2016 Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church

July 25-29, 2016 – 9:00am to 12:00pm

All children from age 3 through 6th grade are invited to attend!

This year’s theme is SURF SHACK: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love. The program is an interactive, energizing, Bible-based curriculum that gives children the chance to become Surfers and  explore how to serve God and experience God’s amazing presence in their lives.

VBSSurf’s up! Join the children of Apostle Presbyterian, First United Methodist, and Mount Hope Lutheran as they encounter God’s awesomeness as they experience an epic adventure each day.

The Surf Shack is a fun program that is sure to get everyone excited about God’s mission in their lives. Registration will open mid- June. Check with the church office for a registration form.

Each day we will hear and participate in Bible storytelling,  make fun crafts, play games, and share what we are learning as we sing energetic music with easy hand motions. There will also be a discovery time when children will  experience  engaging science  experiments.  And of course, children will enjoy a  daily snack.  Nursery care will also be provided.

Each family who registers will receive a free music CD of all of the beach themed music! This year there is also a free Surf Shack app.

The mission project will be the PAL Program at the Wisconsin Humane Society and we ask that all of our VBS kids bring some change each day that will be collected during the opening session for the mission project.  We will have special speakers and a surprise guest for the mission project.

On Thursday evening from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, the  children will present a VBS program with word and song. Afterward, all will enjoy an ice cream treat. And on Friday the wonderful week of new friends and learning will end with a hot dog lunch.

Come to the Surf Shack (First United Methodist Church, 7520 West Lapham Street) for an ocean of excitement! The Surfers and Lifeguards will glide through the week on an amazing fun-filled wave.

Summer adult education

Starting Sunday, June 5, at 9:00am

  • Tom Bolton’s Disciple II class will continue at the new time.
  • Discovering and Discussing Christianity in the News will be led by Pam Carlson-Gohil.
  • A rotating class of Christian crafts and religious travels will be led by various people.

Please come share in these fellowship opportunities during our summer hours.

Children and Youth Education

Nursery Care

Nursery care with an age-appropriate introduction to faith development is provided in a safe and nurturing environment. Our Nursery Director and staff welcome you!

Infant – 4 years old

Every Sunday, 7:45am – 12:15 pm
Located on the Main Level (see an usher for assistance)
Directed by Jon Kinney

Sunday School

GROW, PROCLAIM, SERVE – grow your faith by leaps and bounds! “The Bible is Awesome and God is great. All You Need is a Leap of Faith” (from this year’s theme song by Dennis Scott). This is a fantastic program for children. Faith is a journey that begins at birth and continues for a lifetime. Children will discover the Bible message through stories, dramas, songs, interactive games and movement, fun crafts, Bible skill work, and entertaining DVD’s. this program invites children to grow in faith, proclaim God’s Word, and serve Neighbors as Jesus taught. Bring your friends!

Preschool – Grade 7

Wesley room and Cokesbury room (downstairs)
Taught by Betty Grypp, Christine Jolitz, Deb Semrad, Kari Andrews, Lance Lambert, Laurie Halvorsen

Grade 8 – Grade 12

Taught by Kari Andrews and Lance Lambert.

Adult Christian Education Opportunities (September – May)

Sunday Groups

Adult Discussion Group

Sunday at 9:30 am- Fellowship Hall
Leaders: Jerry Semrad and Participants
Studying topics of mutual interest.

Adult Interest Group

Sunday at 9:30 am- Fireside Room
Leader: Ken Ilseman
Come Join us as we study

Living Your Faith

Sunday at 9:30 am – Lighthouse Room
Leader: Pam Carlson-Gohil
In church we learn the life of Jesus and the message He brought to the people about living life as God would have us. That was 2,000 years ago; the culture was vastly different. How do these “rules” impact our lives today? Let’s talk!

Disciple II

Sunday at 9:30 am – Confirmation Room
Leader: Tom Bolton
Tom Bolton is leading a Disciple Bible Study 2 class on Sunday mornings this year, in the Sunday School time. His plan is that we will spread each week/class session over two weeks. If you are interested, please let Tom Bolton know.

Adult Education Opportunities during the week

What Does the Bible Say?

2nd Monday of the Month – Fireside Room
Did you ever read something in the Bible and wonder what it really means? Are you longing to look more deeply into the Scripture? Then this is the group for you. We welcome you to join our on-going study in the New Testament book of 1st Peter. Where will we go after that? It could be an in-depth look at another book of the Bible, or it could be to explore a specific question about something in the Bible you’ve wondered about. You decide!

What we discover may surprise you, so grab your Bible and come join us! We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month though next May 2016.