Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
We believe that each person is a beloved child of God and we search to see that love manifested in myriad ways in our lives.
Faith Formation happens when youth experience worship, engage in faith practices and discussions at home with family, and develop in a spiritual community that surrounds and supports them.
Sand Point Community is focused on exhibiting the love of God to our kids, and teaching them the way of Jesus in a fun and age appropriate manner. We believe that each person is created in God’s image, and we strive to show kids their identity in Christ. We believe that the Church is a place of belonging, where all are welcome, and we work to show kids that they have a place to belong in the Church. We believe that the Bible is the story of God interacting with creation, and we seek to lead kids in our shared mission to join God in the work of ushering in the Kingdom. Each week we spend time learning, engaging, and playing with many of the essential stories and ideas in the Christian narrative to give kids a sense of the main principles of the faith and our story as Christians. All Sunday School classes meet during the school year, September through June.
We have many opportunities for all ages to experience the message and Worship together.
Junior High and High School Youth
Sunday School meets at 9:30a.m. in the Youth Rec Room.
Together we provide a safe-space for the exploration of their beliefs and faith formation on Sundays, 9:30-10:00 am as we prepare for Worship by examine the scripture used for the week’s sermon and to discuss how the message has meaning their own lives and spiritual growth.
The fourth Sunday of every month, the Junior High and High School Youth are invited to prepare and cook a meal together for the tenants at Tent City 3. We meet in the downstairs kitchen at 2pm. All are welcome to participate no matter what their kitchen experience.
Elementary-Aged kids (K-5)
Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. in the Sunday School classrooms.
Our time together provides us the opportunity to prepare for Worship. We learn the day’s scripture and discuss the themes we will hear in the sanctuary. Our faith-filled lessons are fun and exciting ways to prepare our hearts for Worship through playing games, creating artworks, singing songs, and reading stories together.
Little Ones (PreK)
Little Ones meets for lessons during Worship on Sunday morning following the Children’s Message.
PreK Sunday School, called Little Ones, provides gentle and developmentally appropriate creative experiences for children (birth to age 5). Here we incorporate music, play, and artistic expression with stories from the Bible. The Children are escorted out of the sanctuary by our instructors into the nursery for the duration of the message.
Nursery Childcare (ages 0-5years of age)
Childcare is provided from 9:15a.m.-11:15a.m., during the school year; and 10:00-11:00 a.m. during summer break.
Our Nursery Paging System allows families the peace of mind to leave their children in the care of the church nursery staff and gives them an opportunity to focus on worship. The system is a set of small pagers signed out to families that, if needed, will send a silent alert for them to return to the nursery. The pagers are available in the nursery before and during worship and returned when children are picked up at the end of service.
Questions or comments? Contact Sarah Ritchey, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents’ Night Out
Sand Point Community UMC hosts Parents’ Night Out as an opportunity for parents to enjoy a few hours on their own and kids to gather together for games, crafts, dinner, and a short movie organized by our staff and volunteers.
This event is open for children ages 0-12 and offered 3-4 times a year. Look for upcoming dates listed in our SandPointer newsletter or on our Calendar.
To reserve your child’s spot call (206) 523-3040 or email email@example.com. Space is limited, so please register soon if you plan to have your child/children attend.
A suggested donation of $5 per child/ $10 per family. Permission forms can be found here.