Intentional Worship Experience
We believe that worship is at the heart of faith formation for our children and youth. We encourage them to participate in the joy of leading worship as part of their spiritual development. 3rd grade and up are invited to join our Acolyte Team as well as serve as ushers, greeters, and musicians. Youth grades 6 – 12 are encouraged to serve as liturgists, communion preparers and servers. PLEASE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org and let Jackie Roder know how your child would like to take part in leading worship.
Nursery Care for the Youngest
Infants and toddlers are always welcome in worship. Parents who wish to visit our Family Room with visual and aural access to the sanctuary will find steps leading upstairs in the stairwells on both sides of the Narthex. Adults may stay with their children or safely leave them with our CORI’d volunteers.
The word Acolyte means Attendant. In the Methodist tradition, acolytes participate in the worship service by carrying a processional cross, lighting and extinguishing the altar candles to call the congregation to worship. In these traditions, the lighting of the altar candles in the worship service is a symbol of Jesus’ coming into the presence of the worshiping community. Before the extinguishing of the last altar candles, the acolytes relight their “candle lighter” and then process out into the narthex. This symbolizes that Jesus Christ is for all people everywhere. It also symbolizes the light of Jesus Christ going out into the world. Our acolytes wear the traditional cassock and cotta.
Music for Children
Most Sundays, the Sunday School begins with a 10 minute music assembly. Children ages 3 – 5 work with one teacher on age-appropriate songs. The first grade to sixth grade group sings with the music director or the choir director. The music choices may come from the Sunday School curriculum, from seasonal favorites, or from well-known selections in the Methodist tradition.
Soup Suppers in Advent and Lent
During Advent and Lent, simple soup suppers are offered to the congregation followed by lessons for the church school students. Classes are provided for preschool, grade school and middle school ages. High school students are welcome to help teach or to participate in the adult programs.
All children learn and explore God’s interaction with the world and His greatest creation, us. Grouped by age, children from Preschool through Middle School head off to their own studies following the Children’s Time in Worship. Following a short opening worship time and Church School music, the children proceed to their assigned classrooms for weekly lessons. The children sing the first Sunday of each month during worship. On Communion Sundays, the children re-join their families at the time the offering is gathered.
Summer Church School
Church School does NOT take a vacation! We continue to learn together using stories, songs, games, experiments, arts and crafts in a multiage setting. We invite your children to join us and we invite you to volunteer in Sunday School, too. Interested in teaching or co-teaching this summer? Contact our Director of Christian Education, Jackie Roder! email@example.com
High School Students
High School students are encouraged to attend Worship, serve as Liturgists and Ushers, sing in the adult choir, and assist with Church School. Confirmation is offered to 10th graders.
Youth Ministry for 6-12th Graders
Our youth program offered outside of Church School for sixth through twelfth grades provides opportunities for Christian education and spiritual formation through Bible studies & worship; service projects in our surrounding towns; and community building among youth and peers within and outside Sudbury UMC.
The Christmas Pageant
The Christmas pageant is held at 4 PM on Christmas Eve. At this time, the children of the church assemble to tell the story of Christ’s birth. Rehearsals for the pageant are held on the five Saturday mornings before Christmas Eve. Rehearsals are typically held from 9-12, with some variation for preschool children, who are usually cast as “animals” and for children who would like to be “dancing angels”. Children who might not be interested in an acting role may find it fun to be part of the “props” crew. Older teens may enjoy mentoring younger participants by helping with the pageant.