SUNDAY MORNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR
Moments is a special time for children where they come to the front of
the Sanctuary for a brief message just for them. It is offered at the
8:45 and 11:00 am services. After Children’s Moments, children ages 4
through 3rd grade are dismissed with volunteers to Extended Session
(ages Pre-K and Kindergarten) and Children’s Church (ages 1st -3rd
grade EXCEPT the 1st Sunday of the month when they stay to worship with
their families and take Communion together).
Children’s Moments during the 8:45 and 11:00 am services, preschool
children in Pre-K and Kindergarten are dismissed to the Panda Room
(downstairs, Education Building) where they have supervised fellowship
and play time. Children whose families attend the 9:00 am service are
encouraged to take their Pre-K/Kinergarten aged children directly to
the Panda Room before the start of the service for Extended Session.
Church is offered for 1st through 3rd graders every week except the
first Sunday of the month. At the 8:45 and 11 am services, the children
are dismissed to the Children’s Church Room (Room C212, upstairs, back
Education Building) after Children’s Moments. Parents attending the 9am
service are asked to take their children to Children’s Church BEFORE
the 9am service begins. Children’s Church is a fun, interactive, DVD
based curriculum led by dedicated volunteers.
Children’s Worship Bulletins (in two age categories) are available at
all three services.
Children’s Sunday School
have a Children’s Sunday School Class for each age, beginning with 2
year olds through 6th grade. Beginning at age 3 years, we use the
"Grow, Proclaim, Serve" Cokesbury Curriculum.. Classes meet weekly from
10:00-10:50 am and classrooms are designated by blue and yellow
banners; however, the room numbers are as follows:
(Ages 2 Years through 1st Grade are all on the
Lower Floor, Back Education Building)
- 2 Year Olds Room C112 – Bunny Class
- 3 Year Olds Room C110 – Chimp Class
- 4 Year Olds Room C111 – Giraffe Class
- K/Pre-1st Room C102 – Zebra Class
- 1st Grade Room C103 – Kangaroo Class
(Grades 2nd through 6th are all located on the
Upper Floor, Back Education Building)
- 2nd Grade Room C202
- 3rd Grade Room C203
- 4th Grade Room C204
- 5th Grade Room C206
- 6th Grade Room C210
SCHOOL YEAR OPPORTUNITIES FOR
CHILDREN & STUDENTS
a parent, one of the greatest gifts we can give to our children is to
teach them of God’s love and grace through music. Encourage your child
to be a part of one our friendly and exciting children’s choirs.
Everyone has the ability to sing and we strive to nurture each and
every child as they grow through our music ministry. We are pleased to
offer 4 graded children’s choirs, they rehearse Wednesdays, 5:15-6pm.
- 4K This choir, led by Lynn Dee Martin, Director of Music and the
Arts, is comprised the youngest of the graded choirs the 4-year olds.
This group meets sitting in a circle singing songs with lots of
movement. Songs they sing maybe from VBS, Sunday School, hymnsand just
good old standards such as “ Jesus Loves Me” and and “Jesus Loves the
Sonshine Singers -
5K - 1st grade. This fun group is led by Elisabeth Lovas, Music
Ministry Volunteer. They are taught by rote and learn the joy of
singing and praising God, through songs, dance and games. Our goal is
to have the children so comfortable with singing that joy “beams”. This
choir will sing 2-3 times a year in church services,and Christmas and
- 2nd -3rd Grade - This group is led by Barbara Kincaid, our church
pianist. Barbara ‘s description if HIS Kids is the following: “it is
our goal to; learn some musical notations and harmony, sing for special
church services, present Christmas and spring programs and to grow,
both musically and spiritually. Most importantly, we express our faith
and enthusiasm for God in song!”
Tomorrow’s Promise -
4th -6th Grade - is led by Kim Duggins, Director of Youth and
Children’s Music and Jan Robertson, Music Ministry Volunteer. This
group focuses on the meaning of the text (both biblically and
scripturally based) of the music they sing. The lessons we sing about
in choir can be used in our everyday lives. The children are also given
instruction on how to read 2- part choral music as well as vocal
instruction. This group prepares 2 musicals a year one at Christmas and
in the Spring. Many times this is a student’s first opportunity to
speak in public or sing a solo. The musicals provide students with
confidence to sing and speak in front of people in a loving Christian
environment. (no child however is ever made to speak or sing a solo,
only if it is what they want). All of this is accomplished from the
perspective that serving Jesus is fullfilling and fun.
