The vision that fuels our work in Children’s Ministries grows out of Jesus’ words in Mark 10:14,
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
In the midst of a consuming ministry to adults, Jesus regularly ministered to children. We believe the future of the church depends on effective ministry to children today. Our Children's Ministry staff is committed to fulfilling Jesus' teachings.
Please review the rich array of Children's ministry activities below. If you have questions about anything on this page? Contact our Director of Children's Ministries, Cindy Carlisle
Children's Sunday School
Our Sunday School classes begin when a child has celebrated his/her 3rd birthday by September 1st of the current year. The children meet in age appropriate classes with trained volunteer teachers. Aldersgate uses a United Methodist curriculum, Deep Blue.
Click here to register your child for Sunday School.
Our nursery is available during both worship services and during the Sunday School hour. Nursery care is provided for children up to 4 years of age. The nursery is also available during our Wednesday activities, and during special events throughout the year. Our nursery is staffed by nurturing, caring employees.
The K.O.O.L. (Kids of Our Lord) Club meets on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. for a time of fellowship and fun. This group is for children in 3rd through 5th grades. Leaders for the Club are Monica Godwin and Cindy Carlisle.
The Joyful Voices is our children’s choir made up of 3rd-5th graders. The children and their director meet each Sunday evening, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and sing their praises during worship services throughout the year. This group is led by Nicci Thrower and Mark Thrower.
This program is for children in 4th through 6th grades who wish to be trained and participate in the worship service as acolytes, lighting candles and assisting with other parts of the service.
Aldersgate’s Little Praisers is for Pre-school age children through Kindergarten. Children who attend the 11:00 worship service are dismissed after the Children's Message, and gather in a classroom for age-appropriate songs, prayers, and short lessons. The Little Praisers are led by adult volunteers and youth helpers.
Boy Scout Troop 753, hosted by Aldersgate UMC, is open to all boys in the community. Begun in the spring of 1998, the troop offers opportunities for camping, community involvement and leadership training in a nurturing environment. The troop meets every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. The age level for the troop is 10 1/2 or 6th grade. For more information about Troop 753, visit www.troop753.org/.
Encore Kids is a drama program that involves acting classes, theater activities and performance opportunities for children of all ages. Our curriculum includes concentration, teamwork, improvisation, movement, voice, & much more! We hold classes at local schools, centers, and other venues interested in allowing children the opportunity to grow through the performing arts. At the end of each session students have the opportunity to perform in a production!
Click here for more information on current programs.
Easter Egg Hunt
Children's Council and Aldersgate United Methodist Women sponsor an annual Easter Egg Hunt, craft time and bake sale for the children. Click here to learn more about this year's event.
Vacation Bible School
VBS is held at Aldersgate for one week each June. Click here to learn more about this year's VBS program
Back to School Bash
Invite your friends and join us as we celebrate the end of the summer in style! We invite all children Kindergarten thru 5th grade to join us for our annual Back to School Bash.
Join us as we celebrate the end of the summer with Promotion Sunday. All children will be promoted to next class level on this Sunday. We will present Bibles to all children entering the 3rd grade. Reserve your Bible by contacting Cindy Carlisle
Each year the children of Aldersgate, led by our Joyful Voices choir, display their talent to God's glory in a Christmas pageant. The program is usually on a Sunday evening in December.
The Children's Council meets monthly to support programs for the children of Aldersgate and is chaired by Cindy Carlisle.