At Chehalis UMC we enjoy seeing children loved and loving, growing in faith and in relationship to each other and all generations!
CHILD CARE – Kids are welcome in worship! Infants and toddlers are provided a safe and fun space for childcare during worship, if parents wish to enjoy worship without distraction. Children 5-12 years may attend Kid Zone (See below). We hope that all will stay in worship at least through the children’s sermon. Childcare for up to approximately 7 years is also provided during the Adult Education time (9:30-10:30) on Sundays.
CHILDREN’S SERMON – We have a children’s sermon prepared for every Sunday, geared to help kid’s understand a lesson similar to the adult message and that will be expanded during the Kid Zone time. Kids may go to “Kid Zone,” (see below) or to childcare after the children’s sermon, if parents choose it.
We offer classes for children starting at 4 years old Sept-May, during the worship hour. Bible Stories and themes, and music are a part of the weekly curriculum. Plus either drama, story-telling or the occasional cooking project on a rotating basis form the core curriculum of this 45-minute class for kids. We use Seasons of the Spirit curriculum which usually follows the same themes as our worship. Adult leaders rotate weekly.
Since this class is during our worship service, we ask that kids attend the first few minutes of worship for opening words, music and a children’s sermon. Then they are sent with a prayer and song for the “Kid Zone” time with adult leaders.
(Adults have their own programs/classes at 9:30 AM, with childcare available every Sunday.)
A week of VBS is a much awaited, and planned event every summer! It’s fun! Adults and youth flock to volunteer! We do this event jointly with First UMC of Centralia.
We are currently asking those who would volunteer to contact Kathleen Fisher or Pastor Karla, ASAP!! We still need many adults especially to be the “shepherds” who lead a group from one room or area to the next – crafts, Bible Story, music, snacks, recreation, etc. No special ability required, just be willing to connect with the kids on a personal basis, and follow the schedule.
For pictures and story of a previous VBS, Click HERE.
Youth bells – Angel Beats ensemble*
ANGEL BEATS – These are not just “older” kids, but those of any age and experience are welcome to give it a try! This choir uses both chimes and hand bells.
We need more youth who will commit to the practice and performance times, to make this the best program we can offer! Currently, we often have some adults helping with some parts. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM. in the upstairs Bell Choir rooms (off the main hallway to the sanctuary). For more information contact Leslie Durham, the director.
*CURRENTLY the ensemble is in recess for the summer – their last MARVELOUS performance was in May…. Interested persons are invited to think about it over the summer and come to the first practice in September!
Safe Church Policy
All staff and volunteers who work with children, youth and vulnerable persons are required to undergo a criminal background check. Our policy has requirements for ratio of adults to children and training on emergency situations, etc. You can be assured that your children are in not only a fun environment, but a safe and healthy one.