program is suited for pre-k through elementary aged children, but we are prepared to gladly teach and mentor middle and high school aged students through a teaching assistant program where they will study the gospel and be part of class planning and teaching.

Our Philosophy

HUMC Kids is a place where God’s children learn they are loved by God  through creative study of the bible. We strive to give your kids life-long lessons in positive and memorable ways, drawing them closer to God and the people of God.

We offer a holistic approach, blending teaching and mission.  For teaching our pre-k through 1st grade, we use the award-winning Deep Blue Sunday School curriculum.  Take a deep dive into the BLUE Philosophy. New this year, for our 2nd graders – 5th graders we are using a graphic novel style Bible and curriculum called The Action Bible.  We believe mentoring and teaching of kids is a partnership between our teaching staff and parents/guardians.

To learn more about what we are currently learning about in our classroom, see our latest article in our church newsletter, Catch the Spirit.  

Mission

We believe teaching and mission go hand in hand.  HUMC Kids are actively involved this year in Building Safe and Supportive Spaces through The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based organization helping homeless and vulnerable youth.

Service

Your kids will actively participate in the life of the congregation, serving in age appropriate ways including helping lead worship as candle acolytes, liturgists, offering collectors and singers.  Your kids will be surrounded by a faith family that knows them, cares for them and continues to share with them.

Our teams provide a safe, fun, and engaging experience where your child can be paired with a leader to guide them into a closer relationship with Jesus.

Beyond the Classroom

Throughout the year HUMC Kids are provided a number of opportunities to GROW. LEARN. LOVE. SERVE.

Rally Day:  We kick off the new Sunday School year with Rally Day!  Each year we build our Rally Day celebration around our mission.  We sing, play games and joyfully introduce the children to a new year of christian growth.  Each child also goes home with a goodie bag full of surprises!  Rally Day is not only celebrated at Sunday School but throughout the service and after, with a luncheon and activities for the children and adult congregation together.

Christmas Pageant:  Every Christmas HUMC Kids creates an original program with costumes, props and music to tell the story of Jesus’ birth.  This past year, we designed our Christmas Pageant as a “drop-in” program during our Christmas Open House.  This meant that any child who attended that day was cast and costumed and led through an 8-minute performance.  We re-cast and repeated the performance several times during the Open House.  Our Star Wars inspired program, “Long Ago in a Manger Far, Far Away” was a unique and fun retelling of Jesus’ birth.  For more details about our upcoming programs, sign up to receive our church newsletter.

Easter Program:  Our Sunday School has a rich history of non-traditional Easter Programs.  Some parents today may remember participating in HUMC Sunrise Service musicals like “The Sound of Easter,” “There’s No Place Like Church,” and “Fiddler on the Pew.”  While we are still a few years out from re-staging these old favorites, HUMC Kids carry on the tradition of presenting rich, musical programs to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.

Vacation Bible School: HUMC Kids partners with St. John’s Lutheran and other area churches to provide a fun-filled week of summer learning.  This past summer, we learned that we were “Built for a Purpose” through this year’s theme Maker Fun Factory.  To see some photos and read more about the fun we had, click here. Registration for next year’s Alden-Hebron Community VBS will open in May 2019. 

In Worship

We think kids are very important and we put that belief into action.  A portion of each worship service is dedicated to teaching your children about the stories of Jesus.  Using props, hands-on illustrations, and Christian dialogue to strengthen and reinforce what is being taught in Sunday School.

Your First Visit

From the moment you pull in the parking lot, you’ll notice lots of friendly faces eager to show you the way. We want to serve you and your child well, so we’ll take some time to get to know you. We’ll ask about allergies, make sure we know what your child likes to be called, and collect your contact information. You are invited to stay and observe at any time.

Interested in touring HUMC Kids?

If your family has any questions or would like to see what a HUMC Kids environment looks like, we would love to help! Drop us an e-mail at katherine.eileen.johnson@gmail.com (Kate) or juststephers@gmail.com (Steph) and we’ll be in touch!

Meet Our Teachers

Stephanie grew up attending HUMC Sunday School and worship. She enjoys keeping some of the traditions she grew up with while combining new vehicles of learning for her students today. As a graduate from Butler University in Theater performance, Stephanie pulls from her background in music, dance, puppetry and storytelling to provide the children with an engaging and fun way to learn the stories in the bible and to grow in God’s grace.

Kate has been teaching Sunday School at HUMC for the past 3 years. Kate loves when kids ask big questions, and she hopes to inspire her students to dig deeper and care about the world around them. Kate believes strongly that we as Christians are called to to engage in social justice and stand in solidarity with vulnerable peoples locally and around the world. Kate coordinates the social justice learning and mission focus of the HUMC Sunday School program.