Children & Youth Ministry

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
At First United Methodist Church, children and youth can come to know and love God in a supportive community. From the youngest ones through high school, they are cared for, taught, respected and celebrated as part of our church family.   We have adopted guidelines and policies to protect the children in our community, including screening all paid staff and volunteers that work with children in our programs.

For information on First United Methodist Nursery School, visit the First United Methodist Nursery Facebook Page.

Nursery & Child Care

Parents with young children can worship and participate fully in church life knowing their children are well cared for. Professional childcare is provided during the 10:30 am service for children up to age 3. Call the church office at 203-324-1323 or use our contact us form to be referred to the appropriate person

Professional childcare can also be provided during special programs, bible studies, meetings, and choir rehearsals with advance notice. Use our contact form to request more information.

Christian Education

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)


We offer classes and opportunities for children and youth from 3 years old through grade 5. Sunday School starts at 10:30 am.


Led by our Pastor, Confirmation Classes prepare 7th and 8th graders for full membership in the church. Learn more about confirmation in The United Methodist tradition by using our contact us form.


Vacation Bible School is a free, week-long summer program open to all children in the Stamford community from age 4 through 5th grade. Children enjoy games, crafts, music, and friendship, while learning about God’s love. Contact the church office at 203-324-1323 for more information.


The children of First United Methodist Church have their own library filled with books and videos to help them grow in their faith.

United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF)

Our youth group works on the Community Harvest Garden and other occasional mission and leadership opportunities designed specifically for growth and fellowship. 


Mission Trip – starting at age 12, our youth are encouraged to participate in a Summer mission trip. Contact us to learn more.


Children & Youth in Worship

Children and youth are always welcome in worship.
Children up to age 3

Professional childcare is provided during the 10:30 am service for children up to age 3.

Sunday School for Children through Grade 5

Sunday School is at 10:30 am every Sunday.

Youth, Grades 6-12

Middle and High School students lead worship through the Acolyte Corps. Contact us to learn more.

Children’s Choir

Led by the Choir Director, Dr. Gabe Shuford, our elementary school children’s choir has regular rehearsals after the 10:30 am service in preparation for special events and services throughout the year.

The Acolyte Corps

From grades 6-12, youth are encouraged to be leaders in worship through the Acolyte Corps. Beginning in 6th grade, youth act as paiges and acolytes who bring the light of Christ into the sanctuary. Older youth act as crucifers and carry the cross into the worship service. 

Use our contact us form to learn more and let us know if you are interested in participating.