Children’s Ministry

At Northbrook UMC, children participate in worship, learning, missions and community:

Please note: From November 26 – January 6 all ages will worship together. Faith Formation classes will resume January 13.

Because we know that families are often stretched thin in December, we offer all ages worship as a way for families to spend time together, watching and waiting for Christ’s coming, on Sunday mornings. To help families practice faith at home during this joyous season, the Faith Formation team at Northbrook UMC will provide take-home Advent devotionals.

Guests are always welcome:

Families who are looking for a safe, inclusive community to grow spiritually are invited to join us on Sundays for 10 a.m. worship and Sunday school. If you would like to visit us during the week, please contact our Director of Ministries with Children and Youth, Christine Hides (christine@northbrookumc.org), to make an appointment.

We believe faith formation is wonder-filled!

Worship:

Children are always welcome in 10 a.m. worship! On the first Sunday of the month and on special Sundays throughout the year, children stay in worship for an engaging, intergenerational worship experience. Occasionally the children and youth help lead worship through music, drama, readings, and teaching. We provide activity bags and materials for creative, worshipful response.

For parents of babies and toddlers,  a professionally staffed nursery is available every Sunday. Rocking chairs located at the back of the church offer a comfortable place to rock your child while still being able to hear the service. Babies and toddlers are always welcome in worship!

Faith Formation (what we used to call Sunday school) for Preschool through 12th grade:

Faith formation for PreK-5th resumes January 13.

Drop off and Pick Up: Children and youth begin in worship with their families at 10:00 a.m. After the children’s message, around 10:15 a.m., children and youth leave the worship service to go to their Sunday school classes. Parents may walk their children to the classrooms and stay as long as their child needs to settle in. Children in grades 3 and younger are picked up by parents after the worship service is over.

Age groups: We currently offer 3 classes on Sunday mornings: PreK-3nd grade, 3-5th grade and 6-12th grade.

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Engaging in worship!

Content: Our materials are carefully chosen by our Director of Children and Youth Ministry. Because growing in faith is largely experiential, we provide engaging curriculum that teaches Bible stories while nurturing community, wondering, and creativity. A year-long overview can be found below.

 Teachers: Our congregation is committed to providing a safe, joyful, and caring classroom for all children. Every teacher is background checked and trained as required by our Safe Sanctuaries Policy (see below). Designated adults monitor classrooms and hallways for safety.

Allergies and Special Needs: Parents are asked to complete a registration form indicating any concerns that teachers should be aware of. Due to allergies we usually do not serve snacks in Sunday school. Parents are informed ahead of time when we will be serving food in our classrooms. We welcome people of all physical and mental abilities.  If your child would benefit from additional accommodations, please contact the Director of Ministries with Children and Youth to discuss your child’s specific needs.

Weekly Information for Parents:

Please visit our weekly Faith at Home blog for timely information and activities. Through conversation, prayer, and reading during the week, children and families grow in faith.

Safe Sanctuaries

Ensuring the safety of our children and youth is essential to providing a caring and secure environment. At Northbrook UMC our Safe Sanctuaries policy ensures that there will be appropriate adult supervision at all times, with the goal that NUMC will be a “safe haven” where all are protected from every form of child abuse. Click here for our Safe Sanctuaries policy.