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.   

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Nursery & Child Care

We want parents with young children to worship and participate fully in church life knowing their children are well cared for. Professional child care can often be arranged during the 10:30 am service for children up to age 3 if Covid protocol allows. Call the church office 203-324-1323 or email to be referred to the appropriate person.

Professional child care can usually be provided at other times (for special programs, studies, meetings, choir rehearsals) with advance notice 203-324-1323.

Christian Education

As Covid protocols allow, FUMC will resume its Christian Education activities. Please call the church office for Fall 2022 updates at 203-324-1323.

“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 3 years old through grade 12. Learn more about Sunday School


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.


Vacation Bible School is a free, week-long summer program open to all children in the Stamford community age 4 through Grade 5.  Children enjoy games, crafts, and music and more 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.


Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF)

Present activity of the Youth Group, in the midst of this time of pandemic, is limited to work on the Community Harvest Garden,  and other occasional opportunities designed specifically for Youth.  Call Pastor Hewitt for more info. about occasional opportunities.

Mission Trip – starting at age 12, our youth are encouraged to participate in a Summer mission trip.  The 2021 trip is July 18th-24th, 2020 and will entail service to the working poor in the community of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.  Youth volunteers and their chaperones perform tasks including repairing roofs, painting, repairing stairs and porches, installing indoor plumbing, and hauling debris and trash.


Children & Youth in Worship

Children and youth are always welcome in worship.

Children up to age 3

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

Children through Grade 5– Children’s Worship & Sunday School

One Sunday a month, at 10:30am, there is a short Children’s Worship Service held in Room 20. The worship is followed by Sunday School.

Youth, Grades 6-12

Middle and High School students lead worship through Acolyte Corps. Check out the Youth page for more information for this age group.

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.

Acolyte Corps

All youth are invited to serve as Crucifers, Acolytes, and Paiges for the  10:30 am service.