Children's CE News

Dash's Receipts for Open Door Nursery School

Your children may have long outgrown Open Door, but you can still help our wonderful nursery school by saving your Dash’s Market receipts.  For every $100 in collected receipts, Dash’s generously gives Open Door $2.50.  It really adds up and helps our school replace worn items and make improvements.  It’s an easy way to help and it makes a big difference to our little school. Look for collection boxes in the parlor, narthex, or outside classroom doors.

 

ACE Announcements

Tangents & Sermon Topic Discussions
  • Tangents is in the parlor!  Join them for a topical discussion of current events @ 9:50.

  • A small group discussion based on the sermon topic or lectionary Scripture readings is offered each Sunday from 9:45-10:45am.  Pastor Gregg and several lay members take turns leading this group.  Stop in to add to the discussion!  Meeting space:  2nd floor in the gym, behind the balcony.

 

Youth Group Announcements

Youth Group Activities Calendar
You can find the latest Youth Group calendar Online at Google Docs 

 Christian Education Programs for Children

We want to foster closer interaction among the children, youth, and adults of the congregation. To leverage our great music ministry, we’ll have musical volunteers lead the younger kids in some favorite hymns and table graces. For the older kids, they will occasionally put on puppet shows for the younger group to demonstrate what they have learned in their own class.  Children up through Jr. High are arranged into two group classes, separated by age.

  • Group 1 consists of children Pre-K (3-4 years old) through 3rd grade. They meet downstairs in the nursery school classroom.
  • Group 2 consists of children 4th grade through 8th grade. They meet upstairs in the gym.

 

The Sr. High youth are invited to participate in the Tangents adult class the to the parlor for discussion of contemporary issues. This is a wonderful opportunity for the youth to discover which United Methodist values they cherish and how to be a Christian in the real world. On the reverse side, the adults will learn the challenges and situations that are unique to the millennial generation.

 

The Jr. and Sr. High Youth Group will be led by Stephanie Amodeo. As usual, there will be a lot of fun activities planned, like Apple Fest and Laser Tron. There will also be many service and mission opportunities to Seneca Street church and Beechwood Homes.

 

To register your child for Sunday School, complete a registration form and return it to the class's teacher.

 

 

Sunday Morning Adult Christian Education Opportunities

 

Tangents: Naming Our Congregation's Vocation

Like every person, a congregation has a vocation. Our congregation is the same as every other in that way. A vocation (from the Latin vocare, “to call”) is not merely a job. It is the function a person or a congregation is created by God to fulfill in life, an essential identity and role to play, to which one is called in God’s continuing creation.

What is the vocation of Williamsville United Methodist Church? Is there some “signature mission” to which our congregation is being called, some mission to the community around us that identifies us and involves every member according to each person’s gifts?

We will explore these questions in depth in Tangents, the adult discussion group, beginning Sunday, January 5, when we meet again after our Christmas recess. Six possible signature missions have been identified:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Gateway-Longview
  • Seneca Street UMC
  • Beechwood Continuing Care
  • City Mission
  • Food Pantry of Western New York

Each one is a mission where we are currently involved to varying degrees. Are there other possibilities, perhaps in addressing needs that are not yet known to us? If so, how might we identify them and begin to respond? How will we select one area of service to which we can devote significant resources?

These are only some of the questions we will be considering in the weeks to come. To help us answer them, guests representing these (and other) service areas will be invited to visit Tangents to explain their ministries and guide us in our discernment of a direction for our ministries.

You’re invited to join us, also. Tangents meets on Sunday mornings from 9:50 to 10:30 in the parlor, at the immediate rear of the sanctuary.

