At Main Street, we believe our children are second to none and that they are the future of this congregation. We offer a variety of activities to meet the various needs of our children and are always looking for new and exciting ideas. Below is just a sampling of the programs we offer.
All children’s programs of Main Street UMC are planned and coordinated by our Children’s Council and Minister of Education. The Minister of Education is Katie Riddle.
Sunday School – Sunday school is from 9:45-10:40 am each Sunday. Our classes are located in the Education Building. Find the awning designated “Preschool” and enter. Go straight ahead up the steps. Our 3 & 4 year old class is located on the 1st floor in Room 315. Our elementary classes are on the second floor: K-1st grade in Room 323, 2nd & 3rd grade in Room 322 and 4th & 5th grade in Room 321.
Nursery – Our nursery is on the first floor of the Education building. We offer nursery for infants (Room 313) and toddlers 3 and under (Room 311) for all 3 worship services on Sunday morning. On Wednesday evening and other special services and classes, we offer nursery for any age child in Room 311.
Children’s choirs for all ages
Vacation Bible School is for children age 3 through rising 5th grade. It is offered each summer for one week in the evenings.
Weekday Preschool Program We are very proud of our 52 year preschool tradition here at Main Street UMC. We are a half day preschool program offering love, fun, Christian values, academics, and a fantastic music program for children ages infant through pre-k. The preschool year begins in September and concludes in June. A summer program is offered in June and July. Click here to visit our website.
Kid Space & Jr Kid Space is a worship opportunity for children during our 11 AM worship service. Children are part of the worship service through the Moments with Children and then are taken to other areas for this program. Parents should pick up their children in the designated rooms following service. Children age 3-5 (not in school) go to Jr Kid Space located in Room 315 of the Education Building. Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade are part of Kid Space and it meets in the chapel. (Please note, Jr Kid Space meets every week. Kid Space does not meet the first Sunday of the month, Cantata Sundays and Sundays when children or youth are leading in worship).
Main Street United Methodist Church is a Safe Sanctuary congregation. We have a policy regarding the safety of all children and youth age 18 and under. This includes expectations for parents, children and volunteers. A copy of the policy is available from the Minister of Education.
All children’s Sunday school meetings are to be held in a specified location. Any changes in that location will be communicated to parents at least 2 full days in advance.
Two adults must be in attendance during children’s Sunday school at all times. When two adults are not available, a floater will also be responsible for checking in on all children’s Sunday school classes at unannounced times.
Sunday school will be taught under an open door policy. All areas of the room should be visible. This visibility can be accomplished through open doors, doors with windows, and/or windows with open blinds. Teachers must always face these areas of visibility. In other words, a teacher should never have his/her back to a door or window that could block the open visibility from an outsider into the room. If there is only one adult in the room, the door must be left open.
Sunday school will be held during the published time. Currently, Sunday school begins at 9:45am. Class will end at 10:40. Children are to be present during the entire Sunday school time. Parents of children must communicate any situations that require an early dismissal to the teacher prior to class.
Children must be walked to sign in desk at the education building and picked up at the door of the classroom at the end of Sunday school by a parent, guardian or designated adult. No child should be allowed to walk through the parking lot, between the Sanctuary, Chapel and Education Buildings or anywhere on campus without an adult present.
Attendance must be taken at all Sunday school meetings, indicating the first and last name of each child and adult in attendance.
The Main Street Safe Sanctuaries Policy shall also apply to all children’s Sunday school meetings.