Joyful Ringers - Hand Bell Choir.
Grades 4-6th. Wednesdays 4:30 -5:10 pm.
This group has beginners through intermediate ringers. Each child is
taught music notation and which bell to ring. Performances occur in
conjunction with the Christmas and Spring performances of Sonshine
Singers and HIS Kids. What a great opportunity to be apart of an
instrumental ensemble. Lynn Dee Martin, Director of Music and the Arts,
is the leader of this group.
Youth ROC (Reaching Out for Christ).
ROC is an energetic group of current 5th and 6th graders who meet most
weeks during the school year in the Fellowship Hall from 4:30-6:00 pm
for a time of fun, fellowship, snack and devotion. Parents sign up to
provide individually wrapped snacks and self-contained drinks each week
on a rotational basis. We have a dedicated group of volunteers who
sponsor this great group. Youth ROC offers lock-ins and often has 1-2
retreats during the year. Advertisements and event dates can be found
in First News or notes home to participants. Recruitment for the next
year takes place in Sunday School at the end of the school year. All
are welcome—the only requirement is that each participant have a
current Medical Consent Form on file. Also, tennis shoes are highly
recommended/encouraged for this fast-paced group.
Current 4th graders are invited to join this fun group in January as
our 6th graders begin the Confirmation process. Again, the only
requirement to participate is to have a completed Medical Consent Form
on file. Download the Medical Consent Form.
SEASONAL OFFERINGS FOR CHILDREN AND
Celebrations include but are not limited to: Epiphany Party, Easter Egg
Hunt, Promotion Commotion, Children’s Sabbath, Fall Festival/Trunk or
Treat, Hands on Christmas and Birthday Party for Jesus. Please check
our First News publication or our website for dates and details!
Summer Camp Program
summer we offer 5-6 weeks of half day (9am-12noon) themed camps with
walk-in drop off beginning at 8:45 am daily and pick up between
11:45am-12 noon. Each week is specifically designed for children ages
Rising 3 years through Rising 2nd grade. (This means they will be the
respective age/grade by Sept. 1 that year.) On-line registration begins
in February each year and runs through most of May, at which time we
offer spaces based on availability. We have amazing fun themes,
activities and staff! You may register for as many weeks as you like by
clicking on the links below.
- Rising 3 Year Olds Camps -
To Registration Click here
- 5 Day Summer Camps
- To Registration
Children ages Rising 4 year olds through Rising 2nd
Vacation Bible School
year we host a Christ-centered, fun-filled week of Vacation Bible
School (VBS) for children ages Rising 4 year olds (meaning they are 4
years old on or before September 1 that year) through Rising 6th grade.
Our Rising 4 year olds through Rising 4th graders will participate in a
more traditional VBS, while our Rising 5th and 6th graders join our
Student Ministries staff for Extreme VBS. There is no charge
for children to
participate in VBS; however, pre-registration is required on-line and
is subject to cutoff dates based on enrollment. Donations are
cheerfully accepted to defray the cost.
Right Up for the EVERYWHERE FUN FAIR!
right up and let’s get ready for the Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s
Comes Together! It’s the VBS adventure for this year offering a
carnival-type celebration combined with the look and feel of a world’s
Children will experience the love of Jesus, meet welcoming neighbors
Bible, and explore the everyday life of neighbors from Japan, Zimbabwe,
United Kingdom, Australia, and Mexico as they discover that God’s love
found everywhere, even in their own neighborhoods.
VBS 2013: Everywhere Fun
Fair - To view Newsletter - Click here
Xtreme VBS (For Rising 5th
& 6th Graders)
To view Newsletter - Click here
Hands on Christmas
on Christmas is a perennial favorite each year for kids ages 2 to 102!
It is a holiday arts and crafts festival, held from 10am - 2pm on the
second Saturday in November each year. Children, with their adult
helper, create amazing, high quality, homemade crafts and keepsakes. In
addition to the craft festival, there is also a spectacular Holiday
Gift Mart filled with high quality crafts and gifts made by local
artisans as well as a Silent Auction filled with gifts, goodies and
treats from local businesses and service providers. This year's Hands
on Christmas is Saturday, November 10th. Mark your calendars now so you
don’t miss out!
MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS)....
host a very active, growing group of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) here at
SFUMC. Smyrna First MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children
age birth through Kindergarten, a light meal, small group discussions,
presentations from guest speakers, and a craft. Childcare is provided
during the meetings. Members will be supported with resources carefully
selected to encourage spiritual and personal growth.
is limited by nursery space, and two groups are available to meet the growing
need of our church. For more information visit www.smyrnafirstmops.com.
To join the Monday morning group (meeting bi-monthly), contact email@example.com. To join
the Wednesday evening group (meeting once monthly), contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church hosts many dynamic troops for boys and girls
of all ages to
participate in scouting. Both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts meet on Tuesday
evenings. Cub Scouts meet at 7:00 p.m. and Boy
Scouts meet at 7:30 p.m. When visiting a Scout meeting please
enter the church through the double red doors at the rear of
the church and proceed up stairs. Girl Scout units meet through the week.
For more information please contact the Scouting Coordinator, Christy Hood,
through the church office.
our three Sunday Morning Worship Services (8:45a.m., 8:55a.m. &
provide excellent care by trained Nursery Caregivers for children birth
to 3 years of age.
Newborn to 5 months
6 – 17 months, Older 1’s Year
Nursery (18-24 months)
2 Year Nursery & Sunday School
3 Year Nursery & Sunday School
Room B106 Sanctuary Bldg. and
Room B109 Sanctuary Bldg.
Lamb Room Education Bldg.
Bunny Room Education Bldg.
Chimp Room Education Bldg.
do realize that small children mature differently; therefore, there is
a little room for movement before the child reaches the 2 year old
class. At age 2 years (by September 1st, we would like for them to be
with the correct age group so that they may grow up in the faith
together and share similar experiences.
Scheduling a Nursery
Use of the nursery facility must be approved by the Director of
Nursery. When using the nursery, there must be at least two staff
caregivers present, as we are a Safe Sanctuary Church. The
child/caregiver ratio is based on age and will be determined by the
Director of Nursery.
The use of the nursery should be scheduled at least two weeks prior to
the event. Groups requesting the nursery should do so by submitting a
request form to the Director of Nursery. Download a Nursery
If your event is not a church-sponsored function, the Director of
Nursery will calculate the cost of the nursery care and provide you
with an invoice.
Parent's Morning Out
Our Parent's Morning Out program
runs from August through May, mostly
with the Cobb County School Calendar. Each year in January we have
designated days for both church members and members of the community to
register for the upcoming school year. We offer three rooms: an Infant
Room for enrolled children ages 6 weeks -12 months old, a Toddler Room
(ages 13 months to 18 months) and a Toddler Room (ages 19
to 24 months.) Our program is run 4 days a week. Tuesday – Friday All
ages are based on the child's age on September 1st of this year.
Children who will be 2 years of age on September 1st do not qualify for
our program; instead, they can register for our Preschool Program for
the upcoming school year, including the calendar on the last page.
For additional information on our
PMO Program, please contact Julia Shod, Director of Nursery Ministries
Student Registration Letter
PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN CLASS
2014 – 2015 School year
Sunday, January 26,
2013, 2:00 in the Sanctuary
Open House will start with a question and answer session followed by a
tour of the classrooms as well as a "meet the teachers" time.
This is the kick off day for registration! No children
First United Methodist Preschool/Kindergarten has been serving young
children and their families since 1969. The program is a ministry of
Smyrna First United Methodist Church and is operated as a part of the
Church’s educational program.
We believe that our responsibility as a
Church-sponsored school is to provide a program that will foster
development of the whole child: emotionally, intellectually, socially,
physically, and spiritually.
We have a dedicated and well trained staff
who love children and feel called to serve God through teaching His
children. All staff members participate in a continuous program of
in-service education in order to further their knowledge and to remain
alert to the needs of our children. The school is certified as a School
of Excellence by the North Georgia Preschool Association.
We offer classes for children who are age two
on or before September 1st of the current school year through five
years old. Our curriculum provides age appropriate activities and
learning experiences that foster success, independence, confidence and
a love of learning. Our goal is that our children leave our program
secure in the love of God and with the necessary skills to be
successful in “big school”.
For more information, contact us at 770-438-1950.
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