Resource Papers for Fall/Winter 2013 Tangents Discussions:

1.       How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers

2.      How the Average American Family Subsidizes Big Business

3.       Ten Ways to Democratize Our Broken Economy

 


Additional ACE Ministries and Opportunities

Growing from Pain Toward Healing - DVD-Based Study Series

Here’s a new resource for developing your small-group experience. A new DVD-based study series from United Methodist Communications focuses on Christians who faced painful circumstances that threatened their spiritual health and sanity. The study series, “Broken to Peace,” is equipped with a downloadable leader’s guide that also includes devotional tools and discussion starters to serve as catalysts for conversation, constructive debate, and personal sharing. A Christian educator and pastor, the Rev. Mark Price, wrote the leader’s guide. For more information, visit the "Broken to Peace" web site. And if you would like help in starting a group to consider this or any other topic, contact Pastor Rich Neal.


Get Connected with Wesley Ministry Network Online

Do you wish you could deepen your faith, but you are too busy to attend a class or join a small group? Through a partnership with The Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship, Wesley Ministry Network is offering its acclaimed lay education courses online. Each course features streaming video segments and online discussions with other students and experienced Wesley Ministry Network teachers. Courses are open to everyone, and CEUs are available for pastors. Connect with other Christians to deepen your faith and grow in discipleship. Visit http://www.beadisciple.com/wesleyministrynetwork.html to learn more and to register.

 

Christian Education for All Ages

We are committed to nurturing Christian education and fellowship in our children, youth, and adults. Christian education is a lifelong process of learning, believing, and implementing lessons from Scripture into our lives. We offer Christian education opportunities beginning at age 3 through adults.

Information about our children, youth, and adult options are listed in the flyers on the literature rack in the narthex.  Visit the "Children's CE Photo Album" to see picture of some our recent events. Ask an usher for advice and directions or contact our CE Lay Leaders, Mike & Mina Rohde, at 634-4800. Our classes are always open to all! We firmly believe you are never too old to participate in Christian education!

Our Director of Christian Education, along with the Christian Education Team, coordinates educational settings such as Sunday school programs for children, Youth Ministries, Adult Christian Education (ACE) classes, and Vacation Bible School. 

 

Sunday School Registration Form

To register your child or youth to participate in a Sunday school class at WUMC, please complete the Registration Form, which is available as a downloadable PDF file. Return the completed form to your child's Sunday school teacher, the church office, or the Christian Education Team.



Family Life Links


  We invite you to explore the following links to learn more about the United Methodist camping experiences supported by the Upper New York Conference.  On this page, you will also find links to Web sites that provide fun learning activities for children and youth.

United Methodist Camping Information

Upper New York Conferences Camp and Retreat Ministries

The Upper New York Conference stretches from the Adirondacks west to the edges of two Great Lakes, north to the St. Lawrence Seaway, and south to the state border with Pennsylvania. The conference owns and operates six Christian camp and retreat centers, each serving a diverse population, whether rural, urban, or suburban. Each facility offers opportunities to connect with God's creation, with a loving, Christian community, and with friends - new and old.

Camp Asbury Located on the shores of Silver Lake in Western New York, Camp Asbury offers Christian camping programs as well as facilities for retreats. During the summer, a variety of camping programs for children, youth and young adults are offered. Facilities are available for use by United Methodist and non-United Methodist retreats.

Camp Findley Camp Findley is a camp, as well as a conference and retreat center located on 140 acres in beautiful Findley Lake, NY, in the southwest corner of the state. From mid-June until mid-August, we operate a Christian camp for youth from ages 6 to 18. Our facility is open to churches, educational groups, and other nonprofit organizations.

Other Links for Family Fun!





Veggie Tale Web Site
The Veggie Tale Web site provides "Sunday morning values with Saturday morning fun." On this site you will find silly songs, games, downloads, resources for parents, and more.

KidSurf
A Christian Internet site that provides links that are safe for kids and teens to surf. Provides links to online games, Bible studies, chat rooms, missions, and the latest movies and reviews.

Kid Explorers

Adventures in the rainforest! Learn about the creator of the universe by exploring His marvelous creation. Fun for the whole family with games, activities, stories, answers to childrens' questions, color pages, and more! A popular Christian education and evangelism resource. One of the Web's first and most popular Christian Web sites for children. Nonprofit, evangelical, nondenominational.